First days of vaping with a good electronic cigarette

July 23, 2013 by  
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My wife and I were talking tonight after dinner, and she mentioned something that I should write about for beginners.   After she said it, it was like a no brain-er, and I am trying to figure out why it wasn’t one of my first blog posts…  But there is something important you should understand about going from smoking a pack or two a day, to vaping.  Especially when you test your first e-cig out at a vaping store.   Even more so, if you have a smokers cough or other breathing issues.

The first time you go into a vapors store to check out electric cigarettes, and test some flavors to see which one you want to start with, your going to come up to a small stumbling block if you are like most of us.  You walk up to the counter, they hand you some sampler e-cig, and you pick a flavor to test out,,,  then you take a big deep drag on it, and wallah… your choking your head off.    Don’t worry, it is completely normal at first.  It is a different thing you are taking into your lungs, and they are not used to it.  It takes a few more puffs (smaller ones) and you should be fine.

My wife was the first of us to take a trial drag at the flea market shop, then me.  She did not choke up like I did at all.  But, I have to use an inhaler a lot due to industrial lung issues from being around a boat yard that sanded bottom paint off of the boats, and I have a lot of copper dust in my lungs that will not come out.  On top of that, I was smoking a pack and a half to two packs a day.  Dhu…

Okay, so I knew I needed to get off of the cigarettes and I would breath a lot better.  Quitting just wasn’t working.  I tried patches, gums, lozenges, and even paid a couple hundred bucks once for a hypnotist.  Yeah, nothing worked for me or my wife.   Over the years, we tried everything on the market, including going to smoking cessation classes at a hospital (twice), and we still smoked.   However, these electronic cigarettes that I heard of many years before, but could never find, sounded like the ticket I needed to get away from cigarettes for good.

So far it is working very well for me.  It only took a day to say I was not going to smoke any more.  We took our cigarettes and tossed the last of them, and woke up the next day with nothing but our ego kits and started vaping.   My cough went away that day, and I use my inhaler about 1/10th as much as I used to.  I can breath a lot better now, and one of these days, I will completely move away from the nicotine.

My wife on the other hand, just hasn’t found what will work for her yet.  She keeps breaking down and buying cigarettes every month or two, and then quits again.  She just needs to sample more flavors and find one that does not hurt her throat.  Once she does, I am sure she will get completely off of regular (analog) cigs too.   Yes, I have smokes a few when she has them, but I clearly prefer my e-cigs over a real cig now days, and have no problem with not buying them at all.

I am not saying that these will for sure be the ticket for you to quit smoking.  What I am saying, is that if you really want to get off of regular cigarettes, but can’t break the habit, this may be the best alternative for you too.  If you break down and buy real cigarettes again, just smoke some, then go back to the e-cigs, and keep at it.   It is clearly harder for some to quit than others, but if you keep at it, eventually you may win.  You have the right to try, and these are clearly safer, with over 4000 less chemicals than a standard cigarette has.

If it is your time to check out electronic cigarettes, then give it a try and see how you like it.  If you do like it, spend the money to get what works best for you, so you can work away from, or stop smoking completely.  It is not a smoking cessation plan that is approved by the government yet, but it seems to have better success rates than anything else on the market, from the research and studies I have read.  At it’s worst, it is a better, healthier, or at least safer alternative to smoking actual cigarettes.

Good luck and keep up with my blog, as I will be putting all kinds of tips and reviews on this site.  I hope to start making some videos some time soon too. We will see how that goes… I am not sure how good my camera is.

Thank you for stopping by,

Tim L

Red USA Mix e-liquid by Dekang, flavor review

July 18, 2013 by  
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Ok, so I do not buy too many pre-mixed flavors, and even less of them from manufacturers from China.  I just can’t feel they are as safe as ones made in the USA. Maybe it is just me, but that is how I feel.  However, after reading reviews when I was picking up some flavoring to mix myself, I saw this, and figured hey, it sounds like the one I am searching for…  it isn’t,, but oh well.  Since I got it, I will do a full review on it, like I do with my DIY flavor mixes, because some of you may want to know what this tastes like.

