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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 Vapor Bank RY4, US

It would seem as if there are as many different RY4 varieties as there are grains of sand on a beach. From the traditional caramel and vanilla laced tobaccos, to the more tobacco-centric RYs that utilize the sweeter notes in a more reserved fashion. Then there are the more dessert like RYs, laden with heavy doses of gooey caramel flavor and sweet creamy vanilla. Recently, we've even seen more of what I think of as the "enhanced" RY4, those with less traditional elements. Liquids that begin with the traditional RY4 base, but then add a creative twist, like DB Liquid's fruit infused RY varietals. At this point, the RY moniker seems to have lost all meaning, although that's not necessarily a bad thing...there is no such thing as too much to choose from, at least not in my opinion. With such a wide range of what Vapor Bank's RY4 could taste like, I was curious to see which direction they chose, particularly since their previous reviews have been somewhat middle-of-the-road thus far. With that, I grabbed a freshly built IGO-T, my Duke mod, and saturated the cotton...the nose on the bottle seemed to indicate a heavy hand with the caramel and a lighter touch on the tobacco, the first taste confirmed my suspicions. It's sweet, but not excessively so, although still falling firmly into the dessert category of RY4s. As far as this style of RYs go, it's fairly standard, not terrible creamy, despite a good dose of vanilla, with less of a sticky sweet caramel than I had been expecting. The caramel is good, but again, fairly standard tasting more like a caramel flavored hard candy than a gooey Kraft caramel square. There seems to be an additional sweetener used by Vapor Bank, and while I can't say for sure, I'm guessing it's marshmallow as I believe I can taste a hint of it through the profile. The tobacco itself is light in both character and potency. What's present in the profile is similar to an Asian style tobacco with it's light and lightly fragrant quality, which allows the spotlight to be placed quite definitively on the caramel and vanilla, and while neither of those have any substantial issues in and of themselves, they are also not mind-bogglingly amazing, merely tasty. All said, I think this is a fine RY4, but I don't think it competes with some of the RY4s out there that are loaded with depth, complexity, and a certain sense of finesse, all of which this juice lacks, comparatively speaking. On the ProVari/510 dripper set-up, I settled into a sweet spot of an even 10w or 5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. With the Duke/IGO-T rig, I was obviously able to achieve substantially higher wattage, but get this juice too hot and the flavors begin to fizzle out, leaving the taste of the base liquids (PG/VG) to shine through the profile. Whether this is due to the flavor concentrates themselves or the amount used, I can't say for sure, but either way, I think it's best to keep this one under 35 watts or so to maximize flavor.

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superhappyface The Vapor Chef Deep Thought, US, 50/50 PG/VG

After a stunning performance from Slartibartfast, the first tobacco flavor I had tasted from The Vapor Chef, I was eager to get moving on the next flavor from their Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy of tobaccos, Deep Thought. In the books, Deep Thought is the super computer created to calculate the answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything (the answer is 42). While there is quite a bit more to it than that, this is an e-liquid review website, and you're not here for a book report, so let's cut to the chase and get down to the juice.

Deep Thought, like Slartibartfast, is an exceptionally smooth and mild pipe tobacco. While the tobacco itself is different, it does possesses similar characteristics in that it's soft, mellow, and downright relaxing with a natural, realistic tone that, despite being so smooth, still has a strong sense of body and a fullness to it that I find quite satisfying. There are notes of vanilla, chocolate, and a very mild fruity undertone that could be described as cherry, but to be clear, this is not a cherry tobacco, these are just the notes and characteristics of the tobacco flavor itself, rather than additional components in the juice, although the vanilla is potent enough to possibly be something that the Chef tossed into the mix. The vape opens with the tobacco on the inhale, which is met by the vanilla and chocolate notes right at the top of the exhale. The flavors are then joined by the warmth of a spicy note, could be cinnamon, more likely cardamon, but either way the result is a light molasses-like sweetness that highlights the depth and complexity of the juice. The sassafras, the component of old-time-y root beer (and once again an ingredient in many), begins to come through the profile on the latter portion of the exhale, but really shines on the finish, leaving your tongue with the warmth of the sweet spice and the rich, earthy, almost woodsy flavor of sassafras root. While it could just be the sassafras itself, which has a similar quality, at times, I think I taste a very light hint on anise as well..it might be there, it might not, it's just too tough to call. If you're averse to anise, I wouldn't let that scare you away, it's so light I'm not even sure it's there. All said, this is equally complex when compared to Slartibartfast, but wildly different. Both are the types of tobacco flavors that even vapers that loathe tobacco e-liquids might be surprised to find themselves enjoying. Both are the kind of mellow, relaxing e-liquids that one might enjoy on the porch swing as the sun goes down, sitting by a campfire, or just relaxing on the couch, working your way through the DVR. Neither are big, bold, straight tobacco flavors, they're more gentle, more subdued, but still a very long way from subtle. There is something about the overall profile that feels comforting, serene, and laid-back...like everything on the to-do list is done, the bank account is full, and everything is right in the world.

I spent a good deal of time with this juice before sitting down to write this review, both in my standard reviewing rig, a ProVari/510 dripping atty, and with one of my more advanced set-ups, a Duke mod topped with a Helios RBA. With the ProVari, I found the flavors to peak at 9.2w or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This yields a fairly mild throat hit for a tobacco, but delivers a substantial cloud. With The Duke (50w/10a capable VV device), I used a dual 28ga Kanthal coil (.8Ω) on 2mm Ekowool. I preferred Deep Thought at about 32w on this rig, with the Helios intake open just over halfway. While this set-up doesn't affect flavor profile very much, aside from the obvious boost, I was surprised to find it also had very little impact on throat hit. That being said, it does of course, produce the fog machine that one might expect.

While I think I said something similar in the Slartibartfast review, I'm going to say it again. I am thoroughly impressed. It's rare to see a vendor put out such strong flavors, with such a varied selection, but TVC has managed to produce not only some of the finest fruity e-liquids in the marketplace, but they also don't miss a beat on their tobacco blends.

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perfect Seduce Juice Jango, US, 50/50 PG/VG

The name of this juice, Jango, is in all likelihood, a allusion to Jango Fett, Boba's father and the 'original' or source of the clone army in Episode II. While there can be no doubt that, chronologically speaking, Boba's from Alien Visions is the 'original' that this juice is based off of, there is also no doubt that for something to be "New and Improved", there has to be something lacking in the original. I wouldn't say that one of these juices is 'better' than the other, that's entirely subjective, and opinions are something I do my best to avoid (even if that's not always possible), what I can say, is that this juice has a greater depth of flavor, is decidedly more complex, and features a more tobacco-centric profile, with some similar components, and some that are very different. Having heard that Jango was best vaped fresh, I did my best to make some room in the busy review schedule and managed to begin the review process within a week of receipt, although I spent over two weeks with it in total.

