I'm on the hunt for a Good, Big, Cheap Custard before I break down and just start DIYing a GVC clone recipe. I've got custards from several vendors aging in The Juice Cellar, and I'll be going through them as I feel they're ready.
A lot of custards are really just creamy vanilla vapes. That doesn't put me off, but what I'm really looking for is a super egg-y, rich custard with an almost sour note to it. How did I go from NETs to custards? Your guess is as good as mine. I just can't get enough custard right now, so I'm running with it.
Today's review juice is Full Moon by Steam Juice, a variation on their French vanilla custard with hazelnut added. I have to say that this vendor made a great first impression on me. Their prices are excellent, they offer a tasty assortment of original flavors, they will make you any level of nic strength you want, and they sell big bottles. I bought an assortment of four 30ml bottles to sample their juice, and even the ones I didn't love I thought were good. As a teaser, one of their juices became an instant favorite from the first time I vaped it, and I will definitely be back for big bottles.
Lastly I have retired my six week old iPV Mini. Actually I gave it to The Creature, who expressed an interest in vaping. I gave him the iPV Mini and an Aqua v2 and some juice to help him get started off right. Two days ago I received an Hcigar HB DNA 40, which is a tidy little box mod with an authentic Evolv DNA 40 that can be yours for less than $120. So far I'm very happy with the box. You'll notice that I am vaping at a lower wattage than normal. That's because apparently the SX130 in the iPV Mini was not terribly accurate, so to get the same vape on my DNA that I got from the iPV at 28.5w I had to drop down to 22w.
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If you've been reading you know that I've only been vaping on modern hardware pretty much since the start of 2015. Prior to that for four and a half years right up until the end of 2014 I vaped on Joye 306LR attys. My Silver Bullet is still in service as my commuting device, but I only have one atty in reserve for it and once that one is toast I am retiring the SB. I got four years out of my Silver Bullet, and it will be fully functional when I retire it. Let that sink in. Fantastic mod and worth every penny I paid for it. The powder coated finish even held up and it only has a couple very small chips on the atty end of the tube.
One of the first things I noticed when I dragged myself out of the stone age of vaping was that I was going to go through a lot more juice. Nick's Blissful Brews Smoked Custard Plus was an instant hit with me and became my all day vape, but the day of the $20+ 30ml bottle is over. Dead. Seriously juice makers, you need bigger bottles and lower prices if you want most of us to vape your juice. $23 for a 30ml was ok when that bottle was going to last me a couple weeks or more, but I can kill that bottle in two days now. Don't call your juice premium to justify charging so much. We could all go make juice as good or better DIY for pennies if we weren't so lazy.Fortunately many vendors have figured that out, and premium tasting juice in big bottles at reasonable prices is not hard to find.
So anyway I am auditioning a bunch of custard vapes to replace Nick's as my all day vape. What I am looking for is juice that performs well and delivers juicy, saturated flavor. Today's entry is Vape Wild On Cloud Custard. This vendor offers big bottles at good prices and has a solid reputation among vapers on the web, so it was one of the first custards I ordered on this journey.
Over the years I've had vendors send me juice to review free of charge. Don't expect a better review because the juice was gratis. My reviews are 100% my opinion, which is an opinion after all so take it as such, but my integrity is uncompromisable. The vast majority of the 200+ juice reviews I've done were done on juice that I paid for. Either way, the review is never affected by who paid for it. Today's review juice was purchased by me and not a gift.
This review has been a long time coming. VS Tampa was my all day vape for the first few months I started vaping. A year and a half later it's still just about the only thing that Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein likes to vape.
I still like to vape a bottle of VS juice now and then. Plus I have to keep Mrs. Doctor in Tampa. Recently when momma was just about out of juice I threw a 15ml of Vapor Station VS4 on the order. For some reason I had never gotten around to vaping this one.
On paper VS4 sounds great. It seems to me that I remember hearing that it was the product of Vapor Station's first attempt at an RY4, but they went back to the drawing board because this one tasted like toffee instead of caramel. Lucky for us, because this is a solid vape, and a nice variation on the RY4 theme.
Let's get right to the action. I will be vaping this 24mg 50/50 blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306. I never realized that VS juice was mostly 60/40 to 50/50, but it explains why they're ever so slightly less atty friendly. Very thin for so much VG though.
It's been very nearly three years since you last read a juice review here. I hope the time has been good to you. It certainly has been for vaping. The advances in regulated vaping, rebuildable atomizers, tanks, subohm, all of this has provided vapers of all experience levels and needs a means to tailor a perfect vape for themselves.
After four plus years of vaping 3.7v on Joye 306LR attys before I updated to modern hardware, all I can say is that vaping is far more satisfying for me today than it ever has been, and I am feeling a lot of the excitement that I felt when this site first launched on Halloween 2010. It's good to have you here reading this, and it's good to connect with people in the vaping community again. It's good to be back.
To celebrate how happy I am about reconnecting with you, I am kicking off the Return of Vapenstein with an It's Alive! winner. Today's juice is Smoked Custard Plus by Nick's Blissful Brews. Coming back to public vaping after a three year absence I had to take a crash course in hardware. I wasn't going to seriously look at anyone's product until I felt good about what I was using, and felt that I was getting a vape that would do these juices justice. I had to go through a few combinations, and I am vaping on a setup today that gives me flat out the best vape I have ever had, so here we go:
I had kind of put this one on the back burner because I'm not nuts about alcohol infused tobacco. I'm low on juice I haven't reviewed yet, so I grabbed this one from The Juice Cellar this morning, and was pleasantly surprised to read the product description. Apparently this juice is not a bourbon flavored tobacco vape, but an Oriental tobacco extract. At least the product description would have me believe that. Excellent.
Tobacco is tobacco. The different types we smoke are not individual species, but merely cultivars of the same plant. Crazy huh? Virginia, Carolina, Burley, Oriental, all wildly different due to nothing more than climate and chemical composition of the soil they grow in. Perique, Cavendish, Kentucky and Latakia don't count because with all four there is a process involved.
Most cigarettes are a mix of Burley and Virginia tobacco, but if you're a Camel fan then you've been smoking Oriental. I find the flavor of Oriental to be dry and less sweet, and depending on the tobacco it can also have wonderful sour and/or bitter notes. It's naturally low in sugar and nicotine. On its own I find it a little dull, but mix it with some Virginia and Latakia and you have pure nirvana.
Nick makes a great tobacco extract, and today we're vaping his Goodejuice Wild Turkey Tobacco. I will be vaping this 18mg 50/50 blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306.
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