- Created: 13 July 2015
Right before I transitioned to regulated vaping at the beginning of 2015, I tried two new to me juices while still vaping old school that I really liked. One of them was Space Jam Eclipse. Space Jam is what I would consider premium juice at $11.99/15ml. I seem to recall them having turned up before I dropped out of public vaping in 2012, but I never tried any of their product back then.
Anyway, Eclipse vaped great in a 306LR. I vaped a lot of Halo Captain Jack for years, and Eclipse kind of fell into that same fruity tobacco vape niche, and I thought it was pretty good.
I have to admit, I no longer have a lot of patience for juices that cost this much. Not when there are so many inexpensive juice makers offering decent vapes at a price that allows you to sub ohm without going broke. For me, $12 for a small bottle is 2012 pricing, and it doesn't hold water in 2015. I could make half a liter of my custard for less than this 15ml bottle, and I can vape this 15ml bottle between now and lunch time. Who is vaping juice that costs this much anymore? Do you justify it to yourself as a special treat? I could make a 120ml bottle of this and sell it to you for $20, and I'd be making money. This is not so much a rant against Space Jam, but against every vendor who prices their juice this way. Make a profit, that's why you started your juice business, but do you really need to make 1000% profit on it? Because more and more budget friendly juice makers are going to pop up, some of them will make good juice, and when people can buy 60ml and 120ml bottles for $20, what use do they have for a small $12 bottle of your juice that won't last the day? This is where I think Charlie Noble gets it right. Premium juice, half the price of traditional premiums. If I like something of theirs I can buy a 120ml without having to take out a second mortgage. End of rant.
Enough of the Angry Dr. Vapenstein show, let's take this pricey bottle of Eclipse into The Lab for analysis. Space Jam describes this juice as cavendish tobacco, vanilla and caramel.
I will be vaping this 3mg 50/50 juice on a dual 26ga 2mm build at 0.32 ohms in one of my Cthulhus on my BMI at 38.5w.
The nose of this juice is fruity, vanilla-y, caramel-y.
The flavor on inhale is kind of a mix of apricot, vanilla and maybe a whisper of caramel. It's kind of like an amped up version of my old standby Halo Captain Jack, which again, is why I liked this juice in the first place. Core satisfaction is quite good, it has a substantial and satisfying draw.
The flavor on exhale opens the flavors up and shows the tobacco. The tobacco here makes me think tobacco absolute. It has that creamy, ashy, almost smoky body, but here it is used with a very light hand. All good, usually this flavor completely overwhelms the juice, but here it makes its point and does exactly what it's supposed to. It definitely has a creamy mouthfeel. The apricot element, if that's what the fruit note is and I probably wouldn't put money on it if pressed, is much bigger on exhale, and at times moves into perfume-y territory. The vanilla rounds and smooths, and I detect no caramel whatsoever on the exhale. Vapor production is above average for a 50/50 blend and could pass for 70% VG.
In the early days of vaping the Chinese juice makers had a flavor called French Pipe. It was basically apricot, vanilla and tobacco. Never mind that there is no such thing as French Pipe tobacco in the real world, the closest thing being a Belgian tobacco called semois, which is a smoke cured Burley vaguely similar to our Kentucky tobacco. Space Jam Eclipse is very much an upscale French Pipe, for those of you that ever vaped the old standard.
I do not like this juice as much at sub ohm levels as I did when vaping it on 306LR attys. Hitting this on my current setup, the flavor is very strong and occasional crosses into straight out perfume-y. In my opinion this juice is definitely going to work better for you tootle puffers out there. It's probably great in a Kayfun. In a Cthulhu it's a bit much.
It's very good though, and I can say with absolute certainty that if I had reviewed this juice when I still vaped old school it would have received an It's Alive! Award. So definitely a must try for all you low wattage mouth to lung vapers. If you're cloud chasing or sub ohming though, you might find the presentation a little forceful. Worth a try if you're a tobacco vaper, certainly.