The primary component is a smooth, mild tobacco...it's dark, mildly acidic, and at once robust and mellow. Since it's not buried under a mountain of graham cracker, it is able present more fully on both the front and back sides of the vape. Complimenting the tobacco is a realistic honey flavor, the same one Seduce uses in their Honey Blu Blu, which astounded me then (and now) with it's natural, sweet, nectar like flavor. There's the expected, and welcome addition of graham cracker, which provides a satiating bread-like quality, as well as a note of chocolate, all of which present at their fullest on the finish. There seems to be a bit more going on here, subtle complimentary notes, perhaps a touch of vanilla(?), but the layers are intricate, tightly woven, and individual components beyond what I described are difficult to pull from the mix.

What separates this juice from similar flavors, from other vendors, is the wide expanse of flavors, both forefront and background, and the different ways in which they present. With each vape, the individual notes seem to dance around each other, presenting for brief periods, at different moments in the vape. The chocolate, for example, makes a brief appearance right at the top of the exhale, fades into the back, and then presents again more completely on the finish. The honey and graham flavors fill in the holes that the chocolate leaves behind before coming back together with the chocolate on the finish for a sweet, toasty, rich flavor. With a very solid throat hit and as much vapor as I've seen from a 50/50 blend, Jango demonstrates the remarkable skill level from Seduce, this relative newcomer to the eliquid community. The juice has all the signs of a well mixed, carefully thought out flavor profile as the balance between the earthy tobacco tones and sweeter top notes create a sense of parity and continuity of flavor, as well as an overall profile that is immensely satisfying. As with most complex, finely layered tobacco blends, the sweet spot is subjective. I preferred to keep this juice fairly cool in the ProVari, my standard VV/VW reviewing rig. While it can handle much more wattage, I preferred the balance of flavor at 9.6w of 4.9v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This is still enough wattage to produce that solid throat hit and plumes of vapor. I ran it through just about every set-up I own to see how it fared and what I preferred, but in the end, I came back to the Nemesis/Nimbus rig. The Nimbus was built with dual Kanthal coils on XC-116 clocking in at .39Ω. With the dual 1/16" intakes, Jango had no issues keeping up with the more intense wattage this set-up delivers with an explosion of sweet, aromatic tobacco and all the complimentary notes, a very solid, but not uncomfortable throat hit, and tremendous clouds from a 50/50 blend.

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perfect Indigo Vapor Oorah, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Despite having several of Indigo's tobaccos maturing in my steeping drawer, it's been a little while since I've been able to find the time to get to any of them. A new vendor that had promised to have their juice over to me fell behind and a spot opened up in the review schedule, providing me an opportunity to delve into the one that got away...the juice I've heard so many rave reviews for, the juice that I'm embarrassed it's taken me this long to get to, Oorah.

Despite being vastly different beasts, the two tobacco e-liquids that I've tasted (and reviewed) from Indigo already have a singular common thread, an uncanny resemblance to the genuine article, and Oorah is no different. It opens with an aromatic, mellow, sophisticated tobacco, with soft, smooth undertones and a toasted, almost nutty, earthy quality. It has a sweet, honeyed note to it that slowly fades into a very light hint of the graham cracker flavor to come. The top of the exhale is where the juice gains even greater body, with a deeper, heavier, more potent tobacco blend that immediately gives the profile body, depth, and a little backbone to boot. The more rugged tobacco tone continues towards the tail end of the exhale, until mere moments from the time that the last of the cloud escapes...which is where the profile takes it's final twist and things get a bit sweeter again as the graham cracker fully enters the profile, in all it's sweet, honeyed, almost bread-like glory. The graham flavor persists into the finish, leaving behind a shadow of sweetness that continues to develop and change for what seems like an eternity. This is not the blatant, obvious graham cracker flavor present in a bottle of Boba's or similarly styled e-liquids, it's lighter, more ethereal, divine. The particular note is difficult to describe, but wholly natural, a perfect replica, akin to the flavor left in your mouth 30 seconds after you've polished off a graham cracker. It's almost the suggestion of graham...like tasting the idea of the cookie-like cracker without having actually eaten one. The honey sweetened, toasted wheat notes are there, intensely for a fraction of a second before they begin dissipating on the tongue.

While I try to steer clear of opinions in these reviews, this juice, Oorah, is in my own opinion, Indigo's crowning achievement. It's as if they want to tease you with each flavor as it comes and goes from the profile. The juice evokes an emotional response, a need for "just one more vape", a need to taste each broad stroke, and every subtle detail again and again. It's tobacco perfection, plain and simple.

Like some of the other flavors I've reviewed from Indigo, in order to get the most out of this juice, you need to put some heat up against it. Sure, it's a tasty vape at 8-9 watts, there's no question, but it comes off as more of a straight tobacco blend...a damn good one, but the wide array of subtle nuances aren't as pronounced as they are with some additional wattage. On the Provari topped with a 2.5Ω atomizer, I spent most of my time with it at 5.2-5.3v yielding 10.8-11.2 watts, which brings all of the flavors to their individual peaks, produces an immense, but not uncomfortable throat hit, and voluminous clouds of thick, dense vapor. With my mech/RBA rig, I wanted to see just how far I could push this one. I used a Nemesis topped with a Nimbus, modded with dual 1/16" air intake, and made a dual twisted 28ga kanthal coil at .45Ω, wrapped on XC-116. The result was heavenly. Every flavor is amplified in perfect symmetry. The graham cracker remains a soft highlight to the pair of complimentary tobaccos with throat hit and vapor production going straight off the charts. Juice like this is rare, and vendors like Indigo, who earn not just one, but three perfect scores in the tobacco category (that's every tobacco I've reviewed from them so far) are unique. I don't say this often here, but for tobacco lovers, this is an absolute must try, and for those who enjoy a high quality tobacco vape every now and again, don't be surprised if you find Oorah your ADV.