I ordered this at 12% nicotine, so it would have a decent throat hit, and it is about the middle of the road blend for their flavor.  I am testing in my corsair atty at 2 ohms, and set the volts on my ego twist to 4 volts to start.   When I open the bottle, I notice a dark, but slight tobacco flavor.  I say dark, because it seems rich, but is pretty light in the over all scheme of things.  There is a spicy smell that comes out with it, that about washes it away.  I hope it tastes better than it smells, but at least it was on sale.  LOL

The first thing I notice, is that it has decent vapor production, and it definitely tastes better than it smells.  It does had a decent tobacco flavor to it, but I am noticing an aftertaste that is sitting kinda funny with me. It is lingering for now.  Tastes like tin.   I think I will go eat lunch and come back to this, in case it is a left over mix in my mouth from the last flavor I was testing.

Ok, back from having a couple of tacos for lunch.  I am glad I stopped and took a break, so I could have a clean pallet and try this again.  It is a pretty decent flavor.  Not an all time favorite for me, but pretty good.  It has a slight, and I mean real slight grassy taste that lingers after you have vaped it for a while.  The flavor on the inhale is a nice tobacco flavor, with perhaps a small touch of some type of chocolate in it.  I am not real sure on that, but it is not a sweet flavor like carmel, it is more like a coco.   But the tobacco is the main flavor, and it may be a nice one for you to try out.

I will likely vape the rest of the bottle, but I will not buy more, as I am really not interested in e liquids from China, and that is the biggest downside of this flavor.  It is a nice vape, with good vapor production and no bad after tastes.  It is pretty cheap too, but I just can’t get past that made in China idea.   I don’t chew on my kids toys either…

I have seen a number of good reviews for this company though, so I thought it would be okay to get a bottle and give it a try.  But I have no intention of sampling a ton of their flavors.  Maybe one here and one there.

So, over all, the Dekang Red USA Mix flavor is not bad at all.  Not one I would make my all day vape, but I can see vaping the rest of this 30 mil bottle over the next month or two.   If you are looking for a decent pre-made liquid on the cheap, this might be for you though.   I am still vaping it though, after a half hour, and it kinda grows on you.  Not bad at all – just has that whole China thing going on that will keep me from buying more of it.

It is still getting better, even as I am finishing this review off..  so if you don’t have that whole China e-juice phobia going on like I do,, it is definitely worth a try.  My wife gave it a try too, and she liked it as well.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you too can stop smoking and start vaping!

Tim L

Signature flavors, MLB type, DIY flavor review

July 18, 2013 by  
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2% flavor added to 50/50 mix of pg/vg at 8mg nicotine.  It smelled so good, that I went ahead and added nic in the test batch.

So far, this MLB type flavor by Signature flavors is on the interesting side.  Note, that I have only made it 2 days ago, and this really needs to steep for a week from what I heave read.  So far, it comes closest to what I have been searching for.  My Marlboro flavor that I get from the flea market…   I am not sure where they get theirs from, or what the real flavor is, so I am slowly searching for the base flavor.

Off the bat, I notice it is lighter in color than what I normally vape.  Actually it is light yellow, like urine…  However, some e liquids do get darker as they steep, but it is still yellow.  Also, I only tried a 2% blend as I have been gagged by too many tobacco flavors at 5%.  I will revisit this review next week with an update after it steeps for a week, s0 I can give you the scoop then as well, but for first impressions, here you go.

When mixing this flavor, you definitely smell the tobacco smell.  So far so good.  It smells a lot like my other stuff.  Ok, so I mixed it at 2% flavor, at a 50/50 pg/vg mix, and let it sit for 2 days before trying it.   The first vape is always scarey, so I use extreme caution.  Without really steeping long, it has a very interesting flavor to it.  Not quite what I am looking for, but who knows what next week may bring.  It has a very nice tobacco flavor on the inhale, and I read that someone thought the woody flavor was along the cedar side – I have to agree with that.   When I vaped and let some out to breath in my nose, I can pick up a nice nutty blend in it as well.  I am not sure, but I am thinking perhaps a hazel nut, or perhaps an almond with I don’t know,,, chocolate or carmel.

