- Created: 17 November 2010
I am a sucker for what I consider artisanal juice. Small operations who make their own tobacco extracts, multi-source their flavorings and spend the time and invest the love into creating products that are truly unique and special.
Vermont Vapor hadn't really come into my radar. They aren't mentioned much on ECF. No one really talks about their juice. So when I landed on their site one day and started looking at their juice, I was intrigued. I called them, and yes, they did make their own tobacco extract. Well now I can't help myself, and I'm placing a Vermont Vapor order to see what their product is like.
One of the juices I ordered from Vermont Vapor was their Smoke flavor. Smoke is a combination of their natural tobacco extract and artificial tobacco flavoring. Sounds like another contestant in the Analog Replacement Sweepstakes to me, so let's put this juice through its paces.
I am vaping this juice at 20mg on my 3.7v Copper 510.
First of all, Vermont Vapor has fantastic packaging. Really nice 30ml amber child-proof dropper bottles with great labeling. The only problem with the label is that it wraps around the entire bottle, making it hard to figure out how much juice you have left. On the other hand, I HATE their sample bottles, which are the short, fat variety instead of what most vendors use for 3ml. I drop the uncapped 3ml bottles in my lap almost every time I use one. The juice is milkshake-thick 100% VG. Right off the bat, I am really impressed with Vermont Vapor.
The nose of this juice is right on target. They call it smoke for a reason. Where most vendors recipes that attempt to get the analog cigarette right usually miss on the aroma, this juice is close. It definitely has that burning, smoky element that everyone else misses. I also get a rich tobacco essence, one that is not like the other vendors whose tobacco juice I like. Really on target from an aromatic perspective, and it really lifts your hopes for what is coming next.
Really great throat hit, and a smoky tobacco on inhale. It has a little bit of harshness to it that helps the illusion. This juice is not exactly like an analog cigarette, but it has tobacco and smoke in spades. My initial reaction to it was that a more aggressive flavor profile would send it over the top, but honestly, the more I vape this, the more impressed I become. It is tobacco-y, smoky, with just a hint of campfire harshness. It is not like pipe tobacco, cigar tobacco or cigarette tobacco. Where other tobacco extracts give more of a fresh leaf or roasted tobacco flavor, this is like a smoky, fermented tobacco. On exhale it is rich and smoky and vapor production is great, as you would expect from a 100% VG juice.
Yesterday after sitting down with their product, I was so impressed with some aspects of this juice but felt that it was lacking in other areas that I sent quite a lengthy email to Vermont Vapor regarding my thoughts. I never heard back from them. It could be that someone never checked their email, or perhaps criticism is hard to take sometimes and they took the high road and chose not to respond to criticisms they didn't agree with.
This juice is probably not going to be a daily vape for me. However, I will reorder it, because I want to have a bottle of this on hand, always. It is unique, and Vermont Vapor has succeeded where other juice makers have failed to catch the essence of burning tobacco. This is the closest I think we will ever get to actual smoking in the vaping world. There is no sweetness, no bizarre non-tobacco flavors, nothing but pure tobacco and smoke. If I sit here and don't think about it, my brain thinks I am smoking with this juice.
I have to offer the good people at Vermont Vapor my apology for emailing them any criticisms regarding this juice. I have done a complete 180, and I see the genius this recipe represents now that I have spent more time with it. It is a good reminder for me to give juice the time it needs to shine before I start waving my opinion around. In this case, the juice was fine and I just wasn't getting it. I am now. I feel just plain silly that I sent that email to Vermont Vapor telling them how to fix their juice.
Brilliant. Vapenstein It's Alive! Award winner, without a doubt.