After vaping Halo for over a year I have some pretty solid impressions of their juice. There hasn't been one that put me off, and there are several that are crucial vapes for me. Freedom, Smooth 8, Tribeca and Prime 15 are all solid vapes, but not juices that made my regular rotation. Torque 56, Bella Valente and Captain Jack are all pretty much indispensable, and have proven to be the only three juices in all of vaping that I can't live without.
These juices are probably a love it or hate it affair. There is a chemical-ness to them that I can see putting some people off. It doesn't come across as a bad quality to me. No one has perfected killer throat hit like Halo. These juices also burn very clean and are extremely atty and carto friendly. That's a huge plus. Lastly, Halo juice does a better job than any at hitting that mysterious benchmark I call core satisfaction; the sensation you got when you lit up a nail after going a while without one. It's a combination of throat hit and a hard to describe sensation in your upper chest. It's something we never thought about when we smoked, but it was a big part of that feeling of relief that we relished about smoking. It's kind of hard to put into words. All I know is that when I vape this stuff, more than any other juice I get a piece of the satisfaction I am looking for as a former cigarette smoker. This stuff makes me feel like I'm vaping something. I also like it that none of these taste like DK-Tab or make me feel like I am going into diabetic shock. They're sweet, but much less so than the status quo for tobacco vapes.
I had been out of Bella for about a month and I took advantage of the Thanksgiving sale to restock. I didn't realize Halo had added a flavor, Midnight Apple, so I added a 5ml bottle to the cart. They describe it as spiced Granny Smith over their tobacco base. I have to hurry up and review it, because I've been forcing myself to stay away from this small bottle before I emptied it without getting a review out. This is definitely a big bottle juice for me and I'll have to get another order in soon.
I will be vaping this 18mg juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a brand new Joye 306 1.5 ohm atty. Halo doesn't list their ratios, but they all seem to fall between 73-80% PG.
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The target for today's cigar vape is an interesting one. Toscano cigars are a dry cured, hand rolled Italian OTC cigar. By OTC I mean they are an inexpensive cigar that fills a similar niche over there that Black and Milds and White Owls fill here in the States. Toscanos are a love it or hate it cigar, but they do have a fervent fan base, including celebrity Clint Eastwood. They have a reputation for strong flavor, or harshness, depending on who you ask. Sounds like good extract material to me.
I'm always up for a good cigar vape. Problem is, there are only a couple good cigar vapes in all of vaping. It's tough to capture all that robust body and flavor when you aren't striking a match, and most attempts are either incomplete recreations or laughable failures.
Well, if I have confidence in anyone to make me a cigar vape I can't do much better than Todd at Vaperite. Todd is one of vaping's pioneers in the area of natural tobacco extracts, and if vaping ever gets big enough to warrant more than a page or two on Wikipedia, Todd will be memorialized as such.
I will be vaping today's 16mg 50/50 blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty. A note on natural tobacco extract eliquid: natural tobacco extracts are very high in suspended solids. Because of this they are hell on atomizers. You can help mitigate this problem by using a product like want2vape Atty Refresher or Vape the Rockies Purge Atty Cleanser. I use both, and I also have a habit of choosing a thin, clean burning eliquid and alternating when I vape natural tobaccos. They're hard on attys, and until we figure out a workaround for that, it's the price you pay for vaping genuine tobacco.
Virginia tobacco has the highest sugar content of any tobacco. Because of this it ages marvelously, continuing to improve under proper storage conditions for four, maybe five decades. Like wine.
Virginia tobacco has an amazing natural sweetness due to all that sugar. There is nothing like it. I have been trying for months to make an extract that captures that magic, and so far I have been striking out, bad. I am tempted to do some gas chromatography on some Virginia tobacco smoke to see what's going on in there on the molecular level. I still hold hope for doing an extract without having to resort to sorcery though, so for the time being I will keep making test samples and see if a source tobacco can be found that translates into a vape with at least some of that magic intact.
Todd at Vaperite has one of the original Virginia flue cured vapes in Vaperite Flue Cured Virginia Tobacco. Not all of Todd's tobaccos are natural extracts though, and I think this one is achieved via flavorings. If I'm wrong he can let me know and I will change this review.
Let's get today's Test Subject into The Lab, where I will be vaping this 16mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306 atty.
I smoke quite a lot of Perique, so it's a subject near and dear to my heart. Real Perique is only grown in St. James parish Louisiana. There isn't a whole lot of it. A lot of Kentucky Burley is processed as Perique and passed off as Perique, but there is a difference.
The Indians taught us how to make Perique. In a nutshell, it's Burley that has been pressed and allowed to ferment in its own juices. It has a high nicotine content, and it adds either a fermented fruit tang to the tobacco its blended with, or it can have a peppery taste. The peppery taste is more often than not from Perique that isn't the real thing, but the real thing can display that element too. The blends I smoke that contain Perique have a magical smell when you open the tin. Tangy, raisin-y, mouth watering; it smells like Christmas in a can. Perique adds a nice element to blends as long as you use a judicious hand with it.
Goodejuice just sent me a package of a bunch of their house tobacco blends. I thank them and will share my thoughts with you. The first to enter The Lab is their Natural Perique Tobacco, which they extract from the genuine article. I will be vaping this 18mg 50/50 blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a brand new SLB 1.7 ohm 510 atty.
I hit a wall pretty fast with most artificially flavored tobacco vapes, no matter how much I like them initially. At first I was in love with Prime Vaping's Love From Above, but by the time I got around to doing the review, the infatuation had disappeared.
I know they were disappointed in me for that, because I had told them enthusiastically how much I liked it when I first got it. Hell, I ordered 60ml of it. That's the first and only time I ever did that. The review is the review. It reflected my honest opinions on the juice. I hope they read past their disappointment and realized that regardless what my thoughts on that one juice were, I am enthusiastic about Prime Vaping. I think they're one of the better eliquid creators out there.
So today's Test Subject is Prime Vaping The 8th Wonder. This is actually the same base as their Love From Above with the addition of malted chocolate. I have had this forever and just forgot about it. I was clearing out some stuff in The Juice Cellar and found it yesterday, and it's long overdue to knock out a review on this vintage tobacco vape.
I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a brand spanking new Joye 306 1.5 ohm atty.
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