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Each juice is reviewed using a 5 star system and receives a rating in each of the following 4 categories: accuracy of flavor, flavor density, vapor production, and throat hit. Whenever it's available, I also strive to provide as much information about the juice itself (i.e. country of origin, PG/VG ratio, etc.)

happyface Timeless Vapor Bliss, US, 50/50 PG/VG

There can be little doubt that the folks over at Timeless know what they're doing when they get to mixing juice. Of the juice I've tasted from them, which includes more than those I've reviewed here, they have all been, at the very least good, some have been stellar. So when I opened up this bottle of Bliss and smelled strawberry right off the bat, my anticipation level rose a bit further. It's one of those flavors that has improved by leaps and bounds over the last 18-24 months, going from the old bitter, acrid, medicinal tasting mess, to the sweet, lush, realistic flavor we often see today. With Bliss, Timeless takes full advantage of the strawberry, using a candy-like version of the flavor and putting it front and center in the blend. The sweet, intense berry is nicely complimented by a dragonfruit note that brings along that subtle tropical, almost bubble-gum like tone that I am personally a very big fan of. While strawberry and dragonfruit are two flavors that seem to go hand in hand, these two particular versions, on their own, have the potential to come off sticky sweet, but thanks to an additional tart, sour note (that I believe to be mango), the profile as a whole is very well balanced and overall, damn tasty. My only complaint here is that at lower wattage, there is a very mild soapy note, so mild that it could easily be overlooked by many, particularly those that prefer to go the mech mod/sub-Ω or regulated high wattage route, via a DNA, OKR, Raptor, or the like. On the ProVari, within the normal vaping spectrum, I couldn't help but notice it on the finish. That being said, that mild soapy note certainly wasn't enough to turn me off, as I happily polished off the bottle and found myself wanting just a little more before moving on to my next review. On the ProVari/510 bridgeless dripper, the flavor is fairly constant throughout the range of available voltage, but I preferred it at 10.8w or 5.2v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which delivers bright, fruity, well balanced flavor, a moderate throat hit, and a very nice could. At higher wattage the profile is intensified, as is the vapor production, but throat hit makes only mild gains, even when I took it up above 45 watts.

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medium Vapor Bank Djjango, US

After a good, but not spectacular showing from the first juice I reviewed from Vapor Bank, Snozzberries, I was curious to see what else they had sent over. I picked up the bottle of Djjango, along with my Duke, I topped it with a dual coiled Nimbus, built with 28ga Kanthal coils on xc-116, and got to work. After Snozzberries, I was hopeful this juice would knock my socks off, and while it's not terrible, its not exactly out of this world either. The flavor profile is that of a fairly standard, tropical fruit mix, consisting of equal parts (in flavor, not percentages) of dragonfruit, mango, and pineapple. The dragonfruit brings along that bubblegum like quality that usually accompanies this flavor, so while it's sweet, it's not cloyingly so, with a light, airy quality. The mango is the sour component, and while it also seems to be the more commonly used variety, with a sweet, ripe flavor, it works well with the dragonfruit, in the same way that it does in DBLiquid's Mango Dragon Madness. While the front end of the vape is occupied primarily by the first two components, the back end is where the sweet note of a candy like pineapple comes into play. All said, the flavor profile is good, with a pleasant tropical vibe, but the juice isn't quite as potent as I'd like it to be, but it's still a long way from subtle. While the majority of vapers might overlook it, towards the end of the exhale, just before the finish, the flavor of the base liquids (PG/VG) are noticeable just underneath the tropical fruity flavor. Whether that's due to the amount of flavoring used or the quality of the base ingredients, I can't really say for sure, but nevertheless, once I tasted it, I can't help but taste it with almost every vape. Overall, this is miles away from being a bad juice, or even an unpleasant vape, but like the Snozzberries, it doesn't leave me in awe, or even terribly impressed. It's good, just not great. On the standard VV/VW reviewing rig, I preferred it at 9.2w of 4.8v with a 2.5Ω atty which yields a decent amount of flavor, with throat hit and vapor production both clocking in at average. With the high wattage capability of my Duke mod, I preferred it around 26w. It can certainly withstand additional heat, but the mango gets a little acidic, throwing off the sweet to tart balance and producing a throat hit that felt scratchy to me, so I preferred it on the cooler side.

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happyface Timeless Vapor Monster Berry, US, 50/50 PG/VG

I was rather excited to hear that a new batch of Timeless Vapor juice was headed my way for review. The first few flavors I had tasted were quite good, and not run-of-the-mill combinations I see so much of. A perfect example of these less common blends is this juice Monster Berry. Usually when a berry mix comes across my desk, it tends to be a riff on the blueberry/strawberry theme, sometimes with a little raspberry of blackberry tossed in the mix, but either way, these juices don't have an overwhelming amount of variety. That doesn't mean they're not good, most of them are quite good, they're just not 'new' or 'different', and being a chef, creativity is something I like to see, even if there are no points in play for difficulty or originality. Monster Berry, however, is something I don't see very often, a combination of flavors I really didn't expect that work exceptionally well together to create a big, bright, mildly acidic profile. The dominating flavor in the mix is a fairly obvious light grape flavor, sweet, but not cloyingly so...I'd almost go so far as saying that it tastes more like a white grape or grape juice than the more commonly used grape candy flavor, but I can't be 100% certain of that. Not to get too hung up on semantics, while grapes are technically a berry, the next fruit in the mix, cherries, are actually classified as drupes rather than berries, but I think I can let that one slide. The cherry in play has none of that bothersome cough syrup or throat lozenge flavor that can accompany that particular concentrate, instead playing as a darker, richer variety, similar in profile to a black cherry (or possibly maraschino). The two fruity flavors pop brightly against the bold, zesty lime that permeates throughout the entire vape lending the profile a sour, tart note that easily cuts through the sweetness of the fruity berry flavors, at times, even dominating the profile. While this is another play on the sweet/tart combos that I see often, this particular blend is something I haven't come across, and it's one I find myself enjoying, even coming back for more after I've completed the review, despite the overall profile coming off just a hair top heavy on the high notes. I ran this juice though several different set-ups, including the standard Provari/510 dripper where I preferred it at a modest 9.2w or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. I also tested this juice under the more extreme conditions of a sub-Ω coil using my MCV Atomic (dual 28ga kanthal coils at .35Ω) atop my Nemesis mod and found no issues with heat induced flavor degradation. All said, this is a very tasty combo that produces generous clouds from the 50/50 base, with a throat hit that falls on the softer side of the spectrum.

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superhappyface Karmic Vapor Strawberry Fields, US, 50/50 PG/VG

The first couple juices I tasted from Karmic were very good, not mindblowingly extraordinary, but still very good. Both were fairly complex, multi-tonal, dynamic blends, so I was looking forward to seeing what Karmic could do with something a bit more straightforward, and Strawberry Fields seemed like the perfect opportunity. I grabbed the bottle, a freshly coiled Atomic atty, and a fully charged battery for my Poldiac before settling in on the couch for my first tasting session. Straight out of the gate, there is no doubt this is a big, bold, in-your-face strawberry. Karmic is apparently not one for subtlety, and with flavors this good, I don't see any reason to be subtle. The vape practically explodes with a sweet, bright strawberry flavor that is offset, albeit only mildly so, by a light, creamy tone. There are definite notes of fresh berries in the blend, but overall, the juice sits squarely on the candied side of the spectrum with the sheer intensity of the sweet berry flavor. The creamy element in play is fairly mild, lending only a fuller mouthfeel and slightly thicker texture to the vape, with very little flavor. This allows the berry to maintain the lead without being overshadowed or dulled by the additional component. Overall, I'm quite impressed with how Karmic handled this single fruit flavor, creating a more complex profile than I normally see from such basic single fruit e-liquids, so what this juice lacks in complexity and sophistication, it makes up for in purity and volume of flavor. When vaped in my standard rig, a ProVari/510 dripping atty, the flavors are big, bold, and immensely fruity, even at the modest 9.6w sweet spot (4.9v on a 2.5Ω atty). In my mech/RBA rig, a Poldiac/Atomic set-up built with dual twisted 28ga Kanthal at .45Ω, Strawberry Fields remains a solid vape with no flavor degradation from the more extreme wattage.

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medium Smoque Watermelon Ice, US

Watermelon Ice is a flavor I hold near and dear to my heart. While I always enjoyed my fruity flavored e-liquids, particularly peach and melon blends, it wasn't until I discovered my first watermelon ice style juice, over a year after I began vaping, that I was absolutely certain I would never crave another cigarette again. It was my first ADV, and a flavor combination I still mix for myself to this day. When we'll made, it's perfect blend of sweet, light and fruity with a cool brisk finish. When done poorly it's still not even that bad, but with flavors so clean, it's usually pretty easy to separate out the merely good from the truly great. In most cases, it comes down to a matter of balance. If the two main components, watermelon and ice/menthol are not in a state of equilibrium, as far as the final profile, the end result will often seem off, which sums up how I feel about Smoque's version of this e-liquid classic, a little off. Like a bad day of fishing, Smoque's Watermelon Ice still has some redeeming qualities, namely the juxtaposition of the sweet, juicy watermelon up against the chilly koolada/menthol, but with a skewed flavor ratio, it's nowhere near what it could, and in my opinion, should be. As with any juice that contains a menthol or ice component, total wattage has a drastic effects on flavor. So while the chilly notes are more pronounced towards the upper end of the vaping/wattage spectrum, even at more conservative wattage, dialing in sweet spot that delivers these two flavors in a state of equilibrium is simply not possible. The menthol, and make no mistake, this is menthol, not the flavorless koolada (or at least not entirely), tends to smother the more delicate, familiar juicy watermelon flavor. It's a good melon on its own, actually it's the same flavor I used for a long time in my own version of this juice, but it's difficult for the watermelon to overcome the bold, vaguely medicinal flavor of the menthol. I vaped this juice all over the vaping wattage spectrum, with several different rigs, but the most balanced flavor I was able to achieve came from the ProVari/510 atty rig at a relatively cool 8.1 watts or 4.5v on a 2.5Ω bridgeless dripper. Admittedly, that wattage doesn't do this juice any favors when it comes to vapor production, but that's where this juice attains its greatest sense if flavor parity, even if it still falls a bit short of the mark. When I put more heat through the juice, both on my Nemesis/Nimbus rig (twisted 28ga kanthal @ .42Ω) and my Duke/Atomic set-up, the end result was the same, a powerful menthol profile with just a light hint of the sweet, juicy melon. Again, this juice is still miles away from being bad, but it simply isn't on par with other vendors' take on the classic profile of cool watermelon vapes.

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happyface Strix Elixirs Applegasm, US

With a name like Applegasm I was expecting a bit more than the standard sour green apple candy flavor that comes across my desk at least once every couple months. With flavors like Fancee's McIntosh Magic fresh in my mind, I know that multi-tonal, dynamic apple flavors are certainly possible, and a quick glance at the Strix website actually says this juice is a blend of 2 different apple components with elements of both sweet and tart. With that knowledge, a freshly coiled Atomic atomizer atop my Poldiac, and the bottle of Strix's Applegasm, I sat down, eager to taste the next bottle in line from this new vendor helmed by some of he founding partners at Vape Dudes.
 
Where I was expecting to taste something different, something loaded with character, highlighting the best of both sides of the apple spectrum, I found what is essentially the same old thing, albeit with a slight twist. Not that this juice is bad, because it's not, far from it actually, it's just not anything I haven't seen before. The base liquids are clean tasting with no off flavors, the nicotine brings no additional flavor to the profile, and the flavoring components themselves are from the mid to upper tier flavor houses, but the end result here is basically just a green apple Jolly Rancher flavor. The additional component that the website talks about is there, but not readily appreciable underneath the more potent green apple candy flavor that dominates. After spending two full days with what is at heart, a single flavor juice, I am fairly confident in saying that the secondary apple flavor used by Strix is of the sweeter red variety. Admittedly, pinning down clear-cut, definitive flavors when we're dealing with a world of artificials can be difficult, particularly when the flavor in question is not even the prevailing note, but after the immense amount of time I spent with this relatively simple juice, I'm fairly confident, at the very least. Overall, this leads to a nice sweetness that tames the otherwise wildly tart flavor of the green apple candy concentrate, but I do wish there were a greater sense of balance here, which would require enough of the red to approach a state of equilibrium between the two apples. Both flavors are fairly tolerant to heat, faring well enough under the wattage produced by the Poldiac with a full battery and the Atomic running dual twisted 28ga Kanthal coils (clocking in just under .4Ω), but admittedly the red apple is able to shine a bit brighter when kept within the normal vaping wattage spectrum. On the ProVari/510 dripping rig I liked it at an even 10w or 5v with a 2.5Ω dripping atty. This produced the best sense of balance I was able to achieve from this juice, a very nice plume of vapor with a mild, but not absent, throat hit.

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superhappyface Fancee Juice Arctic Berry, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Regular readers of the website probably already know that I think pretty highly of the work that Fancee puts out. From their first review, LimeBerry if I remember correctly, I've been nothing been impressed with the quality of their products, even when a particular blend of flavors wasn't precisely my cup of tea. Regular readers will also probably recall that I have, on more than one occasion, professed my adoration for fruit/ice blends, but it's usually melon/ice and peach/ice that I gravitate towards. Still, with all that in mind, this was one flavor I couldn't wait to get into a freshly coiled dripper. With the basic knowledge that total wattage has a direct impact on the amount of "ice" in the vape, I opted to start this review off with The Duke, a variable voltage mod with the capability to run sub-Ω coils, delivering up to 50 watts of power, with a 10 amp limit. My thinking was that I'd have an easier time picking out the individual berry flavors with only a moderate amount of heat running through the coil, which would translate into less of the "ice" component occupying the profile...that was the theory anyhow, but in practice, this is a deceptively tough nut to crack.

Rather than a blend of individual berry components, the fruit side of this juice comes off as a singular, cohesive, tightly woven fabric of flavor. Each berry note fuses into the next and while it's not terribly difficult to pinpoint the red raspberry that is the primary component, separating out the remaining berries is a bit more troublesome than I anticipated. While there is something to be said for maintaining the air of mystery, I kept at it, and am at this point, fairly confident the secondary fruit is a sweet, juicy strawberry, with the final, and least potent flavor, blueberry. The berry flavors all possess an innate sense of sweetness, still somewhat natural in quality, sweeter than the genuine article, but not artificial or overly candy-like in nature. As I expected, Fancee doesn't pull any punches when it comes to their use of the chilly ice/koolada component...it's big, bold, and downright chilly, delivering a powerful throat hit and all the crisp, frigid mouthfeel one could hope for from any fruit/ice blend. In fact, the ice is so potent, it limits vapor production to a small degree since only so much wattage can be pushed through this juice before the ice becomes too much for almost anyone but the most fervent freeze fanatics. Sweet spot, on both the Duke or the ProVari, is entirely what you make of it...more wattage, more chill, with less wattage, more of the berry blend presents. Anyway you care to vape this juice, you're in for a big mixed berry flavor with varying degrees of the cool ice factor. In the ProVari, I preferred Arctic Berry at an even 10w, on the Duke with a dual 28ga Kanthal coiled Atomic, I liked it at 30w or so, but with any juice of this nature, sweet spot is determined entirely by the vaper. 

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happyface Space Jam Juice Astro, US

It's true that not every brand of juice is for everyone, that's what makes us all individuals...we all have our own personal tastes. But if you believe a juice (or vendor) is bad simply because you don't enjoy it, without looking at the bigger picture, you'll never get a sympathetic ear from me. This juice, Space Jam's Astro, is a great example of a juice I wouldn't find myself drawn towards in what little personal vaping time I find these days, but to call it anything other than a high quality, well crafted e-liquid would be shortsighted at best. Astro is a blend of 3 fruits, and while each is present in the mix, first and foremost is apple which is fairly well balanced between the sweet and tart varieties, similar in flavor to a green apple jolly rancher, but with a fresh, more natural edge, right down to a note of Granny Smith apple skin. Both of the other flavors, strawberry and peach, are well utilized, taking some of the bite out of the sour apple, giving it a rounder, softer tone that it would otherwise have as a standalone. The strawberry is a bit more prevalent than the peach, with a ripe, juicy quality. Interestingly, it was practically absent from the profile for the first few hours I spent with Astro, but shortly thereafter, it became more pronounced, adding far more depth and dimension to the juice. Regardless of how much time I spent with the juice (4 days total), or which device I ran it through, the peach never presented as more than a trace. It's there, from the inhale through the finish, but it blends into the apple in such a seamless fashion, differentiating one from the other becomes quite difficult. So much so that I can't say with any real certainty which peach concentrate is in play, be it a natural juicy peach type flavor, or a candied peach gummy variety. From my own DIY e-liquids, I'm very familiar with all of the more commonly used peach flavorings, so I find it particularly telling that I had such a difficult time identifying it.

Overall, the profile is a play on the common sweet and sour dissonance, leaning a bit more towards the sweeter side of the spectrum. There is, at times, a mild soapy undertone that permeates through this juice. For the most part, It's barely noticeable, at times completely imperceptible, but other times it's more apparent, albeit still fairly mild. All said, Astro is another example of Space Jam's well thought out recipes, made with high quality ingredients, crafted by skilled mixers. The juice can easily withstand high wattage without much trouble, although taking it beyond 40 watts may cause the apple to further dominate the profile. I found my sweet spot on my Duke/Nimbus set-up right around 35 watts. On a more standard rig (ProVari/510 dripping atty), I preferred Astro at an even 10w or 5v on a 2.5Ω dripper. Both rigs produce similar profiles, an average throat hit, along with a sizable plume of vapor.

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happyface Carpe Diem Vapor Shocker, US

While I hadn't heard too much about Carpe Diem before they had contacted me about this series of reviews, I was not unfamiliar with the vendor, and had heard positive things about this juice in particular, Shocker. I was eager to get started as I am a huge proponent of vendors that mix in sterile environments, and those that steer clear of diacetyl, acetoin and acetyl propionyl. Based on what I had heard, which admittedly was very little, I was expecting a fruit forward mix, so I was a bit surprised to find a very different profile, one that was less big, bold fruit/melon and more creamy and candy-like in nature. This is not one of those juices with a profile that differs wildly on the inhale and exhale. Instead, the juice opens and finishes with the same tasty (if somewhat subtle) profile which I would say is best summed up as something of a tropi-colada.

The dominant flavor I get out of Shocker is coconut, and it's a pretty good one, even with a light hint of that boozy tone that so often accompanies that particular flavor. In this instance it's quite mild, not unnoticeable, but easily overlooked. The next flavor I get is the standard candy-like pineapple that is so prevalent in the e-liquid marketplace. I often find myself comparing it to the white Lifesaver and I think that's an apt analogy...the taste is familiar and though it's miles away from fresh pineapple, it's still quite good and pairs well with the coconut used by Carpe. Beyond the two dominant flavors which share an equal portion of the spotlight, the profile becomes significantly more difficult to pick apart into individual components, aside from a good dose of ripe banana, a choice that would make sense with the duo already in play, but I'm not 100% certain it's in this juice, although I believe so. It seems as if there is even more here, but I'm unable to navigate through the potent coconut/pineapple pairing to be certain, and I'd prefer not to just guess at it. I think it's best to sum this juice up as a pina colada plus...plus what, I'm not entirely sure, could be almost anything in the mix. As I mentioned before banana is a possibility, and there is a bubblegum-like quality that suggests dragonfruit or even a hint of lychee, but neither is definitive, and both could be entirely absent from the recipe. Regardless of the set-up I used, I just couldn't manage to delve any further into the profile with much certainty. The juice has no problem keeping up with the high wattage rigs I used (my Duke mod topped with an IGO-T and my Nemesis topped with a .38Ω Atomic), but the profile does differ a bit when subjected to more extreme temperatures which allows the pineapple to present to a greater degree. With my normal vaping wattage spectrum rig (ProVari/510 dripper), I preferred Carpe Diem's shocker at 9.2w (4.8v on a 2.5Ω atomizer) which provides good flavor, although not quite as intense as what I usually prefer, along with a mild throat hit and abundant clouds.

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medium Pink Spot Topless Beach, US

When I decided to place another order with Pink Spot to re-evaluate some of the previous reviews, I also wanted to taste some of their newer flavors. I don't often get to choose the flavors I review, since normally vendors send over what they think will perform best, so when I purchase juice from a vendor, I take full advantage, choosing something I find to be a little off the beaten path, like this combo, Topless Beach, a blend of banana and peach. The banana is, by far, the dominating flavor in the profile, with an artificial, candy-like quality similar to banana runts or other banana candies. It's powerfully potent on the inhale, which left me wondering where the peach came into play, but on the exhale, particularly the latter half of the exhale and finish, the peach comes into the mix. It's not nearly as robust as the banana, but it's present nonetheless. Like the banana, the peach is quite sweet, similar in flavor to peach gummy rings. There is a brief moment where the peach flavor shines through brightly, leaving a hint of peach skin flavor behind, but it's too brief, leaving me wanting more peach and a little less of the dominant banana candy component. All said, this is a good banana based liquid, reminiscent of a tropical drink you'd get at one of those beachside dive bars. It's sweet, like most of the other flavors I've had from PSV, but the complimentary flavor is quite a bit weaker than what I was hoping for, and in the end, this one plays as more of a single fruit e-liquid than a dynamic, multi-noted composition. Regardless of wattage, I simply couldn't manage to eke out more than that brief hint of peach. In the standard VV/VW reviewing rig (ProVari/510 dripper), I preferred PSV's Topless Beach at 8.8w or 4.7v on a 2.5Ω atty. While this doesn't help bring out any more peach, it provides the best banana flavor, a decent throat hit, and a moderate cloud of vapor. In the mechanical rig, a Nemesis/Helios built with dual 28ga Kanthal coils at .55Ω, the juice holds up well to the increased wattage, but again the peach doesn't gain any additional traction, leaving a profile identical to the one that presents in the standard rig, only a bit more potent.

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medium King & Queen B Vapor Empress, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Whenever I receive juice submissions from a new vendor, I like to begin with a melon based flavor, assuming that they send one, and more often than not, they often do. I find it to be a fairly good yard stick of what I might expect from the remainder of the juice, and while it's certainly not always telling, it usually proves to be a decent indicator. During my standard steeping process, in which the bottle is given a good shake, and the lid is removed to give the juice a little time to breathe, the nose on Empress left no doubt that this was indeed a melon blend of some sort, so after the steeping was wrapped up, I dove right in.
 
While the juice is a blend of the more common melon flavors on the market, the honeydew is by far the dominant player in the profile. It can be a difficult flavor to work with, due to its tendency to overpower more delicate notes...one of the reasons it's more commonly used as a complimentary note rather than a primary component. In Empress the honeydew is not so potent that it completely drowns out the candy-like watermelon or the lighter cantaloupe used by King and Queen B, but it does seem a bit more powerful than necessary, lending the profile a cloying, overly sweet quality. There is a tart note present in the mix, resulting either from a standalone sour or acidic ingredient (likely), or perhaps it's simply a characteristic of the watermelon in play (less likely), but either way, it's just not enough to overcome all that sweetness on my palate. While the juice certainly isn't terrible, I feel as if it lacks the depth and balance of some other melon mixes I've tasted and reviewed, regardless of the total wattage applied. With my Duke topped with a Helios, I tasted and tested this one all over the high wattage vaping spectrum, finding the greatest balance around 30 watts. This produces the best sense of balance I was able to muster from Empress, and admittedly, it still falls a bit short of what I would refer to as harmonious. With the more standard ProVari/510 dripper rig, I spent most of my time with Empress at 9.6w or 4.9v on a 2.5Ω atty which yields a milder, yet otherwise identical profile as my high wattage rig. Both throat hit and vapor production clocked in about average.

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happyface The Vapor Store Lemon Berry, US

After a reasonable performance from The Vapor Store's first juice, a juice I admittedly didn't expect to perform as well as it did, I was eager to get a taste of the other bottle they sent over, Lemon Berry. I picked up a freshly coiled Atomic, my Duke mod, and I sat down for what I expected to be a bright, fruity vape. The first vape however, was a bit of a disappointment for me, as I knew immediately the berry they choose to work with is the only berry left in the marketplace that still seems to have consistent issues, blackberry. Offhand, I can think of only one blackberry-based e-liquid I've ever tasted that was 100% clean of the old-lady-perfume note that positively drives me batty. While it's something that blackberry fans obviously don't mind, the floral perfume-like flavor just doesn't play well with me. Nevertheless, I stuck with this juice, first because I had a review to write (and no juice gets reviewed until I've spent at least a full day with it), but also because I was getting a bit of a sore throat from the latest bug my son brought home from daycare, and the lemon flavor was quite soothing. Surprisingly, after about an hour of vaping this juice, the perfume-y flavor became significantly less notable until it was something I couldn't pick up on at all anymore. That being said, since my palate was already accustomed to the juice, I did ask a friend of mine to taste the juice and let me know if he got the perfume-y note on his vapes and right away he noticed it...so it's not so much a case of that flavor going away, but rather a case of the vaper getting accustomed to it. It still presents a bit on the very end of the finish, but even that is fleeting. The lemon flavor, which is the dominant flavor in the profile, is not the standard lemonade flavor I commonly receive from vendors, but instead, is more of a lemon candy, sweet, but with a light tart note on the back end. The flavor is similar to a lemon flavored lollipop or hard candy, and is quite good in this blend utilizing the age old sweet and sour play. All said, this juice was something of a mixed bag...not so good for the first hour, but after that, I found it to be more pleasant. While this juice doesn't rise to the level of some of the more high-end juice vendors, it's clearly a cut above some of the more popular budget juice manufacturers, presenting with a good quality flavor components (I am overlooking the blackberry issue here as it's prevalent in all but one blackberry e-liquid I've sampled), and mid-level base liquids. On the ProVari, I kept this juice in the mid-range at 9.2w or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atty. This wattage yields a bright, crisp candied lemon flavor, a mild berry note with only a slight hint of the off, perfume note (once the initial burst of it passes), with both mild throat hit and vapor production. Under the more extreme wattage that mech mods and the Duke mod is capable of, it's best to keep this one under 35w or risk cooking off the sour note that makes the lemon so appealing.

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happyface Vapor Bank Snozzberries, US

The sheer volume of e-liquid vendors can be overwhelming, and the number grows on a seemingly daily basis, with new vendors popping up left and right. The Vapor Bank however, has been around since 2011 (although I'm not certain they have been selling online since their inception), so while I had heard their name a few times in the various forums I frequent, I had yet to sample any of their juice. There is also surprisingly little information online about the vendor so I knew practically nothing about them going into this series of reviews, and had absolutely no idea what to expect from the first bottle I chose, Snozzberries. As a fan of Willy Wonka, I was sure of only one thing, the snozzberries taste like snozzberries. So, with the Oompa-Loompa song running through my head, I grabbed a freshly coiled Helios and my Duke mod, and settled in for my first tasting from Vapor Bank. 
 