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superhappyface The Vapor Chef Slartibartfast, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Before we get rolling on this review, I think with a juice named Slartibartfast, it would be prudent to address it's origins. Despite the minor drawback of putting my nerd roots on display, Slartibartfast is a character from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. He is part of a race that designs planets, including Earth, and he's quite good at his job winning an award for his work on the Norwegian coastline. The Vapor Chef has two other flavors (at the time of this review) that are named after characters from the book, both of which will be reviewed as well.

With that out of the way, let's get started on what's important here, the juice. While Slartibartfast is on the tobacco page of this website (and TVC's as well), it's important to note that there is a great deal more going on in this profile. The predominant notes, and those that appear immediately on the inhale, are really the highlights of the blend. Three different flavors come together to form a singular, cohesive profile that is loaded with it's own depth, character and sophistication. The first, and most pronounced, a rich, sweet vanilla, flows seamlessly into a slightly tart black cherry that brings along its own light sweetness, both of which are accompanied by the unmistakable, earthy, lightly caramelized flavor of Oak barrel aging. Like many of the other "enhanced" tobacco e-liquids, the flavor of the leaf is secondary to the additional components. On it's own, it's smooth and mild, much like a mellow pipe tobacco. The flavor is unquestionably a strong part of the profile, but it's not the lead player. Instead it compliments the cherry, vanilla, and Oak with a solid, immensely satisfying toasted note that lends the juice body, a sense of fullness, and a superb sense of balance.

With TVC's impressive fruit and candy flavors, I was expecting a well made tobacco, but I wasn't anticipating a tobacco that was on the same level as flavors like Honey Pearry and Hobbes Blood. The reality here is that, while this is not a straight, pure, stiff tobacco, the mild sweetness, unique utilization of Oak, and rich creamy vanilla, create a blend that stands on it's own two feet, and stands proud. Don't let the name fool you, this juice brings a mature sense of sophistication and class to TVC's more playful catalog.

With most tobacco flavors that get a little boost from the sweeter complimentary notes, it's all about total wattage. With Slartibartfast, wattage has little affect on the overall flavor. I vaped this juice all over the normal vaping wattage spectrum (and beyond), and while the tobacco becomes slightly more potent with additional heat, the difference is negligible. In the ProVari/510 dripper rig, I spent most of my time with it at an even 10 watts (5v on a 2.5Ω atty), but again VV/VW is not really required to eke out the best flavor. I also had it in my 50w 10 amp capable VV mod (The Duke by Goss) topped with a dual coiled Nimbus (drilled to dual 1/16" air intakes) at .9Ω and put about 35 watts through it with no flavor degradation to speak of. All elements of the juice remained bright and true, while producing a stout throat hit and thick, dense clouds of vapor.

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superhappyface Potion Vape Temple, US

Potion Vape has impressed me with the first two flavors I reviewed from them, both fruity blends scoring exceptionally well for a new vendor. The final flavor they sent over was a bit different however. From the nose I could tell it was a tobacco, but since the juice hadn't even been released to the public at the time I began this review (it should be available by the date of publication) I had nothing else to go on. To be honest, I like having as little outside information as possible, it keeps my reviews from clean of any subconscious cues I might receive from other reviewers, as well as the vendors own description. So with the cobalt blue glass dripper bottle in hand, along with a freshly coiled Nimbus and brand new standard 510 dripping atty, I sat down for my first tasting session. Although I can't say why, I was expecting a sweet, graham cracker-y tobacco, so this one threw me for a loop on the first vape. Instead of the mild, 'enhanced' tobacco I had been anticipating, this one is anything a long way from subtle with the stiff, earthy, ashy tobacco flavor front and center. It's got the familiar flavor of a freshly opened pack of cigarettes just as you pull the foil from the box. Backing up the intensely realistic, deep, nutty tobacco notes is a slightly sweet, mild liquor type flavor that could be a bourbon or brandy, I can't say for certain, but it compliments the tobacco quite well. The whole experience plays perfectly if an authentic tobacco is what you crave. I'm often asked to recommend a juice for folks just picking up vaping, those hoping to kick analogs for good, and while I've cautioned these people against looking for the flavor of combustion, I've never had a really great answer for the vapers who tell me that all the tobacco flavors they've tried are too sweet...now, I do. This is a dry, robust, genuine tobacco flavor. It performs well all along the normal vaping wattage spectrum in a VV/VW set-up. I spent most of my time with it at almost 11 watts or 5.2v on a 2.5Ω atty, but it can handle even more heat if you so desire. In the Nemesis/IGO-W, dual coiled with twisted 28ga Kanthal at .5Ω on XC-116, this juice performs like a beast with bold, dark, rich flavor, an intense throat hit, and very good vapor production to boot.

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superhappyface DB Liquids StrawberRY4, US, 50/50 PG/VG

After a stunning flavor profile from DB's BlueberRY4, the first and only fruited RY4 I've ever tasted, I eager to see what he could do with another fruit flavored RY4 base. This time, the folks over at DB Liquids sent over their StrawberRY4, and while I was expecting a similar flavor breakdown as the BlueberRY4, this one is entirely it's own beast. Where the blueberry base in that juice was closer to the center of attention, the strawberry flavor here adds a subtle sweet fruity flavor to the complex notes of a traditional RY4. The berry component used by DB used in the mix is a sweet, jelly or jam-like flavor, almost reminiscent of pie filling or the strawberry syrup slathered on any self-respecting shortcake. It's complimented beautifully by a very sweet caramel with a subtle notes of vanilla giving the juice an almost maple like quality. Like the BlueberRY4, the tobacco is far from overwhelming, allowing the sweeter fruit and caramel notes to present in a well-balanced, structured profile that demonstrates a skilled juicer taking on a unique flavor combination. The juice opens with a very realistic caramel flavor on the inhale that yields to the mild acidity and bright fruity flavor of strawberry at the top of the exhale. The vanilla notes begin to present shortly after the berry flavor leading to a finish that sees all the flavors come together into a solitary, decadent blend that is incomparable to anything I've previously reviewed with the exception of the BlueberRY4 from the same mixer. These are unique flavor combinations and while there are no extra points awarded here for difficulty, pairings like these represent a certain confidence and skill set that go above and beyond what I see on a daily basis in these reviews. The fact that these juices are also wild successful to boot is merely the icing on the cake for DB Liquids. As is often the case with "enhanced" tobacco flavors, total wattage will have a strong impact on the flavor profile you will get. At lower wattage the tobacco flavor is almost completely absent. Crank it up a bit and it becomes much more apparent, although never becoming the dominating flavor in the profile. In my VV reviewing rig, I preferred the StrawberRY4 at an even 10w or 5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which yields a moderate throat hit and a very large cloud of vapor. I also ran it through the mech mod/RDA rig (modified ERA, twisted 28ga kanthal at .8Ω on 2mm Ekowool) and enjoyed the rich, fruity flavor immensely. As expected, this also increases the throat hit exponentially, as well as producing outrageous plumes of vapor.

