- Created: 01 June 2015
When I went AWOL around the first of 2012 Nicoticket either didn't exist or was unknown to me. Upon my return to public vaping, they were everywhere. A very popular and often referred to vendor. You can't swing a dead cat on ECF without running into a Nicoticket banner. Small world, they're just up the road a bit from Castle Vapenstein.
So as I ran through the custards it was only a matter of time before I got some of their Custard's Last Stand in The Lab. Nicoticket describes this as a straight vanilla custard using their in-house vanilla extract. It's only available in 50/50, so this is the thinnest juice I've vaped in months. I get the whole 50/50 thing, lowest common denominator and all, usable by the biggest cross section of vapers etc etc, but in my opinion 50/50 is way too thin for how most core users vape. However, I also realize that most vapers are not core users, and so a 50/50 blend is going to work for the largest percentage of vapers. I normally make my own juice at anywhere between 73-80% VG.
I loaded up a tank of this in my Cthulhu this morning after a rewick, and it immediately began to seep out of my airholes, something no juice has done before and I am blaming the thin nature of 50/50 for that. So I vaped that tank dry and threw a dripper on so my fingers wouldn't be so sticky I couldn't write a review.
Let's head to The Lab and put Custard's Last Stand under the microscope.
I will be vaping this 2 month old 3mg juice at 50w in a Royal Hunter RDA with a 0.45 ohm dual coil build using twisted 28ga on my BMI. The Royal Hunter has proven to be an excellent flavor atty and the vapor it produces is almost on par with my Troll. It's become a favorite, and for the first time I'm throwing the RH on pretty regularly instead of just as an occasional oddity. My normal vape is the Cthulhu RTA. I feel so strongly about the Cthulhu that shortly after getting mine I got rid of my Subtanks and my Lemo 2, if that is any indication how great I think the Cthulhu is. I feel it gives me the best vape I've ever had and I do not mind the increased juice consumption because the flavor and satisfaction it provides totally make it worthwhile.
The nose of this juice is predominantly vanilla and artificial sweetener in equal measures.
The flavor on inhale has a bit of a creamy mouth feel going in, which is good. I had a cup of creme brulee with Mrs. Dr. and Netflix last night, and it leaves behind a pronounced creaminess in the mouth from the milk fat, and that's what this one makes me think of. Core satisfaction is good.
The flavor on exhale has an odd saccharine tinge to it. I am not a big fan of sweeteners and this juice definitely feels like it has some added sweetness. It kind of takes over and steps on the other notes. I get vanilla and maybe, just maybe, a touch of egg, but they're mudddled by the strong artificial sweetener note I get off this. It's not awful, but it is weird and off the mark and doesn't taste like any of the brand name custards. For me Grant's Vanilla Custard is the standard I judge all others by, and this one isn't even in the same zip code. Vapor production is good despite the ratio, the only difference being that it does not appear to me to be as dense as higher VG ratios provide.
If any of you are as old as I am, this will make perfect sense to you. Before Nutrasweet all diet sodas had a weird, off taste about them. That is the impression I get most strongly from Custard's Last Stand. I can't help but wonder if all the many fans of this juice haven't vaped any of the really good custards. I made it through half of a 15ml and that's about all I can take.