- Created: 24 May 2011
South Carolina based vendor iVape's Sweet Caroline has a very loyal following, so I thought it was time to finally place an order. I ordered Sweet Caroline, which I will review at a later date, and Carolina Cured, the subject of today's review.
iVape doesn't tell us much about this blend, other than it's their "bold tobacco".
This leads me to the subject of my dissatisfaction with most tobacco vapes. I don't want to vape menthol green tea. I want tobacco. There is a real lack of eliquid in our community that gets anywhere near tobacco. I will even take tobacco-like performance in lieu of something more convincing. Halo and Vapor Station do a good job at that. Their vapes don't really taste anything like tobacco, but they have substance and are satisfying.
Obviously there are more vendors who are making juice worth vaping or I wouldn't be writing this 163rd juice review here on Vapenstein, but I get frustrated that so many vendors seem to take the easy way out and slap their name on tobacco juice they made using off the shelf flavorings. It's lazy. The juice is nothing like tobacco. Have the designers of these juices completely forgotten what tobacco is like, or do they just not care? I find it hard to believe that someone who smoked cigarettes would squirt some FlavourArt into some base and think to themselves "man, that tastes just like a cigarette". No, no it doesn't.
Tobacco doesn't taste like smoke. It doesn't taste like ash tray. Smoking tobacco tastes like a combination of smoke and the flavors locked in the moisture contained in whatever tobacco you're smoking. This is why I feel you're better off with a juice maker that smokes on occasion if you love tobacco. How are you going to replicate this target if you are not intimately familiar with it and refresh your memory now and again?
Okay, I'm done with my tobacco vape rant for this week. Let's get this 18mg juice of unknown PG/VG ratio into The Lab for some testing. I will be vaping this at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with an SLB 1.7 ohm atty.
The nose of this juice is sweet and nutty.
The flavor on inhale is dry and powdery and very neutral. The nut is absent, which is a refreshing change of pace. This juice is fairly blank, but in a good way. That neutral inhale is fairly inconspicuous, and it allows you to insert your own expectations of what this juice is going to be. For me, I was told this was going to be a bold tobacco vape. There is nothing in the inhale to contradict that, so my brain fills in the gaps and tells me that I'm vaping something of substance. This transitions into a very respectable throat hit, so this juice gets off to a good start.
The flavor on exhale is where the nut shows up. Fortunately it isn't overwhelming, and it isn't that sickly pseudo-peanut of DK Tab. Mystery nut in a tobacco vape is pretty common, so it isn't a detraction, and the fact that it isn't overwhelming here saves this vape. The dry inhale is maintained, and despite the nut on exhale, this juice manages to remain fairly consistent from start to finish. There is something else to this as well. Perhaps a light hand was applied with tobacco absolute to add some tobacco body to this. I wouldn't bet on it, but I would be more apt to put money on tobacco absolute as opposed to a natural tobacco extract. Vapor production appears average for a PG blend.
Overall iVape did a nice job with Carolina Cured. It is a satisfying vape that doesn't introduce any alarmingly wrong notes. It has its own signature flavor profile, one that doesn't taste like insert-vendor-name-here. Carolina Cured didn't wow me, but I didn't hate it either, and I will vape the 10ml bottle I ordered. Better than average flavor and performance for a tobacco vape.