- Created: 28 June 2015
Nicoticket is a wildly popular eliquid maker just down the road from Castle Vapenstein.
In reviewing their signature custard vape, Custard's Last Stand, I was unimpressed and a little put off by the weird artificial sweetener note that permeated that vape. The thing that makes this especially curious is that this isn't some custard flavoring that you and I can go buy and make our own juice with. Nicoticket makes their own vanilla extract, and whatever else they make CLS out of, it doesn't taste like any custard made by the prominent flavoring makers.
Everyone offers a custard. I vape custard all day every day. I've vaped a lot of custards. So it's kind of odd when a high profile vendor gets a high profile vape so wrong. CLS has its fans, though I wonder how many custards they've had to compare it to.
Ok, we've established I don't like CLS. That factors into this review, because I already have a negative predisposition toward this custard base. I am one vaper, and my tastes are not necessarily representative of the community. There are my opinions. Do what I do with any reviewer, decide whether or not you agree with me, and then read between the lines of my reviews to find some value in my impressions of these vapes.
Absolut Creme Brulee is Nicoticket's custard base with caramel and tobacco absolute. Tobacco absolute is very tricky. Use it very, very sparingly (like the old made in India formulation of Vapor Station tobaccos) and it adds realism and depth to a tobacco vape. Use it with an injudicious hand and your juice tastes like licking an ashtray. Let's take this juice into The Lab and see whether Nicoticket will change my mind or have me muttering fallar tras fallar tras fallar.
I will be vaping this 3mg 50/50 blend on a 0.26 ohm 2x26ga@2mm build in my Cthulhu at 35w on my BMI.
The nose of this juice is caramel forward.
The flavor on inhale is predominantly caramel over subtle custard. Core satisfaction is excellent.
The flavor on exhale is surprising. The addition of the caramel and tobacco elements mask what I didn't like about their custard base in Custard's Last Stand. I still get a bit of the weirdness I didn't care for, but I mostly have to look for it. What you get in ACB is definitely a custard, with equal parts caramel and tobacco absolute. The tobacco absolute here is applied in exactly the right amount and does not taste funky or ashy. This would be even better if there was a natural tobacco extract with the tobacco absolute there to bolster and round it out, but I can't fault the use of absolute here. The balance of caramel and tobacco absolute is likewise just about perfect. You get both, and neither overwhelms the juice and becomes dominant. The custard holds the caramel and the tobacco elements and the sum of the flavors is very cohesive. None of the notes feels like an added flavor, the individual elements present as parts of the whole as opposed to a bunch of individual flavors. Well blended. The finish is sweet caramel, which is the perfect end to what just happened in your mouth. Vapor production is obviously not as thick as maxVG. I get what they're doing in not offering unlimited ratio options. They make the product and everyone that buys it gets the same experience. Still, if you're going to offer only one option, perhaps it's time to start looking at 70% VG.
This juice was a surprise for me. I absolutely did not like CLS, and I went into this one thinking it'd be no different. I was wrong. They can wipe the slate clean and start from scratch with CLS as far as I'm concerned, but everything about ACB works and they should leave it alone. It's rich and flavorful and I couldn't vape it all day long, but I did not mind vaping through my bottle one bit. Recommended.