- Created: 13 July 2011
Vapor_Mike, a fixture in the vaping Twitter, VapeTV and Tiny Chat communities, started his own juice business a while ago. I had spent plenty of time on Twitter with Mike in the months preceding the launch of his business and my own Vapenstein Blend. Why haven't I reviewed any of his juice yet? Well, we've both been busy, and he probably figured that me being the tobacco guy I am I might not be interested in his juice.
Rawr Vapor specializes in tantalizing non-tobaccos. Mike didn't invent the fruit-menthol vape, but he sure has seemed to take that ball and run with it. I believe Mike offers menthol as an option in all of his juice, with the highest level humorously named LOL WAY TOO MUCH MENTHOL. Rawr Vapor juice is very highly regarded by the vapers that I follow on Twitter, and it is long past due for me to spend some time with one of his juices.
Today I will be evaluating Rawr Vapor Cinnamon Strapple, Mike's strawberry-apple-cinnamon fusion, and yes, there is menthol. I ordered a tobacco vape from Mike (surprise), and I asked that if he had any flavors he was particularly proud of to include a sample or two. This is one he chose for me.
Fire up the tesla coils and Jacob's ladders, it's time to open The Lab for today's session with this 12mg 50PG/50VG juice that is labeled "Menthol: Is there Menthol in This?", which is his lightest application of menthol. I will be vaping this juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye atty.
The nose of this juice is fruity sweet and has that smoky quality to it.
The flavor on inhale is predominantly cinnamon apple to my palate. What I need to stress here is how spectacular the throat hit is for a 12mg non-tobacco. I was disappointed when I saw the 3ml was only 12mg, but a lot of vendors premix their samples at a set ratio to save effort. Let me tell you, I am not sad about the low nic right now. This juice has excellent throat hit and really makes me feel like I'm vaping something with substance. I often bitch and moan about the glut of commercial DIY out there. Rawr Vapor is a perfect case for the argument that there are people out there who are capable of creating excellent vapes using off the shelf ingredients. I do not care if this juice was made using stuff I could buy and make on my own, I would be hard pressed to make a juice as good as this using the same ingredients. Mike has my respect as a blender, and I'm only half way through the review.
The flavor on exhale is where the strawberry shows itself. It adds a softer sweetness to the cinnamon apple. The menthol is also identifiable here. To my non-menthol vaping palate, this is a perfect level of menthol for a fruit vape. It adds to the performance, gives the vape a cool edge, and never gets in the way. If I hit my device a little harder or more frequently I get more of the menthol, but that's my choice whether I want to or not. Balance is excellent. These key ingredients work together, forming a cohesive vape that still allows me to identify each component. Vapor production is excellent due to the 50/50 blend, and the base liquid is good quality because I don't get any indication of atty clogging from this very lightly hay colored juice.
Once again I find myself agonizing over my final evaluation of this juice. I've awarded four Vapenstein It's Alive! Awards in the last 30 days, which is way more than usual for me. It makes me feel like I need to be more stingy, but at the same time I do not want to give anyone's juice an unfair shake either.
Here's how I made my decision: does this juice represent a way above average quality and balance of flavor? Yes. Does this juice perform? YES! Does this juice give me something I can't get from vendor X, Y or Z? Yes.
That's enough to get there, but to tip the balance even further here; will I vape this sample dry? Will I order a bottle of this for myself? Yes, yes! Funny thing is, of the three Rawr Vapor juices I have on hand, this is the last one that I figured I would like.
Okay Mike, you got me. I will try to cut back on my slander of vendors who offer fruity menthol vapes in the future. Your juice kicks ass and is every bit deserving of this award. Rawr Vapor for the #win!