- Created: 31 March 2015
There is always going to be a question in some people's minds about how objective a reviewer's feedback about product they received for free is going to be. I think all any of us can do, myself included, is find reviewers whose tastes seem to resonate with us who we feel we can trust. That's for anything. Videogame reviews, Youtube vaping hardware reviews, and especially eliquid reviews since taste in eliquid is incredibly subjective.
All I can tell you is that when I review a juice, whether I bought it or it was free, whether I like the company or am mad at them for whatever reason, the review itself is only going to contain my honest impressions of the product. That held true even when I was involved with my own product. Vapenstein the reviewer and Vapenstein the NET co-creator were two separate entities, despite what any unhappy reviewees might think. My father raised me to value honesty and integrity above all else, and I have always felt that nothing of value could be got by stepping on someone else's neck to get where I was going.
So as a reviewer I tell you that free samples are welcome and encouraged. It doesn't guarantee a review, and it certainly doesn't guarantee the outcome of any review, but it does help me review more product than I otherwise would since my tastes are fairly specific and limit my exposure to product.
I received an email from someone at 10th Planet inquiring about sending me some juice to review. I looked at their site and told them to send me their Vanilla Mousse as it wasn't too far off the course I've been sailing lately. The packaging was an insane display of overkill. I really thought I was going to open that box to find a 60ml bottle waiting for me, but no, it was just a 10ml packaged to survive the apocalypse. They describe the juice as "A deep, rich yet mellow custard flavor with a kick of vanilla. Vanilla Mousse will remind you of a smooth and creamy cheesecake with a hint of graham cracker.". It's a custard, vanilla, cheesecake, erm let's just vape it and see.
I will be vaping this 50/50 3mg juice at 23w on a 0.55 ohm build using flat 26ga, Hcigar HB DNA 40/Kanger ST Mini. It's the first build I've done using flat 26ga, and it wraps well and seems to fire just a tad hotter than standard Kanthal.
The nose of this juice is a rich, mellow vanilla. Very French Vanilla-y.
The flavor on inhale is a warm vanilla. Pudding-ish. I don't order 50/50 anymore as I prefer 70% VG, but this one isn't harsh at all and vapes fine on a subohm setup and wicks well. Core satisfaction is very good with this juice, it has decent throat/lung hit.
The flavor on exhale is deep vanilla and makes me think of homemade tapioca. There is also a definite cheesecake note, but it doesn't stand out on its own as cheesecake, it blends in to add depth to the vanilla. I get a bit of a cheesecake twang off it. I don't know if they've used a pastry element or not, but there is a roundness to the vanilla presentation that suggests a couple flavorings in this that are not vanilla. I don't get custard notes, but it is custard-like. It's kind of like a French Vanilla pudding vape, or what you might get if you set out to make a custard vape that didn't use any of the off the shelf custard flavorings and therefore didn't have any egg or butter notes. Vapor production is good, but not as dense as a higher VG ratio would give.
This is a nice juice. The name is apt, as it's not your run of the mill custard vape. It's very much in the vanilla pudding camp though, and the recurring thought as I vaped this was tapioca, which is fine by me because we love tapioca. Recommended and worth checking out for pudding lovers that use tanks because of the 50/50 ratio.