It puts out a nice cloud of vapor, and the vapor smells nice too.  Some flavors really smell bad in the air, but this one is quite pleasant.  I also notice, that after vaping it for a few minutes, that there is a lingering, nutty after taste hanging around.  Not sweet or sour, just like if you sat and ate some hazel nuts or almonds. I wish I could figure out which one it is.

Over all, first impressions are looking good.  This is a very good flavor at 2% with no real steeping time.  I may make up a 3% or 4% batch to sit while this steeps and try them both next week.  It is interesting as a stand along flavor, although it is not what I was looking for at all.  It is the closest I have come though, so perhaps it is used in the base with some other flavors added to it.  I will hop out of here for now, and make up the stronger batches to see how they go.

Stay tuned, as I will post back next week with more on this MLB type, by Signature (The Perfumers Apprentice) brand flavor.

Ok, a revisit of the 2% after it steeped for 10 days.

The flavor is actually very much the same as before.  Nothing really came out of letting it steep for a while.   It is a very interesting flavor, but not quite what I was looking for.  It is however, the closest that I have came so far, so that is encouraging at least.

It has a real nice bold tobacco smell to it, if you smell the liquid, when you open it.  When vaping, you still get that nice tobacco flavor, with a slight bit of a perfume smell and a slight hint of sweetness in there.  On the inhale, you get that full tobacco flavor, and on the exhale, that hint of the perfume comes out.   The odd thing, is you can’t smell that perfume smell at all when smelling the bottle.   It is a nice tobacco flavor, a lot of you may really enjoy.  I like it a lot, but I am in search of something that I can’t seem to find anywhere but the flea market, and that is unsettling, as I have no idea what is really in it, or where it is actually being made.

1% flavor test:

Ok, now I have the flavor at 1% and 4% to see how this flavor does.  Crossing my fingers that I don’t gag myself.  LOL

This is very interesting at 1%.  I thought the flavor would wash out more, but it is still quite nice.  On the lighter side of course, but still quite good.  It has a little more of the sweetness being pronounced, but the tobacco flavor is still pretty rich and super smooth now.  Also, I do not notice the perfume smell or taste to it at this point.  This is turning out to be pretty decent of a flavor.  I can’t wait to see how the 4% batch changes the flavor.

4% flavor test:

Well, I am quite disappointed with it at 4%. No two ways about it.  At 4%, the rich tobacco flavor is missing completely.  Go figure..  However, to replace it comes a sweet, kinda lemon flavor.  Kinda like the taste of lemon drops, and that perfume smell is back with a vengeance.   The funny thing, is that when you smell the bottle of  e-juice, the perfume smell is gone, and the tobacco smell is real strong.  But at 4%, on a 2.0 ohm atty with the volts set at 4.0, it tastes way different than it smells for sure.   I notice off the bat, that the vapor production was much better with the 1 and 2% batches than with the 4% also.    I turned my voltage down as low as my ego twist will go, (3.2 volts) and it still tastes like a lemon drop with a hint of tobacco in it.

It looks like the 4% batch will hit the sink drain as soon as I am done typing this out, and I will vape the heck out of this stuff since 1-2% works great.   That little bottle of flavoring will go a long ways at 2% mixing.  And it is a real nice, full flavored, great smelling tobacco that will blend with any other flavor you may want, like apple, cherry, blue berry, etc.

Over all, I say this MLB type, from Signature  (Perfumers Apprentice) is a real good tobacco flavor. Just make sure to use your e-liquid calculator to get the percentages right, and keep it around 2% for best results.  I use the e-juice me up, e-juice calculator from  http://breaktru.com   because it is easy to use, and makes saving your recipes a snap.

Happy Vaping!

