- Created: 28 June 2011
Experience has taught me to be skeptical of cigar juice, even though I love a good cigar vape. Too many vendors with absolutely no understanding of tobacco whatsoever are making tobacco vapes that make me die a little inside every time I write one of these reviews.
Smoking a pipe is my daily evening ritual. Outside of my family there is nothing in this world that gives me more pleasure than my pipe rack and my tobacco hoard down in the cellars of Castle Vapenstein. A bowl of pipe tobacco pushes buttons in my brain on the level of fireflies dancing in the air in July, cicadas buzzing in the trees in August, the crisp edge on the breeze in October when the moisture leaves the air and the world is dry and cool. It's a sky full of snow. A very old bottle of scotch. A bloody, marbled ribeye on my plate. Cigar doesn't sing to me in quite the same way, but it's in the neighborhood.
I know that I'm not alone in these feelings regarding pipe and cigar, and because of that you better be serious when you come to the table at Castle Vapenstein with a pipe or cigar vape. I also know the limitations of E Liquid, so I am okay with a juice that succeeds as a good cigar vape without necessarily being a good cigar. Look at Halo, their Bella is nothing like a cigar, yet I vape it every single day. It reminds me of licking the wrapper on a double claro if not smoking one. House of Vapor HoVana is similar. Not a cigar, but a great cigar vape plus the best throat hit in all of vaping. So, either capture some of the real magic, or give me something that suggests cigar and provides a good vape. I'm okay either way. The rest I don't have much patience for.
Today's test subject is Havana Tobacco from Bombay Vaping. I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
The nose of this juice is perfumey and not tobacco-like. It smells very familiar in a generic E Liquid sort of way.
The flavor on inhale is odd. First impression is generic perfumey tobacco vape. Then you stop focusing on that impression and try to see what it's doing on your tongue before it hits your throat. While the flavor does not taste like tobacco, as a vape it does suggest tobacco. At least that's where your mind lands when you're trying to figure out what it tastes like. It's dry and a little grainy and perhaps may even have a very faint trace of smoke. I'm not doing cartwheels, but at the same time I am not put off so far. Throat hit is better than average and about what you expect from a tobacco vape.
The flavor on exhale slides back into weird and perfumey. There is an element here that is very familiar. There's no nut. It isn't a DK Tab clone. A while back Perfumer's Apprentice released some molecules that were sourced from what the Chinese flavoring chemists were doing to try to replicate tobacco in E Liquid. On paper it's a good idea. Deconstruct tobacco and tobacco smoke, figure out which molecules are responsible for certain sensory responses in the brain, and then use those molecules in E Liquid to make tobacco vapes. Unfortunately, none of these molecules does the job. Trust me, I have a cabinet full of them. I've played with them in many combinations. With the exception of HoVana, I doubt very much that any It's Alive! Award winner contains any. Nice try, but no cigar. Vapor production is slightly below average for a PG blend.
If you forget about trying to analyze this juice and just vape it, it's tolerable. It has decent throat hit. It tastes ok. You've probably vaped something similar to this before. It's an acceptable tobacco vape from the perfumey artificial flavoring camp. This is a very old school juice, but we've raised the bar since juices like this walked the Earth and I just don't see anything here to recommend. Not terrible but not worth the effort either.