- Created: 08 March 2015
I've been on the hunt for a custard that is both cheap and good for an ADV. My preference is for a rich, egg-y custard, something that I've so far been unable to find in a juice that sells in 60-120ml bottles for a reasonable price. I will be running through a few of these. Some of them have been surprisingly good, and some of them have tasted like they cost what they did.
I've been hoping that I'd find a vendor that sold a GVC clone. I mean how hard is could it be, the recipe is well known and published all over the web. People can't get enough of it. If I was a vendor trying to build a customer base I would definitely bottle a GVC clone, and call it Great Vanilla Custard (GVC, get it?) or something similar to tip people off that was what I was doing. Instant fan base. Nope, haven't found one yet. Most of the custards offered by the big bottle vendors are the more vanilla-y strain of custard. If I make it through the end of these juices I'll just start making my own if I don't find one, but I have more money than time and I'd just as soon buy it premade hence the search.
If you're making the rounds of big bottle vendors Mount Baker Vapor is likely to land on your list. Today's review juice is their Vanilla Custard, which they say combines the flavors of "maple sugar, vanilla bean, and sweet cream". Maple sugar? I love maple sugar, but it isn't what I expect in a custard. My grandmother frequently made custard and custard pie, and I have a firm memory of them because I absolutely loved them. Custard should be very simple and rich. You should definitely taste the egg. Custard and tapioca are to my mind what pudding should be like, certainly what they were like before the modern era of bland mostly cornstarch instant pudding. I have high expectations and am easy to disappoint, so let's fire up this juice.
I will be vaping this juice on my Hcigar HB DNA 40 at 23w on a 0.54 ohm coil in my Subtank Mini. This coil is one I've wrapped about half a dozen times now, and 4 out of 5 times it reads 0.54. My intention was to replicate the stock RBA coil in the ST Mini. I use a tiny blue screwdriver, which is approximately 2mm, and give it 5 wraps of 26ga and leave it spaced and wick with rayon. Perfection. I put my Troll on when I want to crank up the watts and get a flavor blast, but day in and day out this half ohm ST Mini build is really hard to fault.
The nose of this juice is full of spices. The custard is there, but I wasn't expecting all the spice and it kind of dominates the aroma.
The flavor on inhale is.....CINNAMON. Cinnamon cinnamon cinnamon and more cinnamon. It's so prevalent that it obfuscates the custard base.
Cinnamon is a very strong, love it or hate it flavor. Like menthol. I can't stand either. There is no amount of menthol or cinnamon that you can put in eliquid that doesn't ruin the juice for me. Any vendor that is using cinnamon in their recipe really, really needs to list that there is cinnamon in the juice. That way I and all the vapers that share my aversion can pass, and the vapers that love cinnamon may be more interested in it. In any event, I don't much like buying a 15ml bottle of juice that I am only going to take half a dozen blasts of before it gets dumped in the sink and now I have to clean my tank and rewick.
It is a glaring, deal breaking omission not to list that this juice contains cinnamon, and it earns this juice the first Toe Tag that I've issued in years. Not my cup of tea, and be warned that this custard is probably not what you're looking for in a custard vape.