The juice is decidedly fruity, with a good balance of sweet and sour, but deciphering exactly what fruit flavors are in the mix have proven to be quite a bit more difficult. Mixes like this, with a handful of different, difficult to identify fruity flavors, tend to fall into one of two camps...the generically fruity blends that just taste...well, generically fruity, and the seamlessly intertwined blends, with carefully layered highs and lows. Snozzberries from Vapor Bank falls more into the first category, a little generic, but it's also a long way from the basic single note e-liquids that taste like "fruit" flavored chewing gum. The brighter top notes first come off as a candy-like pineapple with a bit of citrus-y zing, but as my tasting session progressed, the top note began to take on a different tone, one that I'm fairly certain is mango based, but beyond that, I honestly can't be certain. On the lower end, I believe there is a bit of melon (watermelon or honeydew), strawberry, red raspberry and even a little maraschino or black cherry. 
 
The end result here is a juice that I just can't break down, not for lack of trying...all the flavors just sort of run together into this singular fruity note, one that tastes good, but not mindboggling, it tastes like Snozzberries, I suppose. The balance is certainly there, with a decidedly candy like sweetness offset nicely by a healthy dose of tart and sour, and while the flavors are big, bold, and in-your-face, I can't seem to get much further into identifying the components, regardless of the set-up I use, or the total wattage I put through the coil. The sweet spot here is entirely what you make of it. It had no problems up around 10w (5v) on the ProVari with a standard 2.5Ω 510 dripping atty. On my Duke with a dual coiled Helios atty, I was able to run it up to almost 40 watts before the juice began suffering from heat induced flavor degradation, with the top notes, including the sour component outweighing the deeper tones. Eventually I settled in around 30 watts for the duration of the tasting and found the intensely fruity flavor quite tasty. While I would stop short of calling this a finely layered, well defined composition, akin to some of the boutique/gourmet juice mixers, it is good, but it's more like a mishmash of fruits that happen to work well together.

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happyface Vaper's Knoll Dumber, US, Max VG

At one of the last monthly vape meets I attend I was handed a small Ziploc bag with about six bottle of juice from The Vaper's Knoll. I was told by the person who gave them to me that the new vendor had asked this person to get me these flavors for review. While I had only just heard of this new vendor, via one of the vaping forums I frequent, I was curious, particularly since most of the bottle have cryptic names, but gave them the standard steep before the initial tasting. I decided to begin with Dumber juice, really for no reason at all, aside from the silly name. I picked up my Duke, the mod I usually begin reviewing with when I have little to no idea what to expect form a juice, along with a freshly coiled Atomic atomizer, and the bottle of Dumber Juice. I took the lid off, gave the bottle a little squeeze and checked out the nose...the sweet smell of berries is instantly recognizable. I loaded up the juice, and within just a few minutes had a fairly good picture of this juice. Dumber is a crisp, light, bright mixed berry blend with both the big sweet flavor of red berries, as well as the deeper flavors of a darker berry. The red flavor, which occupies the front side of the vape, is quite sweet, and in all likelihood, a strawberry/raspberry combination with the strawberry taking precedence. Like the profile as a whole, it has a candy-like quality due to the overall sweetness of the juice. The exhale and finish is where the darker flavor comes into the profile. With a bit of the floral, perfume-y tone that plagues these flavors, it must be a blackberry or pomegranate and while it can admittedly be difficult to discern which flavor is which with these combinations of artificial, candy-like concentrates, I'm fairly certain that Vapor's Knoll is utilizing blackberry in this instance. While the sweetness can seem a bit overwhelming at times, the finish brings a light touch of sour to the profile that brings a greater sense of balance, but in the end, the sweetness wins out over the light sour tone. Overall, this juice is tasty enough, but I wasn't really blown away from the standard berry mix, and the floral perfume-y tone that gets dragged into every juice with a blackberry and/or pomegranate note is something I could live without, even in small quantities like one finds in Dumber. The juice has no issues with heat induced flavor degradation, easily handling the 40 watts I pushed through it in the Duke/Atomic rig. With the ProVari, I settled into a  sweet spot at 9.6w or 4.9v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This produced a nicely balanced berry blend, helping to minimize the light floral tone, while providing a mild throat hit and an exceptionally large plume from the max VG base.

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superhappyface Fancee Juice McIntosh Magic, US, 50/50 PG/VG

As a child, growing up in the northeastern US, there were a couple of day trips we took, as a family, every year. The most memorable of them all was out trip to the apple orchard. We would go in early October so it would function not only as an opportunity to go apple picking, but also as our trip to the pumpkin patch. After we were done filling our baskets with apples, 90% of which would invariably end up as apple sauce in my mother's freezer, we would spend some time in the general store, drinking the freshly pressed cider and eating the homemade apple cider donuts. Coincidentally, the apples we picked, ate, and drank on those trips were all of the McIntosh variety, the same flavor Fancee has reproduced in this e-liquid. McIntosh are an interesting variety, and one you've probably never tasted unless you're from the northeastern US or southeastern Canada. They grow best in that region and are rarely shipped very far. They're crisp, sweet, mildly acidic, and possess an intriguing vinous quality reminiscent of apple wine, which is one of the reasons they make such good cider. While I had a feeling that Fancee might have just been using the name as a clever way to differentiate their apple flavor from the rest of those in marketplace, the first vape took me right back to that small apple orchard...the flavor of this eliquid is dead-on McIntosh. It's sweet with the unmistakable flavor of ripe red apple, slightly tart in the same way a Granny Smith apple is, with a good dose of acidic twang, a mild note of tannin, and the distinctive wine-like flavor that the McIntosh is so well known for. All in all, a perfect replication of one of my favorite apple varieties. While an apple flavor like this may sound simple, it's clear that this is a blend of more than a few different apple concentrates coming together to form a singular, cohesive flavor profile that smacks of realism and true-to-life, natural apple flavors. The dynamic flavor, particularly the hint of wine, is a testament to the skill and devotion that go into this juice, creating a flavor that from a distance, comes off as a single fruit, but is in reality a finely textured, multi-tonal, layered composition of many elements working together to create the final picture, almost like pointillism art. With the ProVari/510 dripper rig, I preferred McIntosh Magic at 9.2w or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. The gets all the different apple elements to 'pop' simultaneously, creating the McIntosh flavor profile. I also ran it through the Nemesis/IGO-W rig built with dual 28ga Kanthal coils at .4Ω on XC-116 and found the juice to remain bright, crisp, and sweet, while delivering a fairly tame throat hit, albeit with enormous plumes of vapor.

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superhappyface Space Jam Juice Omega, US

It's no secret...among all of the flavors I tend to gravitate towards, I have a real weakness for a good peach. It was one of the very first e-liquid flavors I tasted when I began vaping back in 2009, and while my palate has changed quite a bit since then, as has the quality (and quantity) of juice available, a really good peach still leaves me feeling a little weak in the knees. As anyone who tends to frequent the various internet vaping forums undoubtedly has, I too had heard the hype surrounding the Space Jam Robo Fuel line, but other than that, I had very little to go on as far as what I should expect. I didn't know which flavors were which, and with cryptic names like Omega, Starship 1, and Pluto, the labels were of little help in determining what flavor was in each bottle. I opened up the two bottles I had, gave them each a quick sniff, and knew right away, Omega is clearly a peach based juice. I opted for my Nemesis topped with a Helios built with dual 28ga kanthal coils at .52Ω. From the first taste of Omega, I knew this was different from any peach I'd previously tasted, coming off as the most natural tasting peach flavor I've had to date, by far. The overall tone is soft, delicate, and stunningly realistic in nature with the flavor of both the peach flesh and skin coming through the vape. The flesh is first to present with a light, fresh, pure peach flavor that is incredibly genuine. The exhale brings the lifelike peach skin note into the profile, with both flavors sharing the spotlight on the finish, which maybe the most impressive part of this juice. While throughout the vape there is a light hint of cream, after the vapor has left your lungs and mouth entirely, the subtle, creamy note comes into it's own, shining brightly for a brief moment before dissipating to leave the raw, faithful representation of the peach in the spotlight. Additionally, there is a distinct candy-like sweetness to the profile that leads me to believe this juice is lightly sweetened with ethyl maltol (cotton candy flavor). The overall picture here is one that's sweet, but not cloyingly so, and in a very good way. Aside from the realism of this juice, the heat it can handle is also quite impressive. E-liquids with a creamy element, tend to crumble under the wattage produced by super-sub-Ω coils and mods like the Duke (50w/10a capability), but Omega has no issues at all. I moved the .52Ω Helios over to my Duke for testing and managed to run 44w through it before I began noticing a mildly bitter, slightly off tone. Surprisingly, even at that wattage throat hit was moderate at best, but the flavor was divine and vapor production is certainly above average, almost regardless of wattage. In the ProVari/510 dripper, I found my sweet spot at an even 10w. Omega could have handled a bit more, but there was little payoff from the additional heat, and I was eager to get started on the next bottle I had waiting from the folks over at Space Jam.

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perfect Seduce Juice Rapture, US, 50/50

Seduce has been putting out some pretty impressive juice, that much is clear. Interestingly, many of their more successful flavors have begun with a borrowed profile, an exceedingly common practice in this industry (and most others). I don't score on originality, and I don't think there is any reason to either, when flavors work well together, even (or especially) unexpected combinations, it's only natural that other vendors will work on creating a similar juice, what's important is that those new creations are not exact clones, and that each vendor adds something to make the blend their own, something Seduce has also been exceptionally good at. The juices they make that resemble other vendors flavors are often better than the original, and always incorporate their own little twist that makes it a Seduce original. The next bottle in line from them, however, is a bit different, a combination of flavors I haven't seen before, a juice that is entirely original, a sight that is becoming more and more unusual in the marketplace. Rapture is a blend of two fairly straightforward flavors that don't sound particularly appealing together, but this juice simply works, and it works well. The main component is a very natural, very realistic tasting red apple flavor reminiscent of a cross between the Red Delicious and Honeycrisp varieties. The flavor, on it's own, is quite impressive, incorporating the taste of flesh, juice, and skin, all of which present together immediately on the inhale with an intense full flavor and an innate sense of balance stemming from the sweetness and acidity. On the latter half of the exhale, as well as the finish, the apple is joined by another very realistic flavor component, raisin. For those of you who just turned up your nose, I'd advise you not to be so quick to judge. The two flavors come together seamlessly and had you not been told the flavor was raisin, this is one of those that could keep you guessing for quite some time. The apple is the dominant flavor with the raisin component coming in a very close second, yet neither is overpowering, which allows both flavors the opportunity to present fully, before intertwining to create a singular profile that is sweet, but not cloyingly so, thanks to the crisp bite that the red apple brings. Overall, this is a unique flavor, similar to apple cider, but more importantly, it's a long way from a novelty vape. The natural fruit flavors combined with the more earthy dried fruit flavor make this an easy ADV candidate for those who gravitate towards full flavored, crisp, natural tasting vapes. In the ProVari/510 dripping rig, I spent most of my time with Rapture at 9.6w or 4.9v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This had both the apple and raisin flavors peaking simultaneously, while providing a stronger than anticipated throat hit and the same generous cloud of vapor that the Seduce 50/50 blends are becoming known for. On a Nemesis/IGO-W rig, built with dual 28ga Kanthal coils at .45Ω on 2mm Ekowool, this juice is flat out intense, and immensely satisfying, yielding an impressive flavor, powerful throat hit, and massive clouds of vapor. 

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medium Master Mix e-Liquid Utopia, US, 70/30 PG/VG

I've already been through several bottles from MasterMix, each of which had their own pros and cons. The most notable thing about this juice, all of the flavors I've reviewed so far at least, is the inclusion of distilled water in already thin 70/30 mix. The reason for including water is completely beyond me. It not only dilutes the flavor, but also makes the juice go faster than juice from other vendors. The Utopia blend from Mastermix is no exception with the bottle disappearing rather quickly. The flavors in the mix are fairly simple, cantaloupe, honeydew, a citrus fruit that I believe to be tangerine, and a little marshmallow to try and smooth out the otherwise rough edges that the tangerine imparts. While the melon flavors are good, not great, but good, the citrus doesn't mix particularly well with them, and imparts a harsh quality to the vapor as it hits your tongue. There seems to be some additional components under the primary fruits, but they are difficult to pick up on underneath the other flavors, particularly the orange/tangerine. Either way, the juice doesn't come off particularly well balanced with a bright acidity that goes, for the most part, unchecked by a smoother, creamier component. It seems as if the marshmallow component is intended to take the edge of the harshness of the tangerine flavor, but it falls a bit short of the mark and instead, the overall profile seems jumbled, almost thrown together haphazardly, and a deeper, off tone is present in the mix that just tastes out of place in this profile. All said, this is another one from MasterMix that I'm not terribly impressed with, regardless of having run it through almost every type of set-up I own, from a standard dripping atty atop the ProVari (sweet spot 8.8w or 4.7v on a 2.5Ω atomizer), to a 26ga Kanthal contact coil at 1.2Ω on a sterile cotton bed on my Duke mod, to a dual 28ga Kanthal coiled IGO-W with XC-116 wick at .45Ω on the Nemesis. The end result is the profile varies very little whether you're driving extreme wattage through your coil, or operating within the normal vaping wattage spectrum. Regardless of your rig and the total wattage, throat hit is average at best with vapor production coming up a bit short thanks to both the distilled water and higher PG ratio I received.

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happyface Strix Elixirs Banana Slam, US

After a good, but not great review from Strix's first juice, Blue Honey, I was eager to try one of their new recipes. Blue Honey has, of course, been around for a couple years, through the vendor the owners of Strix previously worked with, so while I had never tasted it before the review, it was certainly a proven recipe. The other bottles I received from Strix are complete wild cards at this point. With that said, I decided to begin working my way through those flavors starting with this one, Banana Slam. Strix says their juice is pre-steeped, and while that may very well be the case, as soon as I took the lid off this bottle I could tell it wasn't quite ready yet. I did vape it for a couple hours so I could describe the "out-of-the-mailbox" flavors for you before tucking it away for a brief rest. Prior to the additional steeping time I gave this juice, the banana is incredibly potent, with an odd, almost boozy tone to it. As most DIYers can tell you, banana is a flavor concentrate that when utilized beyond a certain threshold, say around 3-4% or so, it will almost always warrant extra steeping time. This banana flavoring in particular practically begs for the additional time. The flavor is that of a very ripe banana, but without the steep it can be too potent, too sweet, and will likely overpower the more subtle nuances, which is exactly what I found with Banana Slam straight from the mailbox. Even over the course of the first couple hours I spent with the juice, it was fairly plain to see that the flavors were still evolving, so I decided to just set it in the steeping drawer, topless, and let it rest until the following day, which despite Strix's pre-steeping process, made for quite a transformation.

Post steep, the banana, which is still the most dominant flavor in the mix (by quite a bit), takes on a bit more depth, while losing much of the boozy-like overtone and tasting more like a natural banana...an extremely ripe one, possibly stepping over the line into over-ripe, but a banana nevertheless. Most vapers with more than a few months experience have probably tasted this banana concentrate before, it's what Strix uses as background notes that differentiate this juice. Appearing at the top of the exhale, nicely layered on top of the banana that dominates the front side of the vape, are the complimentary notes of creamy vanilla, chocolate, and a subtle caramel note as well, if I'm not mistaken. These sweet, mildly creamy tones help to offset the intense banana with more structure, helping to take some of the edge off the over-ripe note, even if not completely. Overall, I think this is good juice, and while I wouldn't say it's as finely textured or composed as some other blends I've tasted from different, high-end vendors, it's still well above average in every respect. On my Duke mod topped with a dual-coiled Helios (.67Ω), I ended up pushing about 29w through this juice before I it began to develop an off tone. I settled in closer to 25 watts when all was said and done. On the ProVari/510 dripper, I preferred this juice in a mid range, 9.2-9.6w or 4.8-4.9v with a 2.5Ω atomizer. This yields plenty of flavor, a very respectable throat hit, and above average clouds as well. It is worth noting that, despite Strix's pre-steeping methods, this one does improve further with some age, even if it's only a couple days worth, and while the change isn't metamorphic, it's enough to warrant a recommendation to give this one at least a night, uncapped, before really diving into it.

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medium The Vape Juice Shop Berry Twist, US, 50/50 PG/VG

If you're one of the regular readers of this website, and you're anything like me, you may be wondering if you haven't already seen this review. Of the five or six bottles that TVJS sent over for review, 3 of them were berry based, their Berry Splash, Berry Peach and this juice, Berry Twist. So far, their juices have been a bit of a mixed bag, but for the most part, fair to midland. The Berry Twist is along the same lines, but better than the others I've worked through so far. It seems to be the same basic berry flavor used in the previous two berry based e-liquids, heavy on the brighter red flavors, with little, if any, of the darker blue and blackberry flavors that are often used to add some balance and depth to this type of juice. While the berry flavors are similar in each of the three juices, it's not always the dominating flavor in the profile. With this juice, it's a bright lime flavor, similar, if not the identical, to the lime used in The Vape Juice Shop's Watermelon Lime, that takes center stage. In that juice, I thought the lime was good, but it was a little heavy, drowning out the watermelon flavor, and at lower wattage, that's what happens in this juice too, although to a much lesser degree. By cranking up the wattage on this juice, a greater sense of balance can be achieved, and while the berry and lime flavors don't necessarily reach a level of parity, there is a certain sense of harmony as the berries add a light, sweet fruitiness to the profile. The lime flavor used by The Vape Juice Shop is quite tasty and stunningly natural, with a crisp, clean acidity and a very mild bitterness that replicates the citrus feel to a T. With such a big bold lime flavor, I would have preferred to see some deeper, richer berry flavors, but the bright red candy-like strawberry and raspberry are well utilized and do play quite well up against the tart, acidic lime. As I mentioned earlier, at lower wattage, the lime does have tendency to displace the berry flavor, but give this juice a little extra heat and the berries perform quite nicely. I preferred it up around 11.6w or 5.6v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This kind of wattage also produces large plumes of vapor, albeit with a very mild throat hit. Running it through an even higher wattage mech mod/RDA rig (Poldiac/IGO-W, twisted 30ga dual coil kanthal on 2mm ekowool at .65Ω ) produces the same mild throat hit, the requisite cloud from the increased wattage, and a similar flavor as the ProVari at 11.6 watts.

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medium Electrolights Blackberry Dream, US

After a thoroughly average pair of reviews from Electro Liquids first two e-liquids, I was hopeful that they would bowl me over with something truly special with their next juice, but as I pulled it form the steeping drawer, I'll admit I had my doubts. I had known a blackberry flavor was due up, in fact I had given it an additional two days (and nights) of cap-off steep time in hopes that the floral, perfume-y flavor that plagues blackberry e-liquids would be absent from this mix, and while the juice isn't completely devoid of this off, and off-putting flavor, under very high wattage it's not terribly noticeable...I'd even go so far as to say that with proper steeping techniques, in a properly built low/sub-Ω rebuildable dripper, it could be imperceptible to many. Along the normal vaping wattage spectrum however, the floral perfume-like flavor is as present in this blend as any other blackberry I've previously tasted. The profile is fairly simple, a basic sweet blackberry flavor, not terribly dynamic, and not without the flaws that seem to go hand-in-hand with all blackberry juice, but there is a bit of acidity that helps give the juice a greater sense of depth. Still, there's not a wealth of complexity in this bottle, but in addition to the blackberry flavor, there is also a light creamy flavor that gives the vape a fuller mouthfeel. I'd stop short at calling this lush, but the creamy element does make the vapor feel a bit more smooth and rich. The final component in the profile is an additional sweetener, could be standard sucralose, could be EM (cotton candy flavor). Either way, the use of the additional component makes for a very sweet juice and while I couldn't see this as an ADV, it does make for a tasty, if simple, sweet blackberry concoction, under the right circumstances. As I mentioned earlier, in the VV/VW rig, I was unable to completely eliminate the floral overtone, but I found the best flavor at 9.2w or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω dripping atomizer. While this produces a decent flavor from the mix, with a decent cloud of vapor, the throat hit is minimal. In the mech mod/RBA rig (Nemesis/Nimbus with a twisted 28ga Kanthal coil @ .7Ω on XC-116) the flavor is vastly improved by the more extreme wattage, seemingly cooking away most of the off perfume-y flavor, while producing a larger cloud, albeit with the same sparse throat hit.

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happyface Strix Elixirs Blue Honey, US

When I heard that part of the Vape Dudes team was leaving to branch off and begin their own company, I was intrigued. Putting aside my natural curiosities about what kind of situation may have caused the divide between the partners at Vape Dudes, I was eager to taste what the new team at Strix was putting together. After all, while Vape Dudes was one of the very first vendors I reviewed, they were not without issue, and when the popularity of the company skyrocketed, customer service was sometimes an issue, and occasionally a major one. That being said, when the juice was good, it was really good. One of my favorites from them was their Blue Jitsu, so much so that their ever-popular Blue Honey was immediately put on my list of juices to review. But things happen...this website became more popular than I had ever imagined and submissions from new vendors were at an ever increasing rate. When I did have the opportunity to pick up some new juice of my choosing for review, I preferred to purchase from vendors I was unfamiliar with, and vendors that hadn't had any juices reviewed. Blue Honey was one of those flavors that despite wanting to try, I simply never got around to it.

Flash forward to a couple days ago, when my package from Strix arrives...and what should I find but a bottle of Blue Honey. It turns out that one of the founders from Strix is also the person who created the original Blue Honey...and they brought the recipe with them. It's important to note that, according to their website, Strix pre-steeps their juice. I've heard this claim from countless other vendors, but in the end, most of them use some sort of heat to accelerate the process. Since I personally believe there is no substitute for time, I tend to leave even those bottles to sit in the steeping drawer for a bit before reviewing them. Strix is different...they claim to use only time to pre-steep so I decided to give Blue Honey a go as soon as I could. I picked up the bottle, along with a freshly coiled Helios atomizer and my Poldiac, and sat down for the juice I'd been wanting to review for a very long time. Perhaps the anticipation is part of it, and perhaps the hype is another, but I can't say I'm bowled over. Sure it's damn tasty, but I would stop short of calling it spectacular. The blueberry is quite good, with a sweet, candy-like quality that compliments the genuine flavor of the honey nicely. The overall picture here is sweet with a light honeyed note, and fruity with solid blueberry overtones. The flavor remains a constant from the top of the inhale straight through to the finish, varying only in intensity throughout the course of the vape. It comes on light, steadily picking up volume on the exhale and finishing with a soft and sweet candied fruit.

With the mech/RBA rig, my coil was fairly low, coming in at .56Ω, which the Blue Honey had no problem handling. On the ProVari/510 rig, I preferred this juice at 9.2w or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω dripper. The juice was able to withstand more heat for short periods, but chain vaping above this range seemed to produce a slightly off flavor, and increased wattage didn't produce wildly differing results in any of the scored categories. Regardless of how much wattage I put through this juice, I'd still prefer to see more flavor out it. I wouldn't call it weak, but I also wouldn't call it a bold, in-your-face flavor either. In both rigs, throat hit and vapor production were above average, particularly for such a fruity flavor. All in all, it's a simple combination of flavors that happen to work quite well together, and while this is the original recipe, it's a flavor duo that has forced other vendors to take notice, and in return, create their own versions of the blend, with differing degrees of success ranging from downright un-vape-able to straight up phenomenal. I'm certainly glad I finally had the opportunity to taste the original, and while I admittedly wasn't dazzled, it was more than tasty enough to make me curious what else Strix has in store with their new operation.

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superhappyface The Vapor Chef Hobbes Blood, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Maybe I've been spoiled by all the amazing juice that's passed through my hands for the purpose of reviews, but I don't have very many moments these days when I'm completely floored by the first vape off of a bottle of juice just up for review. Don't misunderstand, I've had the privilege of tasting some absolutely amazing e-liquid, and much of it quite recently, but this bottle, Hobbes Blood from The Vapor Chef, is truly in a class all by itself. The name is a play on the old Sno-cone flavor that was wildly popular when I was a kid, and a flavor combination that is becoming increasingly popular among juice vendors, Tiger's Blood. A simple combination of strawberry and coconut are the standard ingredients in a Tiger's Blood Sno-cone, but true to form, The Vapor Chef takes Hobbes Blood one step further with the addition of a stunning watermelon component. The sheer volume of flavor that TVC manages to pack into every vape is downright astounding. Each cloud is literally saturated with a perfect blend of flavors, with the watermelon/strawberry blend taking center stage. The two tightly woven flavors create a nectar-like sweetness, reminiscent of honeydew, that should come off as a saccharine, syrupy sweet mess, but instead just keeps sending me back for more. Before I sit down in front of the keyboard to begin writing a review, it's not uncommon for me to spend several days with a juice, with Hobbes I vaped it almost exclusively for 5 days. I did this for two reasons...first, I simply couldn't help myself. But more importantly, I was trying adamantly to tire of this juice, either from the dreaded vaper's tongue, or to simply reach the point where I found it to be cloyingly sweet, but that just didn't happen. In the end, I was left with an almost empty bottle, and a lust for more Hobbes.

The watermelon and strawberry are bright, with a sweet, ripe flavor that comes off quite natural with a candied boost, like fresh, ripe fruit, lightly dusted with sugar. The coconut, which is more of a secondary component in the profile, is also quite impressive with a rich, creamy note and a flavor like fresh, lightly toasted, sweetened coconut flakes. Most coconut flavors that I come across tend to have boozy overtones, some far more pronounced than others. Usually steeping will alleviate this problem to a degree, but it is rare for that boozy note to completely fade away. So while I waited through the standard 3 week steeping process before beginning this review, out of curiosity, I dripped a few drops into a clean atomizer the day it arrived, and even straight from the mailbox, the alcohol tone was absent. In fact, other than the coconut fading back into the profile a bit, the juice changed very little over the course of the steep. Interestingly enough, like Honey Pearry, one of the other liquids from TVC that blew me away, I actually prefer this one fresh. In the standard VV reviewing rig, I vape Hobbes Blood at an even 10w or 5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This produced the full breadth of the flavor profile, a moderate throat hit, and plumes of sweet, tasty vapor. In the mech mod/RDA set-up (Nemesis/Bilby by Slumberland Industries, twisted 28ga kanthal at .45Ω, on XC-116), which is where I prefer to vape this particular blend, the flavor is of course, substantially more pronounced, without any signs of heat induced degradation, while throat hit remains fairly mild and vapor production increases exponentially.

