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

DIY e liquid review – Banana nut bread by Flavor west

Well, now I am starting to have some fun with my DIY e liquid making.  Since I have been vaping a while now, and have to drive around 75 miles round trip to get my favorite  smoke juice, I decided to give a go at making my own.  It is just too costly to drive that far to pick up some e liquids every couple of weeks. It tacks on an easy $20 for the gas.  So, I ordered the supplies, and started making some flavors of my own.  This is a review of the banana nut bread DIY flavoring from Flavor West.
The first thing I found out, is that there is no carved in stone way to make your eliquids.  There are several flavor vendors, and none of them have a set amount of flavor you ad, to make your juice.  It is mostly trial and error, and a lot of reading on the net to try finding what worked for others.  So, for my first batch, since my wife likes it so much, I made up some banana nut bread e liquid.   The best info I could find on the web said to use about 20% of the flavoring, with the mix, so I added my flavor,  nic, and set the e liquid calculator to a 50/50 mix of pg-vg, with 16mg of nicotine, with 15% of flavoring, just to be safe.
Believe it or not,,, it turned out pretty darn good.   I made a second batch at the 20% flavoring, and it was a bit too strong, so I lucked out the first time.  Nice.   The e liquid needs to sit for several hours, to several weeks, to steep in the flavor,  but we only waited an hour or so for the first try of it.  Then once it sat for a week, it was great.   My wife loves it, and that was important, because I made that batch for her.  Once this flavor sites for 7 or 8 days at room temperature, it becomes more bold, and flavorful.  Keep that in mind if you start making stronger batches.
With the 50/50 blend of pg and vg, it has a real good vapor, plenty of throat hit, and a real smooth flavor that you could vape all day.   If you like banana nut bread, then you should really give this flavor a try.  If you do not want to do it yourself, then there are tons of sites that sell ready to vape e liquids and many of them carry this flavor.
Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Vaping!
Tim L

Another good flavor of e-liquid from JC, Autumn Crisp

February 27, 2013 by  
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This morning I am trying out another flavor of Johnson Creeks smoke juice.  Autumn Crisp.

I am not sure if I will get to any other flavors today, like I planned.  I probably will…  This stuff is amazingly good and a deceptively addictive flavor.  I may vape this one all day.   To say it is good is a bit of an understatement.  It is very, very good.

This is a PG based e-liquid, or smoke juice as they call it.  I think that makes it a 50/5- blend of PG/VG, with them.  You can taste this one real well when you first fire up your atty, and it tastes just like a granny smith apple with caramel on it.  Or like one of those high flavored  caramel apple suckers you find every once in a while.    It is really good if you like caramel apples.

In fairness, I did this on my corsair atty on an ego twist battery.  I do notice that if you dial the voltage up too much, you will get a burnt taste.  And with as much caramel flavor as it hits you with, I wonder if vaping all day would start to caramelize on the atty. But it’s so tasty that it doesn’t matter.

This stuff even smells good when you open the bottle.  That is only the second one I have had that does that.

The vapor production is pretty good. About average I guess, and the throat hit is very mild.  This is more of a smooth tasty vape than something someone would look for if they like a lot of throat hit.  Even when dialing up the voltage on my twist, it heated the vapor more but didn’t increase the hit until I smoked it dry and got one of those NASTY DRY HITS !!!  Argh…  I hate it when I do that to myself.

Well, dry hits aside,,, this may not be an all day vape for me, but it sure makes a nice one to vape from time to time.  I bet it would be great for an after dinner vape.   After vaping this autumn crisp for an hour or so, I am ready to try some other flavors, so your in luck, and I will get up some other reviews today.  However, I may try this again after lunch or dinner and see how it is for an after meal flavor.

Johnson Creek Tennessee Cured 100% VG Smoke Juice

February 26, 2013 by  
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Wow, I am vaping a lot of these new flavors today, and can’t wait to put up my reviews.  I also tried the Tennessee Cured smoke juice from Johnson Creek in the VG only (Red Oak) line of flavors.

It is a lot like the 50/50 blend but has some noticeable differences.  It is only fair that I review them each separately because there is a difference in the two that is worthy of separating.

I am reviewing the Johnson Creek Red Oak 100% VG in this review.

