- Created: 05 May 2015
Custard is the new tobacco. Back in the old days on 306 and 510 attys all I wanted to vape was tobacco. Since I joined the rest of you in the 21st century I just can not get enough custard. The only deviation from vaping custard I see is the occasional tank of cheesecake.
Custard just does it for me. The taste is pleasing, but mostly I think I just get a real good core satisfaction from vaping these juices. They hit well and I get more than just one note out of them.
One of the more well regarded big bottle custards is Custard #3 from ITCVapes. You can get a 120ml bottle of juice from them for under $20, which is a great price for people who sub ohm and go through a lot of juice. This juice has been sitting around for well over a month and smells fantastic. Don't vape it fresh, this juice needs at least 3 weeks before you sample it. There isn't much going on before then. ITCVapes goes so far as to state that on their product page, so good for them for spelling it out. There was a lot of debate about steeping back in the old days, but I can tell you that custards absolutely need the time. They go through big changes between the time they're mixed to a month old.
Let's get this one into The Lab and see how it stacks up against all the custards I've been vaping.
I will be vaping this 70% VG 3mg juice in a Lemo 2 on my Hcigar DNA 40 at 29w. The build is a 0.77 ohm 3mm coil wrapped with twisted 28ga. In my experience the flavor is better using 2mm coils, but tanks really prefer a 3mm coil for wicking purposes. I guess I finally threw in the towel and accepted the slight hit to flavor in order to have my tanks wick without my assistance.
The nose of this juice is a rich, egg-y custard.
The flavor on inhale is pretty subtle, with some vanilla and egg notes coming through. Core satisfaction is average for a custard vape.
The flavor on exhale opens up to a mixture of sweetness, vanilla, cream and egg. This is a custard that comes up just short of presenting the deep, rich vape this could be. It's along the same lines flavorwise as Charlie Noble Charlie's Custard, but not as flavorful as that one. I did order the flavor boost on this juice, but it tastes like the flavorings are about 5% short of being juicy and saturated. Vapor production is dense and above average, probably owing to the thick VG base. My preference is for my VG to be a little watered down, because you don't lose that much in vapor, and you gain a lot in wicking. Even in the Lemo 2 with a 3mm coil, this juice dances around the edge of giving a dry hit. I tried it at 40w in my Troll, and despite that the wicking issues are eliminated in a dripper, the flavor didn't explode into something magical the way some juices do in a dripper with more power.
This is a good juice with a solid flavor profile. I'd like the flavor to be bumped up a little more, and I'd like to see the juice a little less thick. Compared to the other big bottle custards I've been vaping I like this better than Vape Wild and Dr. Crimmy's, but not as much as Steam and Charlie Noble. For me it's a ground rule double, but not the home run I was looking for.