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superhappyface DB Liquids BlueberRY4, US, 50/50 PG/VG

As a vaper who has been at this little hobby/habit for almost 4 years (as of the time of this review) and a reviewer now for almost 18 months, it's becoming quite rare for me to see anything that hasn't been done before. That's not to say there isn't an enormous amount of variety out there, because with all these vendors, there's plenty, but often the variety is in how each vendor makes their version of a particular juice. A flavor like Pina Colada can differ wildly from one vendor to the next, but that's not really the kind of variety I'm talking about here. I'm talking about something totally new, with bold, unexpected combinations of flavors, that are skillfully built from the ground up to create something the likes of which the vaping community at large is wholly unaccustomed to...those big, new ideas are rapidly (and sadly) becoming a thing of the past. So when I received the latest collection of juice from DB liquids, a newer vendor with some initial promising reviews, I was shocked to see the label on this bottle, BlueberRY4. I thought about the juice quite a bit during the 3 week long steeping process, but I continued to have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of a fruit forward RY4 based e-liquid.

When the day finally arrived that the BlueberRY4 was ready for review, I woke up, took care of the usual morning routine, and went straight for the steeping drawer to retrieve the bottle that had been the subject of hours upon hours of curiosity. Since every bottle spends the final night of steeping uncapped, my steeping drawer will usually smell like whatever juice is ready for review, and I gotta say, that morning, the whole room smelled quite intriguing, with about a 50/50 split of deep fruity berry to a blend of the classic RY4 traits of caramel and tobacco. I opted to start the review process by running this juice through a mech mod/RBA (Bilby from Slumberland Industries, twisted 28ga kanthal coil at .7Ω, on XC-116 wick) first, to get a general feel for the flavors before moving it into the standard reviewing rig for a more in depth analysis. I was concerned that the more extreme wattage might be a bit much for the blueberRY4, but the flavor was not only intriguing, it was truly divine. I had been expecting a strong blueberry flavor upfront, with the RY4 coming through on the back end, but instead, the juice has a surprisingly cohesive profile throughout the entirety of the vape, with all flavors presenting at a seemingly even ratio. It's easy enough to pick out the individual flavors from the blend, but there is a sense of unity, as if the flavors were meant to be together. The tobacco flavor is fairly mild, in a classic Asian tobacco style, with a subtle earthy flavor. It's complimented beautifully by the caramel and vanilla notes that define the RY4 style, all of which come together to help highlight the sweeter, blueberry notes. The berry itself contains elements of both a natural and candy-like berry flavor, but leans a bit more closer to the candied side of the spectrum, almost like a sweet blueberry pie filling. What I find most impressive about DB's BlueberRY4, in addition to the novel creation itself, is the way the tobacco and fruit seem to play off one another. First you taste the caramel and tobacco, a moment later the berry, and then immediately, it all just melds seamlessly into this singular flavor with the deep, earthy lows from the tobacco and caramel, alongside the bright, fruity tones from the berry, and a graceful sense of balance is achieved as the light acidity from the fruit cuts through the sticky sweet caramel.

Overall, this is one of the more interesting juices I've reviewed, and easily one of strangest combinations I've come across, but when all is said and done, the flavors play exceptionally well together in both a mechanical high wattage (25 w) rig, and in more conventional set-ups. In a standard dripping atomizer with a VV/VW mod, the sweet spot is all about preference. At lower wattage the blueberry is bigger, bolder, and brighter with the tobacco, caramel and vanilla riding shotgun. If you want a more RY4-centric profile from this juice, cranking up the wattage a bit will help to coax those flavors into the driver's seat. I preferred it at 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atomizer yielding a total of 9.2 watts. This produces a good sense of parity among the flavors, in addition to a moderate throat hit, and a thick, dense cloud of vapor.

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superhappyface Hurricane Vapor Toasted Amber Tobacco, US, 50/50 PG/VG

With new vendors sprouting up like weeds on a seemingly daily basis, finding reputable vendors that are mixing high quality, complex flavorful e-liquid is becoming more of a challenge. Each and every time we throw down our hard earned cash, for juice from a vendor we know little to nothing about, we might as well be letting it ride on the roulette table...there's enough quality juice out there that you could conceivably win big, but it's just as likely that you'll end up a loser, holding a weak, uninteresting, one dimensional bottle of juice that you simply don't care for. That line of thinking was always the inspiration behind this website, making sure you had at least an idea of what to expect before making a purchase. Of course when I began this little journey, there were far fewer vendors than there are today, which is still fewer than there will be tomorrow. Fortunately, a good number of these newer vendors approach me about reviewing their juice, like Hurricane did not too long ago. I've already had a chance to taste and review a couple of their flavors and have been quite impressed with the quality and complexity of the two flavors I've had, particularly the deep, sophisticated Galleta Dulce, which is unique, with rich complex tones. With both of Hurricane's reviews written for sweeter style juices, one a fruit and cream, the other a bakery style vape, I was eager to see how they fared when it came to tobacco flavors, a decidedly different style of mixing that requires a bit more skill to mix than a simple fruity vape. With two different tobacco flavors from Hurricane in line for review, I opted to start with their Toasted Amber Tobacco simply because it sounded downright tasty, and after just a single vape, there is no doubt that it is just that and more. The Toasted Amber Tobacco opens with a light sweetness that is graceful and complex, not easily identifiable as honey or maple, for example, just a general sweet, natural clean flavor. A nuttiness begins to enter the profile at the very top of the exhale adding a savory note along with a full, rich, remarkably smooth tobacco component. The tobacco used by Hurricane is exceptional in that it conveys the full scope of the rich, bold notes that a high quality tobacco flavor can encompass, while managing to keep the the bold, in-your-face potency that many blended tobacco flavors are built around, well in check. This masterful blend allows the sweet and nutty elements of the composition to persist through the exhale and into the long, well balanced finish that is the highlight of this juice. While I've tasted quite a few magnificent tobacco flavors recently, the flavor of the Toasted Amber stands alone in that it is soft, mild and mellow, yet full-bodied, complex, and rich with the flavor of natural tobacco highlighted by a savory, nutty sweetness with an intensely satisfying bread-y note. The sweet spot with this juice is quite wide, but I preferred to vape the Toasted Amber at 5.4v on a 2.5Ω atty yielding a little over 11.5 watts. Not only does this wattage make for a tasty, well balanced tobacco vape, it also packs in a strong yet smooth throat hit, and produces a good sized cloud of vapor. This juice was also able to produce the same rich, complex flavors in a mech mod/RDA rig with a sub-Ω coil (twisted 28ga kanthal on XC-116 at .7Ω) without issue.