Looking at their web page for this flavor, I see it has the following: “rich and smoky tobacco flavor”…”hints of burnt caramel and vanilla that combine with a smooth, mesquite vapor”.  It is a real nice combination of flavors, for sure.

Personally, I would say they hit this one out of the park!  It is quite a bit better than it’s pg/vg counterpart.   I can taste all the flavors they mentioned, and it is a bit sweeter.  It is a real nice, good strong tobacco flavor, with great undertones too.  I think I prefer this one over the pg/vg version because it is a little sweeter – not much, but just enough to smooth things out better.

Vaping this is like walking into a fine tobacco store and just inhaling the essence of the room, just like the PG/VG version, but a softer tone to it.  I could vape this all day, and love it – and I think I will vape it the rest of this evening, just to make sure I am correct on that.

One thing that I noticed was this does not have that medicine kinda flavor/smell, that the other version has at times.  This one is very consistent, and really  good tasting.

It has a good non harsh throat hit, and the tobacco flavor is solid.  It produces a good solid amount of vapor too. A bit more vapor I think, than the PG/VG version.

I am dripping into a MOV Corsair dripping atty at 4 volts.  I chose the corsair, because I like more air flow than any of the other tips seem to offer that I have found, and this one is adjustable to my liking.

This Johnson Creek Tennessee Cured all VG flavor is one you should ad to your list of flavors to sample. If your like me, you may find that you like it better than the 50/50 pg/vg blend.   I am really glad they made this both ways though, because I am sure there are plenty of people that do not want that slight added sweetness in it.  However, I think that makes this flavor even better than the original.

It just might become your daily vape, over the pg/vg version.

I think I like it more for sure, and most of what I vape is 50/50 blend.

After trying this one, I think I plan to sample more and more VG only flavors to see what else I may find that is good.

Vape on,

Tim L

Tips on Using Your New Electronic Cigarette

Your new electronic cigarette is not a complicated device but with anything new there is always going to be a bit of a learning curve. Here are some tips on the best way to maximize your electronic smoking or vaping experience so you can save both time and money.

Tips for new e-cig users:    First, we are vapors, because we vape. There is no smoke with e-cigs!

1. Depending on the type of e-cig you are using, you will want to get some spare cartomizers, clearomizers, batteries, and possibly atomizers. These are the few things that are most likely to need replacing, or something you will need a spare of when your charging your battery, or cleaning your clearomizers.  A  word of caution though:  It’s a good idea to make sure you like your particular electronic cigarette model first, before buying all the extras. Once you know for sure you’re satisfied with it, get the extra hardware… you’ll definitely get good use out of them!

If you are like me, you will start trying more flavors and will want several cartomizers so you have one for each flavor your using that day.

2. Get a car charger, and a USB pass through. These will allow you to “vape” while driving or at your computer without the need to drain your batteries. Again, make sure you’re satisfied with your model before buying the extras.

3. Start off with a lower nicotine dose. Electronic cigarette cartridges typically come in several different doses: High, medium, low and none. When you first get your e-cigarette you’re going to want to be experimenting with it a lot, trying new flavors, etc. If you’re not careful you’ll end up absorbing more nicotine than you’re used to… and possibly increasing your addiction to it. Start off low and increase your dose after the novelty wears off if you feel like it.

4. Take long, slow puffs. A long, slow, puff will give you the most vapor volume. Short, hard puffs will tend to flood the atomizer causing reduced vapor production (you may even get liquid in your mouth). Trust me, that tastes terrible!

5. Switch atomizers frequently. Atomizers tend to get clogged easily and when this happens the vapor volume is greatly reduced. Switch out your atomizer daily for best performance and be sure to clean them frequently. (This tip only applies to three-part ecigs where the atomizer is a separate unit. Some  two-piece models have a built in atomizer in each individual cartridge). With some of the “cartomizers”, and clearomizers, you can boil them to clean them.

I will re-write this page from time to time, as I come up with more helpful tips to help you get started. Follow these tips and you will have a head start on being able to fully enjoy your new electronic cigarette. If you’re unsure about something, or want to hear what others have to say,  be sure to check out some of the e-cigarette forums online. These can be an excellent resource for answering nearly any question you can think of.

Here is the main e-cig forum:  http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum

and this is the other main forum:  http://www.vapersforum.com/forum.php

Congratulations on choosing a better smoking alternative… happy vaping!