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happyface Fancee Juice Mellow Mango, US, 50/50 PG/VG

I've reviewed quite a few flavors from Fancee, most have been exceptionally complex, carefully composed concoctions, rather than single fruit flavors, so this juice, Mellow Mango, is a bit of a departure from the kind of product I normally see from this vendor, but it's a departure besides being a single fruit flavor. The usual M.O. for Fancee tends to be big, bold, in-your-face flavors, and this is something completely different. From the guys who put together multi-layered, finely textured compositions like Meese Tracks, Peppered ChocoMint (both spectacular chocolates), Pumpkin Spice Latte, heck, even their McIntosh Magic is a tightly woven web of various apple (and other) flavors, I was expecting fairly big things, with larger than life flavors. What I found however, is a juice that is subtle, even gentle, holding true to the "mellow" moniker, while still full of the ripe fruity flavor of fresh mango. One of the things I commonly find in straight mango juices, and even sometimes in mango-based blends, is that the acidity of the mango concentrate off-setting the fragile balance of the profile, creating an uncomfortable tartness and a scratchy throat hit, even at lower wattage. With Fancee's Mellow Mango, however, there is no such tartness or acidity, and what acidity is present, is mild, so that the overall profile is well balanced between the natural sweet and tart elements of the fruit, yielding a subdued mango profile that would make it an easy ADV for those that gravitate towards simple fruit flavors. With a flavor like this, there is very little to talk about...the top of the inhale brings a general sweetness, the mango enters the profile the moment before you begin to exhale, and the finish is crisp and clean with a very light, lingering, tropical tone. I found the sweet spot on the ProVari/510 dripping rig at a fairly cool 8.8w or 4.7v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. On the mech/RBA rig (I went with the Nemesis topped with a modified IGO-L built with twisted 28ga Kanthal on XC-116 clocking in at .4Ω), the flavor can seem a little clouded. I moved the same IGO over to my Duke mod so I could decrease the voltage a bit and liked it quite a bit better with less wattage. It was still tasty under the more extreme wattage, but the flavor remained truer when kept to a more reasonable total wattage. If you plan to go mech with this juice, I'd suggest building at .6-.7Ω and up to get the most out of Mellow Mango. The flavor is just a bit too delicate for the more extreme wattage. On either device, you can anticipate a fairly solid throat hit from a such a fruity flavor, with excellent vapor production.

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happyface The Vapor Room Cranberry, US 50/50 PG/VG

I had been looking to get my hands on some holiday-type e-liquid for this years holiday review series, and while The Vapor Room's Cranberry certainly fit the bill, I thought it was an interesting choice for a basic, single fruit flavored juice. After all, unlike peach, watermelon, blueberry, or the countless other readily available basic fruit e-liquids, I've never seen anyone sit down with a bowl of cranberries for a light snack. With that aside, the sour punch that cranberries pack, and the state of balance that one achieves by adding a bit of sugar, I thought could make for an interesting flavor profile, and one that most vapers would be unlikely to tire of quickly. With a few holiday themed e-liquids from TVR awaiting my attention, I decided to begin with this one since I was quite curious about which direction they would decide to go in with this blend. I opted to begin the review with a high wattage set-up, my Nemesis topped with an IGO-L built with a single twisted 28ga Kanthal coil on a 2 mm Ekowool wick, clocking in at .49Ω. I prepared myself for a rather pungent tart berry like flavor, but was a bit taken aback by the light, refreshing sweetness of the juice, and the pleasant, mildly sharp zing of the natural berry. The overall flavor is more reminiscent of cranberry juice cocktail than cranberry sauce (which I personally think is a good thing), highlighting all the natural tartness of the berry, which is offset quite well by the a general sweet fruitiness. All said, this a bit different than what I had been anticipating, and I'm surprised at just how crisp and clean the flavor is, without any of the bitterness that cranberry can sometimes bring to the party. With so many of the holiday flavors being based on spicy gingerbread or cinnamon, and sweet, rich desserts like pumpkin and apples pies, the cranberry from TVR makes for nice change of pace while still easily keeping to the holiday flavor palette. It had no issues with the heat from my sub-Ω build, producing good flavors, and a nice cloud, albeit with a fairly mild throat hit. On the ProVari, the same held true, and I was able to move about 10w (5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer) through this juice without any off notes or flavor degradation issues.

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happyface Ahlusion Coco-Berry Cream, US, 50/50 PG/VG

After some of the tastiest juice I've had the pleasure of reviewing, to say I was looking forward to getting my wick wet with a little more of Ahlusion's e-liquid would be a vast understatement. I had reviewed a couple of their flavors shortly after the website was launched and began a series of new Ahlusion reviews with their Pineapple USD Cake a little while back, another rock solid performer. So when I reached for the bottle of Coco-Berry Cream, I had some pretty high expectations, and while this is a mighty tasty juice, it's not quite what I was expecting. The Coco-Berry Cream is good, very good, mouth-wateringly delicious even, but I have one small qualm with this juice that we'll get to in just a moment, but first here's what to expect from the Coco-Berry Cream. By far, the most dominant flavor in the profile is strawberry. I didn't have even a moment's doubt as to whether Ahlusion would be able to overcome the acrid, bitter, medicinal flavor that can sometimes accompany strawberry flavors, of course they can and of course they did. The strawberry is remarkably clean with a sweet jam like flavor that hangs on the tongue from the front side of the vape through the sweet finish. It's juicy, intensely sweet, and downright yummy. That being said, the other flavors just don't present with the same intensity as the strawberry. There is a good dose of cream in the blend which is the obvious supporting player in the profile, and while it adds a rich, thick mouthfeel to the vape, it doesn't bring along an abundance of flavor. What I find lacking in the mix (and this one should probably be chocked up to expectations more than anything else), is the coconut, the reason I chose to purchase this juice in the first place. I know it's one of those flavors that folks tend to love or hate with very little room in the middle, but I happen to be one of those who adores a rich, creamy coconut, particularly when the promise of roasting said coconut is brought up, hence my disappointment. Try as I might, and believe me, I tried, (with both my standard reviewing rig, Provari, 2.5Ω atty, and then with a sub-ohm coiled RBA with a mech mod), I just can't manage to eke out more than a mild toasted coconut flavor on the back end and finish. All that being said, my issue here is more with the name of this juice than the contents that lie within. If the label on this bottle had simply read 'Strawberries and Cream' I'd be writing a very different review, but as it stands, I feel like I'm missing out on the part I was most looking forward to. So, while the scoring on this review will be good, rather than great, the juice is still phenomenally delicious, just don't expect an overwhelming coconut note as I had been, it's there, but it's a bit underwhelming. I had this juice all over the normal vaping wattage spectrum in an attempt to bring out a bit more of the toasted coconut, but I finally settled into the sweet spot at a relatively cool 8.5 watts or 4.6v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which yields an intense, delicious, slightly creamy strawberry, a moderate throat hit, and a sizable cloud of vapor. The juice also had no issues with a less conventional, higher wattage rig. I ran it through the Nemesis/Nimbus (.6Ω) and had no flavor degradation from the increased heat.

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superhappyface Butt-Out Eternal Sunshine, US

While Butt-Out is a new vendor to this website, one of the owners and I go back a ways. I reviewed some of the juice from his previous business with mixed results, the first few flavors I tasted were average at best. At that time, he was reselling a different vendor's juice, but with some hard work, dedication, and what I can only guess was an enormous amount of time spent practicing, he sent over some of his own juice for review and much of it did quite well. As Butt-Out began picking up speed and gaining some traction in crowded hardware and e-liquid marketplace, I was once again asked if I had the time to review some of the new flavors. I decided to begin the series with their Eternal Sunshine, mostly since I'm a big fan of the movie. Since I stay away from vendor websites until I've have a chance to complete my reviews, I really had no idea what to expect from such a cryptic name...I had been anticipating a lemon flavor, but was immediately met by a more tropical tone. The first, and most dominant flavor, to present in the profile is a well balanced, ripe mango flavor with touch light acidity and a mild tartness to it. The acidity is not overpowering, but it does add a pleasant little bite to the juice which is nicely balanced by the sweet, ripe fruity tones. Despite my best efforts on this juice, the remaining flavors in the profile (and there are several) are difficult to pin down. I suspect there is a bit of dragonfruit and and even some lychee as well, since I'm picking up on the familiar bubblegum-like tropical fruitiness that those two flavors impart, but I can't be 100% on either of them. The overall profile of Eternal Sunshine is one of the perfect summertime vape, by the pool or on the beach vape, it's light, but far from subtle, and fruity in an utterly tropical fashion with a crisp, refreshing tone. Juice like this, with flavors that are difficult to pin down, tends to be the result of one of two different scenarios. Either the flavors are so jumbled up that every vape smacks of a generic, bland sort of fruitiness, or it speaks to the skill of the mixer, where each note is perfectly blended and balanced so that individual components are difficult, if not impossible to pick up on, yet there are still top and bottom notes, highs and lows, bright acidity in perfect harmony with deeper, richer, sweeter notes. Eternal Sunshine is clearly the latter, and while this may not be the kind of mind-boggling phenomenal juice that everyone is going to go gaga over, it is a high quality, nicely textured tropical blend that never gets too sweet, and continues to keep me guessing. On a VV/VW rig, I'd suggest keeping this one relatively cool at ~8.8w or 4.7v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This yields a nice blend of tropical notes and provides enough heat to get each flavor to pop. At that wattage you can also expect an impressive throat hit from such a fruit forward profile and a nice sized cloud to boot. I also ran it through the Nemesis/Nimbus rig built with dual .5 Kanthal ribbon @.7Ω on XC-116. The flavors have no problems handling the substantial increase in wattage with throat hit and vapor production seeing the anticipated gains.

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happyface Vixen Vapors Heaven's Nectar, US, 60/40 PG/VG

With this, my fourth review from Vixen's catalog, one thing has become abundantly clear; they really have a knack for nailing the sweet and fruity stuff. I haven't tried any of their tobacco or straight menthol flavors to date, and while several of the juices I have reviewed have been variations on a similar theme, they have all been spot on and quite enjoyable nonetheless. This juice, their Heaven's Nectar, is not terribly similar to the Pixie Dust and Zom 'B' Gone, it does have some shared traits, but that we'll get to that in just a bit. For now, let's dig a little deeper into the flavor profile. Vixen's website describes this juice as " a delightful blend of sweet and juicy berries and fruits", not a particularly detailed description, but fairly accurate. The dominating flavors in the profile are the jam-like strawberry flavor that has become quite popular over the last several months, as well as a juicy red raspberry that hits all the right notes with a burst of sweetness, accompanied by a very mild sour note. The raspberry is a world apart from the more commonplace sour blue raspberry that was all the rage for a good long while, and is still not anywhere near rare in the crowded e-liquid marketplace. All on their own, these two flavors would make for a very tasty, fruity vape, but there's a bit more going on here than just the berry mix, and that where we get back to the characteristics that Heaven's Nectar shares with Pixie Dust and Zom 'B' Gone, a touch of sour twang that adds an additional layer of depth. The sour note could be coming from a citrus flavor underneath the berries, but I suspect it's a well placed note of citric acid or the like. This combination of sweet and sour is one I find quite appealing, and Vixen is very good and bringing these two contrasting notes together in a harmonious balance with Heaven's Nectar being just another display of this skill set. There is a wide sweet spot with this juice, so those without the luxury of variable voltage will not be missing anything in the flavor department. That being said, I like to throw as much heat as possible at this type of juice to maximize throat hit and vapor production. It was quite tasty, easily handling the heat generated by a sub-Ω coiled RDA in a mech mod. On my standard reviewing rig, I found the sweet spot a little over 9.5 watts or 4.9v on a 2.5Ω atomizer, which is just cool enough to keep the flavors in check, while still delivering a smooth but solid throat hit and generating a very respectable cloud.

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superhappyface Virgin Vapor Organic Celestial Honeydew, US, 50/50 PG/VG

As I slowly make my way through the second series of Virgin Vapor reviews, I am shocked at what a difference the year has made for the vendor. It's certainly possible that I just made some poor flavor selections the first time around. It's also entirely possible the bigger, bolder, truer flavors I'm getting on this second round of reviews are due in part to the 50/50 base ratio rather than 100% VG, which tends to be a less effective flavor delivery vehicle. Whatever the case may be, like the Organic Plum Crazy and Organic Juicy Watermelon I recently reviewed from Virgin, the Organic Celestial Honeydew is a world apart from the juice I tasted a little over a year ago. As a single fruit flavor, the juice is obviously quite simple, but remarkably natural, pure, and balanced. While the flavor isn't precisely on-the-nose, it is incredibly close with a sweet, ripe, juicy melon flavor, front and center, and a very mild acidity on the back end of the vape. The only thing I would consider changing, and this is entirely subkective, is the amount of flavoring used. While I would prefer just a hair more of the sweet, luscious melon flavor, it is easy to see how anyone looking to make this juice their all day vape would prefer the flavor to stay at current levels, making it a more suitable ADV for the multitudes of melon lovers. Other than that, there is very little to say about this simple straightforward juice. It's remarkably clean, sweet but not overly so, and utterly divine in it's simplicity. I preferred the Organic Celestial Honeydew at 9.2w or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. The flavor profile remains unchanged at lower voltage making this juice a great choice for those without the luxury of variable voltage or wattage. Conversely, excessive heat will offset the delicate flavor, so while it's still perfectly vapable as high as 10w , I found the flavor to be at it's peak closer to 9w, which still produces ample clouds of vapor with a soft, but noticeable throat hit. I did run this juice though a mech/RBA rig, specifically an IGO-W with dual twisted 30ga kanthal coils on 2mm Ekowool (clocking in at .5Ω), which produced intense honeydew flavor, a solid throat hit, and the kind of cloud you might expect from such extreme wattage.

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medium Majestic Vapors Smurfberry Blitz, US

Ever since Flavorz by Joe introduced their Papa Smurf e-liquid, vendors have been naming their berry blends after those cute little blue guys (and gal). While the names of the flavors may sound similar to Joe's original creation, what's inside the bottle is usually quite different, and nothing I've tasted with the now commonplace smurf moniker has approached the same level of balance, depth, and flavor that Flavorz by Joe manages to squeeze into the product. Upon receiving the bottle of Smurfberry Blitz from Majestic Vapors out of upstate NY, I can't say I was surprised to see another smurf label, and at least I had a general idea of what to expect. The flavors used by Majestic are the same two flavors one usually finds in smurf-named e-liquids, blueberry and strawberry. When used in e-liquid form, these two fruity flavors combine to form a delicate, sweet, berry blend that is downright delicious...which is obviously the reason most vendors stock some variation on the theme. Unfortunately, in this instance, they are mixed with so much additional sweetener, that the bright flavor of fresh, ripe berries is buried underneath an excessive amount of saccharine sweet flavor, resulting in a flavor profile that can't be separated from the sticky sweet tones of artificial sweetener. Don't get me wrong here, I enjoy the sweeter vapes, but this one seems over the top and I can't really see too many people wanting to vape something like this for an extended period of time. Perhaps if there were a little something in the profile to add some balance, something sour, tart, or acidic, would help to bring out the berry tones, but as is, Smurfberry Blitz is a one note song in the key of sweet. As usual, I ran this through the standard dripper atop my Provari (sweet spot ~8.5w or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atomizer) as well as a sub-Ω dual coiled Nimbus clocking in a .5Ω, but there is very little variation between the two delivery methods when it comes to flavor. The profile feels rather one dimensional, regardless of wattage, throat hit is mild at best, and vapor production is average.

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happyface Mad Scientist Vapor Eat a Peach, US

Mad Scientist Vapor was brought to my attention by a reader of the website, who sent over an email recommending I check them out. I take reader recommendations quite seriously and while it's not always possible to get the ball rolling on a series of reviews as quickly as I'd like, in this instance, things just seemed to fall into place. My shipment from Mad Scientist arrived promptly and the obvious care that went into the packaging had me anxious to get started. Each bottle was individually bagged before being placed in a large Ziploc, and accompanying the juice was a juice menu describing each of the products in their catalog, printed on heavy cardstock. It's certainly a "little thing", but in a crowded marketplace, it's the little things that make a vendor stand out.

I decided to begin the Mad Scientist series with their take on one of a classic, peach. Found in virtually every vendor's catalog, in some way, shape or form, I choose it for a couple reasons. first and foremost, as an fan of The Allman Brothers, how could I not begin with a flavor called Eat a Peach? But secondly, simple, single fruit e-liquids are a good way to measure the skill level and dedication of a vendor. If it's a basic, one-noted, flat tasting juice, the vendor probably uses a single flavor concentrate with no additional balancing tones. If it's a multi-tonal profile, with high and low tones, well, that's a sign that the vendor knows what he's doing and takes the art of crafting juice seriously. MSV'S take opens with an exceptionally natural, if slightly under ripe peach flavor. The tart, mild acidity is joined on the exhale by a sweeter, juicier peachy note on the exhale that balances out the tart notes...to a point. There is also a light floral undertone reminiscent of a white peach variety that demonstrates that while MSV's Eat a Peach may be a single fruit flavor, it's a complex blend of multiple peach concentrates. The finish here is quite impressive as well with a mild tannin like dryness from the peach skin flavor that, once again, is remarkably natural in quality. The pure, raw, unadulterated peach flavor of this e-liquid is indisputable, and it is damn tasty. While I would prefer the profile, as a whole, be a bit sweeter, that comes down to a personal preference and is not a reliable indicator of the mixer or the quality of the finished product.

In the VV/VW rig, sweet spot is really all about preference. Eat a Peach is tasty all along the normal vaping wattage spectrum. I preferred it at 8.8w or 4.7v on a 2.5Ω atomizer, but your mileage may vary. In the mech/RBA rig, the flavors had no problems keeping up with dual twisted 28ga Kanthal coils at .6Ω on 2mm Ekowool in a modified IGO-W. While neither rig produces a powerful throat hit from this juice, the flavor is crisp and clean, and vapor production is impressive. All in all, I'm impressed with MSV's first showing and I'm anxious to get started on the remaining bottles I have in the drawer.

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happyface Mad Scientist Vapor Katy Perry's Cherry, US

After a strong first impression from their Eat a Peach juice, I was eager to get to work on another flavor from the folks at Mad Scientist. While this was another single fruit e-liquid, and by default not a particularly complex blend, I was anxious for my a taste of Katy Perry's Cherry (sorry, I couldn't help myself). The flavor here is not as intricate or composed as Eat a Peach, and as a result, it does come off as a less dynamic flavor, but it's a long way from lousy. The flavor is decidedly candy-like in nature and as a result, comes off very artificial tasting. Interestingly, it's a cherry I've not previously tasted, with a certain sense of subtlety at play. There's nothing that's in-your-face about this juice. The flavors are mostly top notes, but it's not overly acidic and while I think it might benefit from something with a little pucker to it, there is no real tart or sour component in the mix. It's also not a black cherry type flavor, and while it's close, I'm not sure I'd really call it a maraschino type cherry either, it's just not that sweet and the profile is a little more laid back. It's closer to the flavor one might find in a cherry flavored hard candy, lollipop, or the like. On the positive side, it is completely devoid of the bitter cough syrup flavor that some cherry e-liquids are based on. Don't get me wrong, the flavor in this one is good, it's just not mind-numbingly amazing and it can come across as a bit simple. I would have liked to have seen more depth and complexity here, even in a single fruit flavor, something closer to their peach flavor, only in cherry form, with elements of sweet, sour, and tart. As is, it's good, but not great, in my humble opinion. In the VV/VW, you can pretty much take this juice anywhere in the normal vaping wattage spectrum without any real flavor variation. When you begin to edge up past ~10 watts or so, the acidity does begin to make the throat hit a bit scratchy, so I spent most of my time with it at 8.8w or 4.6v on the ProVari with a 2.5Ω atomizer. It had no problems when I took it sub-Ω in the mech/RBA rig (Nemesis/Nimbus) but even the additional wattage did little to give this juice the boost I was looking for. Throat hit is good for such a fruity flavor and like Eat a Peach, vapor Production is downright impressive, but overall, it's just a little less than I was hoping for, but still a long way from bad.

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superhappyface Gremlin Juice Red, White and Blue, US, 50/50 PG/VG

There has been a rash of new vendors treating me to some extremely well crafted flavors as of late, and Gremlin is undoubtedly one of them. Both their Grem Melon Balls and Banana Bread, the first two reviews I completed from the vendor were rich, flavorful, and downright tasty, but of the three bottles that I've tasted, Red, White, and Blue, is hands down, my personal favorite. We all know how not all of us like the same things, so let's get down to brass tacks and talk about what you can expect from Red, White, and Blue. Like other juices with similar (if not the same) names, this juice is a creamy, fruity vape. The red represents strawberry, the most dominant flavor in the mix, and this particular strawberry is excellent. It's quite sweet with a candy-like quality, but not cloyingly, saccharine sweet. The remaining flavors in the blend act as more of backdrop for the sensational strawberry that Gremlin uses in this mix. The last 2 colors from the name of this juice, White and Blue, present in (or about) equal ratio, depending on the total wattage of your set-up, with the part of blue being played be a sweet blueberry, candied, but not overly artificial, and the white represented by a light creamy element. While berries and cream is far from a unique flavor in the e-juice marketplace, each take on it is different as juicers aren't all using the same flavor concentrates, nor the same ratio. So, while I've tasted more than handful of flavors like this, Gremlin's Red, White, and Blue happens to be one of the best I've had. It's sweet, fruity, and perfectly balanced with a deep, intensely juicy profile. In the ProVari with standard 510 dripper, I kept this one pretty warm for a fruit blend at 10 watts, or 5v on a 2.5Ω atty. Things get a little dicey when you take this one sub-Ω on a mech/RBA rig...the flavors are still good, but not quite as bright or intense, and the cream suffers a bit from the additional hear. All said, I preferred to vape Gremlin's Red, White, and Blue on the ProVari, within the normal vaping wattage spectrum, and spent very little time with it on the mech mod at all.

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superhappyface Seduce Juice Snake Venom, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Seduce Juice has impressed me now more than a handful of times with their deep, complex, intensely flavored liquids, but this one, Snake Venom, is a bit different from the rest. Rather than the deep, low bass tones that they do so well, this one is centered on crisp, juicy fruit, peach to be precise. I've admitted in the past I have an affinity for peach flavors...about 4 years back, when I first began vaping, I spent a great deal of time with peach flavors. There wasn't a whole lot of quality out there, but peach was a relatively easy juice to pull off, and even the worst peach e-liquid was still vape-able. As the juice making craft evolved, flavors got better and better, and peach in particular became a dynamic, complex flavor unto itself. Seduce has mastered the peach, building a basic fruit flavor into an intricate, mosaic with the fruit front and center, and a beautifully layered, tightly woven web of complimentary notes. The peach itself is multi-faceted with hints of ripe, canned, and candied flavors highlighting the best of each variety. The overall profile of the peach is sweet, but there's a touch of tart, and even the skin of the peach can be tasted as an individual component leaving your tongue with a hint of peach fuzz. While I've tasted a couple of peach flavors that are as good (yet different) as the one used here by Seduce, I can't say I've ever tasted one better. The underlying notes of coconut and cream act to round out the vape, adding a rich, decadent feel to the vapor and give the juice a sense of balance and fullness that few other peach based e-liquids possess. The vape plays out with the peach coming on strong at the top, with the sweet, natural, juicy flavor being met by the a light hint of coconut and the lush cream through the exhale. The coconut continues to pick up more ground through the exhale reaching it's peak on the finish, but even then, it's never an in-your-face flavor, more of a teaser used to compliment the impressive peach. The coconut and cream, two flavors that can be problematic for some mixers, are both flawless without and off tone from the cream or the boozy quality that many coconut flavors are burdened with. Overall, this is another in a long line of successful blends from Seduce, demonstrating a skilled hand and a level of uncompromising quality in their base liquids and flavorings. I ran the Snake Venom through a variety rigs, finding the sweet spot on a standard VV/VW rig (ProVari/510 dripper) at a solid 10 watts, or 5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. That provides enough heat to get all the flavors to peak simultaneously while providing a stout throat hit for such a fruit-forward profile and a very impressive cloud. My rig of choice for this juice is a mech/RBA rig. Specifically I used a Nemesis with a modified IGO-W built with dual 28ga Kanthal coils at .4Ω on 3mm Ekowool. This set-up produces immense flavor, and despite the increased heat, the cream component remains wholly intact, without producing the off 'toasted' flavor that lesser quality ingredients often do at more extreme wattage. Throat hit and vapor production also picked up the anticipated gains that one would expect from the additional power of this type of set-up.

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medium The Vape Juice Shop Berry Peach, US, 60/40 PG/VG

With new e-liquid vendors appearing on the scene what seems like everyday, as one might expect, some are producing outstanding quality, some are putting out real 'bottom of the barrel' products, and some, like The Vape Juice Shop seem to lie somewhere in the middle, with a fairly standard collection of mostly fruity flavors that while short of extraordinary, are not necessarily bottom of the barrel either. Their Cranberry Pina Colada was good, if not out-of-this-world, the Watermelon Lime was tasty, but not without issue, Berry Splash completely missed the mark, and now this one, Berry Peach, easily the best of the bunch to date, but once again, nothing extraordinary. It's a fairly standard mixed berry, again with the emphasis put on the brighter reds (strawberry and raspberry), blended with a light, basic peach flavor. So while this is a tasty, fruity vape, it's a bit run-of-the-mill, coming off fairly one dimensional and lacking the complexity of other juice I've tasted in the same vein. The flavors come off as a singular high note, slightly acidic, with the berry flavor taking a strong lead over the more subdued peach. Both flavors are sweet, lying closer to the candy side of the spectrum than natural. The flavor is constant throughout the front and backside of the vape, with the finish offering a bit more variety as the acidity from the berry takes an even stronger foothold, lending the vape an almost pixie-stix like quality, although not quite as tart as the powdered candy. I would preferred to have gotten a bit more peach from this mix, but as is, it's a fine mixed berry vape, if a bit on the average side. On the VV/VW set-up, I preferred this one at 9.2w or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. I also ran it through the a sub-Ω coiled RDA on a mechanical mod, specifically a modified ERA with a twisted 30ga kanthal coil (.8Ω) on an XC-116 wick, with high hopes of coaxing out a bit more of the peach from the blend, but it only served to amplify the the flavors at the same ratio I tasted on the ProVari/510 dripper set-up. At 9.2w, the Berry Peach provides a good mixed berry profile, average throat hit, and an acceptable cloud of vapor.