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medium D and D Vapor The Cap'm, US, 50/50 PG/VG

This is my third review in the D and D Vapor series after the first two, Swedish Fish and Caramel Corn performed fairly well, but came off a bit one-noted, lacking any real depth of flavor. Those first two flavors had something in common in that they were both of the sweeter variety while this juice, The Cap'm, is a tobacco based e-liquid, pipe tobacco to be more specific. Much like the previous two bottles of juice I reviewed from D and D, The Cap'm is tasty, and does a reasonably good job of duplicating the genuine article with earthy tobacco tones and a sweet honey top note, but overall, it comes off a bit less solid, less hearty than I'd prefer. For a tobacco, even a pipe or 'enhanced' tobacco flavor, The Cap'm comes off a touch too sweet with the overwhelming majority of that sweetness originating from the honey portion of the profile which tends to dominate over the richer, more realistic pipe tobacco base, which brings along with it a sweetness unto itself. The final note of the profile is a decent vanilla flavor, but regardless of wattage, it is quite difficult to eke out much of the vanilla notes from the profile. Overall, this juice is a long way from bad, it's actually quite tasty. That being said however, it's not terribly complex, lacking the full breadth of flavors that are often added to tobacco-based vapes to lend the profile a bit more depth, character, and body. A bit of savory nutty flavors or even a more balanced sense of sweetness, incorporating additional components like a more pronounced vanilla note or substituting some of that honey for a touch of maple could do the profile a bit of a favor, but as is, I find myself wanting more from this juice. As with most tobacco based e-liquid, total wattage has a fairly significant effect on the profile. At lower wattage, the sweetness is even more pronounced with the tobacco riding shotgun. At higher wattages however, the sweetness from the honey eases off a bit, allowing the sweet mild pipe tobacco to play front and center. I preferred The Cap'm just over 11.5w or 5.4v on a 2.5Ω atomizer, which not only provides the vape with a greater overall sense of balance, but also produces a nice size cloud of vapor with a extremely smooth throat hit for a tobacco based juice. The Cap'm has no issues in sub-Ω mech mod/RDA rig. I had it in on a modified IGO-L with increased air intakes set-up with twisted 28ga kanthal on XC-116 clocking in at .7Ω and found no loss of flavor on this set-up versus my standard reviewing rig.

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perfect The Plume Room Candied Cavendish, US, 30/70 PG/VG

The term Cavendish refers to a method of preparing certain types of (usually) American tobacco for pipe smoking. The process is a fairly simple one of applying heat and pressure to cut tobacco and then allowing the resulting product to ferment. This process enhances the natural sugars that are present in any tobacco resulting in a sweeter, more enjoyable experience. The process of curing tobacco in this fashion has been around for over 400 years, and while the process itself is not terribly complex, the flavor that it can produce most certainly is. The Plume Room has taken this tobacco, a Cavendish style Virginia leaf, and naturally extracted the flavor into a house made concentrate for use in their Candied Cavendish e-liquid, and the results are nothing short of extraordinary. The vape is rich with the full bodied earthy flavor of what can only be naturally extracted tobacco (NET) with a sweet fruity note on the exhale and finish. While this is first and foremost a tobacco juice, with the same rich, sweet smell I remember from the pipe tobacco my uncle favored when I was a kid, the candied fruit adds a different dimension to the profile that compliments the natural flavor of the leaf and creates something greater than the sum of it's parts. While fruited tobacco flavors are nothing new to the vaping community at large, few vendors have approached the flavor from this perspective of taking an already notably sweet base tobacco, and adding a good deal of additional candied fruit flavor on top of that. On paper, this juice may sound like a sticky sweet mess, but the execution is flawless. The Plume Room has created an e-liquid in which all of the strong, resonant, aromatic tobacco notes are beautifully complimented by the rich, lush flavor of sweet candied banana (think banana runts). While the front end of the vape contains hints of the dry earthy tobacco to come, it's the banana flavor that presents first, in the moment just before the vapor is let go, with bright, high, fruity notes. As the exhale is completed, the stout tobacco begins to take hold, melding perfectly with the candy-like banana, creating a round, full profile as the sweet and smokey flavors intertwine for a long, balanced finish, As with most tobacco, the Candied Cavendish can withstand quite a bit of wattage before suffering any flavor degradation. The banana is bit more fragile however, and is best enjoyed closer to 9.5-10w (4.9-5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer). If you prefer a bit less of the sweet banana flavor in favor of a more robust tobacco, you can crank up the wattage a bit and vape away. At 9.5-10w the flavor is at it's most balanced, while providing a very hearty throat hit and producing a thick, dense cloud of vapor.

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superhappyface The Vapor Room TVR Tobacco, US, 50/50 PG/VG

While The Vapor Room doesn't go so far as to actually compare their flavors to brands of analogs, they do recommend some of their tobacco flavors based on the brand of cigarettes one previously smoked, a practice that I think does a bit of a disservice to both the vendor and the customer. The fact is there is no e-liquid on the market that I'm aware of, that tastes like a burning cigarette. An analog literally burns with the flavor of combusting tobacco (in addition to god knows what else). Even if there were a juice that perfectly mimicked that singular flavor of a burning cigarette, other than folks that are just making the transition over to vaping, I'm not sure how many of us would really care to vape that type of flavor with any kind of regularity. That being said, TVR Tobacco tastes far superior to any analog I ever smoked. It's got a very natural tobacco flavor that's quite mild in nature, perhaps the lightest I've had since starting this website. The lightly sweet, mellow tobacco flavor is given a bit more backbone with a hint of nuttiness that provides an additional earthy note that gives the profile a fuller, rounder feel. While there's nothing particularly extraordinary about this juice, it is a tasty, high quality blend and a great example of how realistic a tobacco flavor can taste without the addition of heavy doses of sweet flavors like maple, caramel and vanilla that many tobacco e-liquids are laden with. It's clean and light with a certain grassy quality that tastes a bit like the way an analog smells when it's first pulled from a fresh pack. In addition, it also has an incredible tolerance to heat. At one point during the testing, I took this juice up to almost 14 watts without any real flavor degradation. I settled in on a more reasonable sweet spot just over 11.5 watts or 5.4v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which yielded plenty of mild, nutty tobacco notes, the stiff throat hit one would expect from most tobacco based e-liquid, and while the vapor production was good, it was short of what I had been expecting from a 50/50 blend at 11 watts.