Tim L

 

DIY (Do It Yourself) Flavors

July 10, 2013 by  
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Many people I have read about in the e-cig forums, make their own DIY, e-liquids to vape. There are a number of reasons that people do this. Some do it to save money, and others may just like to do things themselves to know what all is in it. Others, do it just for something to do. After reading about them making their own flavors, and having fun doing it, I started reading up, so I could start making my own. It does take some reading to learn what to do and what not to do. Please read a lot before considering having a go at your own DIY e liquids, to keep you and your family safe.

I went to a site that sells bulk flavors, and the VG, PG, and nicotine, and a few of the tools needed for the job, and waited… I did a lot more reading in the mean time, trying to find recipes for the 22 flavors I ordered. (why start simple…)

It came in in just a few short days, and I had to get myself busy to see how it would go. I set up a table in my garage, which is also my office. I went to the store and picked up some glass measuring beakers, and some rubber gloves.

NOTE: You should probably ware safety glasses or goggles, and a long sleeve lab type coat for skin and eye protection. The reason I say this, is because I bought 100 MG nicotine liquid, and when it is that strong, it is also very deadly. Even from splashing on your skin. It soaks in, and your screwed. So BE VERY CAREFUL… You do not want to end up in the hospital, or with a dead pet, or child.

My wife loves this banana nut bread mix we get down at the flea market, and I love a Marlboro liquid that they have. It is a good 75 miles or more round trip, so we can’t just run down whenever we want. This prompted me to make sure to try making good flavors that we could vape instead of having to drive all that way, every time we ran low. The drive in my truck is pretty costly, before making any purchases. I made sure to get her banana nut bread, along with every tobacco flavor they had for one brand, and a bunch of other flavors that just sounded good.

If your going to mix your own e liquids, make sure to get a good calculator like one by e juice me up. Available for free here: http://www.ejuice.breaktru.com   It will make the nicotine and other calculations very simple, and you can save all your own recipes so when you have one that works, you can simply open it back up and do it again.  Also, it comes with a ton of recipes at their website that you can download for free, and use.   They allow users to send in their recipes for others to use as well as many that are posted by the software developer.

Oh man,,, when you first open that 100 mg nicotine, make sure you are in a well ventilated area, and/OR, wear a vapor respirator. That stuff will sting your nose now, let me tell you. Also, after reading more, I see many people dilute it down and store it at about 50 mg. I left mine at 100, because it is real simple to figure the math that way. I may change over at some other time, but for now it remains the same, 100 mg strength.

Read my other blogs to see my flavor reviews, and product reviews. I have a ton of flavors to review, and more will be on the way as time passes, so there should always be fresh postings on the site.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Vaping!

Tim L

Orange dream Bar, by Flavor west, DIY flavor review

July 10, 2013 by  
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Another success was my flavor..  Orange dream bar, by Flavor west.  I like the ice cream bars, so I figured I would give this flavor a try first.  It is a pre made flavor mix, so I just add it to my eliquid base, put in my nicotine, and walla..  At 15%, it turns out pretty darn good.  I set my first batch to 10mg of nicotine, then have gone down from there to 8, and 6mg.

I am working on slowly getting off of the nicotine entirely due to heart problems.  Nicotine restricts your arteries, and well, mine are in bad shape.  So, finding great tasting flavors to vape is more important to me, as I work on my over all health using e cigs instead of real cigs.  I can feel a big improvement, but that is another story.  Back to this review…

This flavor is amazing, to say the least.  I stayed with the 15% flavoring that worked well for the banana nut bread, and I really like this a lot.  The orange really stands out when you take in your vapor, then as you inhale, you feel the creamyness flowing down your throat, and you really taste the cream flavor too. Nice and smooth, and not real sweet.

The orange dream bar flavor has a good amount of throat hit, without being too much.  It is kinda on the mild side I guess, since that creamy feeling hits at the same time, when you inhale.  But I noticed that after vaping it for several hours, you do feel more of the throat hit.   The vapor production is real good too, for a 50/50 blend of pg and vg.   It isn’t a super thick cloud of vapor, but it is about the same as a regular cigaretts smoke cloud.

