- Created: 10 May 2011
Prime Vaping has become one of my favorite juice vendors. Their juice has been somewhat of a mixed bag however. I have enjoyed every one of their tobaccos. Their Natural Tobacco didn't wow me at first, but I grew to love its mellow grassy quality. Their Love From Above may just be the best artificially flavored tobacco vape yet made. Their Boston Cream Pie is one of my 6 favorite juices. The other non-tobaccos so far I have found bland and forgettable.
RY4 is a popular tobacco vape. Every vendor has their own version. It's easy to cover up the fact that you have a suspect tobacco base when you're drowning it in caramel. I think it's kind of a gateway vape. I loved it when I first started vaping. Now I don't really have the taste for it anymore, although I still appreciate a good one when one slips into The Lab.
Today's test subject is Prime Vaping PV4, a blend of tobacco, caramel, vanilla and maybe something else. Let's see if this one is as good as the other Prime Vaping tobaccos I've tested.
I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a brand new 1.7 ohm SLB atty. A word on SLB attys: You can find these as low as $6/pop. They are not as good as a Cisco 1.5 ohm, but for $2-3 less they are darn close. They are inconsistent though, and I've had many die after a few vapes, some die suddenly after a week with no warning signs, just perfect vaping then dead, and some just aren't right the moment you first screw them on. The money you save on these may not be worth it if you are only buying a couple attys at a time. That's where I would pony up for the Ciscos, which I have never had a DOA or premature death with. I also tend to get about 2 weeks out of a Cisco, whereas most of my SLBs only last me 7-10 days.
The nose of this maple syrup colored juice is one of the better RY4 variants I've ever smelled. The caramel comes through loud and clear, sweetened and softened by the vanilla. Really nice aroma coming off the atty here.
The flavor on inhale is more muted. There is a definite but subtle caramel, and the vanilla is detectable too. The caramel occasionally pops on inhale, showing a firmer face, but more often it's on the subtle end of the spectrum. It's just not as full and rich as the two It's Alive! Award winning RY4s on the list. There is a dry quality to the inhale, followed by a throat hit that is about average for a tobacco vape.
The flavor on exhale has got a nice caramel finish. Every now and then I almost get a whiff of cocoa, but I wouldn't wager much on that assertion. Not quite in BWB or Vaperite territory, but if I had never vaped those two I would probably be pretty happy with this. The natural tobacco base gets a little lost here. It's still there, and I get some of the qualities I liked about the standalone version, but here it gets a little muddled by the added flavors and loses some of its depth. It's still dry and chalky, but it loses some of the bright grassy qualities it has on its own. Overall this is a very good, way above average RY4, and if it didn't have to compete with Vaperite VR4 I would be talking about it in much more glowing terms. A solid effort from a vendor with a solid stable of tobacco vapes. Vapor production is average for a PG blend.
I liked this juice. Truth be told, I would be more inclined to reorder the standalone Natural Tobacco, but this is a very good RY4. It seems you really can't go wrong with any of Prime Vaping's tobacco juice, and they are the biggest surprise of 2011 for me. I really like this vendor and I have already reordered from them twice. They will be seeing me again, soon, because I will be needing a bottle of the natural tobacco version of Love From Above to test. Good stuff this PV4 and worthy of consideration if you're making the rounds on who makes the best RY4. Recommended.