- Created: 23 March 2015
I'm nothing if not thorough when I focus on something. For the last couple of months it's been the search for the Best, Big, Cheap Custard. Today's entrant is Charlie's Custard by Charlie Noble. I've only vaped a couple of Charlie Noble juices, and both of them have been a reorder for me. Good flavors, and I like the premium packaging coupled with the discount juice prices. 120ml bottles are less than $45, and going through 15ml a day I can live with that. I've said it before and I'll say it again, vendors need to start reading where vapers are headed, and $20+/30ml is not it. High PG ratio is not it. High nic is not it. Vendors that don't adapt will see increasingly shrinking market share as vapers move on to juice makers that cater to the way they vape.
Those of you coming back to Vapenstein after my long absence may be scratching your heads, wondering what happened to me. Custards are a bit of a stretch for a guy who was a NET pioneer and has a well documented love and knowledge of tobacco. In fact the time to be into NETs has never been better than now. There are more vendors producing quality NETs, and the ease and affordability of recoiling and rewicking our tanks and attys largely offsets the big liability that NETs have.
I love tobacco. Vaping gives me a way to indulge my nicotine addiction that is much better for my respiratory and overall health than the 2 packs a day I used to smoke, and I'm grateful for that. But I still indulge my love of tobacco. I use nasal snuff when I'm away from The Lab and vaping isn't convenient, and I smoke a cigar every evening after dinner.
So increasingly, trying to scratch my tobacco itch via vaping just couldn't hold a candle to the real thing, for me. I'm less interested in trying to get a satisfying tobacco experience from my vape when I can look forward to one of my favorite cigars later in the day. It's a balance that works for me.
Custards hit the performance marks I always prized in my tobacco vapes. Excellent core satisfaction and throat/lung hit. The flavor is pleasant for me without being cloyingly sweet. The rich, egg-y variety of custards have their own appeal, as they have a lively, almost sourdough twang to them. Vape what you like, for me that's been custards lately.
About Charlie's Custard, Charlie Noble says "A rich, silky custard, homemade with a perfect balance of vanilla and baked crust.". Sounds good to me, and if my experience with their Tripoli is any indication it should be good. Let's head to The Lab and find out.
I will be vaping this 3mg 23%PG 77%VG juice at 23 watts in my Subtank Mini with a 0.55 ohm single coil build on my Hcigar HB DNA 40. I wick with rayon by the way. I find the wicking properties of rayon the best, the flavor the most neutral, and it doesn't hurt that a lifetime supply comes in a $12 box. I find with custards I'm good for about three tanks and it's time for a dry burn and rewick. I wrap a new coil about once a week.
The nose of this juice is buttery vanilla with maybe a hint of egg.
The flavor on inhale is a simple, subtle vanilla, maybe a little buttery. Not real big on presenting the flavors on the way in. Core satisfaction is good. Historically it hasn't been anything weird for a juice to show its stuff on the way out, so when a juice doesn't show much on inhale it doesn't alarm me because usually they open up and pop on the way out.
The flavor on exhale does indeed make the case for this juice. This is not an intense, egg-y custard, but everything does appear to be there. There is a harmonious balance between vanilla, butter and egg elements that I increasingly appreciate. The intense, egg-y custards are fantastic, but their flavors make less of an impact the more you vape them as your palate becomes more familiar. These milder, more balanced custards may not excite upon introduction the way the flashier custards do, but they are consistent and just vape great all the time. I am more and more appreciative of this type of custard. There is definitely some kind of pie or pastry crust flavor in here too, and it rounds out the flavor in a nice way. The vape has a lingering, creamy mouthfeel. Vapor production is excellent, as you'd expect from a 77% VG blend.
This custard has a unique presentation and doesn't taste like they're using the same flavorings any of the other custards in The Juice Cellar use. I find it to be a mellow and flavorful vape with good custard notes, and the pastry element adds a roundness to the flavor. It's a nice counterpoint to the other custards I vape, and I appreciate the difference. This isn't the custard I'm looking for, but it could end up just making or just missing my top five. Time will tell, I have a lot of custards left to vape. Very good juice and recommended.