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happyface Diamond Vapor Clouds of Berries, US, 50/50 PG/VG

I got started on Diamonds Clouds of Berries immediately after wrapping up the final edit for their Gargamel's Curse, a simple berry medley. I did this purposefully, mostly because I was looking to see what type of variation there would be between these two flavors. Gargamel's Curse did quite well in it's own review, and Clouds of Berries performs equally well, they are after all, quite similar....both berry flavors, both well-balanced, and both clearly high quality juice. With that being said, there are some minor differences in the profile that make this one it's own, along with the similarities that are quite apparent as well. Both flavors are lush, rich berry blends, and they both incorporate a nice mix of the brighter red berries and deeper, dark berry flavors. Clouds seems to be a bit less bright with less of the red raspberry and just a touch more blue/blackberry which also brings a hair more acidity to the mix. The acidity plays quite nicely with the final component in this juice, a very mild touch of sweet cream. The juice was certainly sweet already, and while the addition of cream adds a bit more sweetness, it still doesn't come off as cloyingly. saccharine sweet. That being said however, if you aren't the type to go in for the sweet, fruity, candy-like flavors, this one might not be for you. If fruity, ripe, berry style e-liquids are your thing, you could do a whole lot worse than Clouds of Berries. It practically explodes with the succulent, juicy flavors of sweet, ripe berries, and while again, I would have preferred to see some more cream flavor coming out of this profile, it's still quite tasty as is. Like Gargamel's Curse, it's difficult to pinpoint individual components, only a well balanced, interwoven tapestry of berries that is fairly static in flavor from the top of the vape through the exhale and into the finish. On the ProVari, I found Clouds of Berries to have the same sweet spot as Gargamel's Curse, 9.2w or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atty, producing all the sweet berry flavor (although again, not much cream to speak of), a mild throat hit, and a nice size cloud. Of course the mech mod/RDA rig (modified ERA, twisted 28ga kanthal at .8Ω on 2mm Ekowool) provided a large boost in the flavor department, as well as substantially increased vapor production, and a slightly more powerful throat hit.

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superhappyface Gremlin Juice Grem Melon Balls, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Gremlin is a relative newcomer to the e-liquid market, but word has been spreading quickly in the various forums I frequent about the quality of their products, and flavors that they are producing. Due to their almost overnight success, it took a little while for things to work out just right between the two us. When they were ready to send over some juice, I had too many bottles waiting and had to ask them to hold off for a bit. When I managed to clear out some space and make room for their juice in the steeping drawer, they were working at a furious pace to keep up with customer demand. At long last, our availabilities synced up and shortly thereafter, I received a handful of flavors from Gremlin. When the vendor opts to include it in the juice they send over, I often begin a series of reviews from a new company with their melon flavor...it's fairly simple to mix a decent melon so I use that particular flavor as a yard stick of sorts, since it tends to be a fairly reliable indicator of the skill set and level of quality I can expect from that juicer. When the steeping time had elapsed for the juice Gremlin sent over, without so much as a glance at their website, I grabbed Gremlin's Grem Melonball, a fresh atomizer, and from the very first vape, I knew these guys really had something special. While I was expecting a fairly run of the mill mixed melon flavor, what I got was well above and beyond anything I had been anticipating. The inhale has a vague, sweet, minty flavor to it, which mingles nicely with the melon medley I had been expecting on the exhale. The two sides of the profile come together flawlessly with the soft, sweet fruit, mingling effortlessly with the fresh, natural mint flavor to create a soft, delicate profile that is crisp, and refreshing. What's particularly interesting about this juice is that while the fresh mint flavor (not menthol, not koolada, or anything remotely similar, but pure, fresh mint) is exhilarating, the undertone of melon is almost candy-sweet. The two flavors are beautifully balanced and the end product is flavor I find myself consistently drawn back to. Not only is the kind of flavor I would consider an easy all day vape, it would also make for a nice palate cleanser between flavors thanks to subtle, delicate, clean flavors. In the standard VV/VW rig, I preferred this one a little over 9 watts, or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atty, which gave the melon flavor a bit more backbone than it has at higher temperatures. In the Mech/RBA rig (Nemesis, IGO-W, dual 28ga Kanthal coils @.5Ω on XC-116) the mint becomes a bit more pronounced but the flavor profile is just as intriguing and just as satisfying. Both rigs produce the same average throat hit with very good, but not exceptional vapor production.

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sadface Vaporz Pineapple Double Strength (Decadent Vapours), UK

As VaporRater continues to grow, gaining a worldwide audience, I have been approached by several international vendors about reviewing their product, including the vendor Vaporz. They currently carry a handful of flavors from Decadent Vapours, two of which were sent over for review. While my bottle doesn't indicate the PG/VG ratio, based on what I know about Decadent Vapours, the consistency of the liquid, throat hit and vapor production, I'm fairly confident that the mix is 90/10, quite a bit more PG than I'm used to, but like most vapers that began this little hobby of ours back in it's infancy, I spent a great deal of time with 80/20 blends, so I knew about what to expect. Both of the bottles I received from Vaporz are single fruit flavors, and both double strength. I decided to begin with the Pineapple...I figured I knew about what to expect, but I have to admit, I was a bit taken aback but the reality of this e-liquid. The juice is unarguably loaded with flavor, unfortunately, not all of it is good, and it's a long way from being an ADV contender. The pineapple flavor itself is incredibly natural, it literally tastes exactly like pineapple juice, straight from the can. The thing about pineapple juice however, and this e-liquid as well, is that by default, there is no balance, it's highly acidic. I like tart acidic flavors, but I prefer them with some added sweetness or a creamy element, in order to achieve the crucial sense of balance that makes it enjoyable, otherwise one can tire of it exceedingly quickly, which is probably the reason why you never see a 16, or even 12oz can of pineapple juice. In addition to the intensely acidic, immensely natural pineapple flavor, there is also an unmistakable, off, metallic undertone that persists throughout the entirety of the vape, making it's appearance immediately on the inhale and continuing through the very long finish. Overall, this juice does have some pros, but as I see it, they are easily outweighed by the cons. A little cotton candy or marshmallow flavor could go a long towards giving this juice some much needed sweetness, a sense of parity, and a greater degree of depth and character, all of which are sorely lacking in this one-noted over acidic profile. I ran this juice through my standard VV/VW reviewing rig and found the tinny, metallic taste at it lowest when vaped at a more conservative 8.1w or 4.5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. With the high PG content of this liquid, even that produces a strong throat hit for such a fruity flavor, although vapor production suffers from the low VG content. In the mech/RBA set-up, everything is amplified, as one would expect, making this one so acidic it's uncomfortable after only a short session.

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superhappyface DB Liquids Strawberry Dragonfruit, US, 50/50 PG/VG

I've already worked my through a handful of the juice that DB Liquids sent over for review with each bottle being quite impressive, and quite different from each other, demonstrating an expansive skill set. On the fruity side of the spectrum, their Mango Dragon Madness performed exceptionally well, as did the dessert style Chocolate Raspberry, and the unusual BlueberRY4, that practically laughs in the face of review classification/grouping, was extraordinary. For my next review from DB, I pulled their Strawberry Dragonfruit from the steeping drawer, along with a fresh atomizer, and got right to work. Like the other flavors I've reviewed from DBLiquids, the first thing I took notice of is the smooth, balanced flavor. Having just recently completed the review process for a less-than-stellar fruity blend, the balance that DB delivers is even more pronounced. It's smooth, almost creamy, and rich with a sweet fruity goodness. Much like the Mango Dragon Madness (MDM), the dragonfruit used here is juicy with a mellow, earthy, melon-like flavor that is lush with tropical fruit and a remarkable full, silky mouthfeel. The strawberry provides a sense of balance by adding a mild acidity to the profile and lighter, fruity note that creates a stunning symmetry between the higher bright tones and the deeper low notes. The overall profile is deceptively simple...while the only two flavors to present in the profile are, as the name implies, strawberry and dragonfruit, there is clearly a whole lot more going on behind the scenes. A vape like this requires additional components to create that sense of parity and soft, luxurious feel of the vapor, without intruding on the intended flavor profile. While both of the flavors are sweet unto themselves, the pairing plays well, like a naturally sweet, perfectly ripe piece of fruit, rather than the sticky saccharine candy-like sweetness that lesser fruity vapes possess. In the standard reviewing rig, I preferred to vape this one around 8.8w or 4.7v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which gets the flavors popping just right and providing thick clouds of dense, creamy vapor. I also ran it through a rebuildable dripper, specifically a modified (expanded air intakes) ERA with a 28ga kanthal coil at .7Ω, on the Nemesis. Taste remains lush, rich, crisp and clean, with throat hit and vapor production intensifying as expected from the additional wattage.

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superhappyface Gen-X Vapors Summer Melons, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Another week, another new vendor to the website, but this time around, it's a vendor with some history, and a proven track record to boot. Gen-X has been around for more than a couple months, in fact they've been in the juice business for almost 2 years at the time of this review and while their customer base remains on the smaller side, with not much chatter about the vendor in the various forums I tend to frequent, those customers are fiercely loyal, and I was curious to find out why. I decided to begin with the bottle of Summer Melons they sent over. Melon flavored juice has been a perennial favorite of mine since I began vaping almost 4 years ago, and it remains one of my favorite basic fruit vapes. GenX's take on the classic melon blend is anything but subtle, with big, lush, juicy flavors that, unlike the overwhelming majority of juice I've vaped, caused me to salivate, rather than give me the usual case of cotton mouth caused by almost every juice I've ever tasted. But aside from not necessarily requiring the always-close-at-hand glass of cold water be quite so close at hand, the juice is intensely fruity with a nice mix of a candy style watermelon with just a hint of tartness, a sweet, nectar-like honeydew, and a earthy, ripe cantaloupe. Alltogether, the 3 melon blend seems to lean heavily towards the candied side of the flavor spectrum, coming off sweet, but not cloyingly so. The flavors are seamlessly blended, with the watermelon way out in front and the honeydew and cantaloupe trailing behind to creating a singular flavor profile that persists throughout the entirety of the vape and into the sweet finish that consistently sends me back for more. While I would have liked to have picked up on more of the honeydew and cataloupe, There is faint floral note in this juice as well, that seems purposeful as it is well aligned with the other flavors. This is not the perfumey/floral tone that tends to overwhelm certain fruit flavor concentrates (usually blackberry and pomegranate), but more of an light, ethereal tone that works quite well with the melon flavors. I suspect it's simply be a part of one of the melon concentrates used in the mixing (probably the cantaloupe), but it comes off quite similar to honeysuckle and it just works in this instance. On the ProVari/510 bridgeless dripper set-up, I preferred this juice at about 8.5w or 4.6v on a 2.5Ω atty. That kept the flavors big, bright, and balanced, while also yielding a decent cloud of vapor, albeit with a very mild throat hit. On the sub-Ω rig (Nemesis, Wallaby by Slumberland Industries, kanthal ribbon coil at .8Ω on XC-132) this juice produces outstanding amounts of sweet, ripe melon-y goodness, and while the throat hit remains fairly tame, the vapor production does increased significantly, as one would expect. So, while this is just a simple fruit flavor from Gen-X Vapor, a new-to-me vendor, I'm impressed by both the pristine quality of the base and the rich, juicy flavor, and as a result, I'm anxious to taste more.

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superhappyface Mr. Good Vape Sunshine Daydream, US

As a long time deadhead, I was excited to break into the bottle with the Sunshine Daydream label on it...but more than just for the musical allusion. I have been enormously impressed by the big, bold, juicy fruit flavors that have been coming from the folks over at Mr. Good Vape. As soon as the lid comes off the bottle of Sunshine Daydream, there is a bold, fruity aroma emanating from within that almost screams "YELLOW!" This is certainly not the first time I've resorted to describing a taste or smell as a color (as far as I know, I don't suffer from synesthesia), but usually that only applies with the bright reds and deep blues of the berry variety, so this was a bit of a change for me. That being said, I decided to stop focusing on the smell and get to dripping this juice into a fresh atty. Interestingly, the first two flavors in the profile I was able to figure out before I even tasted the juice. In the process of filling the atomizer, both pineapple and banana began to permeate the air around me. Once the atomizer was filled, I was ready to start putting the rest of the puzzle together, an effort that was decidedly more complex than I had anticipated. While the banana and pineapple were just as easy to pull out of the flavor profile, a third flavor also coming into play on the front side was a touch more difficult. It's some form of bright citrus flavor, a mildly tart orange or tangerine with a hint of bitterness that serves to offset the tropical sweetness of the pineapple and banana quite well, while adding a light acidity to the profile. There seem to be at least two more flavors at play here, one of which is sweet with a smooth, rich mouthfeel, and a taste reminiscent of bubblegum, helping to round out the sharp edges of the profile and create an overall sense of balance and continuity. There also seems to be a touch of sweet or whipped cream flavor (perhaps marshmallow?) as well, helping to tie the whole profile together. All that being said, the real take away here is that whether you compare this one to a tropical fruit smoothie or a yellow Starburst, both of which are close but neither of which is 100% correct, this is one tasty, well balanced juice that is at once unique, while simultaneously reminding you of something you just can't quite put your finger on. As with the other flavors I've tasted from Mr. Good Vapes, not only are the flavors themselves remarkable, but equally impressive is the remarkable clarity of the base liquids that allows the flavors to present in all their glory. For those who prefer extreme wattage, this juice has no problem keeping up in a sub-Ω coiled mech mod/RDA set-up (28ga kanthal wrapped XC-116 at .7Ω). In a VV/VW device, sweet spot is key to attaining that remarkable balance. While the juice is tasty below and above 10w (5v on a 2.5Ω atty) that is where I found all of the flavors coming together into a single cohesive profile, and while even this wattage produces only a mild throat hit, the vapor production is magnificent.

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superhappyface Potion Vape Yellow Berry, US 50/50 PG/VG

Obviously, I receive a metric ton of email from vendors I'm not familiar with that would like to submit their juice for review on the website. Often times, I have so much juice waiting for review I am forced to ask them to wait until I make some headway in the "waiting to be reviewed" drawer. Potion managed to catch me at just the right time, and while I had never heard of the vendor, I struggled to keep my preconceived notions of another sub-par vendor to a minimum, and hoped for the best. When the juice arrived, I was immediately impressed at the personalized labels, and cobalt blue glass dripper bottled my juice arrived in. I opted to begin the series of Potion reviews with their Yellow Berry. I grabbed my freshly coiled Nimbus as well as a standard 510 dripping atomizer and settled in for my first tasting session from the new vendor. From the very first taste I was genuinely impressed. The flavors are big, bold, and bright, with crisp acidity from a lemonade style flavor playing front and center, backed up by mild red berry notes, strawberry and raspberry if I'm not mistaken. The flavors are remarkably natural and the overall profile demonstrates a skilled hand displaying a graceful sense of balance between sweet and tart. The combination bears a striking resemblance to lemon yellow Starburst candies, my favorite flavor in the pack. Potion has once again reminded me to keep an open mind, and not every new vendor out there is in this business to make a quick buck. If Yellow Berry is any indication of what's to come, Potion Vape is a new vendor worth looking into. As far as lemonade style vapes, this is one of the better ones I've tasted. In the ProVari with a standard 510 dripper @ 2.5Ω, the sweet spot is fairly wide. I preferred it at 4.8v yielding about 9.2w. While even that wattage yielded a rather tame throat hit, it did produce a decent cloud and a very well balanced, tasty vape. In the Nemesis/Nimbus rig with dual .5 ribbon kanthal coils at .8Ω on 2mm Ekowool, Potion's Yellow Berry has no problem keeping up with the more intense wattage, yielding the same bright flavors, and the anticipated increase in both throat hit and vapor production.

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superhappyface Villain Vapors Doc Holliday, US

After being thoroughly impressed with my first two reviews from Villain Vapors (Bonnie and Clyde and Pair of Deuces), I was eager to begin my final review in this series for the vendor. With very little information to go on from their Western themed labels, I grabbed the last bottle in line from Villain, their Doc Holliday. The smell coming off the juice leaves little doubt that this juice, like the previous pair, is another from the fruity side of spectrum, something that had me particularly excited since I know they have the potential to create excellent fruit based vapes. The flavor of the juice is, while not quite what I was expecting, downright tasty with a bright acidity and an almost creamy mouthfeel despite the complete absence of any cream like flavor in the profile. Much like Bonnie and Clyde, their berry mix, the individual flavors are tightly woven, yet it's not particularly difficult to nail down the dominant player in the profile, sweet, ripe mango. The sweetness from the mango, as well the second piece of the composition, guava, both present, in an almost equal ratio, on the front side of vape, immediately setting a tropical tone. The exhale is where things get decidedly more complex with a mild tart note, possibly from the tropical fruit flavors, possibly from an additional sour note, but either way, it nicely balances out the sweetness from the inhale. The finish however, is by far, my favorite part of the vape as the acidity fades just a bit and the intense tropical sweetness regains it's leading role, front and center. The overall picture here is one of simplicity and grace; a sweet, mellow, easy going fruity vape that continues to keep me coming back for more. There is not an abundance of flavor used here, just enough to satisfy, without crossing the line into the cloyingly sweet territory that many vendors often end up in when attempting this sort of tropical blend. Villain does a spectacular job with this juice and as a result, it's one I keep finding myself being drawn back to for "just one more vape" before moving on to my next review. The juice also has a nice wide sweet spot, performing perfectly from just under 7w, all the way up to my preferred sweet spot, a hair under 11 watts (5.2v on a 2.5Ω atty), which delivers an average throat hit and slightly above average vapor production. Toss it in a mech/RDA combo (Nemesis, IGO-W, dual twisted 28ga Kanthal coils at .5Ω on XC-116) and it's like vaping the tropics with intensely fruity notes, a solid but not overwhelming throat hit, and impressive clouds of vapor.

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happyface Ginger's e-Juice Peaches and Cream, US, 80/20 PG/VG

Ginger has a knack for nailing the fruity flavors so I was looking forward to getting started on her Peaches and Cream juice. Having reviewed more than a handful of both single and blended peach flavors, including Ginger's Juicy White Peach, I've come to expect a certain level of quality from a peach e-liquid, and anything less I simply consider to be sub-par, not to mention a fairly reliable indication that a vendor is not up to snuff. While Ginger's Peaches and Cream is not a far cry from her Juicy White Peach, it certainly doesn't disappoint. The peach used in this blend is a combination of at least two different types with the emphasis put on the sweeter, candy-like variety similar to peach gummy rings. While there's none of the tart, bright, sour flavor that's often used to breathe a bit of life into this particular flavor, there's a light, yet natural tasting overtone of peach skin on the exhale that balances out the sweetness of the candy peach flavor, lending a bit of acidity to the blend, although I could use a bit more of that acidic bite to even things out a bit. The cream here is not the same cream flavor, or at least not used to the same degree, that is often found in berries and cream flavors. It's a very light dose of cream that doesn't bring much flavor to the mix, but rather imparts a creamier mouthfeel that makes for a thicker, more satisfying vapor. Like most of the juice that I've reviewed from Ginger, the Peaches and Cream is best vaped at fairly low wattage. I found it best just a touch over 8 watts or 4.5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer, which prevents the flavors from suffering any heat induced degradation while still managing to eke out a decent throat hit and produce dense vapor, although the 80/20 blend certainly puts a cap on just how much vapor this juice can produce. In a mech mod with a sub-Ω coiled RBA, the flavors get a bit more intense, as one would expect, and throat hit is increased a bit as well, but vapor production remains average at best. If you do vape this juice sub-Ω, it's crucial to have adequate air flow to the coil or the cream element used tends to impart an off flavor to the vape. I had this juice in an ERA with a 28ga kanthal coil at .8Ω on XC-116 wick with a single 1/16” intake, and while the flavor was good when vaped off and on, chain vaping did lead to a bit of flavor degradation from the cream portion of the profile.

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happyface Hurricane Vapor Peaches and Irish Cream, US

While Hurricane is a fairly new vendor, they have received some high praise in the various forums I frequent, so I was looking forward to getting some of their more interesting flavors into a fresh, clean atomizer. Having already worked my through a couple of the bottles Hurricane sent over, I was eager to taste their Peaches and Irish Cream, a flavor combination that I had some doubts about. Since I'm not one to judge a book by it's cover, I popped open the square glass bottle, grabbed a dropper and a dripper, and got to work. The first thing I noticed upon sitting down to begin this review is a fairly potent, boozy smell emanating from the juice, not something I generally view as a good omen. Lately, I've had quite a few stunningly impressive peaches and cream style vapes, so while I knew this would be somewhat different from the more traditional style, I was shocked at just how different this juice is from any of the more recent similarly styled vapes. I was anticipating a peach-centric flavor with a light touch of Irish cream flavor complimenting fresh, sweet peaches. Hurricane went in the complete opposite direction putting a stunningly realistic Irish Cream flavor front and center. Like the genuine article, the flavor is rich, but not excessively so, with a solid hit of whiskey flavor in the ultra smooth blend, hence the Irish. While the Irish Cream is clearly the dominating player in the profile, the peach is hardly playing second fiddle. It's fruity, sweet, and peachy in all the right places, but at this point in the evolution of e-liquids, making a good peach flavor is practically a prerequisite for success in this business, ad one easily met by the folks over at Hurricane. In and of itself, it's a good peach flavor, but not a particularly phenomenal one, falling somewhere in between a ripe natural peach, and the sweeter, canned variety. That being said, it does blend exceptionally well with the rich, boozy Irish Cream one might associate with Bailey's or similar flavored liquors, easily becoming a singular cohesive flavor with elements of both fruit and liquor. This is a very tasty, uncommon profile that is well blended, and clearly made with high quality ingredients. While the peach takes a back seat to the flavor of Irish Cream, I wouldn't necessarily call this juice unbalanced. The flavors work, and the ratio of those flavors seems to intentionally favor the Irish cream which provides a smooth, rich mouthfeel to the vape. Hurricane's Peaches and Irish Cream has a remarkably large sweet spot tasting good at every spot along the normal vaping wattage spectrum, including in a mech mod/RDA rig with a sub-Ω coil (28ga kanthal on XC-116 at .8Ω in an ERA). On my normal VV/VW reviewing rig (ProVari/510 hybrid dripper @ 2.5Ω) I preferred to get this juice pretty warm, clocking in at just over 11 watts or 5.3v, in order to further enhance vapor production and throat hit which were both respectable at that wattage.

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medium Nashville Vapor Tiger Blood, US

Nashville Vapor really struck a chord with me when I reviewed their dragonfruit blend, Enter the Dragon, so naturally, I was eager to see if trend would continue, and if their second juice from the collection would review quite as well. Next in line from Nashville was the bottle labeled Tiger Blood, a blend that is becoming increasingly popular among e-liquid vendors. It's based on the old sno-cone syrup available at most state fairs, street festivals, and similar events. The sole components of the original blend are strawberry and coconut, two flavors that are practically made for each other, like chocolate and peanut butter. I'll preface the review with a quick note, if you plan on ordering this juice, be prepared for a good long steep, or an alternative expedited process that works for you. I'm a firm believer that there is no substitute for time, but I realize not every vaper has that luxury and many have found alternative steeping solutions. Without adequate steeping time, this juice has a very strong boozy quality, a common ailment that many coconut based e-liquids suffer from. I gave this juice the usual 3 weeks in the steeping drawer with a daily squeeze to let in some fresh air and a good hard shake. Normally I give each juice one night in the drawer with both the cap and dripper lid off, but in this case, the alcohol flavor persisted and I gave the juice an extra 5 days in the drawer, topless. The end result however, proved that the additional time improves that boozy top note significantly, as one might expect, but even then I was unable to completely rid the juice of that unfortunate uninvited guest. The coconut itself is solid and sweet, although not quite the same caliber of some of the other coconut components I've tasted recently, and not nearly as creamy as I had hoped. It's quite clearly the dominant flavor in the profile, on both the inhale and exhale, with a tendency to overpower the bright, fruity strawberry. The strawberry flavor, like the coconut, is not something I would call magnificent, but it's sweet, falling squarely between a natural and candied flavor, adding a nice fruity top note to the deeper coconut. Overall, this juice is not the best of breed, nor is it the worst, but lies somewhere in the middle of the road, tasty, but not extraordinary. In the standard reviewing rig (Provari, high-end hybrid 510 dripper), I preferred this juice at a solid 10 watts (5v on a 2.5Ω atty) which kept the flavors balanced, while delivering a hefty throat hit for such a fruity vape, accompanied by abundant vapor production. I also ran it through a mech mod/RBA set-up using a modified ERA with a .8Ω coil of 28ga kanthal on XC-116 and found the flavors remained true (although the boozy quality on the coconut was even more pronounced), while producing the obligatory massive cloud and increased throat hit that one would expect from that kind of wattage.

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medium The Vape Juice Shop Watermelon Lime, US, 50/50 PG/VG

I've been through a couple bottles now from The Vape Juice Shop, both of them fruity, with differing levels of success. The next bottle in line from them was their Watermelon Lime, which arrived to me mentholated, like the Berry Twist, which you may recall didn't perform quite as well as I had hoped it would. As I removed the bottle from the steeping drawer, along with a fresh 510 hybrid dripping attty and my IGO-L RBA with a freshly built coil, I sat down for my initial tasting session. With ther review for Berry Twist fresh in my mind, a review that didn't go particularly well for TVJS, I was hoping that the Watermelon Lime would be something of a redemption for them, and while it's not a bad juice, it also isn't without issue. The initial, and dominating flavor in the profile, is a nice bright lime with a fair amount of sweetness, a light touch of bitterness, and a big burst of top note acidity making for a fairly good representation of the genuine article. The watermelon however is exceptionally mellow, and unfortunately, hardly noticeable in the overall profile, missing the perfect opportunity to balance that tart acidity with a sweet fruity flavor that would have given this juice a greater sense of depth and symmetry. The menthol is well utilized (although I think a Koolada element would have been more successful), giving the juice a cool, icy quality, but without the watermelon, this plays more like a frozen lime e-liquid than anything else. That being said, it is a very good frozen lime, and a flavor I enjoyed vaping, but regardless of total wattage or which set-up I used, I couldn't eke out more than a light touch of the sweet, ripe melon flavor I was hoping for. As far as the sweet spot is concerned, in my standard reviewing rig, the juice is tasty all over the normal vaping wattage spectrum. While it's certainly enjoyable at the standard 8 watts, I spent most of my time with it around 11-12 watts (5.3-5.5v on a 2.5Ω atty). In the mech mod/RBA set-up (modified IGO-L, twisted 28ga kanthal coil at .7Ω on XC-116), the profile remains unchanged with big, bold lime flavor, an obviously increased menthol potency, and the same distinct lack of watermelon.

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sadface The Vape Juice Shop Berry Splash (Mentholated), US, 60/40 PG/VG

I'll start this one by saying that the VaporRater journey has provided me with an opportunity to speak with some very kind people, people who are in this business for the right reasons, helping folks to kick the analogs and lessen their chances of becoming sick with any one of the illnesses that smoking cigarettes contributes to. One of those people is the owner and juicer at The Vape Juice Shop. With that being said, I really wanted to like their product and while the first juice I reviewed from them, Cranberry Pina Colada was quite good with a nice deep pineapple coconut base, it didn't exactly knock my socks off (I felt the cranberry was under utilized), but these days there is very little out there that does. Since I prefer to let the vendor choose which flavors they will submit for review, it's not uncommon for me to receive mentholated flavors from vendors that offer that as an added option for their flavors, and that is what happened with this juice, Berry Splash with the optional added menthol.