If you like orange dream bars, or orange ice cream bars, then you should really enjoy vaping this flavor.  This could easilly be an all day vape for me, but I keep going back to my Marlboro flavor from the flea market.  Hopefully one day, I will find that flavor and be able to make it myself and save the trip.

I found no reviews for any of the flavor west flavors, so I figured I would work my way through them all, and share the results with you.   I hope this information helps someone out, as I searched the web for days, and found nothing from anyone about them.  So if you enjoy DIY vaping, then keep reading my other posts as I work my way through my first 22 flavors from flavor west.  I will put the mix info in each review so you know where to start.  Your taste buds may vary, but I will at least give you a good starting point.

I am not sure what flavor I will try next.  I am looking for more recipes on line, and hopefully I will find some that will work with the flavors I have.

I will keep you posted, but so far I have 2 flavors that came out great.  I want to find about 10 to 20 more, then I will be set.  Heck, I might even open a site to sell some of my USA made e-liquids, since all of my ingredients are from the USA.  That e liquid from China just makes me feel uneasy, so I would prefer 100% USA made, eliquid with all USA made ingredients for myself.  I know, some of the good flavors come from Italy, but I haven’t tried those yet.

Happy Vaping!
Tim L

Stag leaf tobacco by flavor west, review

June 30, 2013 by  
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Hello,

Today I am breaking down and writing another tobacco flavor review for Flavor West’s, stag leaf tobacco flavor.   I mixed this batch at 2% flavor back on 5-5-13, and it is now 6-30, so it has had almost 2 months to steep.  That is plenty of time for any flavor.  Most of these have not needed that long at all.  I have just been busy doing other things, and just finally getting back to this.  Oh, also, there is no nicotine in this test batch at all.  After so many bad flavors, I decided to stop using nicotine in it until I find a good flavor to put it in.

As I opened the bottle to get it ready, it almost has a bit of a cinnamon smell in it.  Not really, but kinda like that, along with perhaps some berry incense or something along that line.  Not too appealing before I ever got a puff of it, but at least it isn’t knocking me against the wall like some flavors will.   It is really a hard to explain smell…  not horrid, but not what I would call good.  On to the taste testing..

Ok, I have vaped this for about 30 minutes now, and I am not really impressed.  It is not as bad as it could be, but at just 2% flavor, it has a very odd taste for something that is supposed to be a tobacco flavor.  I come up with a mild tingle, like when you eat a red hot, with a potpourri flavor mixed in.  Kinda an earthy floral taste going on in this one.  Not like the incense it smells like, but more of one of those bags of potpourri that you pick up at the store to put in those candle heated bowls.

One thing I can say for sure, is that it is not horrid tasting.  It is on the interesting side, but it would definitely not be my daily vape, or an all day vape for me.  There is something about it that peaks my interest, but there is enough oddity to it, to put me off a bit.

After vaping on this stag leaf tobacco for a while now, I tend to think that they were going to that flavor you get when you have your first cigarette in a long time… that kinda tingly spiciness, that soon goes away with just another cigarette or two.  Maybe this is it for some other brand of cigs, but not for the ones I have smoked in the past.   It also leaves a bit of a grassy after taste in your mouth.  Almost like an eggnog spicy flavored grass.  Yet the flavor it leaves on your lips is more of the flowery potpourri flavor.  It is real hard to explain this one.    I mean, everyone’s taste buds are going to be a bit different, and this is not my cup of tea, but it may hit the mark for you.  Or, it may be a good addition to another flavor.

I keep trying to think of how this would work for me.  I think if put with a chocolate, and custard, this would be good for making a boston cream tobacco flavor..  That is about all I can come up with as I vape this flavor.

