- Created: 03 May 2011
It isn't often one of my favorite E Liquid makers comes out with a new juice. Halo is the undisputed king of the better-vaping-through-chemistry school of juice design. There is not a flavor in their lineup that tastes like you could duplicate it through the use of commercially available flavorings. My guess is that they are making their proprietary flavorings via the employ of a flavoring chemist, and the results are unique if nothing else.
Halo hints that this is their version of the venerable RY4, a generic term that implies tobacco with caramel. Halo's tobaccos, while they may not taste anything like the target, have always been among the more satisfying available to my palate. While I have left many, many vendors in the rear view, I still vape all of the Halo flavors that I've ever tried. They are tried and true and I've never gotten sick of them for whatever reason. So I'm looking forward to seeing what their spin on RY4 is.
Let's head to The Lab, where I will be vaping this 18mg juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a new 1.7 ohm SLB atty. Halo doesn't reveal their PG/VG ratio. My palate tells me it's 80PG/20VG.
The nose of this juice has the same sweet solvent aroma that Torque 56 has. I don't mean that as a negative, because I love Torque 56. It is what it is. The smell is very chemical. Solvent is the best description I can give. Think nail polish remover if solvent doesn't mean anything to you.
The flavor on inhale shows that this juice comes from the same gene pool as Torque and Freedom. It's that sweet chemical taste, which is not at all off-putting to me. Throat hit is great, as is the case with all of the Halo juices I've vaped.
On exhale the caramel reveals itself. It isn't caramel per se, but it belongs in the same spectrum of flavor that caramel resides in. Halo did a very nice job with the product art for Tribeca, because that's what the top notes of this juice taste like. Sweet earth tones and shades of grain and brown. This juice is flavorful and satisfying, and very much makes me think Torque-lite. To see what I think about Vapenstein It's Alive! Award winning juice Torque 56 read the review. This is not as strong as Torque, but it has the same qualities plus the sweet pseudo-caramel that has been applied here. It's good. On a good day Torque can almost fool me into thinking I'm smoking a cigarette. It has a great exhale quality that tells my brain cigarette, even if some of the other elements are off. This isn't as strong as Torque, but the flavor twist is a nice change and this is a good addition to the Halo stable of juices. Vapor production is average to very slightly below average for a PG blend.
One note on Halo juice: we all like to argue about whether to steep or not to steep. Personally I age all juice I make for 5-7 days before I vape it. I find that Backwoods natural tobaccos take 2-3 weeks. Other than that, juice is pretty much the way it will be minus nicotine discoloration the day the mail shows up. Halo however, goes through some weird and radical chemical change. My experience with Halo juice is that you open it, test drip a couple drops, cap it, and then put it away for one week to allow whatever chemical voodoo goes on with their juice to happen. Even Halo recommends 48 hours. I learned my lesson with Torque and Bella, both It's Alive! winners, which I both hated out of the mail.
If a Torque-lite based RY4 sounds good to you, then this is your juice. I am going to stick with Torque and Bella for my Halo fix, but this is a good one too. I like this about as much as I like Freedom, which means I won't vape it frequently, but I'll probably order a bottle once in a blue moon for a change of taste. A solid effort, and as always, Halo marches to the beat of their own drummer. In their case, I think that's a Good Thing. This juice won't be for everyone, but it's recommended all the same.