The Vape Juice Shop describes this one with the fairly vague "fruity berry mix" on their website, which could mean any number of things, but in this case, it is a fairly standard mixed berry blend with an emphasis on the higher toned red berries, strawberry, red raspberry, and perhaps a light touch of pomegranate as well. It's good, but again, not extraordinary, and even then, it does have a fairly major flaw, the addition of one flavor that simply doesn't pass muster,a less than stellar cherry note. With the added menthol (and this is pure menthol, not the chilly flavorless koolada that's often used in fruity blends), the cherry-like flavor takes on an overwhelming medicinal tone, drowning out the more delicate fruity berry flavors. The end result almost precisely mirrors the taste of a cherry flavored cough syrup. In my standard reviewing rig (ProVari w/ 510 hybrid dripping atty) when kept to a low enough voltage, the medicinal flavor can be kept to a bare minimum, allowing the fruity berry mix to shine though, but even in the best case scenario, the persistent cough syrup flavor can not be completely avoided. I know that there are those vapers out there who really enjoy a mentholated cherry flavor of this nature, and if that's something you go in for, this should be right up your alley. It's light, refreshing, with nice mixed berry highlights and clearly made with quality ingredients. Had the label on this bottle read something akin to "mixed berry cough syrup" I'd be writing a very different review, but as it stands, this juice is a far cry from something I would call Berry Splash.

On a VV/VW device, I preferred to keep it at 8.5w or below (4.6v on a 2.5Ω atty) which helped to keep the berry flavors front and center (as much as possible). If you're after more of a cough drop flavor, considering turning the wattage up to 11, literally. The cherry menthol takes center stage, obliterating the berry notes when it reached 11 watts, accompanied by a big, stiff throat hit and a nice cloud of vapor to boot. With my mech mod/RDA set-up, (modified IGO-W with a pair of twisted 30ga coils, wrapped on 2mm ekowool, clocking in at .7Ω) the cherry menthol is increased to maximum, completely smothering any berry flavor that is present at lower wattage, while delivering a tremendous throat hit (thanks to the menthol) and the large cloud one would expect from that sort of set-up.

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superhappyface Diamond Vapor Blue Magic, US, 50/50 PG/VG

As I've mentioned previously in other reviews, I have a complex reviewing process that can go on for days, and has occasionally gone on for weeks with particularly complex blends. With the more basic, single flavor e-liquids, the process can go a bit faster, but I always spend at least six to eight hours vaping before sitting down to write. The reasons for this lengthy process is fairly simple...getting the whole picture can take some time and the Blue Magic from Diamond Vapor is the perfect example of why judging a juice too quickly can lead to some incorrect assumptions. When I first sat down with this juice, I thought it was just another in a long lone of fairly standard blue raspberry e-liquids. But after a bit, I began to pick up on a couple of very important differences between this juice and the no frills blue raspberry juice I see all too often. Firstly, this juice doesn't have the same puckering tartness that blue raspberry flavors are usually accompanied by. Instead, the overall profile is quite a bit smoother, milder, and almost creamier. The front side of the vape is loaded with that standard blue raspberry flavor, similar to a dum-dum lollipop or the melted treat at the bottom of a blue snow-cone, but thanks to the addition of a little marshmallow (or cotton candy?) flavor, the back side and finish are quite a bit softer and smoother than one might expect. The marshmallow(?) also brings a rich, mildly creamy mouthfeel to the vape as well as the sweet flavor of lightly cooked, barely caramelized sugar. Overall, the vape is quite tasty, and although the profile is familiar, the additional sweet, mild creamy flavor adds a nice twist and separates this bottle from the rest of the blue raspberry juice I've reviewed in the past. The flavors are easily able to withstand the heat inside a sub-Ω coiled RDA (twisted 28ga kanthal on XC-116 at .7Ω) on a mechanical mod. On the ProVari, with a hybrid 510 dripping atomizer at 2.5Ω, I preferred this one at an even 10 watts, or 5v which provided the brightest flavor, a solid throat hit, and above average vapor production.

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superhappyface DB Liquids Draco, US, 50/50 PG/VG

When my package of juice arrived from DB Liquids, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this new addition to juice vendor community, but now that I've been through a few of their bottles, all with excellent results, I tend to get a bit excited when another bottle from DB is on deck for review. This bottle in particular, was one I was really looking forward. I had been hearing good things about Draco in the various vaping forums I frequent, particularly about the interesting flavor combination the folks over at DB had brought together. That seems to be one of things that DB Liquids tends to gravitate towards, new and interesting flavor combinations, often utilizing the most rarely used flavoring components. In Draco, DB brings together their impressive dragonfruit, (which has already received rave reviews in Mango Dragon Madness) with the intriguing carambola, aka star fruit. While the flavors I've tasted from DB to date have been saturated with big bold flavors, Draco takes a different approach with lighter doses of these two delicate, tropical flavors. The combination creates a smooth, ethereal profile that would make for a perfect all day vape. The dragonfruit has a sweet, almost bubble-gum like quality that is beautifully offset by the more acidic, citrus-y, almost pear-like structure of the star fruit. The overall profile is a milder play on the classic sweet and sour combo, presented in a way not seen before in the e-liquid marketplace, creating a fruited herbal tea-like vibe. For those that tend to prefer bold, full, in-your-face type flavors, this one might not be up your alley, but for vapers who enjoy the sweet, milder flavors, this juice is balanced, well crafted, and presented with subtlety and grace. In my standard VV/VW reviewing rig (ProVari, 510/306 atomizer at 2.5Ω) I found the delicate flavors were best when kept reasonably cool. At 9.2w, or 4.8v on the 2.5Ω atty, the greatest sense of balance is achieved, and while the throat hit is quite mild, it still produces a thick cloud of tropical tinged vapor. I suspected this juice might not hold up to well in mech mod/RBA set-up, but in my modified IGO-W (dual air intakes drilled to 1/16") with dual twisted 30ga kanthal coils at .8Ω on 2mm Ekowool, the profile is amplified, delivering a solid dose of dragon and star fruits, with the anticipated increase in throat hit and vapor production.

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superhappyface Diamond Vapor Pucker Up Granny, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Sour green apple is just one of those flavors that seems to be a mandatory part of every juice vendors catalog. I'm not sure if that's because it's a relatively easy flavor to mix, or because it's really that popular with vapers, but either way, this is another one, not unlike the other ones. Is it good? Sure...it tastes like green apple flavor Jolly Rancher, but with a single note flavor like this, there's just not a whole lot to say. Diamond's take on this mix, is not as lip puckering-ly sour as some other vendors I've sampled, but whether you like that super tart, acidic flavor is entirely subjective. Either way, this one is as tasty as any other vendors, with a singular bright green apple flavor from start to finish. It's far from mind-boggling-ly impressive, but I can't imagine a sour green apple that would be, they are all just so similar. This one is bright and fruity in all the right places, but beyond that, it's your standard candy-like sour apple vape. That being said, it does stand up quite well to fairly extreme wattage. I ran it through a IGO-W modified with dual 1/16" air intakes, set-up with twisted 30ga dual coils on Ekowool, clocking in at .4Ω. Even with a freshly charged MNKE battery, this juice suffered no flavor degradation under these extreme conditions. With the ProVari and a standard high quality dripping atomizer, Diamond Vapor's Pucker Up Granny can withstand high wattage and perform quite well. I found the sweet spot at 5.3v on a 2.5Ω atty yielding 11.2w. This provides a nice bright green apple flavor, abundant vapor, with a throat hit that falls on the softer side of the spectrum.

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superhappyface Villain Vapors Bonnie and Clyde, US

Villain has a solid reputation for making extremely tasty, high quality e-liquid. The first bottle I reviewed from them was good, very good even, but I would have to stop just short of referring to it as phenomenal. The next bottle in line from Villain, Bonnie and Clyde, is somewhat in line with the first, but a bit better. When you get down to brass tacks, it's really just a basic mixed berry blend, one of the better ones I've had with big, bright flavors that combine to make one exceedingly tasty vape, but still nothing terribly complex. At a glance, the flavors appear seamlessly intertwined creating a singular berry punch like profile that seems to strike all the right chords. That being said, if you sit down with it and pick this one apart, berry by berry, it's not exceptionally difficult to pull out the individual flavors; there are some obvious notes of blackberry on the front end of the vape with a sweet jam/jelly like strawberry behind that. The most notable part of the front side, other than the sweet, natural flavors, is that the blackberry is wholly devoid of the perfume-like note that often accompanies that particular flavor. The exhale is dominated by a sweet, natural red raspberry with the deeper blackberry remaining persistent through the long, sweet finish. The overall picture this juice paints is a well balanced mix of bright red berries with the deeper blackberry (and a light hint of blueberry) acting as a backdrop to further enhance the brighter reds. While there is some acidity present from the raspberry, there is not enough to cut through the sweetness. Interestingly, I don't find myself missing it with this particular berry mix which is nicely balanced already with the high red tones alongside the darker blue and blackberries. Like the first Villain's review, Pair of Deuces, the base is immaculate, allowing the full breadth of the berries to present unencumbered. In the mech/RDA rig, Bonnie and Clyde performs quite well with no heat induced flavor degradation, even at the more extreme wattage (twisted 28ga kanthal on XC-116 at .7Ω). On a more commonplace VV/VW mods, the sweet spot on Villain's Bonnie and Clyde is still quite wide, with the berry flavors remaining true throughout the normal vaping wattage spectrum and beyond. On the ProVari, I found a fairly warm sweet spot, particularly for such a fruit forward blend, just short of 11 watts or 5.2v on a 2.5Ω atomizer, which is cool enough to keep all the flavors in check, while providing a moderate throat hit and a very nice plume of vapor.

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happyface Nashville Vapor Enter the Dragon, US

While I do my best to keep my personal opinions about any particular flavor, vendor, or juice, outside of the scope of these reviews, just like you, I have certain flavors I'm partial to. One such flavor is dragonfruit, and while it's often used by juice mixers to compliment other fruity elements, it's rarely used as the main component. Nashville Vapor has however, bucked the trend with Enter the Dragon, putting their take on the Asian delicacy front and center. The actual flavor of dragonfruit is tough to pin down, although it tends to remind me a bit of a tropical tasting bubblegum. The fruit is usually described as tasting like cross between 3 or more different fruits. With the mild acidity and tartness of pear, the juicy, light sweetness of kiwi, a touch of ripe watermelon, and something that is uniquely tropical tasting about it, similar to mango, it's no wonder the dragonfruit is so popular in Asia, and rapidly gaining popularity in the west. Part of the appeal is simply the way a dragonfruit looks. We all taste with our eyes first and with it's pinkish-purple hue and bright green scales (or fins) on the outside of the fruit and black seed speckled pink or white (depending on variety) flesh on the inside, it looks like it could be some sort of alien fruit invader. After the first taste of a perfectly ripened dragonfruit, most folks are straight up hooked on this unique fruit, due to it's remarkable flavor, rather than just it's extra-terrestrial appearance. Nashville has done a spectacular job of utilizing the dragonfruit and not only is the flavor itself on the nose (with a light touch of pomegranate complimenting the dragonfruit), Nashville was anything but shy with the flavor concentrate as the juice is positively loaded with the sweet, fruity goodness that makes the genuine article so tasty. That being said, while there's clearly plenty of flavor in the blend, the overall profile still manages to come off fairly light, crisp, and refreshing. I suspect that those who tend to go in for fruity vapes will enjoy this one, even though they may not immediately recognize the flavor they're tasting. I spent most of my time Nashville's Enter the Dragon just a hair above 9 watts or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atomizer, which keeps the tropical fruity goodness squarely in it's sweet spot while producing ample clouds of vapor, albeit with the fairly mild throat hit one might expect from such a fruit forward vape. In the mech/RDA rig (Wallaby by Slumberland Industries, 28ga Kanthal at .9Ω on 2mm Ekowool), this juice has no problems keeping up with the more extreme wattage, putting out increased flavor, moderately increased throat hit, and an enormous cloud of vapor.

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superhappyface Boca Vapes G-Spot, US, 50/50 PG/VG

As a whole, the e-liquid vendor community is rapidly reaching a point where even the smaller, lesser known, mid-range vendors are producing perfectly good juice. Some of that juice, while certainly vape-able, is little more than average, but some of it is downright impressive, like this one, G-Spot from Boca Vapes. While the flavor profile of G-spot is far from unique, the execution is almost flawless. The juice is a combination of strawberry and banana, a duo that is found in everything from yogurt to smoothies to muffins, and of course, in e-liquid form from the vast majority of vendors in the marketplace. Boca's take on the classic pairing puts the emphasis on a very realistic banana flavor that is rich and smooth, with a subtle sense of creaminess. The strawberry portion of the profile is a bit less potent than the banana, serving to add a higher tone of sweet, natural berry with a jelly or jam-like quality to the mix, creating a full, rounded profile. This is not one of those juices where the flavor differs from the inhale to the exhale and finish. Instead, the two main elements are joined to create a singular, balanced flavor that persists from the front end through the finish. My only issue with this juice is that regardless of how long I allow this juice to steep, with plenty of lid-off opportunities for this issue to resolve itself, a very mild boozy flavor seems to persist. While it's not bothersome enough to keep me from coming back for more of the sweet fruitiness (again and again I might add), the overtone is present along the normal vaping wattage spectrum. For those who prefer a mech mod/RBA rig, this juice easily holds up under the extreme wattage of a .7Ω twisted 28ga kanthal coil on an XC-116 wick. Not only does the profile remain intact in the more extreme, high wattage rig, this set-up actually produced the cleanest, brightest flavor, reducing the boozy tone to the point where it's almost completely eliminated. With the standard ProVari/510 dripping atomizer, the juice has a very wide sweet spot with the flavor remaining true all along the normal vaping wattage spectrum. That said, on a VV/VW device, I preferred Boca Vape's G-Spot just a bit short of 11 watts or 5.2v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. That tends to keep the fruit flavors bright and clean, and helps to minimize the boozy overtones, while yielding a smooth yet solid throat hit and above average vapor production.

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superhappyface Mr. Good Vape Karma Cream, US

Mr. Good Vape has been flooring me as of late with big fruity vapes loaded with flavor and impeccably balanced. So it was with great enthusiasm that I picked up the next bottle in line for review, their Karma Cream. Not entirely sure what flavors to expect I grabbed the bottle, a fresh atty, and headed out the door. With the air conditioner cranked up to high and the temperature of the car approaching tolerable, I prepared to back out of the driveway, but first, I needed to fill my atomizer with the next juice in line from Mr. Good Vapes. I removed my BDS90 drip tip (courtesy of Captivape) and unscrewed the lid from the bottle of Karma Cream, but before I even got the dropper out, a gust of cool air from the A/C caught the aroma emanating from the bottle and blew it right in my face. I knew instantly what to expect and frantically filled my atomizer to get a taste of Mr. Good Vape's take on a classic, peaches and cream. The peach flavor used in the blend is ripe and juicy with elements of both a natural, fresh peach flavor as well the sweeter canned, almost candied variety. While the flavor itself is luscious, the amount they manage to squeeze into the bottle is outrageous with each and every vape absolutely saturated with sweet peaches. The secondary component to the juice, as the name implies, is a creamy element that adds a rich, full mouthfeel and the soft, round flavor of sweet whipped cream on the exhale and finish. The other flavors I've reviewed from Mr. Good Vape have been complex, dynamic blends with several flavors carefully layered, one on top of the other in a crystal clear base liquid. With juice like that, I can go on and on, but with something like the Karma Cream, something so clear cut, there's little to say other than that this juice may be simple, but it's exceptional in every way. As with most cream flavors, excessive heat can produce some off flavors, so keeping it within the sweet spot is important to maintain the intended profile and balance. Interestingly enough, Karma Cream had no issues on my mech mod/RDA rig (modified IGO-L, twisted 28ga kanthal at .8Ω on an XC-116 wick) performing exceedingly well without producing any of the off notes a creamy component, under high wattage, can produce. With my ProVari and a 2.5Ω 510/306 hybrid atty, I preferred it at 5.1v (10.4w) which keeps the flavor and balance in line with what Mr Good Vape intended, while producing dense clouds of sweet vapor with a smooth, mild throat hit.

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superhappyface Virgin Vapor Organic Plum Crazy, US, 50/50 PG/VG

For the second review in the second series of Virgin reviews, I opted to go with a flavor that I've previously tasted from other vendors, but haven't yet had an opportunity to review, Virgin Vapor's Organic Plum Crazy. Plum (the fruit, not the flavor) can be a bit finicky. Unless perfectly ripe, you could end up with an overly sour, acidic, lip-puckering piece of fruit that is practically inedible. Translating the flavor of a juicy, well-ripened plum seemed like a tough act to pull off, but after a very impressive performance from their Organic Juicy Watermelon, I was eager to find out if Virgin was able to make this difficult flavor work, in e-liquid form. My first impressions were less than stellar...there was an odd taste to it that I just wasn't terribly comfortable with. But after just a few minutes of vaping, the profile seemed to take on a greater sense of balance and my impressions of this juice did a total 180. Much like eating the real McCoy, the vape opens with a little of that sour, tart flavor of the deep purple plum skin, accompanied by a light, general fruitiness. The juice fully blossoms on the exhale, with the intense, extremely natural flavor of plum flesh. This is sweet, complex, and so close to genuine article that you can practically feel plum juice dripping down your chin. Even with all that, where this juice really shines is on the very tail end of the exhale and the finish, where the slightly sour flavor of plum skin melds with the sweet, juicy flavor of the flesh to create an even greater overall replication of the genuine article. All that being said, the juice is not flawless, but it is hands down the best plum e-liquid I've ever tasted. The inhale has a barely noticeable, vaguely off flavor that subsides quite rapidly and is almost immediately replaced by the more natural notes, but it is present, if only for a moment. Even with that slight off note, this is one of those juices that kept sending me back for more, long after I completed the review, it's just that tasty. In addition to my usual reviewing rig, I also ran this juice through a sub-Ω coiled rebuildable dripper, more specifically, an ERA with dual air holes drilled out to 1.1mm. The ERA was built with XC-116 and 28ga kanthal coil at .8Ω. On a fresh battery, that brings the total wattage to a hair over 22w, but this juice had no issues thanks to the modified intakes. It was still sweet and juicy, brimming with intensely natural plum flavor. On my standard reviewing rig, I preferred Virgin Vapor's Organic Plum Crazy at a more reasonable 8.5 watts, or 4.6v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which yields the a full, deep, well balanced flavor of natural plum, both flesh and skin present and accounted for, a mild throat hit, and very respectable cloud of vapor.

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happyface LJ's E-Smokes Red, White and Blue, US, 50/50 PG/VG

The road to this review was something of a long and bumpy one. I received a small bottle of LJ's Red, White and Blue at a local vape meet. I left the meet happily vaping it all the way home, making notes in my head about what I was tasting. About a week later, I sat down to write the review and the bottle unfortunately ran dry less than halfway through the very first draft. I was able to get my hands on a larger bottle and hoped I could just pick up where I left off, only to be reminded that the bottle I received at the vape meet had clearly had some time to steep. Any juice with cream elements needs a bit of extra steeping time to mature, so I put the fresh bottle into the steeping drawer, and other than the daily shake and breathing time I give every bottle awaiting review, I didn't give it another thought. When I came back to the Red, White and Blue from LJ's, almost a month later, I was looking forward to completing the review I was forced to leave hanging. The bitter, off tones that the unsteeped cream flavor had been lending the juice were completely gone, and I jumped right back into one very tasty berries and cream concoction. The moniker here is quite apt, with the bright red flavor of sweet strawberries, a light touch of red raspberry, and deeper notes of blueberry , all of which are quite genuine. While the darker blueberry flavor is not quite as potent as the sweeter reds, there is still a nice parity of flavor between the two. The final component, the cream flavor, is used sparingly, adding a smooth, element to the overall profile, but very little of it's own flavor. Instead, it serves more to round out the rough edges, offsetting the mild acidity of the berries and adding a creamy mouthfeel to the vape. The final product is sweet, fruity, and smooth, a flavor I found myself returning to long after the review was finalized. While the berry flavors can handle some heat, the cream is a bit more delicate and had some difficulty standing up to the extreme heat of a sub-Ω coil in a mech mod/RDA set-up. In the same vein, with a VV/VW device, keeping this juice in the sweet spot is crucial to avoid offsetting the balance with excessive heat. I preferred it a bit under 9 watts or 4.7v on a 2.5Ω atty, which kept all the flavors nicely in check, while providing a stronger than expected throat hit, and a large plume of vapor.

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happyface Rasta Vapors Swaggerific, US

With the massive influx of new e-liquid vendors entering the marketplace, it's not easy to differentiate oneself from the sea of e-juice retailers. Some vendors look to come in at the lowest price, others find their niche with the gourmet/boutique crowd. Rasta Vapor seems to fall somewhere in the middle. With juice names, descriptions, flavors, and a website aimed at attracting hippies, deadheads, reggae fans, and anyone who knows the difference between dank nugs and schwag, Rasta Vapor is also, based on this, my first review from their catalog, making some pretty good juice. The Swaggerific is a fruity blend of peach, mango and watermelon. The flavors are tightly interwoven, blending together seamlessly to create a bright, sweet, candy-like flavor. Thew vape opens with a mildly acidic peach/mango combination on the front side followed by a solid, juicy watermelon on the exhale. All three flavors present fully on the finish, coming together to complete the picture. While I find the flavors themselves to be of high quality and skillfully integrated, I do wish there was a bit more of all of them in this juice. It's not necessarily light on flavor, but it's simply not as potent as it could be either. With a VG heavy base, it can stand up to some relatively high wattage in the standard VV/VW reviewing rig. I got the best flavor at 11.2 watts or 5.3v on a 2.5Ω atty. That seems to bring out the most flavor possible from this fruit forward mix, while providing an above average throat hit, and an thick, dense cloud of vapor. In a mech mod/RDA rig (Wallaby atomizer by Slumberland Industries with twisted 28ga kanthal at .7Ω on 1.5mm Ekowool) the flavor intensifies exponentially, bringing it closer to what I prefer, as well as increasing the throat hit a tad, and creating an even more impressive, thick cloud of fruit filled vapor.

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superhappyface DB Liquids Mango Dragon Madness, US, 50/50 PG/VG

For those of us living in the western world, we're incredibly fortunate in the vast array of foods that are made available to us, often year round. With the meteoric rise in transportation and cultivation technologies, we can purchase almost any fruit or vegetable we desire. The words "in season" have almost completely lost all meaning. While we may be able to head out to the local supermarket and pick a banana, apple, or bunch of grapes, at any time of the year, we are just now, as a society, beginning to be introduced to a whole new realm of exotic fruits. Things like dragonfruit, rambutan, durian, and mangosteen are slowly but surely making their way into more and more American kitchens, and in turn, into the catalogs of the more skilled US e-juice mixers and vendors. One of those skilled mixers, is newcomer DB Liquids. I recently received a good selection of juice from the folks at DB and have been quite impressed with the flavors they have opted to mix with. I decided to begin the series of reviews with this one, Mango Dragon Madness, and I was far from disappointed that I did. The fact is, I like a good mango flavor. So much so that before this website and these reviews ever began, I had been through well over a dozen different mango e-liquids looking for one to satisfy my desire for the sweet, sticky flavor of natural mango. Along the way, I've had some that are pretty tasty, but very few have come as close as DB when it comes to pure accuracy of flavor. The front side of the vape is virtually indistinguishable from the genuine article with the sticky sweetness of the nectar-like mango flavor, beautifully off-set by the crisp, tart acidity that makes the mango so versatile and downright delicious. While the next flavor in the blend was nearly impossible to identify, and would be exceedingly easy to overlook, the mango is beautifully complimented by the flavor of sweet, natural berry. After the initial sweet and tart flavor of mango on the inhale, a different, rarely used flavor emerges on the exhale and finish, an unexpected touch of sweet lychee, one of those exotic, Asian fruits that the US is only just being turned on to. There is just enough of it in the blend to add a lighter feel to overall blend, but like the berry flavor, it's used to tie the profile together, rather than compete with the mango or the final flavor in the blend...behind the mango, berry and lychee, there is one last fruity, tropical note, dragonfruit. The overall picture is that of an exotic, tropical fruit mix with a mild tart note, and an almost bubble-gum like sweetness that is difficult to pin down, but admittedly keeps me coming back for more. The profile demonstrates a seasoned juice mixer with an exceptional set of skills, and a vendor I can't wait to taste more from. The sweet spot on the Mango Dragon Madness is fairly specific, although it tastes good at both the lower and higher ends of the spectrum. So while the mango stays true and pure at 9 and even 10 watts, the more delicate tropical fruit, as well as the fresh, ripe berry, peak a hair below the 9 watt mark (4.7v on a 2.5Ω atomizer). Even at that wattage, the throat hit is solid with impressive vapor production. For those that prefer the more extreme side of vaping, DB's Mango Dragon Madness has no problem keeping up in a mech mod rig built with a sub-Ω coil. I ran it thru my modified IGO-L (drilled out dual intakes), set-up with a twisted 28ga coil on XC-116, clocking in at .7Ω, and the juice suffered no flavor degradation at all, delivering all of the tropical fruity goodness with a tremendous cloud.

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happyface Virgin Vapor Organic Juicy Watermelon, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Back when this website first began, Virgin Vapor was one of a handful of vendors I selected to order from for the the very first round of juice purchases. At the time, I had heard very good things about them, and the fact that they were selling organic e-liquids and specializing in 100% VG had piqued my curiosity and I nabbed several bottles from them as my introduction to the world of organic e-juice. Despite what was an obvious attention to detail with their bottles, packaging and shipping, the juice left me somewhat underwhelmed. I did everything I could think of at the time to try to eke out a little more flavor from those bottles, but when all was said and done, only one of their flavors did particularly well. Fast forward to about 5 weeks ago, when I received another shipment form Virgin, this time, most of the juice is still organic but there is one very crucial difference, they are in a base of 50/50 PG/VG, something I was unaware they even offered, but is usually my preferred ratio due to the increased flavor delivery and throat hit that the PG offers. I opted to begin this second installment of The Virgin Chronicles with a simple, single fruit flavor, their Organic Juicy Watermelon. Now here's the thing, we've come a very long way in a very short time when it comes to e-liquid. Long gone (I hope) are the days of bitter strawberry and cough syrup-y cherry flavors, and at this point, a basic single fruit can only be so tasty, but with that being said, Virgin's Juicy Watermelon is indeed pretty damn tasty. It's a very realistic flavor bursting with sweet, ripe, and just like the name says, juicy watermelon flavor. It's pure, clean, and despite the obvious simplicity, it's an outrageously refreshing and enjoyable vape. This juice is worlds apart from the artificial tasting Jolly Rancher type watermelon flavor that occupied the overwhelming majority of the e-liquid marketplace in the recent past. Instead, what you get is big, lush, fruity goodness, loaded with an intensely natural tasting watermelon flavor that, like the genuine article, is sweet and juicy with hints of an earthy melon flavor, and a well balanced light acidity. Overall, as far as single fruit flavors go, this is easily one of the best I've tasted, and hands down, one of the most natural watermelon e-liquids I've had the pleasure of reviewing. In addition to the fruity portion of the profile, there is a delicate creaminess present, reminiscent of marshmallow of bubblegum, that doesn't add much in the way of flavor, but goes a long way towards giving the vapor a thick, dense mouthfeel. In my standard reviewing rig, too much heat led to a rapid degradation the delicate flavor, leading to a harsh scratchy throat hit, but in a mech/RDA set-up (with expanded air intakes to compensate for the increased wattage), Virgin's Juicy Watermelon had no problem keeping up with a 28ga kanthal coil on XC-116 at .8Ω. On the ProVari, I kept this one just under 8.5w (4.6v on a 2.5Ω atty) which ensured the flavor remained true, while delivering a very mild throat hit and solid cloud of sweet, juicy vapor.

