I've been meaning to review this juice for a long time. Just hadn't got around to it, compounded with the fact that the vendor who makes it is open only sporadically. I'm sure they have a schedule, but 90% of the time I've been to their site, the store's been closed.
That vendor is Kick Bass Vapor. They're no longer the new kid on the block, and they have built a solid reputation for excellent non-tobacco vapes.
I'm a tough sell when it comes to tobacco vapes. It's not because I make my own. Frankly, I don't vape my own too often. It's like being a good cook but preferring to eat out. Besides, I have impossible criteria for what constitutes an all day vape, and only about half a dozen eliquids have ever made that cut and stayed there. What I am really looking for in a tobacco vape is not what I try to capture when I make a tobacco vape. When I set out to create a new extract with Donley, I am thinking of nothing but capturing the essence of the target tobacco, and recreating that experience as best as we are able within the limitations of our medium.
But my criteria for the tobacco juice that I vape day in and day out is different. First and foremost I want something that scratches the itch. That means I need throat hit, and I also need that nebulous quality that we'll call "core satisfaction", which is the feeling you get in your upper chest that flips the satisfaction switch in your brain. Second, and almost as important, I want juice that is clean burning. The atomizer is the weakest link in our chain, and for the juice I vape day in and day out I don't want it to contribute to its premature demise.
Today's test subject is a tobacco vape from a popular vendor, Kick Bass Vapor Crossfire Trail. They describe it as "A Bold Robust Tobacco. Smokey and Dark." I will be vaping this 24mg 70PG/30VG juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a Joye 1.5 ohm atty.
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There are only two things I can think of that will placate a cigarette smoker who is trying to give up cigarettes. Vaping and snus. Not everyone wants to use snus, and vaping has its own set of drawbacks despite the fact that it satisfies the hand to mouth fixation that cigarette smokers suffer. Atty design is an Achilles Heel, and for whatever reason vaping doesn't seem to have the short term fulfillment that smoking did. I can easily vape nonstop all day long, constantly chasing that fix that made me smoke. I have never been able to vape a little and then go for a period without vaping anything. I always have my device in hand.
Vaping works for me. I was motivated by wanting to stick around for Little Igor, so I was and am willing to put up with the areas where vaping leaves something to be desired. Even so, I am constantly seeking juice that scratches that old itch, and I know that I am not alone in that. That's why you're here. Vapenstein has over 200 juice reviews, and almost all of them are tobacco vapes.
Today's test subject is Vapure Full Flavored. Let's get this 24mg 100%VG juice into The Lab and see if it's got what it takes to make tobacco vapers satisfied. I will be vaping at 3.7v with a brand new 1.7 ohm SLB 510 on my Silver Bullet.
I like my tobacco unadorned. The tobacco that I smoke in my pipes has no added flavorings, at least no overt added flavorings since all tobacco has been treated to some extent or other. I just don't want any apple or maple fogging up what I came there for in the first place, which is the tobacco.
E liquid is another matter. If you think this stuff tastes just like tobacco then it's been a really long time since you've smoked any. Since none of our juice really tastes like the real thing, or at the least does not capture what smoking tobacco is like, some added flavoring helps make it more enjoyable. I love the Vapor Station tobaccos, and every single one of them has a strong nut presence. There's even some nut buried in Torque 56, which no one describes as mystery nut with throat hit.
Todd at Vaperite was one of my biggest inspirations in wanting to make my own juice. His natural tobacco extracts were a light in the darkness when no one else was trying to make a quality tobacco vape. They tend to be a little mild in body, but that probably appeals to more people, and there is no doubting the quality of flavor he captures from the leaf. I'm a fan, it's no secret.
Today I will be vaping one of his classics, Vaperite Rou's Hazelnut Tobacco. I will be vaping this 16mg 50PG/50VG juice at 3.7v with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306 atty.
Vermillion River showed me that they aren't just a one trick pony. The juice has good burning properties, the flavors are very good, and they satisfy. I started out with the Maplewood. Loved it initially, then kind of hit a wall with it and figured it was one of those juices that made a good first impression but wore out its welcome quick. I got back to it about 10 days after I thought I was tired of it, and I liked it all over again and vaped the bottle dry.
So I went back for another order and snagged a couple more of their Kentucky series. Up for evaluation today is Vermillion River Kentucky Vanilla Blend, their signature tobacco base with vanilla. Vanilla is a great addition to tobacco because it adds a sweet note without obliterating the tobacco. It's Alive! Award and 2010 Vapey winner Halo Bella Valente is my favorite vanilla vape, and the closest thing I've ever had to an all day vape. It is very, very temperamental however, and my enjoyment of it depends on my body chemistry that day, what I've had to eat, and how much of it I've vaped. If that wasn't the case, it's very likely I would vape nothing but Bella.
I will be vaping today's 20mg test subject on my Silver Bullet at 3.7v with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306 atty. Vermillion River doesn't list PG/VG ratios specifically, but I would guess this one is 70/30-65/35.
My experience with Vapure has been hit or miss. Mostly miss. The juice is of good quality, but the flavors have generally not got the job done, for me.
Vapure is one of the first vendors to offer a 100% VG product, so for those with PG sensitivities they were one of the only answers for a while. Vaping has grown, as have choices for those who prefer their juice with no PG. Even so, Vapure is to be applauded for having the foresight to be one of the first to cater to this vaper.
Today I have their Fire Cured E Liquid. Virginia tobacco is a very elusive target. I would be selling one of my own already if this wasn't the case. Virginia tobaccos vary somewhat depending on type, where they are grown, and how they are cured, ranging in flavor from light and grassy to sweet to robust and almost cigar-like. A fire cured Virginia is typically a Red Virginia that is naturally sweet and fruity that is heat treated to bring out even more sweetness and nicotine strength. So what you want in a flue or fire cured is sweet tobacco with a kick. A delight in a pipe, even if there isn't a lot of depth of flavor. So far I haven't tasted a single juice that tastes like the real thing, including my own attempts. I'll get it eventually.
Let's take this 24mg all VG juice into The Lab and see how it performs. I will be vaping this blend at 3.7v with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306 on my Silver Bullet.
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