- Created: 16 June 2015
I am slowly finishing up my tour of custard vapes. Along the way I decided to DIY my perfect custard, as I just wasn't finding it among the commercial custard vapes, and I came up with two recipes that I think are far better than anything I've reviewed here on these pages. I will eventually get around to ordering a bottle of Daft Spunk, as many seem to hold it in very high regard, but my days of buying premade custards are pretty much done.
In retrospect I could have been more enthusiastic about three of the custards that I've reviewed. I have to revise my original opinion of ITCVapes Custard #3 and say that if I wasn't making my own I'd be buying from them regularly. The problem at the time of review was that I was primarily using Kanger Subtank Minis, and the thick ITCVapes VG just did not wick in those and made for a frustrating vape. The problem went away when I got my Lemo 2, and when I got my Cthulhu a couple weeks after the Lemo 2, vaping the ITCVapes custard was like vaping a whole different juice. Given that its price was the lowest of the bunch, it seemed like an even better vape factoring in the low price. ITCVapes Custard #3 is a pretty rich, flavorful custard vape for a premade juice regardless of cost, and it has my recommendation.
The same goes for Steam Juice Thick Vanilla Custard. This juice is just a shade light on flavoring, but that aside, I wouldn't be unhappy if my homemade custard came out like this one. In fact none of their juices have been big misses for me, and I recommend this vendor for cheap, high quality juice and great service.
Lastly, Charlie Noble Charlie's Custard costs a little more, but still qualifies as a good value. This one tastes like it has added graham cracker, and it's a nice smooth note on top of a decently rich custard.
So there you have it, those are my three recommendations after my Best, Big, Cheap Custard tour. I thought that maybe I shouldn't include this in a review for another juice, and then I thought screw it, my reviews aren't advertisements for juice makers and I can put whatever I want wherever I want. So apologies to Casey Jones and now on to their review.
The guy who makes Casey Jones Mainline Reserve was in the middle of the arrival of a new baby during my order and the wait was understandably long. However, looking back on his Facebook posts by others, long wait times and flakey communications seemed to be the norm. I did not get a response to my attempts to communicate with him, despite the fact that as busy as he said he was, he had time to post vids of some golf video game he'd been playing to his personal Facebook timeline, all while people had been waiting a month or more for their orders and there was supposed to be a medical emergency involving his spouse. I worried that I would never see this juice, but it finally showed after a very long wait. Just be advised that the history of Casey Jones appears to be fraught with long waits and lack of communication. Check the posts by others to the Facebook page before ordering.
Upon arrival I smelled this juice and it had the same chemical/perfume-y aroma a Grant's Vanilla Custard has after mixing, which for me was a good sign. I let it sit a good, long time before vaping, and this juice is now around 3 months old I think.
I will be vaping this 3mg maxVG juice at 35w in a Cthulhu with a 0.26 ohm build on my BMI.
The nose of this juice is Butterscotch Disc.
The flavor on inhale is faintly buttery with a hint of vanilla. The core satisfaction is average to slightly below. It's a pretty mellow vape.
The flavor on exhale is lacking any typical custard notes. There is a smooth vanilla, but I don't get any burnt sugar or egg notes. The finish is faint butterscotch, and it doesn't really work with what custard there is. It tastes like an additive instead of blending with the base. The overall presentation is butterscotch dominant, but it's a hard candy butterscotch instead of a rich, butter-y one. Vapor production is excellent.
I was hoping for a rich custard with a rich, syrup-y butterscotch, but this isn't that. It's a very mild custard vape with added butterscotch candy. Despite initially smelling like GVC, once it had sat around a while it tasted nothing like that base.
Not bad but not a win for me, and definitely not good enough to justify the pain of buying through them.