It is clear to see what they were going for, with that first smoke in a long time kind of flavor, but that after taste just looses the battle for me.  I will be saving this one though, and trying it some day with a good chocolate and custard to see if I am right about the boston cream tobacco mix.  Or perhaps with an eggnog flavor it will work well.  It kinda has an eggnog hint going on in there somewhere.   Maybe that strange flavor I am coming up with is more along the lines of a ginger flavor..  That makes more sense to me than cinnamon and eggnog… Then you have a bit of that flowery maybe citrus type flavor on the exhale.  It is an odd one for me.

It is not at the top of my list, but it is a keeper for trying other mixed flavors to see if I can get something good to come out of it.  However, it is not at the bottom of my list of flavors I have tried either.  Due to the distinct different flavor sensations I am getting from this stag leaf tobacco, by flavor west, I would say it has my curiosity peaked, as to what I can do with it, because it is clearly not a stand alone flavor for me.

I hope this review of my 2% mix of Flavor West’s, stag leaf tobacco is helpful to someone out there trying to find out what flavors will work for them.   I can neither recommend or condemn this one.   Good luck with your DIY mixes!

Tim L

Coumarin Pipe Tobacco, e liquid flavor by Flavor west, DIY review

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Hello, and thank you for stopping by.  I know there are not many reviews out there on Flavor west Flavors, so stay tuned as I run through about 27 of them for you.   This time up is Coumarin Pipe Tobacco flavor for my smoke juice.   If you enjoy a mildly sweet and mild tobacco flavors, you may really like this one a lot.

I started with this on 5-5-2013 at the following mixture:  2% flavor, 0 nicotine, and it is a 50/50 pg/vg blend e-juice.  I let it steep for quite some time, as it is June 1rst, and I haven’t tested it before today.  Many times, I will test vape my flavors the next day, but I have been busy and away from my flavor testing for a while.

To start, I fully cleaned my atty, and replaced the wick and coil, for a fresh clean flavor test.   Soaked the wick good, then gave a small vape to see what it was all about.  To my surprise, it was really nice.  Slightly sweet, but not over powering like a candy flavor at all, a hint of vanilla is roaming around in there too.  Just the slightest hint of tobacco in there – almost non at all.  I think it would be nice to get just a bit more of that in it, so I may try a slightly stronger batch to see how that goes.   However, as it is, it is a really nice mild vape with great vapor production.  In a sense, I seem to feel like there is a bit of a hint of perhaps a light custard in there somewhere.  Kinda creamy smooth feeling to it as I vape it.  I have to say, I wish I would have put some nicotine in this batch, because I would like to vape this for a day to see if I change my feeling about it.  Perhaps I will put some nic in it, but I have to be careful with a small 5 mil batch like this, because my nic is 100 mg, so it takes just a smidgin or it will be too strong.   Luckily, that e-juice me up calculator will figure that out just fine.

I had my wife try this, and she thought it was pretty good too.  Not enough for her to leave her banana nut bread addiction, but she at least said it was good.

Since I have never heard of this flavor before, I looked it up, on Google of course.  It is a natural flavor that comes from a few types of grasses, clovers and bark.  It is naturally sweet, and has a hint of vanilla taste to it.  This is not toxic to humans, but very toxic to mice and rats.  The flavor is used in cigarettes and pipe tobaccos, and is what lead to all the reports of rat poison in cigarettes.  For more information, I suggest the Wikipedia page on it.   In the amounts that would be in your vapor mix, it should be completely harmless to humans.

I think I will test this at 3 and 4% flavor to see how it goes.  Hopefully I will remember to come back and edit this post as I do, but at 2% it is a real nice tasting vape juice.  I am just looking for a bit more on the tobacco end of the flavor.  If I don’t find it, then it would be pretty  simple to mix a small amount of another good tobacco into it for more of that tobacco taste that it seems to be missing, but the more I vape it, the more I like it the way it is.

Definitely on the must try list of flavors for you.  If your looking for a good DIY flavor, this is a real good one.  Start around 2% and work up from there if you need it stronger.

