I am slowly finishing up my tour of custard vapes. Along the way I decided to DIY my perfect custard, as I just wasn't finding it among the commercial custard vapes, and I came up with two recipes that I think are far better than anything I've reviewed here on these pages. I will eventually get around to ordering a bottle of Daft Spunk, as many seem to hold it in very high regard, but my days of buying premade custards are pretty much done.
In retrospect I could have been more enthusiastic about three of the custards that I've reviewed. I have to revise my original opinion of ITCVapes Custard #3 and say that if I wasn't making my own I'd be buying from them regularly. The problem at the time of review was that I was primarily using Kanger Subtank Minis, and the thick ITCVapes VG just did not wick in those and made for a frustrating vape. The problem went away when I got my Lemo 2, and when I got my Cthulhu a couple weeks after the Lemo 2, vaping the ITCVapes custard was like vaping a whole different juice. Given that its price was the lowest of the bunch, it seemed like an even better vape factoring in the low price. ITCVapes Custard #3 is a pretty rich, flavorful custard vape for a premade juice regardless of cost, and it has my recommendation.
The same goes for Steam Juice Thick Vanilla Custard. This juice is just a shade light on flavoring, but that aside, I wouldn't be unhappy if my homemade custard came out like this one. In fact none of their juices have been big misses for me, and I recommend this vendor for cheap, high quality juice and great service.
Lastly, Charlie Noble Charlie's Custard costs a little more, but still qualifies as a good value. This one tastes like it has added graham cracker, and it's a nice smooth note on top of a decently rich custard.
So there you have it, those are my three recommendations after my Best, Big, Cheap Custard tour. I thought that maybe I shouldn't include this in a review for another juice, and then I thought screw it, my reviews aren't advertisements for juice makers and I can put whatever I want wherever I want. So apologies to Casey Jones and now on to their review.
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For over four years I only vaped tobacco and pseudo-tobacco vapes. I think part of that was that in the beginning I needed something familiar. I always loved tobacco in all its forms, and I think back then most of the juices with really good throat hit were tobacco vapes. Also, you have to remember that old 510 and 306 attys coils were very prone to gunk up quickly. At $5 a pop you wanted your attys to last, so Halo and Vapor Station with their high PG ratios and clean burning became the default vapes here at Castle Vapenstein and stayed that way. My own line of eliquid was the worst coil gunking juice ever made, if you appreciate irony.
For the three years that I was absent as a public vaping figure I vaped Halo Captain Jack and Torque 56 pretty much exclusively. Mrs. Dr. has vaped Vapor Station Tampa and nothing but since the beginning. She still does, although now a version that I cloned and make here in The Lab. When we put down our 306s and started checking out the changes in vaping that had occured during my three year absence, Mrs. Dr. stuck with mouth to lung at low wattage. I put 2 ohm builds in her Lemo Drop and she vapes around 10w. Even so, she is down to 6mg versus the 16mg she used to vape.
When I started sub ohming a drastic change in juice was necessary. 80% PG and 18mg was not going to work. I went to maxVG and down to 6mg, but even with 6mg I was getting nic sick. I'm a chain vaper and kind of absently hit my device all day. I went to 3mg, and I could still feel the nic, which bothered me a little because I'm a cigar smoker and am pretty much immune to nicotine. I've now acclimated to 3mg and can vape it without getting sick, but I usually make my juice between 2-3mg and usually closer to 2mg.
Custard is the new tobacco. Back in the old days on 306 and 510 attys all I wanted to vape was tobacco. Since I joined the rest of you in the 21st century I just can not get enough custard. The only deviation from vaping custard I see is the occasional tank of cheesecake.
Custard just does it for me. The taste is pleasing, but mostly I think I just get a real good core satisfaction from vaping these juices. They hit well and I get more than just one note out of them.
One of the more well regarded big bottle custards is Custard #3 from ITCVapes. You can get a 120ml bottle of juice from them for under $20, which is a great price for people who sub ohm and go through a lot of juice. This juice has been sitting around for well over a month and smells fantastic. Don't vape it fresh, this juice needs at least 3 weeks before you sample it. There isn't much going on before then. ITCVapes goes so far as to state that on their product page, so good for them for spelling it out. There was a lot of debate about steeping back in the old days, but I can tell you that custards absolutely need the time. They go through big changes between the time they're mixed to a month old.
Let's get this one into The Lab and see how it stacks up against all the custards I've been vaping.
When I went AWOL around the first of 2012 Nicoticket either didn't exist or was unknown to me. Upon my return to public vaping, they were everywhere. A very popular and often referred to vendor. You can't swing a dead cat on ECF without running into a Nicoticket banner. Small world, they're just up the road a bit from Castle Vapenstein.
So as I ran through the custards it was only a matter of time before I got some of their Custard's Last Stand in The Lab. Nicoticket describes this as a straight vanilla custard using their in-house vanilla extract. It's only available in 50/50, so this is the thinnest juice I've vaped in months. I get the whole 50/50 thing, lowest common denominator and all, usable by the biggest cross section of vapers etc etc, but in my opinion 50/50 is way too thin for how most core users vape. However, I also realize that most vapers are not core users, and so a 50/50 blend is going to work for the largest percentage of vapers. I normally make my own juice at anywhere between 73-80% VG.
I loaded up a tank of this in my Cthulhu this morning after a rewick, and it immediately began to seep out of my airholes, something no juice has done before and I am blaming the thin nature of 50/50 for that. So I vaped that tank dry and threw a dripper on so my fingers wouldn't be so sticky I couldn't write a review.
Let's head to The Lab and put Custard's Last Stand under the microscope.
Thick Vanilla Custard by Steam Juice was one of my very first stops on the road to the perfect custard vape. I've vaped about 150ml of this stuff, so these aren't my first impressions and I am pretty familiar with what this juice has to offer.
I emailed Steam prior to ordering the 120ml bottle I'm vaping now, and asked if they automatically adjusted flavoring percentages for higher VG ratios. They don't offer a flavor boost option. They responded that they do, but I would still request it in the comments for the product you order, because this juice tastes standard to me, which at 70% VG means that I feel the flavor is muted. One thing I do appreciate about Steam is that you can order your juice in any nicotine strength you want, just put it in the comments. When I'm home all day I tend to overvape, and even 3mg makes me a little sick. That sounds crazy I know, but sub ohm vaping drastically alters juice consumption and the efficiency at which your juice is vaporized. I order 2mg from Steam, and it scratches the itch and doesn't make me sick on the days when my device never leaves my hand.
Grant's Vanilla Custard is the benchmark custard vape. I've never vaped the original, but the recipe is well known and I've DIY'd it using both Capella's v1 and Capella's v2. Both make for a very different juice, and both are delicious. I've been adding small percentages of other flavorings, searching for my own unique version of the GVC Clone. In fact, expect to see some DIY reviews here in the future, and I will share my recipes with you guys. GVC Clone using Capella's v1 is what I judge all other custards by, and it's no surprise that most custards have a similar flavor profile to this formulation. I have yet to vape a custard that is as good as GVC Clone using v1, hence it is the benchmark all other custard vapes are judged against.
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