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superhappyface ProVape Premium Gold Rush, US

Like most people who have made the leap and sprung for the Cadillac of US made PVs, I myself make no secret of my love for my ProVari, in fact, I use one for every one of these reviews. That being said, few people talk much about ProVapes line of juice so I have been steadily working my way through their juice submissions and have, so far, been quite impressed. I was eager to move on to one of their tobacco e-liquids and decided to start with their Gold Rush, described by ProVape as a "555 taste wrapped in a sweeter and more complex flavor profile". While that's not a bad description of the flavors I get here, the nuttiness of the 555 is merely good, not stupendous. The interesting part of this juice comes just as the rich nutty favors peak during the exhale, slowly losing their intensity to a fresh, almost piney, woodsy, musky flavor with a interesting high note. For the first few minutes, it comes off as a fairly odd combination with a good deal of flavor dissonance, but the unique character of the blend grows on you fairly quickly. The secondary component is one I wish I could find the words to describe a bit better, but it's difficult since it doesn't come off as any food or tobacco I've ever tasted. If I had to guess what they might be using in the mix, I'd say it's Latakia tobacco blend, but that is little more than a speculation at best. The overall profile has a sweet, fresh flavor that is unique and intriguing. It has a very wide range across the normal wattage vaping spectrum, but I preferred it a bit over 9 watts or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atty. That voltage yields a nice balance of flavor, a solid throat hit, and an above average cloud of vapor.

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superhappyface Heather's Heavenly Vapes Serendipity, US, 50/50 PG/VG

The word serendipity refers to a pleasant surprise, or more accurately discovering something good, quite by accident. The Serendipity flavor from Heather's couldn't have a more precise name. It came into existence when the vendor was extracting tobacco flavor for their Gandalf e-liquid and accidentally left the tobacco base in the extraction medium for too long. As the Gandalf flavor, like most tobacco based juice, requires a good deal of steeping time (I was told by one reader to let mine steep for 3 weeks at a minimum before vaping) it took some time for anyone to notice the mistake. Once some of the regular customers began vaping the juice, they noticed the difference, and liked it, thus Serendipity was born. The juice itself, like Gandalf, is a natural extraction from pure tobacco, pipe tobacco to be precise. The front side of the vape is smooth and mellow with a rich, deep cocoa flavor and a smooth, mellow tobacco that takes hold on the exhale. Having never been a pipe smoker, I can't speak directly to the relative similarity of the two, but I can say it has the flavor and aromatic profile I would attribute to pipe tobacco, with a mild sweet fruitiness, a subtle nuttiness, and a long smoky, grassy finish. The cocoa notes present again on the finish complimenting the sweet, smoky pipe tobacco quite well putting forward an overall flavor profile that is deep and full bodied. I preferred the Serendipity a bit over 9.5 watts, or 4.9v on a 2.5Ω atomizer, which produced substantial depth of flavor, a good solid throat hit, and a very respectable cloud of thick, fluffy vapor.

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superhappyface e-Joose Dead or Alive, US, 70/30 PG/VG

While this website is still less than a year old (at the time of this review), certain patterns have already begun to emerge. One thing that tends to occur with some regularity, is that new vendors (some that send their juice before their website has even launched) submit a handful of flavors that are fairly basic in their composition. While they're seldom atrocious, they're also rarely extraordinary. eJoose however, decided to do things a bit differently, submitting over a single bottle called Dead or Alive. One could easily overlook the monikers nod to a couple of other well-known juices with cult-like followings, Bounty Hunter and Boba's Bounty, but after making the connection I was a bit surprised that the one flavor eJoose opted to submit was this complex tobacco based blend that already has some stiff competition. After only a single vape, my surprise quickly turned to astonishment. eJoose created an absolutely perfectly balanced, full flavored, sweet tobacco that is easily in the same class as the big boys, if not better. The tobacco is spectacularly smooth and mellow, but the sweeter side of the juice steals the show with exceptional depth and character, as well as a rich, almost molasses like dark sweetness that gives this juice an exceptional profile. While I hesitate to surmise that everything eJoose makes is as good as this, as an introduction to a new vendor, I can't imagine a better first impression than this. Dead or Alive is so well crafted, I wouldn't be surprised to someday see it with a following similar to that of the other tobacco blends that have garnered legendary cult-like status. While this juice can be pushed slightly higher, I got the best flavor out of it at just under 9 watts, or 4.7v on a 2.5Ω atomizer, which not only provides balanced, deep flavor, but also provides an exceptional throat hit and a large cloud of vapor.

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superhappyface Vermillion River e-Juice Kentucky Premium Blend, US

The Vermillion River Kentucky Premium has been sitting in the "Waiting to be Reviewed" box for quite awhile now steeping and steeping. I had almost reviewed it several times and for some reason, I just picked out something else instead. The label's not particularly flashy, and it's a relatively small 4.5ml glass bottle, so it was easy to overlook. Had I known what this small, unassuming little brown bottle contained inside, I never would have let it go for this long. Vermillion describes this juice as a "smooth classic tobacco taste combined with very subtle caramel and nutty undertones", and while I can see how that description fits the bill, as with most sweet tobacco blends, the profile depends entirely on the wattage. First I'll run through the individual components, and then get into which flavors are most dominant at which wattage. The tobacco base is quite smooth, with just touch of tannin that lends the flavor a bit more body, and contrast the sweet flavors that play strong supporting roles in the overall profile. The secondary player is a rich, creamy, and indulgent caramel flavor that highlights the tobacco beautifully. Rounding out the profile is a subtle nuttiness flavor reminiscent of hazelnuts (which is what Vermillion includes in the picture used on their website for this juice) but it has more of a blended nut, almost bread-y, full flavor to it, rather than a straight hazelnut. The end result is a rich, smooth, creamy, nutty blend that is quite versatile depending on where along the wattage spectrum you decide to vape it. I preferred it at 8.5 watts, or 4.6v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This allows the sweeter flavors to become more dominant, and leads to a caramelized nuttiness with a pancake or waffle-like sweet, malty flavor. Bumping up the voltage to 4.9v, yielding a total wattage just over 9.5w, leads to a completely different profile where the tobacco dominates and the sweet caramel and nut flavors play lesser roles, but are far from absent. Even at higher wattage, the vapor remains quite smooth delivering some throat hit, but not a particularly powerful one. In the same vain, vapor production is more abundant at higher wattage, but it's also not extraordinary. The real star of Vermillion's Kentucky Premium Blend is the flavor, and in that regard, it delivers in spades.

