- Created: 21 June 2011
I have been sitting on this review for a long time. So long in fact that I have vaped more than 30ml of today's test subject, which is Love From Above by Prime Vaping.
Prime Vaping describes this one as "mild tobacco flavor with nuances of cocoa and a little something special". I started with a 5ml sample, and it was gone in two days, again, something that normally doesn't happen. Based on how fast I killed the sample, I ordered a 60ml bottle. Surprising, because this is an artificially flavored tobacco vape, and I normally am not compelled to vape juices made with artificial tobacco.
I have had conflicting feelings about this juice since then. Suffice it to say I have waited to do a review until I felt good about my official stance on this intimately familiar juice.
Let's head into The Lab where I will vape this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet using a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
The nose of this juice is...cherry? Oops. I recycyle empty 15ml and 30ml dropper bottles for my DIY and LFA was in the same type of blue 15ml that some Cherry Cigar I made was. Wrong bottle. That Cherry Cigar is better than I remembered though. Switching to my Copper with a 1.5 ohm Cisco atty, because Cherry Cigar is one of those juices that takes FOREVER to leave your atty, and atty refresher doesn't seem to help much with Cherry Cigar.
The nose of this juice is dry and sweet. It suggests tobacco vape without really broadcasting tobacco.
The flavor on inhale has the hallmark characteristics of a Turkish tobacco vape. It's dry and has a slight cocoa edge to it. In reality Turkish tobacco is a generic term that refers to about four or five different Oriental tobacco strains. They don't taste like cocoa or nut. They range from tangy and sour to oily with a dry finish. The vape interpretation is different. Dry, sometimes spicy, sometimes a little cocoa, but always dry. I mentioned that this vape struck me as a Turkish tobacco vape on ECF, and was greeted with some indifferent responses. I stand by my observation though, because this juice bears a strong family resemblance to BWB Casablanca and Digitalciggz Turkish Tech. The throat hit of this juice is average for a tobacco vape. Satisfying but not extraordinary.
The flavor on exhale is soft and dry, suggests tobacco, and has a whisper of cocoa. I get no capsaicin, which is a huge plus. I love hot sauce, but not in my vapes. Vapor production at 70/30 is average for a PG blend.
Prime Vaping offers their juice in any PG/VG ratio you want. I've always said that this is a symptom of a vendor who is trying to make everyone happy. My feeling is that you can't make everyone happy, and you should concentrate on making your recipe the best it can be. The people who aren't happy can look elsewhere. You're going to end up with people who aren't happy anyway, so worry about the juice instead of them. I'll just add the caveat that if you order this juice in a ratio other than 70/30, this review does not apply because you are vaping an entirely different juice.
Prime Vaping Love From Above is a tale of two juices. I say that because some days I find this to be an extraordinarily good vape, preferring it to It's Alive! Award winner BWB Casablanca. However, there is something about this vape that makes it inconsistent for me. It is almost like the planets have to align for me to find it as excellent as I sometimes do. On an average day, I don't find any inspiration in this blend, and it strikes me as flat and without any compelling depth. I've been vaping this stuff for a long time now, trying to get a handle on why I feel this way about it. I guess that there is just something about this recipe that makes it very subject to my personal body chemistry, what I've eaten and drank before vaping it, and who knows what else. If I had reviewed this when I first got the sample I would have given it an enthusiastic It's Alive!, but my experiences with it over 30+ ml have been too inconsistent for me to do so now. I rarely reach for it now. This very well may be the best artificially flavored tobacco juice in the vaping world, but ultimately that isn't enough to push it over the top and give it my highest endorsement.
This is the most indecisive evaluation I've ever given a juice, and I apologize for that. On any given day I would tell you how much I love this juice, but I would be just as likely on any given day to respond to that question with an unenthusiastic "meh". This is definitely one juice that every tobacco vaper should try. It's quite the achievement how good this is considering that there is no natural tobacco extract present to give it depth and body. Highly recommended, but in the end not something I am compelled to vape very often.