- Created: 20 December 2010
Intellicig is a UK based firm that has been around forever, as time goes in the vaping world. They make what appears to be a KR808 device called the EVO, and they are also the producers of ECOpure e-liquid. They're not the sort of company that had come onto my radar, as I am not particularly interested in electronic cigarette facsimiles, meaning their ecigs look like a cigarette. ECOpure has been around since vaping's Jurassic period, so just how good could it be? It's the stuff they fill those cartomizers with. I have better things to do.
So when a package of RIZe juice from Intellicig's US associate Intellicig-USA showed up Friday with a bottle of ECOpure in the box, I had no expectations. I love freebies, and I am always happy to see that a vendor has prepared a little care package for me. It doesn't influence how I feel about a product, and I am still going to evaluate it like I paid for it out of pocket. At best, a vendor may receive a bad review with slightly more polite language, but my commodity is my integrity, and if you can't trust my reviews then I don't really have anything to offer. I won't let that integrity be compromised, for anything.
All I knew about this juice when I first dripped it on an atty was that ECOpure had been around forever, it was all VG, and their juice was supposed to contain only four ingredients. At $17.99 a 20ml bottle it's on the pricey side, and I wouldn't have ordered this based on the high price coupled with no expectation of anything great.
Off to The Lab. I will be vaping this 25mg VG juice on my Bombshell at 3.7v.
The nose of this juice is almost blank. It has got the slightest hint that it is cigarette-like, but it is so, so neutral. It really gives you nothing to work with, no expectations to build on.
The flavor on inhale is incredibly difficult to compare to anything. It is clean. Incredibly clean. Squeaky clean. Operating room clean. It is like taking a blast of pure oxygen. It's strangely appealing how neutral and crisp the flavor is. The big surprise is how this juice performs. This juice hits like a full flavor. Granted, at 25mg I expect satisfaction, but beyond that, this juice has a nicotine sizzle that is really extraordinary. I don't know how to describe it other than that. The throat hit is fantastic for a VG juice, better than most PG juices, but it's the added effect of that sizzle that intensifies the draw and gives the experience more impact.
The flavor on exhale is again, ultra clean. My mouth feels like I just brushed my teeth when I vape this. It is so clean. If anything there is a wisp of malt, but I say that knowing that Backwoods Brew Malty is based on this flavor. My mind would have never made that connection, but it is the closest I can come to ascribing a known flavor to this juice. There is an analog quality to the exhale, not so much a flavor, but you really get the impression that the exhale is analog-like. Almost like the slight ash tray you get from a juice that properly uses tobacco absolute, but not exactly. I doubt very much this juice contains anything so exotic. Four ingredients, remember? Vapor production is extraordinary, and just what you would hope for from an all VG juice.
I want to expound on this juice a little beyond my brief review of its characteristics. You've heard me laud a juice's performance before. Performance is just as big, if not bigger, than flavor when I am analyzing a juice. What comprises performance? Throat hit, nicotine sizzle, quality of flavor on inhale and on exhale, and vapor production. This juice performs like nothing that's come into The Lab before. Mind blowing from the first vape. You all know that VS Tampa is my every morning vape, and Torque 56 has been a constant companion in my PV case. ECOpure Rich does what I like about those juices, and frankly, it does it better. I have been vaping this almost exclusively since it showed up, and it is just miraculous juice. The absolute wave of relief that comes over me when I take a deep, long draw off a cigarette is replicated better here than any of the Analog Replacement Sweepstakes entries. Despite its unbelievably neutral character, there is something about this juice that is incredibly cigarette-like.
The price? Yeah, it's steep. Get over it. Life is way too short to vape crap. I will gladly pay the going rate for this juice, because it's an order of magnitude better than most of the stuff out there. Still cheaper than tobacco.
I owe Frank from Intellicig-USA a debt of gratitude for sending me this. I would have never ordered this on my own, and now it's going to be a staple of The Juice Cellar, thanks to him. Not everyone is going to get this juice. Not everyone is going to appreciate its qualities the way I do, but for those of you who appreciate performance the way I do, this stuff is going to amaze you. I really want to buy some of their unflavored juice and mix it with some flavorings. I think the base is one of the best there is, if not the best. Not only does it perform, it is extraordinarily atty friendly, burns great and I swear, it could be my imagination, but I think it cleans your atty as well. It is so, so clean. ECOpure Rich has become my go-to juice.
Amazing juice. Recommended with angels and a fanfare of heavenly trumpets.