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perfect Indigo Vapor The Duke, US, 50/50 PG/VG

This is far from the first review I've written for Indigo's line of gourmet e-liquid, but with the exception of their Captain Ron, the others have all been for sweet, mostly fruity flavors. The Duke is Indigo's take on the classic straight tobacco e-juice and while they have generated quite a bit of buzz around some of their other flavors, particularly the Blue Ice and Captain Ron, The Duke has simply not spawned the same amount of chatter in the various vaping forums, but if you're looking for a big, rich, true tobacco e-liquid, look no further. While the latest trend in tobacco flavors has been leaning heavily towards the sweeter side, with many vendors putting an emphasis on additional components like caramel and vanilla, Indigo is bucking the trend, and going old school with a ridiculously smooth, bold, straightforward tobacco, that shifts the focus back to the leaf and lets the flavor carry the juice from start to finish. The flavor is remarkably true, invoking memories of the way a fresh pack of analogs smelled right as the foil is torn, or the way a fresh cigar smells of pure unadulterated tobacco. Helping to round out the flavor profile is a subtle, deep nuttiness that adds a sense of fullness and body while rounding out the earthy spice and acidity that the tobacco flavor imparts. All said, this is one of the purest, straight tobacco flavors I've had to date, and it's positively loaded with big, robust flavor. Like most tobacco based e-liquid, the sweet spot is quite wide making the juice a great option for those with or without variable voltage devices. I preferred it at an even 10 watts or 5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which produced a tremendous throat hit, with enormous clouds of big, bold vapor.

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superhappyface Alien Visions e-Juice Boba's Bounty, US, 100% VG

There are some e-liquids that, for one reason or another, have managed to create a legendary following for themselves within the vaping community. Names like Pluid and Bounty Hunter spring to mind, but right alongside those two is Boba's Bounty from Alien Visions e-Juice. Boba's is, for the most part, more widely available than some of the other juices that have a similar cult-like following, but due to some recent complications at Alien Visions, it's been rather hard to get for the past couple of months. Despite constant monitoring of the AVE juice website and the near total destruction of my F5 key, I was never able to get a bottle in the cart and paid for, until now. Having been advised that Boba's does not require any steeping and is actually tastier when fresh, I gave it a day and dove right in. I vaped the juice on and off for about a week and sampled it periodically for another 3 weeks, finding the sweeter components of the juice peaking on days 4-6 of the first week. By week 3, the time I normally allow most juice to steep before I even begin reviewing it, the overall profile gets a bit more mellow and far more tobacco-centric. When described in the various forums, Bobas tends to generate flavor profiles all over the map. A large part of the reason for these varying descriptions can be attributed to the differences in steeping times, the wattage at which it's vaped, and the nuances of the tobacco flavor itself, which incorporates a subtle undertone of cocoa, hints of nuttiness, and a light toasted malt flavor. The front end of the vape isn't particularly flavorful excepting a general sweetness and a light touch of the smooth, slightly nutty tobacco. The back side on the other hand, is where all the action takes place. While many of you may have heard people say that it tastes this or that, make no mistake about Boba's, it is first and foremost a tobacco juice, albeit an extremely smooth one with a heavy dosing of sweet, complimentary flavors backing it up. Rather than presenting individually, the additional components of honey and vanilla, in addition to a sweet, malty, almost bread-y type of flavor, and quite possibly, a touch of marshmallow to smooth it all out, help to create a flavor that many vapers liken to golden grahams or s'mores. While those analogies are close, they're not quite on the nose as it's a bit more sophisticated than that. The finish has another unusual note that picks up a bit more volume at higher voltage, and while it sounds like an odd component to the profile, a sweet dried fruit undertone that resembles the flavor of raisins or figs is quite clearly a player in the sweeter side of the mix. The overall profile could be described as RY4's older, wiser, more refined, and far more mellow brother. So does it live up to the hype? If we're going to be honest, nothing could live up to the hype that surrounds Boba's, but it's still one seriously tasty juice. Like a lot of complex blended tobaccos, the sweet spot is entirely what you make of it, as the individual flavor components present in different ratios along the normal vaping wattage spectrum. The sweeter flavors dominate the profile at lower wattages, so much so, that the tobacco side could be overlooked by some at 8 watts (4.4-4.5v on a 2.5Ω atomizer) or so. At higher wattage, the smooth tobacco becomes more pronounced while the sweeter flavors act in supporting roles adding depth and character. I preferred it just short of 10.5 watts or 5.1v on a 2.5Ω atomizer, which yielded a mellow blend of both sweet and tobacco flavors, a substantial cloud of lingering vapor (although not quite as large as I had been expecting from the 100% VG juice), and while the throat hit was decent, particularly for an all VG e-liquid, it can't be described as anything more than average.

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perfect Indigo Vapor Captain Ron, US, 50/50 PG/VG

Indigo Vapor is the latest vendor to throw their hat into the ring of gourmet e-juice providers. With the launch of their new website, they submitted some of their juice for review, including this one, Capt. Ron. It is a banana tobacco flavor with an additional component that helps to set this one apart from the increasingly cluttered field of fruit/tobacco mixes. Focusing first on the two predominant flavors, the juice is composed around a very smooth tobacco that tastes like a honey-cured variety with complex sweet and smoky notes that compliment each other beautifully. The banana flavor used by Indigo is also quite sweet, sitting squarely on the candy side of the flavor spectrum, advancing the overall sweetness of the tobacco even further, but still managing to maintain a good sense of symmetry without crossing the border into sticky, cloying sweetness. The elusive final flavor element is a very satisfying light, yet rich, coconut overtone that fully presents on the finish. The coconut could easily be overlooked in that, rather than adding a substantial dose of flavor, it brings more of a creamy mouthfeel that helps to cut through the smokiness of the tobacco flavor, lending the overall profile an exceptional sense of balance. Like most tobacco based juice, this one really shines when you put a little extra heat to it. The sweet spot for me was right around 10 watts, which translates to 5.5V on a 3Ω atomizer. With that set-up, you can expect a tasty blend of sweet smoky flavor, a powerful throat hit, and tremendous clouds of rich, creamy vapor.