Testing at 4%:

Ok, I have made the 4% flavor batch at 15% nic to test out.   The batch has steeped for 10 days.  The first thing I noticed was that adding more flavor has given it a bit of color.  It is almost clear, but has a slight peachy pinkish hue.  The flavor is a bit bolder, still quite nice also.  It has that creamy taste to it, kinda like the orange dream bar.  The vapor production seems to be about the same as the 2% batch.

Hey guys and gals, if your looking for a nice mild almost sweet tobacco flavor, you have got to give this one a go.  It is real nice.  I could see it being an all day vape for sure.  If you like more of a throat hit, they make stuff you can add to your mix to increase that.  I think I prefer the milder throat hit, because I vape a lot, and harsh flavors tend to give me a soar throat after a day of vaping it.  This one should not be any issue for that at all – mild and creamy.  Mm, we have a winner with this flavor.

Once I vape this dry, I will try one of the other 3 flavors I have mixed up.

Happy vaping,

Tim L

 

Jungle Juice flavor, by Flavor West

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I read posts on some electronic cigarette forums about a flavor called Jungle Juice.  Nobody said what it tastes like, but they were saying they really liked it.  So, I made sure to include that in my batch of flavors to check out.   I mentioned this flavor in my last post, so I figured I better stop the tobacco flavor reviews and get this one posted, because I should have posted it weeks ago, but got side tracked.

The name Jungle Juice, by itself lends no hint of what this flavor will taste like.  It leaves you guessing completely, and I could find no explanation anywhere on the net when I was looking, so I want to be sure to let you know what this odd named flavor is all about.  To start with, if you look for recipes, you will find a few different variations.   Even after seeing the recipes, you will have no clue how it will taste.  I am not sure if they are leaving it a mystery on purpose, or what, but I am about to remove the vale on this hidden gem of a flavor.

I mixed this batch up on April 28th, 2013.  I let it sit for 24 hours like most of my flavors before the first test.   The flavor mix was at 15%, and I made the nic level at 12 milligrams per liter.   The mixture is a deep golden color, with a bit of orange coloring to it and some brown.  It is not what I would call a dark colored smoke juice, but it is far from clear.  A bit darker than say, apple juice.

To test this stuff out, I took out the Jungle Juice bottle, cleaned my atty, then made and put in a new wick and coil so the flavor would be just this jungle juice flavor with nothing else mixed into it.  I had no idea what I was about to get into here.  Ok, so I put ten drops or so into the chamber, and got ready to take a drag.  I could smell this e-liquid pretty well, as it is quite aromatic.  It smells nice and fruity, I guess is the best way to describe it.  So, I took a puff of this from my atty.   A small one at first, as I have had some wicked bad flavors, and didn’t want a ton of a bad one at once.  As soon as I took the drag, I started noticing this flavor that I have tasted before.  It is very fruity, and a touch of sweetness to it as well, but not too sweet.  The best way to describe it, is to pop a piece of juicy fruit gum into your mouth and chew it.  So similar it is not funny, but there is a twist…

Once I took a bigger puff, the other part hit me. (the twist I mentioned)  Just a hint of cooling menthol.  No, I am no fan of anything menthol, and didn’t notice it on the first hit, because it was a small hit, and I don’t think I inhaled it, as I was just pulling the vapor into my mouth to try out the flavor.  However, once I took that next big vape, I noticed it as I inhaled it deeply.  It did catch me off guard, but it was not bad at all.  I mean I could tell it was there, but it was a long ways from being over powering.  I liked the flavor a lot, and my wife did too.  One thing I noticed, was the more I vaped it,  the less I noticed the menthol.   It is so mild, I wouldn’t put it in the same category as a menthol flavor.  It is more of a cooling icy flavor.

This is all being said from someone that generally hates anything menthol.  This is a really great flavor to ad to your mix of flavors.  I can see why several I read on the forums said they made this their all day vape.  It is really that good. A must try.  If your into flavors that produce good vapor, you will enjoy this also, as it creates a great amount of vapor.  It seems to be great at about 3.8 to 4.0 volts on my ego twist battery.