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happyface Value Vapor Fruit Mix (Hangsen), China, 80/20 PG/VG

I wasn't really expecting a whole lot from Hangsen. I simply assumed it would quite similar to Dekang, and even wondered if they weren't simply re-branding the same juice, but my assumptions were based entirely on the country of origin, China, and how common the re-branding practice is in the industry. I ordered a handful of the Hangsen when one of my go-to vendors for Chinese juice, Value Vapor, decided to stock them. The Fruit Mix flavor was intended to function as my yard stick so to speak. Almost four years ago, when I picked my very first e-cigs, a 901 mini and a Janty Stick, I went through a lot of the Dekang Fruit Mix e-juice so I figured I'd know right off the bat if this was an entirely new product or a simple rebranding of the Dekang. From the very first taste, it was clear, this is not rebranded. While the Dekang juice is far from bad, the flavors also rarely remarkable, excepting their tobacco flavors, which for a very long time, were the industry standard. The Dekang fruit mix is focused mainly on a peach-y/mango like base and while good, can come off a bit flat. Hangsen takes it in a bit of a different direction with a bright, clean flavor. The inhale has a pleasing sweetness with just a hint of melon, but just as the exhale begins, each flavor begins to blossom with a sweet honeydew nectar-like taking front and center in the profile. I'm having a bit of difficulty picking out the additional flavors in the profile with everything coming together into fairly general fruitiness, but still it's not the same generic fruit flavor from dekang. This has quite a bit more punch to it with the acidity of a sweeTart and a fuller, rounder profile. While I wouldn't put this in the same category as some of the higher quality, made-to-order juice, it makes for a great halfway point and is quite enjoyable with high overtones and low undertones highlighting the sweet melon flavor that is the clear focal point of the flavor profile. The flavors are solid all along the normal vaping spectrum making this a great juice for someone without the luxury of variable voltage, but it also shows a strong resilience to heat, not starting to show much degradation of flavor until I crossed the 11 watt mark. I found the sweet spot at an even 10 watts or 5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which yielded a solid blend of sweet and tart, an impressive throat hit for such a fruity blend, with vapor production clocking in just below average.

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medium American e-Liquid Store Green Apple, US, 50/50 PG/VG

After a less than spectacular collection of reviews from American e-Liquid Store, the series of AELS reviews is being wrapped up with the final flavor they submitted for review, Green Apple. While I didn't consciously save this flavor for last, I figured it was an easy flavor to mix, one that was fairly straightforward and one I assumed would be just like almost every green apple flavor I've sampled in the past, good, like a green apple jolly rancher, and I was more interested in their complex, multi-noted flavors. Nevertheless, after exhausting the rest of the juice they sent over, I opened the bottle of Green Apple after well over a month of steeping, grabbed a fresh, clean atomizer, and began dripping. The juice immediately surprised me, it's not the sour green apple candy flavor I've had so many times before, and will have so many more times over the course of these reviews. This one is different, strikingly different from the standard sour apple flavors I commonly receive. It has a more natural quality to it and while it's not perfect, it a very long way from bad. The juice opens up with an odd note that is almost reminiscent of a bubble gum type of sweetness but strangely chemical in nature. It's not bitter or overly medicinal, but it's not 100% "right" either. The exhale also has a bit of that same off flavor, something that has been a recurring theme in the AELS reviews, so perhaps it's coming from their base PG, VG, or nicotine. Whatever it is, it doesn't belong in the mix, but with this particular flavor, it's not as loud or disconcerting as it has been with some of their other juice. Where this juice really shines is midway through the exhale and into the long finish which bears a striking resemblance to the genuine article incorporating a sweet juicy Granny Smith flavor, a nice level of acidity, and at the very tail end of the finish, a remarkably realistic apple skin flavor. Overall this one is interesting and one of the most authentic green apple flavors I've had, but it does have that odd bubblegum note as well as the off flavor that has infiltrated all of the AELS juice that I've reviewed, to one degree or another. I preferred vaping this juice just short of 10.5w or 5.1v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which helped to lessen the off flavors while enhancing the natural apple notes, as well as producing a good solid throat hit and sizable clouds of vapor.

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happyface Ginger's e-Juice Juicy White Peach, US, 80/20 PG/VG

After reviewing a fair number of complex flavors with deep, robust flavor profiles, it's something of a break for me to sit down with a simple, straight fruit flavor like Ginger's Juicy White Peach. When I began vaping, I only had a few "go to" juices that I considered all day vapes, and many of them were simple fruits, but Peach was one that I found myself going back to again and again, even though the juice itself was pretty bland, and clearly one-noted, it was peach, and it was good enough to keep me off the analogs. Since that time, I've tasted and reviewed a good number of single-fruit flavors, and I still find a pure, clean quality to them that I always appreciate, and quite often enjoy. Ginger has chosen to take the classic peach e-juice and put a new spin on it by introducing the flavor of white peach. Traditional yellow peaches and white peaches are quite similar in flavor, with some very slight, but marked differences. Yellow peaches have a bit more of the sticky sweet, "in-your-face" flavor that you might attribute to something decidedly peachy, similar to the canned varieties. White peaches, particularly the heirloom varieties that one might come across at a local farmers market, have a more delicate flavor that, while still quite peachy and just as sweet (if not sweeter), is offset with subtle floral overtones that lend the fruit a certain sense of subtle sophistication. Ginger has done a fairly good job of creating a simple, straight peach flavor that is decidedly multi-noted with a sweet, refined fruitiness on both the front and back sides of the vape, and accompanied by a delicate floral/herbal high note on the finish that could easily be compared with crisp, dry white tea, helping to create the sensation of peach fuzz on the tongue. It doesn't come as much of a surprise that such fragile flavors are best suited to vaping at lower wattage, specifically, right around 8 watts, or 4.5v on a 2.5Ω atty which still provides plenty of sweet, peachy flavors, an surprising throat hit, and a fairly standard cloud for an 80/20 mix.

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happyface Villain Vapors Pair of Deuces, US

With the tagline "Reward Yourself" and a wild west style label on every bottle, Villain Vapors does a very good job with their presentation, so I was anxious to see if what was inside the bottle would live up to the hype I'd been hearing about this line of juice, and in particular, this flavor, Pair of Deuces. The juice is a fairly commonplace blend of honeydew and watermelon (with an added bonus) that happens to executed particularly well. The ratio between the two varieties of melon, at least in the profile, seems to be somewhere in the vicinity of 60/40 with a very slight lean towards the honeydew which is particularly tasty, with a very natural, sweet, ripe flavor. While not quite the best honeydew flavor I've had, it's still quite good, and quite clearly the highlight of the flavor profile. The watermelon is pretty standard fare, mostly candied in nature with some elements of the jolly rancher-like variety. With the honeydew occupying the front side of the vape, the watermelon blends in nicely on the exhale creating harmonious ratio between the two on the finish. The addition of pear to blend is a nice touch, even if I've reviewed a similar flavor profile in the past. This pear is not particularly powerful, but present, adding a bit of acidity and mild tartness to the overall profile. While this juice is not mindbogglingly spectacular, it is darned tasty, and an excellent choice for the masses that favor melon-based e-liquids. A bit more of the pear to give the juice a solid twang of sour/tart would add some depth and character, but with an above average throat hit and respectable vapor production at the sweet spot of 10 watts (5v on a 2.5Ω atty) this is a solid, well made, high quality juice. Pair of Deuces had no problem keeping up under the more extreme condition of a mech mod/RDA rig as well. I ran it through a sub-Ω coiled ERA (28ga kanthal on XC-116 at .8Ω) with no flavor degradation or off flavors resulting from the higher wattage.

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superhappyface Seduce Juice Chalice, US, 50/50

I was quite impressed with the juice that the relative newcomer Seduce Juice has brought to the table. While most of the newer vendors I've been seeing lately are making high quality juice, few are ready to compete with the veteran vendors from day one. Seduce appears to have spent ample time in crafting their flavors and creating complex blends that are well balanced and multi-tonal. Their Pineapple Upside-down cake was quite tasty and the Snake Oil was extraordinarily well balanced. So when I grabbed the next bottle for review, Chalice, I was looking forward to more of the same. The flavor profile is one that has recently become quite popular, a sweet and sour blue raspberry juice, my bottle came mentholated, an option the have on the website when ordering, and a flavor that compliments the sour raspberry quite nicely. The sweet and sour raspberry is far from unique, but Seduce holds nothing back, using ample amounts of the flavoring to create a big, bright, fruit forward e-liquid reminiscent of blue Icees and sour Blue Raspberry Dum Dums. The optional menthol adds a crisp, cool feeling on the exhale and finish, with a trace of mint that easily cuts through the sweetness with a refreshing kick. On top of the bright, fruity flavor this juice delivers, it is also very tolerant to heat, a big plus for those who enjoy high wattage vaping. While the profile doesn't change drastically along the normal vaping wattage spectrum, I preferred to vape Chalice just over 11.5 watts at 5.4v on a 2.5Ω atty which produced a fairly mild throat hit, with impressive plumes of vapor.

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superhappyface Mr. Good Vape Melon Head, US

Although the mastermind behind Mr. Good Vape has been a large part of the vaping scene for quite some time, the juice company is a fairly new addition to the vaping community. Their juice, available through VapeRev, the premier brick and mortar store in southern California (with a strong online presence) carrying some of the finest hardware and juice currently on the market. I was eager to sample and the product, and after a brief discussion with the man behind Mr. Good Vape, the product was on it's way. After arriving and completing my usual steeping process, I dove right in, beginning with Melon Head. It's not uncommon for me to start with a melon based flavor when I receive juice from a new vendor. Not only are they almost always included in the samples that are sent, I find they are usually a good measure of the skill set that a particular juice mixer possesses. With all that in mind, I grabbed myself a fresh clean atty and dripped Mr. Good Vape's Melon head, noticing immediately that the nose was not representative of what I had been expecting. I don't usually do very much research before getting started on a review, instead relying on my palate to tell me what's inside, and I was a bit surprised to discover that, while there certainly is some melon in this vape, the most noticeable flavor is a very impressive sweet, natural mango flavor that presents immediately on the inhale. While the mango seems to dominate (ever so slightly), there are two other flavors present in the mix that seamlessly blend in to the profile lending the juice some depth and character. The first is quite clearly the anticipated melon, a ripe, juice cantaloupe to be precise, that works extremely well with the sweet and slightly tart mango. The final flavor in the blend is a little harder to pin down, but after almost two solid days of vaping this juice, I'm fairly confident that it's papaya, which lends the juice an additional tropical melon-like quality, as well a subtle earthy, almost musky note adding further depth and a greater sense of balance. Overall the flavor is clean, fruity, and downright tasty with a sweet and sour ratio that leans a bit more towards to sour side of spectrum, but not in a lip-puckering fashion. While the ability to handle extreme wattage doesn't necessarily indicate premium quality juice, it does speak highly of the mixer, and while this juice performs very well at lower wattage, I spent the majority of my time with it north of 12w, or 5.5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer to be precise. This yielded the intense tropical goodness, mild throat hit, and plumes of sweet, juicy vapor.

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superhappyface Seduce Juice Snake Oil, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Seduce is one of the newer vendors to introduce their line of e-juice and while I had heard good things, I was a bit skeptical. Nevertheless, we spoke, at some length, regarding my review process and the possibility of them submitting some juice for review. They decided to send over a few of the flavors they're most proud of, and after very good showings from their Pineapple Upside-down cake and Honey Blublu, I was excited to get started on another bottle from Seduce. I opted to go with their snake oil, a clever play on the name of a more established vendor's blend of coconut and pear. I don't really fault a vendor for seeing something that works and finding a way to improve upon the concept, it's the free market at work. After all, anyone that wants to is free to create a cherry cola flavor to compete with Cherry Coke, e-juice should be no different. So with that outlook, I cracked open the bottle of Snake oil, after allowing for my normal steep time, and found a fresh atomizer to begin the evaluation. I will occasionally taste a juice periodically throughout the steeping period (particularly with a new vendor) and before this one is fully steeped, it does bring along a bit of a perfume-y note from the coconut flavor, but as one would expect, that flavor subsides with a little age. Even after 5 weeks of steeping, it doesn't completely disappear, but it does recede to the point of becoming unobtrusive and is easily be overlooked. The coconut is clearly the dominating flavor in the profile and it brings along a very rich, creamy texture with a sweet, almost candied flavor. While the coconut tends to rule the roost on the front side of the vape, the pear makes a strong showing on the back end and finish, lending the profile an acidity that cuts through the thick sweetness of the coconut and lends an overall sense of balance to the vape. The pear itself possesses a very natural quality with big, bright, acidic tones that are mildly tart in nature, imparting a crisp, clean flavor throughout the long sweet finish. I don't really care much for side by side comparisons, and you'll almost never hear/read me saying something along of the lines of X juice is better than Y, but if you enjoy this other vendor's pear/coconut blend, you would be doing yourself a favor by checking out the Snake Oil. With a graceful balance, an immaculate base, and a wide range in sweet spot, this is another impressive juice from Seduce, a young but clearly experienced vendor. I preferred this juice just under 11w or at 5.2v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which retains all the flavor Seduce intended while producing an outstanding cloud of vapor, albeit with the mild throat hit one would expect from such a fruit forward blend.

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happyface Vapors Choice Strawberry Banana, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Vapors Choice submitted a fair number of flavors for review on the website and while the reviews have ranged from outstanding to merely good, none of them have been anywhere approaching bad. They have all however been fairly simple, basic fruity flavors, including this one, their incarnation of the regularly paired duo of strawberry and banana. While I did receive a few flavors that didn't fall into the fruity category, I haven't gotten around to them just yet. The upside of all these basic fruit flavors is that it happens to be something that Vapors Choice does rather well, and the Strawberry Banana e-liquid is no exception. The strawberry, while a bit on the lighter side, is sweet and natural with a deep fruity flavor and mild acidity that helps to cut through the sweeter, more dominant creamy banana flavor that sits squarely between natural and candy-like. The flavor is singular from start to finish with no remarkable variation between the front and back end of the vape, only the familiar duo of these two fruits that have been paired in everything from yogurt and smoothies to quick breads and pancakes. The flavors play off of each other remarkably well in every application, so while Vapors Choice isn't doing anything unique with this pairing, they are doing it quite well. Fruity flavors like this tend not to be particularly tolerant to excessive heat, following suit, the Vapors Choice Strawberry Banana was able to withstand about 9 watts (4.7v on a 2.5Ω atomizer) without suffering from any off taste or flavor degradation. At that wattage, it also produced an unexpectedly strong throat hit and a large plume of sweet and creamy, fruity vapor, but I do find myself wishing the overall taste was just a bit more intense.

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superhappyface Value Vapor Fruity Mix (Flavorz by Joe), US, 50/50 PG/VG

While the catalog at Flavorz by Joe is extensive, covering a wide array of flavors and a vast range of styles, Joe has a real knack for creating the nostalgia vape, and while the Fruity Mix may sound like just another mixed fruit vape, this one brought the memories flooding back to me, even if I had to vape through almost 6ml before I was able to match the flavor with the recollection. When I was very young, I spent a lot of time at my grandparents store where at the end of the day, I was allowed to choose a couple pieces of candy for helping out around the shop. Sometimes I would choose a small box of mixed chocolates or a little candy bar as one half of my reward, but the other half of my take-home pay was invariably a small gold tin filled with little hard candies coated in powdered sugar. The tin bore the name of the British confectioner "Cavendish and Harvey" and while I wasn't even 10 years old at the time, I knew there was something special about those little candies, each shaped like the fruit they were flavored with. Even back then I understood the value of having a little variety and I almost always opted for the mixed fruit tin. I would do my best to make them last and after awhile, they all began to taste a little bit like each other, but the real goldmine was picking up thumbprints full of powdered sugar from the bottom of the tin which had a flavor that, up until the lightbulb came on while vaping FZBJ's Fruity Mix, I had thought to be unique, but it is precisely the same profile. It's a mix of vivid, bright, remarkably well balanced candied fruit flavors with intense berry and citrus notes, and a mild cherry undertone, but it all comes off as a single, interwoven tapestry of fruit that is sweet, but with enough acidity to keep that sweetness well in check. The resulting vape is crisp, lively, and unlike any other blended fruit e-liquid I've tasted. I found the sweet spot just over 9 watts or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which yields deep fruity flavors, a sizable throat hit for any juice let alone one so fruit forward, and a substantial cloud of vapor.

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happyface Seduce Juice Honey Blublu, US, 50/50 PG/VG

After a great first performance from their take on the classic pineapple upside-down cake, Seduce Juice left me with a sense of excitement and I was eager to start reviewing the next juice from the samples that they submitted for review. I opted to go with their Honey Blublu after hearing good things in one of the vaping forums. While I was expecting a fairly even mix of honey and berries, I was a bit surprised to find this juice leaning quite heavily on the honey component of the profile, an understandable path for Seduce to travel down since their honey flavor is downright magnificent. There can be no doubt that this is one of the top 3 honey flavors I've ever vaped, coming off exceedingly pure and natural with a sweetness that practically screams "nectar". Prior to a good long steep, the blueberry could be almost entirely overlooked. This is due to a couple of reasons, the first and most obvious of which is that it could be a bit more potent in the blend. But that's not really the whole story. It is present, as a high overtone to the earthy sweetness of the honey, but the two flavors are so seamlessly intertwined that it almost plays as a fruit infused honey rather than a "berries drizzled with honey" flavor. Post-steep, the blueberry does become a bit more pronounced, but continues to play second fiddle to the intense, sweet honey. After about 4 weeks of steeping, things even out even further, but it never gets into the 50/50 ratio I was hoping for. That being said, the blueberry flavor that Seduce has chosen for this juice is as natural as they come, with a juicy, fruity flavor that is downright luscious. The most impressive part of this juice is that, while it's quite common for juice vendors with higher price points to use immaculately clean tasting base liquids, the base used by Seduce (the PG, VG and nicotine) is equally pristine, without so much as a single iota of off flavors or an out of place note. While those who have been vaping for a while know that Seduce is not the first vendor to introduce a blueberry honey blend (one vendor in particular is well known for originating this combination), I don't score on originality, I score on flavor, among other things, and this juice tastes magnificent...clean, sweet, and pure. For those that prefer high wattage vaping, the Honey Blublu is able to withstand quite a bit of heat. I preferred it a bit over 11 watts or 5.3v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which yields the big, sweet, juicy flavors of honey and blueberry, a very mild throat hit, and enormous plumes of dense vapor.

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medium Mt. Baker Vapor Berry Creamy, US, 50/50 PG/VG

I've already been through more than a few of the bottles that MBV submitted for review, with mixed results. While only one has performed far below what I consider to be average, none have really wowed me with complex, exquisitely balanced flavor profiles either. With my first taste of their Berry Creamy, I thought this juice might be the one that was going to change that. The flavors were big, bright, and downright juicy, but as I continued to vape it, on and off for a few days, the profile gained greater definition and while the flavors remained good, the Berry Creamy e-juice from MBV is not entirely without issues, but we'll get to those in just a moment, right after a quick rundown of the individual components of the flavor profile. As the name implies, it's a fairly standard mixed berries (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry) and cream blend with a heavy emphasis on the candy side of those fruity flavors. The overall profile is relatively simple and straightforward with the berry and cream coming together in a single, cohesive flavor that is unchanging from the inhale to the finish. While MBV doesn't utilize a particularly rich cream flavor, it still manages to do a fairly good job of softening the acidity from the berries and creating a rich, full mouthfeel. That being said however, after this one is vaped for an extended period of time, two things become abundantly clear. First off the juice is sweet, exceedingly sweet without even a hint of sour or twang that would add a much needed additional dimension to the profile. For those that favor sweet fruity flavors, this may not be too much of an issue, but the sticky sweetness doesn't allow for any sort of real balance in the profile, only the same repetitive sugary flavor, that could easily be considered by some to be saccharine. The second issue is a faint bitter overtone on the back end and finish of the profile. This taste, in all likelihood, is a result of too much sweetener being added to the juice. It's possible the mild chemical flavor originates in the base liquids or nicotine itself, an issue that has come up in some other flavors I've tasted from MBV, I suspect this juice is heavily dosed, with sucralose (Splenda) which, when used in excess, can lead to these types of flavor issues. While the off flavor is not overpowering, in fact it's barely noticeable right off the bat or when vaped only here and there, if you plan on filling a tank or dripping for extended period of time, it can be quite difficult to overlook. For those who enjoy fruit forward, intensely sweetened juice, you could certainly do a whole lot worse than MBV's Berry Creamy, but be warned, it doesn't get much sweeter than this. I preferred this juice just short of 9 watts or 4.7v on a 2.5Ω atty which keeps all the berry and cream flavor big, bright, and smooth. While this yields very little in the throat hit department, it does produce a nice big plume of vapor.

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happyface Vapors Choice Mango, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Vapors Choice did exceptionally well with the first of their e-liquids that I tried, a bright, fruity Key Lime flavor. A good portion of the samples they sent over are of the fruity variety, and as a result, I chose to sit down with their take on Mango for my next review in their product line. I often say that with single fruit flavors, there is very little to say, excepting whether they fall on the natural or candy side of the flavor spectrum and relate how much flavor there is in the juice. The fact is, there is very little profile analysis going on with with these e-liquids, they're either good or they're not. Vapors Choice Mango is good, very good. It's wholly on the natural side of the spectrum with a very juicy, sweet, ripe, realistic mango flavor. The front side of the vape is a bit bland with a touch of sweetness, but the back end is a completely different experience as the mango slowly blossoms, reaching it's peak with a bright, full, mildly acidic, natural mango flavor. While I wish the flavor was a bit more intense, the balance is solid. There is only the tiniest inkling of a vaguely metallic, off-flavor. It's so minimal that I ran this juice through 3 different atomizers, including an RBA, trying to make certain it was really there. To be fair, it's so slight many, if not most vapers, could easily overlook it; but it is present, however slight. Like most mango based e-liquids tend to be, this one doesn't play particularly well with high wattage. I preferred it just under 7.5w or at 4.3v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. Admittedly, this yields a lesser throat hit than you could achieve by cranking the wattage up an additional few tenths of a volt, but you'll end up sacrificing the full flavor potential, and 7.5w will still produce a good throat hit and a very respectable cloud.

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superhappyface The Plume Room Magic Melon Medley, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Every now and then, I find myself looking for suggestions from readers as to who some of their favorite vendors are, and which ones they'd like to see reviewed on the website. I recently posed the question to my Facebook friends and was promptly reminded about The Plume Room, a vendor that had been on my list to check out, but having been inundated with juice submissions for the last few months, it happened to be one I simply hadn't gotten around to speaking with. Rather than open up a dialogue about submitting juice, I decided to go ahead and place my order, presenting me with an opportunity I rarely have, to choose my own flavors. Back before the VaporRater adventure began, when I was just another ex-smoker trying to keep off the analogs, I vaped a variety of flavors, but I tended to lean towards the sweet and fruity, and had a particular weakness for melon flavors. Now I still enjoy a good melon vape, but as a direct result of my previous penchant for that particular variety of e-liquid, I can be a bit more judgmental and often find myself trying to get back into an objective frame of mind. When I read The Plume Room's description for their Magic Melon Medley, I couldn't help myself and it was the first juice to go into the cart. After a suitable steep, it was also the first to be dripped, and it did not disappoint. The profile is exactly what one would expect from any melon blend, a standard mix, executed flawlessly. There's a heavy dose of candy-like watermelon, a sweet honeydew and a light refreshing cantaloupe. The watermelon flavor used contains a small dose of tartness and acidity that helps to prevent the mix from becoming sticky sweet while providing the juice with a bit more character than it might have with a more natural tasting watermelon. Overall this is a good flavor profile, albeit without the big, bold flavors that some vapers yearn for. Instead, it takes a more subdued approach making it a juice that is hard to tire of, an easy All Day Vape for the melon heads out there. For a fruity blend, this juice is able to withstand some pretty good wattage. I found the sweet spot at 10 watts or an even 5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. In addition to the sweet, balanced, fruity flavors, that wattage also yields a surprisingly stout throat hit and a solid cloud of vapor that lingers a bit longer than expected.

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happyface Mister-E-Liquid Watermelon Dream, US, 67/33 PG/VG

With so much watermelon based e-juice out there, it's fairly rare to run into anything particularly unique in the range, in that most are simple variations on the two major themes, natural watermelon, and the candied versions. Mister-E-Liquid's Watermelon Dream, however, adds something unexpected in a watermelon e-juice, a touch of cream that brings to the melon flavor the same qualities that it adds to Creamsicles when it's blended with a sweet orange flavor. The watermelon that composes the majority of the juice is clearly of the candy variety, tasting, in all respects, like a watermelon Jolly Rancher, although a bit more of it wouldn't hurt. The sticky sweetness and mild acidity of the flavor, combined with the Creamsicle-like characteristics on the other half of the profile, create an appealing combination of flavors with a smooth mouthfeel that is, all at once, rich, creamy, sweet, and tart. If you could buy Watermelon Creamsicles at your local grocery store, this is precisely what they would taste like. The juice is best along the lower range of the normal vaping wattage spectrum. I preferred it at 4.5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which delivers a total of just over 8 watts. Taking this juice much beyond that wattage will result in a bit of flavors degradation. Even at the relatively cool 8 watts, this juice still packs in plenty of throat hit and a produces a very nice cloud of vapor to boot.

