- Created: 23 May 2011
My first foray into TONIC juice from Puresmoker was a shocking letdown. Their Manchester did not deliver on the promise of pipe tobacco, it delivered DK Tab. Thankfully it was only a 6ml bottle.
Today I am hopeful that their newer cigar vape Criollo Blend will do a better job at hitting its target. Puresmoker offers no description for this juice outside of "Fine Cigar blend". Hmmm. I'll be the judge of that.
The cigar vape is a hit or miss affair, generally miss. Donley at want2vape nailed it with his natural tobacco extracts, nailed it to the point that I sought him out for a mutual project that led to our partnership. Halo also did a good job with their Bella Valente. While it isn't a dead ringer for cigar, it is a great juice, and it's one that I vape almost daily. Lately, I've been quite smitten with House of Vapor's HoVana, which has the best throat hit of any juice ever offered commercially. The rest? Mostly duds, some just plain pathetic.
Let's get this 24mg juice into The Lab. Puresmoker states the TONIC line runs anywhere from 60/40 to 90/10, but most are 70/30 to 80/20. I will be vaping this juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
The nose of this juice is really sweet. Like flowers and honey. No trace of cigar here. Maybe some sweetener and maltol.
The flavor on inhale is sweet, like honey. There seems to be a recurring theme here. No trace of tobacco, much less cigar. There is a whisper of nut here, but thankfully it isn't as pronounced as in Manchester. You may not even notice it. The throat hit comes in to save the day, as this juice does have a satisfying throat hit.
The flavor on exhale is more of that sweet pseudo-honey that finishes dry and perfume-y. Vapor production is less than most PG blends, leading me to guess that this is either 80% or 85% PG.
This is a massive disappointment that gets saved from a Toe Tag only by having great throat hit. However you could mix just about anything 24mg and 85/15 and get similar results. Puresmoker has completely missed the mark with these two tobacco vapes. There is no trace of anything even closely resembling tobacco here. These are for the people who never really loved tobacco, or who have been vaping sickly sweet crap for so long they've forgotten what tobacco is.
If you do like tobacco and you are looking for a vape that captures some of the glory that is a good cigar, steer clear of this one. You will be very disappointed.