- Created: 01 August 2011
If you don't listen to VaporCast, you should. Scott, Jack and Adam manage to fill their weekly podcast with enough meat to keep you listening to the end. The production quality is straight off FM. It's like NPR with profanity. They're very nice young men, profanity aside, and they rarely, if ever, talk over each other. Maybe that's editing.
So the show is good, the guys are active in the community, and there is overall a tremendous amount of goodwill toward VaporCast amongst vapers.
The guys started selling juice this last March when they launched the VaporCastStore. I kind of had it in my head that the guys were making juice of the fruity menthol variety and hadn't ordered anything, then I noticed they had added a tobacco vape and ordered a bottle.
Let's get this VaporCastStore Midnight Express into The Lab. I will be vaping this 18mg juice of unknown PG/VG ratio on my Silver Bullet at 3.7v with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
The nose of this amber glass colored juice has a whisper of sweet nut and a dry, smoky finish.
The flavor on inhale is tough to describe. I tend toward strong natural extracts and stronger pseudo-tobacco vapes. I like throat hit and I like to have some kind of performance cues in my juice that replicate what my brain expects from inhaling something other than air. The flavor on inhale here is pretty light, but it also gives the impression of a deep, dark smoothness. There is a toast-y quality here too that reminds me of toasted grain or slightly of roasted coffee bean. I am a little bit taken aback, because this juice is as dark as a Budweiser bottle, so I had the expectation of a strong flavor. This is smooth and pretty light in presentation on the way in. Similarly, the throat hit is on the light side of average. Not as in lacking and leaving me feeling cheated, but using the genre of tobacco vape in general as a baseline, this is a pretty mellow vape. Again, this is probably just barely south of what I expect from a tobacco vape in terms of throat hit, but that dark color raised my expectations for something with more bite.
The flavor on exhale is where a nut element asserts itself, and it is instantly identifiable as a variant of the classic DK Tab mystery nut. More pleasant here and in less quantity, but it's present. Some rocket scientist identified the molecule tabanone (C13H18O) in tobacco, and most of the tobacco vapes have included it in an attempt at authentic tobacco flavor. The problem is, tabanone does not taste anything like something you expect from tobacco. So we end up with a legion of so-called tobacco vapes that are essentially mystery nut with throat hit. You've heard me say this before. Here we have a very refined, very smooth interpretation of that vaping classic. I also get the grassy note that I associate with natural tobacco extract. Vapor production is average for a PG blend, and the juice is relatively thin, so I would guess this to be in the neighborhood of 70PG/30VG.
This juice struck me as a hybrid natural tobacco and DK Tab clone. If I had to speculate, my guess would be that they started with a natural extract, weren't completely happy with it, and fortified it with either a molecule additive or some flavoring. That is me being analytical.
Now, in plain language, what do I think about this juice? It's good. It's smooth and mellow and won't tire anyone out. My concern would be that juices this dark are usually hell on attys, so I would alternate this one with some clean burning juice or atty refresher as a precaution. It doesn't ring my bell, but these are guys whose forte is fruity menthol vapes. It's a solid tobacco vape for their catalog, and a flavor that will probably appeal to more vapers because it doesn't go too far in any one direction to alienate anyone. Criticism aside, this is a four month old vendor and there is more craft in this liquid than the majority of juice out there. It's obvious to me that the guys are going to enjoy a lot of success in this business and I wish them the best of luck.