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superhappyface Indigo Vapor OMGPeach, US, 50/50 PG/VG

When I began vaping back in 2009, there were very few options when it came to flavors and even fewer vendors to choose from. At the time, a lot of vapers used Dekang's Peach, and while it was fairly simple and a bit flat in flavor, it did taste like Peach. As time went on, more vendors began to pop-up, but they all utilized the same peach flavor, good but not great, vape-able, but nothing to write home about...until I happened upon iVape's Peach which at the time I believed to be the end all and be all of peach e-liquid...and then I tried Indigo's OMGPeach. I wouldn't go so far as to call Indigo's better, it's different and the two provide very different experiences albeit both are centered around the same general idea. I found iVape's Peach to have a sweet, almost nectar-like quality...in one of my more poetic moments, I even likened it to "vaping sunshine". Indigo's OMGPeach has a bit more depth and character to it, so where iVape is full-on, in-your-face flavor, practically screaming "PEACH", Indigo's OMGPeach is more complex and full bodied, with supporting flavors rounding out the profile. The front side of the vape is fairly light with a fresh quality, closest in flavor to a natural peach. The back end brings a sweeter peach flavor similar to canned peaches in heavy syrup. The finish is where things get really interesting incorporating of both of the two previous flavors, a light touch of peach skin, and the candy-like flavor of peach gummy rings, making for the most dynamic peach e-liquid I've reviewed to date. The flavors are a far cry from anything I would refer to as subtle, but I wouldn't object to a bit more of it either in order to enhance the sweet, fruity, and exceedingly interesting journey though the flavor profile. While most of the Indigo juice that I've reviewed so far has had a fairly high tolerance to heat and thus a sweet spot at the higher end of the normal vaping wattage spectrum, the OMGPeach was best just short of 8.5 watts, or 4.6v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This kept all the flavors pure, preventing any sort of heat induced flavor degradation, and provides a moderate throat hit with a tremendous cloud of vapor.

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superhappyface Mister-E-Liquid Pure Michigan, US, 67/33 PG/VG

As evidenced by a previous strong showing with their Strawberry Angel e-juice, Mister-E has a particularly good strawberry flavor, and they use a skillful hand when blending in order to minimize and potentially avoid the off flavors that a great deal of strawberry based e-juice tends to carry in tow. Their Pure Michigan flavor is a blend of Strawberry and Apples, two of Michigan's major cash crops and they come together in a seamless combination that is sweet, fruity, and well-balanced. The strawberry is sweet, like sugar coated berries, without one iota of the acrid, medicinal notes that often plague the flavor. The apple flavor that Mister-E uses in the mix is a sour green apple, but the tart pucker is easily offset by the sweetness of the berry, and the two flavors come together to create a flavor that is greater than the sum of it's parts, and fruitier than it has any right to be. At just over 9 watts, or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atomizer, the flavor is juicy with a with a nice balance of sweet and tart, delivering a stout throat hit and solid cloud of fruity vapor.

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superhappyface Rawr Vapor Strapple Serum, US, 70/30 PG/VG

Rawr's Truth Serum base, a masterful blend of pear and creamy coconut flavors has spawned quite a few spin-offs, including this one, Strapple Serum, which has the additional flavor components of strawberry and apple flavors. A while back, I had the pleasure of reviewing the standalone Truth Serum, and it scored very well. The additional flavors in the Strapple version still allow the exquisitely creamy coconut to play a dominant role in the overall profile, but the natural pear flavor, while still present and accounted for, takes a backseat to the apple, which is of the sour green candy variety, similar to Jolly Ranchers. The combination of the lush, creamy coconut and the acidic pucker of the apple makes for an unexpectedly tasty vape. The natural pear, and sweet, fruity, clean strawberry flavors both playing strong supporting roles, helping to balance and round out the flavor profile. With a 2.5Ω atomizer, this juice has a nice big sweet spot of 4.5-4.8v yielding between 8 and 9 watts or so. I preferred it at 4.7v or just under 9 watts, which produced sweet, robust flavors while softening up the sourness of the apple just a tad, delivering a strong throat hit, and fluffy clouds of sweet, creamy vapor.

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happyface Vapors Choice Berry Delight, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Vapors Choice is a small, one man operation based out of Ohio. They don't seem to generate the same amount of chatter as some of the larger juice vendors, but after a few drops of their Key lime flavor, I knew immediately that I had to taste more of their product. The owner was happy to send along some additional samples for the purposes of review, and while most of them are fairly basic in flavor composition, they have all been quality juice with solid, bright flavors, and their Berry Delight is no exception. Comprised of strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and blackberry, Vapors Choice focuses on the deeper flavors of the blue and blackberries which creates a solid, rich berry flavor rather than the more common sweet, bright flavors commonly found in mixed berry e-liquids. The raspberry used is also of the red variety rather than the sour blue flavor used by some vendors, and the result is an overall profile that, despite the use of fairly natural tasting berry concentrates, creates a flavor not dissimilar to the general sweet fruitiness of a children's breakfast cereal. While a bit more flavor would really step this juice up a bit, there's something to be said for the graceful, more subtle nuances. The front side of the vape has that general sweetness common to fruity e-juice, while the back side and finish is where the berry flavors begin to kick in a bit more, but never reaching a substantial in-your-face volume. I know that VC offers higher concentrations of flavor, should that be more to your liking, and while their Key lime was perfect, the additional flavor is something I would opt for with this particular e-juice. As with most fruity flavors, this juice is best right around 8 watts, or 4.5v on a 2.5Ω atty, and while there's not an awful lot of throat hit to speak of at that wattage, the flavor is most pronounced and the cloud is not too shabby either.

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happyface American e-Liquid Store Blackberry Champagne, US, 50/50 PG/VG

When I was first contacted by American eLiquid about reviewing some of their juice, I sent over my usual vendor submission info, spent a few minutes looking over their site, and quickly got back to work without much thought. When the bottles arrived a few days later, I was a little bit impressed at the professional looking labels, but I set it aside to steep as I do with every bottle that comes in for review (unless the vendor requests their juice be reviewed fresh, a rare occurrence). After the juice had some time to steep, I decided to begin with their Blackberry Champagne flavor, a combination I hadn't reviewed before from any vendor. I have however, had a few blackberry e-liquids along my vaping journey and they have all been plagued by an unfortunate floral overtone, particularly on the finish. The root of the issue really comes down to the most commonly used blackberry flavor concentrate, and it's faults rather than this or any other single vendor. While American eliquid has cleverly camouflaged the floral note of the blackberry using a bit of champagne concentrate, two flavors that play quite well with each other, it's simply not enough to completely obliterate the off, floral perfume-y overtone. Other than that qualm, this juice is very good with a downright juicy berry flavor that has good depth of character, a good sweet fruity flavor, and a mild note of acidity. The champagne acts as an undertone to the blackberry adding a bit more complexity and character, but is closer in quality to a bottle of Asti Spumante than Vueve Cliquot. If you're able to look past the woodsy, floral notes, this juice has a lot going for it, including a fairly high tolerance to higher wattage. I liked it just under 10.5 watts or 5.1v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which stifled the off tones of the blackberry as much as possible, (but again, not completely) while still permitting the bright berry flavors to shine through. The throat hit is solid, but smooth with the 50/50 blend emitting voluminous clouds of vapor.

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superhappyface The Vapor Chef Frosty Blue Jazzberry, US, 50/50 PG/VG

After a remarkable first showing from The Vapor Chef's Honey Pearry, I was particularly excited to crack open the next bottle for review from one of the newer vendors to enter the gourmet/boutique e-liquid market. As a chef myself, not only was I curious to see if The Vapor Chef could continue to impress, but I was hoping to see his take on something a bit simpler than the Honey Pearry. While chef's are often thought of as creating complex, hard to follow recipes with dozens of ingredients, the reality of what separates a good chef from a great one is the ability to do something truly spectacular using only a few simple ingredients. That's what I was hoping to see from this e-juice, something simple, straightforward, and most importantly, downright tasty. The Frosty Blue Jazzberry is certainly simple, bringing together a candy-like blue raspberry with a slight hint of the cooling 'ice' component often found in fruit blends. The raspberry is bright and vibrant with a strong dose of sour tart, and a mild pleasant acidity that is well controlled. This particular blue raspberry flavor, similar to the one found in blue Icee and Dum Dum lollipops, is one I've had countless times before in e-liquid form, and one that has the potential to bring a little too much acidity to the blend, making the vape less than enjoyable. It seems as though The Vapor Chef found a way to counter that effect as the flavor is not used sparingly, yet the acidity is easily kept in check. The chilly "frosty" component of the juice is a very nice addition to the blue raspberry, and while there's not an awful lot of it in the mix, there's enough to lend the finish a crisp, clean quality that cuts through the sweetness of the candy-like fruit and leaves your mouth with an icy cool tingle. I preferred to vape this one just over 8 watts or 4.5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This wattage keeps all the flavors at their brightest, produces a solid throat hit and nice plume of vapor.

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happyface Velvet Cloud Vapor Harvest Berries, US, 100% VG

Velvet Cloud is a small, San Francisco based e-liquid vendor specializing in 100% VG e-liquid mixed with all natural and organic flavorings. As a chef, I can easily relate to the mindset of purity and naturalism that resulted in this lofty goal, but despite the positively glowing reviews I had seen for several of their flavors, I remained a bit apprehensive that Velvet Cloud would be able to pull it off and still manage to deliver the volume of flavor that I have come to expect from gourmet e-juice without the use of some PG, which is by far, a better vehicle for flavor delivery than VG. The first thing I noticed about Velvet Cloud's e-liquid is the viscosity. It's quite a bit thinner than I had been anticipating due to Velvet Cloud's utilization of distilled water to help thin it out. Since I'm primarily a dripper, I couldn't say for sure, but it seems like this e-liquid should be thin enough for a clearo or cartomizer without causing any viscosity related wicking issues. While I received several flavors in the sample pack they sent over, I decided to start with their Harvest Berry flavor for no other reason than I was in the mood for something a little fruity, and it certainly is that. With bright, exceedingly natural berry flavors, a light acidity, and mild candy-like tartness, the fruit forward profile is vibrant and juicy. The flavor is a bit more subtle without the big long finish that some PG heavy juice can bring, but in this instance, the strikingly pure quality of the red raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry is an acceptable trade-off, even if the flavor doesn't have the same staying power as it might in something like a 50/50 PG/VG base. While the front side of the vape is fairly plain with only a hint of fruit, the exhale is loaded with sweet and tart berry notes with a strong emphasis on a juicy red raspberry flavor. Whether this is a pro or a con is really up to the beholder, but there is little to no finish on this juice as the flavor fades moments after fully exhaling, something that sent me back for more of the fruity goodness again and again. Velvet Cloud set some pretty high goals for themselves in setting out to produce a 100% VG e-liquid line with the depth of flavor that every vendor strives to produce. While this is only the first in a series of Velvet Cloud reviews, I'd say they're off to a very good start. I found the sweet spot on Harvest Berries right around the 8 watt mark or 4.5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. While this produced the exceedingly mild throat hit one would expect from a pure VG base, it did keep the delicate berry flavors intact and vapor production was outstanding, as one would expect from the 100% VG formula.

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superhappyface The Vapor Chef Honey Pearry, US, 50/50 PG/VG

As a chef myself, the idea of starting up my own juice company is one I've toyed with dozens of times, and someday, it may actually happen, but for now, I simply have too many reasons not to get started with a venture of this nature. When I heard about The Vapor Chef, my immediate reactions were a complicated mix of curiosity, excitement, and to be completely honest, a little bit of envy as well. But the truth is, this is not the first juice vendor with a chef at the helm, and it won't be the last. But more importantly, there's plenty of room in the marketplace for high quality, well made juice. The discerning palate of a classically trained, seasoned chef can only raise the bar for the vendors that aren't working with the same set of tools. After a slew of positive press from members of various vaping forums, I found myself eagerly checking the PO box for the juice I was expecting from The Vapor Chef. Upon arrival, I gave it the standard steep, and decided to begin with the flavor I'd been hearing the most chatter about, Honey Pearry. After only a single vape, it's impossible not to notice the crystal clear, immaculately clean flavors. There is nothing in the blend other than what the mixer, the chef, purposefully placed in the bottle, and all of those flavors are downright remarkable. The dominant component of the profile is a spectacularly natural, sweet, ripe honeydew with a nectar-like sticky sweetness that would likely become too sweet if it weren't for the next component in the mix, a crisp pear that is also spot on in flavor. While the honeydew presents immediately on the inhale, growing exponentially until it practically explodes with sweetness, the pear makes it appearance a little later in the vape, delivering a solid dose of acidity to the back end, easily cutting through the sweetness of the melon and blending seamlessly into the profile. The final flavor in Honey Pearry is a very light strawberry that lends a subtle fruitiness, helping to round out the overall profile, and make for a more complex blend. If you didn't know the strawberry was there, it could easily be overlooked. While I can't speak to what the Vapor Chef's intentions were, it seems as if the strawberry is there to smooth out the existing flavors rather than to add a separate, additional component. For such a fruit forward juice, it's remarkably resilient to heat with no significant degradation of flavor all the way up at 12.5 watts or 5.6v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. I preferred to vape it a little cooler, at a solid 10 watts or 5v on the same 2.5Ω atomizer. Throughout the normal vaping spectrum, the flavors are bold, sweet, and consistent, making this juice a great option for those with or without the luxury of a variable voltage/wattage device. Regardless of how hot you vape The Vapor Chef's Honey Pearry, the throat hit remains fairly mellow with the juice producing a very large cloud of sweet, well-balanced, fruity vapor.

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superhappyface Parkes Vaping Nature's Bounty, US, 60/40 PG/VG

Parkes left quite an impression on me with their Watermelon Freeze juice so I was fairly excited about getting to their next review. I decided to pick the Nature's Bounty, almost at random, simply because I had no idea what was in it...a name like that can go in any number of different directions. So I began vaping and very quickly realized that this was going to be one of the more difficult reviews I've had to write since beginning this website. Over the course of a week or so, a few hours here, a few hours there, I realized I had already vaped my way through over 8ml of this juice and had no better description for it's flavor other than "red". Since I'd never before suffered from synesthesia, I knew there was more to it than just tasting like "red", but I struggled to come up with any actual, identifiable flavors. Knowing that the bottle was closing in on empty, I sat down, turned off the TV, computer, and phone, and just focused on this juice when it finally hit me, sort of. The juice is deceptively simple, it comes across as a single non-specific fruit flavor, almost like a hard candy or chewing gum flavor, and that's the "red" that I kept tasting, but it's not a single, one-note juice, there's high overtones and deep, full undertones that make up the profile. The most dominating player in the mix is most certainly of the berry variety and may very well be some sort of mixed berry flavor. There also seems to be something bright and citrus-y (maybe pineapple?) and a touch of watermelon in the mix as well, but other than that, I'm really at a loss as to exactly what flavors are in there. I could throw out guesses all day long, but none will get you any closer to understanding what this juice tastes like, and that's really the overall goal. The best way to describe this one is to simply say that it's a very tasty combination of fruity flavors, extraordinarily well balanced, not overly acidic, and that it leans heavily towards the candy or fruity bubblegum side of the spectrum. It's bright, deliciously fruity, and sweet, but not cloyingly so with flavors that are so seamlessly intertwined, it's almost impossible to tell where one ends and the next begins. The flavor of Natures' Bounty is at it's peak right around 8.5 watts or 4.6v on a 2.5Ω atomizer, which provides a decent throat hit and moderate cloud of sweet fruity vapor.

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superhappyface Captivape Unicorn's Blood, US, PG/VG Blend

Captivape has been making a bit of a name for themselves, despite the fact that, at the time of this review, their website has only been live for a couple of weeks at the most. The owner and juice mixer has instead, been using one of the various vaping forums to introduce his line of juice and in return, receive feedback from both new and veteran vapers alike. Most of the flavors I received from Captivape had simple, straightforward names like Key Lime Pie and Caramel Cappuccino, but without a full Captivape website, the Unicorn's Blood remained a mystery, which is the very reason I chose to begin with this one. Despite the fanciful, mystical name, the flavors in this juice, while very good, are some of the more commonly used, pineapple and coconut. I wouldn't necessarily call this one a Pina Colada, as the pineapple used by Captivape is of the candy variety, which lends the juice a different, sweeter feel than the standard cocktail flavor that seems to be an obligatory part of every juice vendors catalog. So while the components are the same, the final product is not. The coconut flavor, which occupies the back side and finish of the vape, is fairly standard, albeit rich, creamy, and sweet with the same qualities as the blue can of Coco Lopez coconut cream used by any self-respecting cocktail mixer. There seems to be an additional component in the mix, particularly on the finish, with a sweet, fruity berry-like quality. It may simply be a component of the candy-like pineapple, but I suspect there is a touch of maraschino cherry in the blend. All told, this is a very well made juice with a fruity, tropical profile and a nice touch of creaminess that helps to round out the flavors. I preferred it a little under 8 watts or 4.4v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which produced an even balance of flavors, a throat hit that falls squarely in the middle of the spectrum, and a good sized cloud of sweet, tropical vapor.

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superhappyface Ginger's e-Juice Totally Nanners, US, 80/20 PG/VG

I've reviewed more than a handful of Ginger's products over the last few months, none of which have done particularly poorly, and some of which have performed exceedingly well. While they don't always score terribly well in the throat hit department, the single fruit flavors that Ginger mixes practically erupt with copious amounts of sweet, ripe, natural fruitiness. The Totally Nanners is no exception to the rule. The flavor is full, ripe, sweet, natural banana. This is not the more common candy-like banana flavor, but instead, a richer, deeper flavor like that of a banana that's just recently begun to take on just the right amount of browning in the skin. There is still a bit of rich creaminess in the mouthfeel, but not to the same degree as the more taffy-like flavor provides. The Totally Nanners performs best right around 8 watts or 4.5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This keeps all the sweet banana flavor intact, a noticeable, but not extraordinary throat hit, and an average cloud of vapor.

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superhappyface Value Vapor Heaven's Nectar (Flavorz by Joe), US, 50/50 PG/VG

Recently, I've had an opportunity to get my hands on a good variety of the Flavorz by Joe product line and so far, every flavor that I've had a chance to sample has performed quite well in it's respective review. Heaven's Nectar is one of Joe's more popular flavors, combining a creamy coconut flavor with a mildly tart, light pear, and the final product is downright stellar. Coconut tends to be a very strong flavor, often dominating profiles and drowning out the secondary and tertiary flavors. Joe however, has managed to to produce a rich, sweet, tropical coconut that is big and bold, yet still provides ample opportunity for the pear, which is one of the most natural, realistic versions of the flavor that I've tasted, to shine brightly in the mix. Both the coconut and pear present mildly on the inhale, with a perfect blend of the two flavors erupting right at the top of the exhale, and remaining steadfast into a very long, full finish. The two flavors come together seamlessly, with the crisp acidity of the pear cutting through the rich, dense coconut flavor, creating a remarkably well balanced profile while adding a light touch of tartness to the otherwise sweet and creamy finish. It's unusual for flavors to be so well stitched together into a singular cohesive profile, while still being easily identifiable as individual notes, a quality that goes a long way in characterizing the skill of the juice mixer. I preferred vaping this one between 8.5-9 watts or 4.6-4.7v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This wattage produced an above average throat hit for such a fruity, tropical juice as well as a substantial cloud of sweet, dense fruity vapor.

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happyface Heather's Heavenly Vapes Double D Watermelon, US, 50/50 PG/VG

There are a lot of watermelon e-liquid in the marketplace, with almost every vendor having at least one watermelon based juice in their flavor arsenal, and more often that not, several variations on the theme. Some are in-your-face, full on, big, juicy watermelon, some are bit more subtle. Some are sticky sweet with a Jolly Rancher like candy flavor while others, opt for more of a natural flavor profile highlighting the juicy flavors of fresh watermelon. For Heather's Double D Watermelon, they opted for something in the middle of candy and natural with a slight lean towards the candy side of the spectrum. It's sweet, but delicately so, in that it's never too sweet and doesn't come across as particularly artificial in flavor. Being a simple, single fruit e-juice, in addition to the name of the juice, I had expected it to be a bit more powerful in the quantity of flavor used in the mix, but Heather's has opted to keep the flavor in this juice a bit more subtle to the point of where I actually caught myself checking the bottle a couple times to double check what it was I was reviewing at the time. The front end of the vape is slightly sour, like the crystallized coating of a sour gummy candy, with a vague watermelon flavor. The back side of the vape has a bit more melon flavor with a very clean, light finish. If you're looking for a big, bold watermelon flavor, I would recommend looking elsewhere, but if you prefer, subtle, airy, delicate flavors then this one might be right up your alley. I found the sweet spot just under 8.5w, or 4.6v on a 2.5Ω atomizer, which produces the subtle, fruity, watermelon flavor and a nice cloud of vapor, with a very light throat hit.

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superhappyface SnG Vapors Orangegasm (Premium Line), US, 50/50 PG/VG

This is the second juice I've reviewed from the new SnG premium line of mixed-to-order juice. After a very strong rookie performance from their Mt. Doo flavor, I decided go with their Orangegasm for the next review. There is usually very little to say about basic, straight, single fruit flavors, they either taste right, or they don't, with varying concentrations of flavor. SnG's take on orange e-liquid tastes right on the money, with an added little bonus. Their website says they used a tangerine base as the main flavoring component and it shows, as the flavor is just a bit different from a standard orange which usually tends to come off a bit flat to me. The tangerine concentrate brings with it a sweeter note than a basic orange, in addition to a candy-like sourness that adds depth to the overall flavor, and makes for a more dynamic profile. The front side of the vape is mildly acidic with hints of store bought, straight from the carton orange juice. The back-end is where the volume gets turned up a bit as the mild 'orange juice' flavor morphs into a full on tangerine with a mild hint of lime that has, in all respects, a sweet and tart natural quality to it, helping the juice come off crisp and clean, rather than sticky sweet. I found the flavor to be most pronounced at 4.7v on my 2.5Ω atomizer yielding just shy of 9 watts. The resulting vapor is flush with sweet citrus packing in a moderate throat hit, and very respectable cloud.

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superhappyface Mister-E-Liquid Calypso, US, 67/33 PG/VG

While it sat in the "Waiting to be Reviewed" box, I kept passing on the Calypso in favor of more intriguing flavors, and vendors that didn't have as many reviews posted as Mister-E-Liquid. I would wonder briefly, what the flavoring components were, but my attention would be quickly drawn away by a flashy label from a new vendor, or a pretty bottle. Just the other day, I saw the Calypso again, and this time it beckoned me. I picked it up, screwed on a fresh atomizer, and while I was completely unsure of exactly what I should be expecting, I gave it a whirl and was sorry I let it sit for so long. It's incredibly fruity with a very natural tasting peach flavor playing front and center in the profile. The Mister-E website calls it a blend of " Peach, Champagne, and a few other flavors" but it's those few other flavors that really tie this juice together into a cohesive, tightly knit, tropical tasting vape. The champagne flavor is fairly light, adding a subtle dryness to the fruit and lending the peach a bellini-like quality that is crisp, clean and refreshing. The next note in the profile is a creamy, tropical coconut flavor that presents mildly on the exhale, but brings a richness to the finish that helps to balance the acidity and round out the profile. I'm getting an inkling of one or two other flavors in the mix, but I can't quite pick out exactly what they are. There's something that might be a touch of black cherry as well as a sweet, light, and tropical something, maybe guava or dragonfruit. Whatever it is, it brings a delicate sweetness and tropical fruitiness that makes this already good juice, truly great. While some of Mister-E's juice can withstand incredibly high wattage, I preferred Calypso at just under 9 watts or 4.7v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which produced plenty of fruity flavor, plumes of sweet tropical vapor, and a good throat hit, but not particularly strong.

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superhappyface Vapors Choice Key Lime, US, 50/50 PG/VG

With a somewhat generic name like Vapors Choice, I wasn't sure if I had even heard of this company prior to my formal introduction that occurred at a local vape meet. I had been chatting with one of the other vapers about a Key Lime flavor I had recently reviewed when he stopped what he was doing and went diving into his box of goodies, handing me a bottle with a fairly plain looking label and said "Try this." The very next morning I found myself composing an email to the vendor inquiring if they would be interested in submitting some juice for review. Within only a few days, a nice selection of samples arrived in the PO Box, and I couldn't have been more delighted to find that one of them was clearly marked "Key Lime". I was concerned that it wouldn't be as good as I remembered it from the night of the meet...beers had been had, there had been a lot of juice going around, my tastebuds were already running on overdrive that night, but as soon as I got my very first vape of the Vapors Choice Key Lime, it all came flooding back to me. This stuff is bright, vivid, and packed full of intense sweet and tart lime flavors. The front side of the vape is fairly mild with only a touch of lime, but the exhale explodes with startlingly clean, crisp flavors of genuine Key Limes with just a slight touch of bitterness to help balance out the fruity, acidic citrus. This is a fairly simple, one fruit flavor, but it embodies everything this type of juice is supposed to be, with bright high acidity and the mildly bitter deep notes that create a palette of flavors out of a single fruit. The flavors are a bit fragile when it comes to heat, so taking this much beyond 8 watts will result in a small loss of the bigger, bolder notes. I preferred it at 4.5v on my 2.5Ω atomizer which yielded a full on, in-your-face, vivid lime flavor, average throat hit, and plenty of vapor from the 50/50 blend.

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superhappyface Timeless Vapor Mandy's Melons, US, 50/50 PG/VG

While Timeless Vapor is one of the newer vendors to enter the e-liquid marketplace, the owner, Mandy has been a highly respected member of the vaping community for quite some time, hosting one of the more popular internet vaping shows and contributing to various groups and forums. While many vapers and DIYers attempt to make the leap from hobbyist to e-liquid vendor, few are able to do so without a few missteps along the way, and in that regard I was a bit concerned that Timeless Vapor's juice might fall a bit short of the mark as well. Fortunately Mandy's Melons are downright luscious, and while there is a good dose of watermelon in the profile, there's a bit more to it than your standard bland, basic watermelon flavoring. The vape opens with the sweet, nectar-like flavor of honeydew melon that is, as much as I dislike the phrase, mouthwatering. The sticky sweet honeydew opens up into the familiar flavor of watermelon that like other similarly styled juices, falls somewhere in between the jolly rancher and the natural, leaning towards a watermelon bubblegum type of flavor. What really helps to set this juice apart from other melon mixes, is the unexpected addition of a crisp pear which helps to cut through some of the sweetness from the other components and add a subtle sense of sophistication and class. It fits in so well that unless you knew it was there, it could easily be overlooked, but once you know it's in the blend, there's no missing it, or the symmetry that it brings to the profile. Like most fruity flavors, this one performs best at fairly low wattage, right around 8.5 watts or 4.6v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This keeps all the flavors big and bright, and although this juice doesn't deliver a tremendous throat hit, it does produce ample clouds of sweet, tasty vapor.