Remember, you may like your flavors milder or stronger than I made mine.  Just use this as a starting point, and blend to your own tastes, and have a great tasting flavor to vape as often as you wish, for a fraction of the cost of store bought brands.

Happy Vaping,

Tim L

Tidewater Tobacco by Flavor West – DIY Review

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I mixed up a batch of the tidewater tobacco by Flavor West, on 5-5-2013.   Today I am sampling it.  The flavor mix is at 2%, as everything stronger would gag almost anyone, on the other tobacco flavors I have tested out.

Right off the bat, first few hits are showing promising signs of a decent tobacco flavor, or possibly one…  with one major exception.  The throat hit is amazingly strong, harsh, or what ever you would call it.  Almost like a dry hit kind of strong.   I am going to take a few minutes, get a drink and come back to it.  I know the wick is completely soaked, so it is not a dry hit, but it seems a lot like it.

Ok, I am back now.   It is real strong.  A slight grassy taste to it, but absolutely none of the perfume crap that I have been tasting in their other tobacco flavors.  It is much better in that respect.  Well, only a very slight hint of that talc powdery feel to it on my inner mouth, and a super slight hint of that perfume to it, but so slight, you hardly notice it until you keep looking for it.

It is starting to look like the issue may be my new wick.  I really soaked it good now, and the harshness seems to be gone.  The vapor production is pretty darn good.  Maybe the highest for any of the tobacco flavors I have tried so far, and it is on the lowest power setting of my ego twist battery.

Now that the harshness is gone, and I got a drink to clear my throat of the burning…  The grassy flavor seems very mild, and I am starting to think this may be one of the best tobacco flavors from Flavor west.  I bought them all, and only have 3 more to test out after this one.  This may just be my new base flavor for things like bluebacco, and others.  At least until I find one better – perhaps a different brand will bring better vaping in the future, but only time will tell.

I am going to vape on this for a few hours and see if it looses it’s luster.  At only 2% flavor mix, I am surprised it isn’t all washed out, but it is actually nice.  I even had my wife take a few hits to get her opinion on it, and she said it was pretty darn good.  She liked it a lot.

Again, this is a 50/50 mix of PG and VG, and I did not put any nicotine in these test batches.   Now that the wicking issue seems to be fixed, the throat hit is very smooth and creamy.  Why did I say creamy?   Because it seems to have a very slight cream flavor going in.  The grassy flavor seems to be all but gone, and I am not noticing any bad after taste coming in to my mouth at all, after about 20 minutes of vaping this.

It does seem to have a mild tobacco flavor to it.  I kinda expected a bit more of that, but over all, this is pretty good tasting.  I will add one percent of flavor to see if it gets any better or if it takes it the other direction, but at 2%, it is pretty decent, and could be an all day vape as it is mild and not at all over powering, and is not leaving any kind of a lingering flavor in my mouth.  I do notice though, that with this flavor, if it even starts to run low on liquid, it produces that super harsh hit, quicker than any of the other flavors I have tried to date.

It is a definite one for you to try out if you are DIY vape juice mixing to find better and cheaper ways to vape.

Happy Vaping,

Tim L

Tobacco Regular by Flavor West – review, DIY

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I am testing out a 2% flavor batch of tobacco Regular, by flavor west today.  I sure hope it is better than the last batch I tried, as I am getting sick and tired of one perfume infested flavor after another.   I hope this review of the DIY flavors by flavor west will help people out, as I bought 27 flavors and there is not any mixing info on the net that I can find as far as how strong to make them.

Ok, here we go:

GROSS….   It is another damn perfume tasting batch of garbage.

I am really getting tired of tasting horrible tasting flavors from them.  Not one bit of tobacco flavor in it at all.  I can make out nothing but incense type flavors.  Pretty strong too.

After a few minutes the after taste is driving me nuts.  It is real nasty.  Yes, it put out great vapor clouds, but what is the point if the flavor sucks so bad.

This one goes right down the drain. and the bottle in the trash.

Not much more to be said about this terrible flavor: Tobacco Regular, by Flavor West, SUCKS!!!

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