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superhappyface Ginger's e-Juice Rockin' Raspberry, US, 80/20 PG/VG

Sometimes these reviews are easy, and sometimes, particularly with the more complex flavors, they take days of vaping and countless re-writes before they're ready for posting. And then rarely, on occasion, they just sort of write themselves...and that's certainly how it was with Ginger's Rockin' Raspberry. From the first taste, I knew this was going to be one very easy review to write, which fortunately, gave me a little time to sit back and just enjoy the juice, a rare treat for me. I've had quite a bit of raspberry based juice, usually it's been mixed with another flavor or many other flavors, but even then, it was fairly simple to discern the flavor of sour blue raspberry, like the taste of the Dum-Dum lollipops or the blue Icee you buy at the corner gas station. This is totally the other end of the spectrum. While I wouldn't refer to this as a natural tasting raspberry, I would also stop far short of ever calling it a candy-like flavor as well; it's falls somewhere in the middle. What's most notable about it, is that it's completely devoid of the sour, overly artificial flavor that most raspberry juice brings in tow. It's fresh, ripe, sweet and downright juicy, practically exploding with intense red raspberry flavors. Like almost every juice I've previously reviewed from Ginger, there's no subtlety, just a big, in-your-face rush of pure unadulterated flavor. Although you could get away with taking it a couple tenths of a volt hotter, I wouldn't recommend going much beyond 8 watts, or 4.5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer, with this juice. That's where you're going to get the most flavor, taking it any hotter will cook away the more subtle nuances of raspberry. While that wattage will leave you with a pretty soft throat hit, there's still ample clouds of sweet, luscious, fruity vapor to enjoy.

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superhappyface Fancee Juice BAM, US, 75/25 PG/VG

There's a good reason I usually have over 100 bottles of juice waiting for review at any given moment. Juice takes time to review. Flavors change and develop as a juice is vaped over an extended length of time. Fancee Juice's BAM is a perfect example of what keeps that "Waiting to be Reviewed" box so full. Some juice, particularly straight forward, single flavor e-liquid, is the same from the first vape, to the very last drop in the bottle. More complex e-liquid, with multiple flavors blended into the mix, have subtle nuances that often, only make their appearance after one has sat down and spent some quality time with the juice and a fresh, clean atomizer. In the case of BAM, even after the juice had been allowed to steep for over 3 weeks, this stuff was potent with sour green apple flavor for the first 20 minutes I vaped it. Given just a little bit of time however, the sour puckering tartness of the apple mellowed considerably, allowing the other flavors, that had been little more than a vague background fruitiness, to gain some definition. The front side of the vape still holds on to some of the sour green apple flavor, but that's also where the melon and blueberry flavors are most noticeable. and the combination of all three yields a very tasty, fruity flavor with an almost bubblegum like quality to it. The same fruity quality persists through the exhale, but the ratio of the profile changes a bit, with the watermelon and blueberry fading a bit, and the sour green apple becoming a bit more dominant. Just as the finish approaches, a strikingly realistic Red Delicious apple flavor, comes into focus, persists through to the finish, and steals the spotlight from the other players in the profile. While BAM can be vaped at almost any wattage along the normal vaping spectrum, the green apple comes off a bit strong at lower wattages. I found the sweet spot at a solid 10 watts, or 5.0v on a 2.5Ω atty, which delivers the most balanced flavors, average throat hit, and a very nice cloud of sweet fruity vapor.

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medium Banzai Vapors Wonder Melon, US

Banzai says on their website that their Wonder Melon juice is a "fruit melody that will leave you wondering", but there's not a whole lot to really wonder about here. The juice is watermelon based, and not a particularly remarkable one at that, leaning more towards the candy than the natural side of the flavor spectrum. While it does taste like Banzai has utilized more than one watermelon flavoring component in the blend, and that does help to lend the juice a bit more character with both sweet and sour tones, the overall profile still comes off a little flat, mostly due to a distinct lack of potency. In order for a single-noted e-liquid to make the leap from average to extraordinary, it needs to scream with flavor, but the Wonder Melon from Banzai produces a mere whisper and can at times leave you asking yourself what flavor, other than a general combination of a vague sweetness with a small sprinkling of tart, you are supposed to taste. The juice isn't terrible mind you, it just lacks the backbone and the full, bold flavors that comprise a truly spectacular watermelon flavor. The vapor doesn't change in flavor or intensity throughout the normal vaping wattage spectrum, but that being said, I finally settled in to a sweet spot just a bit under 9 watts or 4.7v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which seemed to provide the best balance of sweet and tart flavors, but there is very little change with an extra half watt or so in either direction. At that wattage, you can also expect a decent throat hit and an average cloud of vapor as well, but all said, this one is just that, average.

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happyface Vapor Bomb Key Lime, US, 70/30 PG/VG

I was really looking forward to this juice, since I'm a big fan of Key Limes, and am fortunate to live in a part of the country where they are readily accessible and quite often at their peak. Before we get too far into the juice, we need to identify the difference between a standard Persian limes, and the Key variety. While there are obvious differences in size, shape, and other visual disparities, our main concern is flavor, and while the two varieties of lime are similar, there are fairly significant distinctions. Key limes tend to be a bit more acidic with an appealing, slightly bitter tartness that makes them a bit livelier than their ubiquitous Persian cousins. So, now that we know what we should be looking for in a Key lime e-juice, we can discuss what VaporBomb delivers. The juice has a fairly unremarkable lime flavor that comes off rather flat, lacking the tell-tale tartness that makes Key limes the gold standard for pies and other applications. This juice is sweet, but with a monotone flavor that seems to be a run-of-the-mill citrus juice, lacking the bitter undertones and acidic high notes that are required to make the sweetness pop. As a result, the flavor lacks the required backbone to make this juice sing like a true Key lime. All that being said, the lime flavor isn't bad, it's just not Key lime and it lacks the bright, clean flavors that one might expect from any pure citrus based e-juice. It does have a very wide sweet spot, with the flavor remaining unchanged from the standard 8 watts, all the way up through the normal vaping spectrum and beyond. I found the juice performed best at a relatively high wattage, just under 10.5 watts, or 5.1v on a 2.5Ω atomizer, which yielded a good dose of the sweet lime flavor, average throat hit, and solid vapor production.

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superhappyface Indigo Vapor Grape Ape, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Indigo is a pretty new vendor to the gourmet e-juice marketplace, but with a relatively small number of flavors in their collection, they have clearly spent a great deal of time working on, and perfecting their recipes. This hard work is evidenced by two perfect scores to date, and others reviews that, while not quite a perfect 20 out of 20, have been exceedingly close. Their Grape Ape flavor is a combination grape/banana e-juice, a duo I haven't previously seen in the same bottle. Both of the fruity flavors are of the candy variety and are, according to Indigo, used in proportions that create a "perfectly balanced" ratio of flavors. While this wasn't too far off from my findings, the grape bubblegum-like flavor, which makes it's appearance immediately on the front side of the vape, and continues to have a strong presence through to the finish, comes off a tad stronger than the taffy-like banana. While the banana doesn't have as large a role to play on the inhale (although it's not entirely absent), it really comes into it's own on the finish, helping to cut through the powerful grape, lending a creaminess to the vape, and improving the sum balance of the flavor profile. Like all of Indigo's juice to date, the Grape Ape can take quite a bit of heat before flavor degradation begins to occur. While it can take just a bit more than this, I'm partial to vaping it at 5.4 volts on a 3 OHM atomizer generating a total wattage just a touch over 9.5 watts, a well balanced flavor profile, a phenomenal throat hit for any juice, let alone for such a fruity vape, and a lavish cloud of sweet fruity vapor.

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superhappyface Fancee Juice LimeBerry, US, 75/25 PG/VG

At least twice a month, if not more often, I receive emails from start-up juice companies looking to have their juice reviewed on the website. Some of these vendors turn out to be pleasant surprises, and some clearly should have spent a bit more time in the lab before rushing to market with substandard recipes. When I received my first email from Fancee, I explained the submission process, my review preferences and I went about my regular routine of reviewing, hardly giving the vendor a second thought. It was only when I received the package that I knew there was something different about Fancee. I usually receive, like many of you do, a small envelope with several small plastic or glass bottles of juice for review. Fancee sent me a good sized mailer box, which when opened, revealed the obvious care and painstaking attention to detail that speaks volumes about Fancee's work ethic and dedication to their product. Inside the box were several stiff, protective cardboard canisters that cradled each individual glass bottle. The canisters were each held together with twine, and sealed with an antique looking wax seal in the style of kings and noblemen. In addition to the bottle of juice, each cardboard canister also held a handwritten note, similar to a birth certificate, identifying the born-on date, mix ratio, strength, and recommended steeping time. After eagerly waiting for the steeping time to pass, I opted to begin with the LimeBerry, one of Fancee's signature flavors. Had I been wearing socks at the time, they would have been blown clean off...These guys are dead serious about their work, and to say that the LimeBerry is an impressive juice, would be a vast understatement, it's downright astounding. The lime flavor is clearly the lead player in the mix with the exceedingly bright, and exceptionally clean flavor of refreshing citrus zest. The blueberry flavor plays more of a supporting role adding a touch of sweetness that balances out to the tart flavor of the lime and creates a full, round flavor profile that is far greater than the sum of it parts. The front side of the vape has a good dose of sweet blueberry flavor offset by hints of mild acidity from the lime, but the back end is stunningly crisp and clean as the lime gains some traction in the profile and hold true through the immense finish with fresh, untarnished flavors, even at considerably high wattage. I found the sweet spot at just over 11 watts (5.8v on a 3Ω atomizer), although this juice can easily stand up to more heat, and is also spectacularly tasty at lower wattage as well. Anywhere within the broad range of the normal vaping spectrum (and even a little bit outside that spectrum, on either side) you can expect brilliant high notes accompanied by sweet berry undertones, a very solid throat hit, and a solid cloud of vivid, intensely flavored vapor.

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superhappyface LJ's E-Smokes Edgewater (Juices by upStomp), US, 60/40 PG/VG

LJ's is based in Edgewater, FL, so this is something of a signature juice for the store, and while their website describes it as a fresh mango with a kick, the description really does not do it justice. The front side of the vape is juicy with sweet, ripe, and flat-out luscious mango flavor that just keeps going and going long after the vapor from the exhale has dissipated. While the front end is a pure, clean mango flavor, the back side is equally fruity, but a bit more complex with an enigmatic tropical note that, not for lack of trying, I can't seem to nail down. With a subtle, light fruitiness and an almost bubble-gum like sweetness to it, I'm leaning towards dragonfruit or guava on the finish, but whatever flavor it happens to be, it compliments the mango beautifully, and makes for an overall vape that is, forgive the use of the cliched, overused descriptor, mouth-watering...somehow, and I have to believe that this is not a reaction unique to myself, but it quite literally causes my mouth to water, and continues to keep me coming back for more. The sweet spot here is quite wide, making it a great option for vapers who don't yet have the luxury of variable voltage. I preferred it around 9.5 watts, or 5.3-5.4v on a 3Ω atomizer producing spectacularly light, sweet, fruity flavors, with rich clouds of vapor. While the throat hit is on the lighter side of the spectrum, that's not unusual, or unexpected, from such a fruit forward juice.

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superhappyface LJ's E-Smokes Monster Smash (Hooligan Vapes), US, 60/40 PG/VG

After a streak of some very tasty juice from LJ's, including my new favorite cola, Hooligan's Voodoo Cola, I was eager to break open my stash from LJ's and taste some new juice. The Monster Smash (formerly Hulk Smash) from Hooligan Vapes is one of their signature flavors so I chose that one for my next LJ's review. The juice is described on the website as a “plethora of fruits”, but one of them quite clearly steals the show, pineapple. This is not the same candy-like pineapple flavor that mimics Life Savers and Dum-Dums, but something a bit more natural in flavor with more acidity that makes it a hair less sweet and provides a truer flavor, although I wouldn't go so far as to call it a genuine pineapple taste...more like somewhere in the middle. There is certainly more going on in this juice than just pineapple, but it's a little hard to pin down the secondary components with such a bold primary flavor. There's a touch of creamy coconut that helps to balance out the acidity of the pineapple, as well as what I believe to be a trace of banana rounding out the profile. As a whole, the juice is thoroughly tropical with a rich, full-bodied mouthfeel, a pleasant note of acidity, and a cotton-candy like finish that makes this one worlds apart from your standard pina colada. While the juice doesn't suffer too much from additional heat, the sweet spot is just short of 9.5 watts, or 5.3v with a 3Ω atty, which yields pure, clean flavors, a decent throat hit, and voluminous clouds of sweet cotton candy scented vapor.

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medium Vapure Blackberry Dry Blend, US, 50/50 PG/VG

I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting with this juice from Vapure. They have it listed on their site in the tobacco category, but I can say, in no uncertain terms, I can't taste even a hint of tobacco flavor in this one. It's certainly fruity with tons of sweet, lush blackberry flavor and a mild acidic overtone that, on it's own, would be pretty darn tasty. Unfortunately, all that fruitiness is accompanied by the pungent taste of a strong, floral perfume that overpowers the sweetness and lingers through the finish leaving an fairly unpleasant taste on the tongue. Regardless of how appealing the natural blackberry flavor is, the perfume permeates through the entirety of the juice and it's a taste I simply can not get past. That said, it does have a reasonably strong throat hit for such a fruity juice, and produces copious amounts of vapor.

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happyface Vapor Jam Beatle Juice, US, 100%VG

Vapor Jam is still a pretty new player on the juice scene with 5 or so flavors currently on the market, all with names based on classic rock bands. Their Beatle Juice is described on the Vapor Jam website as “Winter fruits marinated in citrus and love.” If you're thinking that's a little vague, I agree with you. Since the vendor doesn't provide us with the actual flavor components, I'll do my best to break it down for you, but to be honest, I'm not sure I can nail 'em all. While the flavorings maybe 100% natural, that doesn't necessarily mean they are derived directly from the ingredient that they are made to represent. All that aside, let's talk about the juice. This one is pretty interesting. The main flavor is a tart berry of some sort, similar to cranberry, but my guess would be red currant . The flavor itself is very bright and clean with a crisp acidic bite. There is also a sweet component in the profile that adds some much needed balance to the tart sour bite. I would guess this sweet flavor is also a berry of some sort. With unfortunate perfume like overtones, I suspect this is a blackberry or pomegranate flavor as those are often accompanied by the floral perfume notes. As far as the citrus mentioned in the vendor's description, it is very mild and has something of a sweet edge to it resembling a ripe pineapple or perhaps even starfruit. All said this juice is not bad with a well balanced profile, and a full, rounded flavors, but the persistent perfume overtones continue to draw my attention away from those finer points. As is expected with a 100% VG base, the throat hit is a little weak, but it produces tremendous clouds of vapor.

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happyface SnG Vapors Blueberry, US, 80/20 PG/VG

The first thing you notice upon vaping the blueberry from the up and comers at SnG is how jam-packed with flavor it is. The blueberry practically erupts out of the vape with fresh, sweet, juicy flavor that is wonderfully vibrant and refreshing. It's not cloyingly sweet, as some of the fruitier e-liquid can be, nor does it have the medicinal qualities that are all too common with cherry and berry flavored e-juice. Instead it's crisp and clean, and while it's not particularly complex, it is a straightforward bold blueberry flavor reminiscent of the genuine article. The finish is downright juicy and leaves behind the taste of fresh, ripe blueberries. There is very little throat hit, even at higher voltage, not an uncommon occurrence in fruity liquid, but the cloud is respectable and the flavor is on the nose.

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superhappyface iVape Peach, US, 60/40 PG/VG

With all the sophisticated, complex juice I've been reviewing lately, it's really nice to sit down with a good old fashioned, straightforward fruit. The Peach e-liquid from iVape maybe simple, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. It's flush with the sweet flavor of perfectly ripe, juicy peach all the way through to the finish. Make no mistake here, this is not a candy-like peach ring flavor, but rather a very natural tasting e-juice much closer in flavor to a tall glass of peach nectar. There are nice hints of acidity and trace notes of a mild tartness akin to the flavor of peach skin that helps to round out the profile and keep the juice from becoming overly sweet. All that being said, this is hands down one of the best peach flavors I've ever had; It's like vaping sunshine. With all the sweet, refreshing fruit, it's not surprising that the throat hit is on the softer side, but a sizable cloud of luscious vapor is still a very nice finish to a well crafted, well balanced juice.

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medium Value Vapor Pomegranate (Dekang), China, 80/20 PG/VG

To cut right to the chase on this one, the Dekang pomegranate from Value Vapor has some flaws. While it does have a very nice balance of sweet and tart, and the pomegranate flavor is extraordinarily close to the real thing, it is accompanied by a less than subtle, flowery, perfume-like flavor that persists throughout the entire vape. With a light flavor like pomegranate, the flowery undertones manage to steal the spotlight completely on the inhale, and offset the delicate balance on the exhale, resulting in a profile that lacks any real depth or complexity and instead just comes off tasting of fruit and flowers. While there is a very strong throat hit for such a light fruity flavor, and a nice cloud of vapor in tow as well, the flowery notes don't allow the pomegranate flavor any real opportunity to shine.

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medium SnG Vapors Hawaiian Delight, US, 80/20 PG/VG

At the time of this review, SnG is a relative newcomer to the online juice scene. Along with a couple of other juices, they submitted their take on Hawaiian Delight for my review. The spotlight here is clearly on the coconut flavor that's present from start to finish, and while it's a good creamy flavor, it's not quite as rich as other coconut based e-liquid I've had. The pineapple flavor is a bit muted and isn't quite able to punch through the coconut to yield an overall balance, but instead blends with the other fruits to create more of a general fruity background flavor similar to fruit flavored gum. The overall flavor profile is certainly less complex than other tropical blends that I've tasted, but if you're a coconut lover, this is a very tasty vape. As with a lot of fruit flavors out there, it doesn't have a whole lot of throat hit to speak of, but it does produce a decent cloud of vapor.

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superhappyface Rawr Vapor Truth Serum, US 50/50 PG/VG

Another of Rawr's signature flavors, the Truth Serum has a fervent group of devoted followers and after a single taste, you'll know why. The first flavor you get is an astoundingly creamy coconut that brings to mind the can of Coco Lopez compulsory for any respectable Pina Colada. By itself, the coconut would be cloyingly sweet but before it can reach that point, a slightly tart, natural pear flavor with mild acidity cuts through the coconut and gives this juice an unparallelled balance of sweet, tart, and creamy. The overall flavor profile seems deceivingly complex. With only pear, coconut and perhaps a very light hint of banana, this juice could easily come off tasting simple and overly sweet. Instead, Rawr has the two leading flavors playing off of each other in such a way as to create something that's crisp, refreshing and in an ideal ratio that allows each fruit an opportunity to shine. The copious amounts of creamy vapor and a good strong throat hit make this a perfect all day vape and raise the bar for all fruity, tropical e-juice out there.

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happyface Value Vapor Fruit Mix (Dekang), China, 80/20 PG/VG

It was more than two years ago that I received my very first bottle of this particular blend of fruit flavored e-juice, and it still holds a special place in my heart, and my flavor rotation. It's fruity, but not saccharine sweet and while the flavor lacks any real complexity, it loaded with lots of sweet candy-like peach and notes of watermelon and mango. For a fruit mix, I'd like to see something a bit more balanced with some acidity to cut through the sweetness, perhaps a little pineapple or lime would help take this juice to the next level. As is, it still holds it's own and should make a nice all-day vape for dedicated fruit lovers. Overall, the flavor here is very similar to Trident fruit flavored gum, and while it is a bit lacking in the throat hit department, it does provide a fair amount of vapor and all of it is sweet and fruity.

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superhappyface Rawr Vapor Hawaii Sunrise, US 50/50 PG/VG

Hawaii Sunrise is a perenial favorite among the hordes of Rawr devotees, and with very good reason. They have a reputation for providing some of the highest quality liquid available and their Hawaii Sunrise flavor is a testament to their hard work and dedication. The juice opens with a sweet and creamy banana taffy flavor that is quickly followed by a the mild acidity of fresh ripe pineapple and just a hint of coconut to round out the profile. What really stands out about this juice is the remarkable balance. Nothing comes off overly strong, sweet or acidic thanks to the order in which these flavors present themselves. While the throat hit isn't exceptionally powerful, it isn't weak either, which tends to be a common occurrence among fruity flavors. It produces a nice big cloud of vapor and a lingering flavor of tropical fruit that dances on my tongue and keeps me reaching for my PV again and again.

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happyface Vapure Pineapple, US

The sweet nose coming off the Vapure is mild but assertive and definitely pineapple. After some issues with flavor density on some of Vapure's other fruity flavors, I was expecting more of the same. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised. There is slight acidity and a little zing on your tongue with the inhale similar to drinking a glass of fresh pineapple juice, the finish however, is all pineapple candy. It makes for a very nice mix of the natural tartness of the real thing and the sweet syrupy pineapple flavor that is pleasantly reminiscent of the off-white lifesavers . As is the norm with the majority of fruit liquid, the throat hit is not as full or defined as I would prefer, and vapor production could also be a bit better, but for pineapple lovers, this one shouldn't disappoint.

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happyface Pink Spot Watermelon Wave, US, 30/70 PG/VG

It's no secret that like many other vapers out there, I am a big fan of a great watermelon juice. After a bit of internal debate, I opted to try the Pink Spot Watermelon Wave rather than their Juicy Watermelon flavor, mostly because it's part of their signature flavor collection. It really is unlike any watermelon liquid I've tried to date. First off, let me say it is literally bursting at the seams with sweet watermelon. It's not natural watermelon, but it's also not the Jolly Rancher watermelon that is so prevalent in the e-liquid scene. It is artificial/candy-like in flavor, just different from the more common watermelon candy liquid that's out there; Extra brand watermelon chewing gum is the comparison that immediately springs to mind. There is a slight hint of a medicinal aftertaste, but all told, I like this juice. Like most of the other juice from Pink Spot, it's got a good throat hit and nice vapor production. While it probably won't make it into my regular rotation, it certainly won't be forgotten in the drawer either.

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sadface Virgin Vapor Organic Wild Watermelon, US, 100% VG

You can tell that Virgin Vapor really tries to go the extra mile in preparation and presentation with each sample bottle arriving in a cute little brown glass bottle with a medicine dropper rather the standard tip. I am pretty picky when it comes to my watermelon flavors and unfortunately, this one came up quite a bit short. What flavor is present in the juice is a very nice fruity, natural, juicy watermelon flavor. My real issue here is density as the flavor is extremely weak. One of the ingredients that Virgin Vapor lists is distilled water, to thin out the VG I presume, but in this case, they appear to have gone a bit overboard leaving the vapor tasting more like faintly watermelon flavored steam than the robust watermelon vapor I was hoping for. The throat hit is fairly mild and vapor production is only average for a pure VG liquid.

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medium Vapure Peach, US

Other than a mild sweetness, there is not much to smell from the bottle of Vapure Peach. The flavor of the vape is also not particularly strong, but rather a light, sweet, delicate flavor of ripe peach flesh with the earthy undertone of peach skin on the back end. I would prefer a bit more of the peach flavor in this one. At times it can be hard to detect what juice I'm actually vaping through the overall sweetness, however for a fruit, it has a decent throat hit and produces a fair amount of vapor as well.

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superhappyface Pink Spot “Pink Spot” Signature Flavor, US, 30/70 PG/VG

The Pink Spot namesake juice is a blend of fruit, with the most discernible flavors being lime and pineapple. It has a nice tartness and acidity from the citrus fruit up front, with the back end tasting a bit sweeter although never overly sweet. There is a nice touch of lush raspberry and cherry, most noticeable on the exhale and in the lingering aftertaste but not so much as to obscure the bright clean flavors of the pineapple and lime. It is extremely well balanced, and more than a little reminiscent of Sweettarts candy. For such a fruity/candy-like juice, it delivers an excellent throat hit with very good vapor production as well. The more I vape it, the more I like it.

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medium Virgin Vapor Organic Strawberry, US, 100% VG

It certainly can't be easy to produce high quality 100% VG organic juice, but having had some of the other liquid Virgin Vapor has to offer, I know there is great potential for great juice. However, much to my disappointment, the organic strawberry falls a bit short of the mark. There is a faint lingering taste of real, natural strawberry, but it is muted, a touch on the bitter side, and slightly medicinal in flavor. I know that Virgin Vapor does not use any artificial sweeteners in their products, and I can appreciate their dedication to keeping it pure, but I still wanted this one to be a little sweeter than it was. Overall, there is great potential here, a decent throat hit, and average vapor production, but unfortunately all of those qualities are just not enough to make me fall in love with this one.

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sadface Pink Spot Washington Red Apple, US, 30/70 PG/VG

I have long been hunting for the perfect apple flavor liquid, something with just the right balance of sweet and tart with a good strong apple taste, unfortunately this is not it. Don't get me wrong, the Pink Spot Apple tastes okay, I'm just not really sure what it tastes like. There is a hint of apple, a dusting of cinnamon, I believe, and a fair amount of sweetness, but I'm not really picking up enough apple to even consider this one apple flavored. After repeated vapes, it does leave a faint memory of apple skin on the palate, but the overall impression I get is just sweet. It does have a decent throat hit and produces a pretty good cloud, but in the end, it's really lacking enough flavor to call this one anything.

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superhappyface Vape Dudes Blue Jitsu, US, 50/50 PG/VG

The Blue Jitsu is described by Vape Dudes as a coconut kiwi with a splash of apple and lots of blueberry. About the blueberry, they really aren't kidding. There is tons of blueberry in this juice, in a very good way. It's not the candy-like blueberry, but rather a very natural tasting flavor reminiscent of blueberry pie. It isn't overly sweet or sticky on the palate although the flavor does tend to linger on your tongue a bit. The throat hit is surprisingly good for a such a fruity juice and vapor production is, as usual for the Vape Dudes, outstanding. The blueberry does hijack the juice muting the other flavors a bit. The apple seems to be a sour apple and is definitely riding shotgun on this juice, with both the kiwi and coconut taking a back seat to the more pronounced flavors. I would like to taste a little more coconut, but overall, this juice is another winner from the Vape Dudes.

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happyface Vape Dudes Fruit Tsunami, US, 50/50 PG/VG

It would be awfully hard to miss the candy-like fruit smell that practically erupts from this juice upon opening...this stuff smells JUST LIKE opening a fresh box of Razzles, and it pretty much tastes just like that too. It's got a little bit of tart, a whole lot of sweet, and produces a nice big cloud of vapor. The throat hit is lacking a bit in this one and some vapers may find it to be overly sweet, I really did enjoy the stroll down memory lane...it makes me feel, quite literally, like a kid in a candy store. I don't think it would make a particularly good all-day vape, as the sweetness can be somewhat cloying after more than a few vapes, it is a nice substitute for when you're looking to feed your sweet tooth. As a side note, a little cool menthol could elevate this flavor to a new level as it's practically begging for something to cut the sweetness.

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