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medium Vapor Jam One Louder, US, 100% VG

VaporJam is the new kid on the juice vendor block and they recently sent in a couple of their flavors for review. Being a big fan of Spinal Tap, I had to start with their “One Louder” flavor. The only description from the vendor is “rich, dark, decadent flavors with tobacco overtones.” I'm not really a big fan of vendors that don't like to tell you what flavors are in their juice, as I believe most folks would prefer to know what they're getting before slapping down their hard-earned cash. That being said, onto the juice. With a name like “One Louder” I was really expecting this juice to scream with flavor, but in truth, it's a bit timid. The main component is a chocolate flavor that's natural tasting, but lacks depth and character and comes off tasting a bit generic. The chocolate is accompanied by a light hazelnut flavor, a small touch of vanilla and mild tobacco notes in the finish that come off just a little dry for me. At higher voltage, hints of coffee are also present in the profile but again, they are rather timid. Essentially what we have is a mild RY4 type of blend that is accentuated by a heavy dose of chocolate. There also seems to be a hint of something on the very back end of the finish that has a slight acidity. It may be raspberry, but honestly, it is buried to far beneath the other flavors to be certain it's even there. There is not an overwhelming throat hit here, even at higher voltage, but the juice does produce a hefty cloud.

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superhappyface Value Vapor RY1-4 (The RY Reviews), Dekang, China, 80/20 PG/VG

The RY flavors have a tremendous following of devoted fans with the most popular, by a landslide, being RY4. Among the RY4 fanatics, a debate rages on as to what vendor has the very best RY4, and while in the future, I will be reviewing RY4 juice from other vendors, this review is about the differences and similarities among the RY flavors from the company with the most popular RYs out there, Dekang. I am reviewing these in the same order I tasted them, beginning with RY1 and working my way up to RY4. The RY1 has the highest density of the tobacco flavor but still manages to come off smooth, albeit a tad less smooth than the other RYs. The tobacco flavor itself is a blend quite similar to the taste of an analog, thanks in part, if not in whole, to Dekang's extraction method of using real tobacco leaf rather than a liquid flavoring component. While the sweetness is elusive on the front end, it becomes just a bit more pronounced on the exhale and finish, with hints of caramel and a general nutty flavor that while present, still manages to keep to the back of the overall flavor profile. Moving on to the RY2, the vanilla flavor makes more of an appearance as the tobacco flavors ease up a bit and allow the sweeter, more delicate flavors to move a little closer to the front of the flavor profile. While the natural tobacco is still the overwhelmingly predominant flavor, the overall vape becomes a little less harsh and results in sweeter, more balanced vapor with a slight hint of caramel on the finish. Having had the RY4 on past occasions, and having just finished my initial tasting of the RY2, I expected the RY3 to fall squarely in between the two. Instead, it leans a bit closer to the RY4. There's a very nice sweet flavor that focuses mainly on the nutty caramel aspect and eases up on the tobacco flavors significantly. There can be no doubt that this is first and foremost a tobacco juice, but the flavor makes it's appearance later on in the profile allowing the smooth caramel to present on the front-end. The sweetness fades a bit earlier than I expected and the exhale and finish are made available for the standard tobacco flavor that remains very true to the taste of an analog. While RY1-3 are obvious variations of the same tune, the RY4 is really it's own composition all together. I don't doubt that the same flavors are present in all the RY juice from Dekang, but the RY4 achieves a different level of complexity and balance. Having worked my way up from RY1, it is exceedingly clear why RY4 has such a loyal fan base. In the other RYs, each flavor can be identified and analyzed individually, RY4 however, yields a flavor all it's own with a striking sense of continuity throughout the entire profile. Here, a sweet nutty flavor makes a strong appearance and brings a to mind the darker nutty flavors of a peanut butter cup with mild notes of vanilla and caramel. The tobacco flavor, while still a faint note in the background, is understated allowing the sweeter aspects to become the driving force on both the front and back end of the profile. Rather than give each of these juices a rating on their own, I will provide them with a single set of star ratings. While the flavor profiles of each juice vary, the overall quality remains a constant. If you prefer something on the sweeter side, go with the RY4, if you like a juice with more tobacco flavor and just a touch of the sweetness, opt for RY1. RY2 and 3 are right in between, exactly where you think they would fall. Which one you prefer depends on where your taste lies. They all are packed with flavor, provide a very nice throat hit, and produce a good cloud of vapor.

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superhappyface Value Vapor SEC (Kent), Dekang, China, 80/20 PG/VG

If you're looking to make the transition from analogs to e-cigarettes with an e-liquid that tastes like the real deal, this is your juice. It's an extraordinarily smooth tobacco flavor that's simple, straightforward and very close to simulating an actual cigarette. What sets Dekang apart from the rest of the e-liquid industry is their tobacco flavors. Extracting the flavor from real tobacco leaf makes all the difference in the world when it comes to getting a genuine flavor, and Dekang has that part down to a science. If you're looking for a flue cured or sweet and nutty tobacco, look elsewhere, the SEC is strictly a no frills cigarette flavored juice very reminiscent of a “light” analog. As with most of Dekang's tobacco juice, this has an excellent throat hit and still manages to avoid giving you that scratchy feeling at the back of your throat that some tobacco juice imparts. It also produces a good deal more vapor than I was expecting to see which was a nice bonus.

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medium Juicy Vapor Wake-N-Vape, US, Reduced PG

This one is pretty different from any tobacco blend I've previously tried. It's got a very bold dark roasted coffee flavor on the front end that is not quite natural tasting, but not overly artificial either. The coffee flavor slowly opens up into a slightly sweet, very mellow tobacco with a splash of hazelnut and a small touch of vanilla. While the flavors present in the juice are as described by the folks over at Juicy, the overall balance is not as finely tuned as I would like. The coffee flavor really takes a front seat, muting most of the tobacco, hazelnut, and all but a very faint aftertaste of vanilla. While the overall flavor of the coffee, and therefore the juice, isn't bitter or overly sweet, it is rather flat and lacks the complexity of a top-notch blend. Vapor production is commendable producing a superb cloud, however, the throat hit is average at best.

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superhappyface iVape Sweet Caroline, US, 60/40 PG/VG

Extraordinarily complex, and that is just the tip of the iceberg here. Ivape describes their Sweet Caroline as a honey cured tobacco flavor but it is really so much more than that. There is a very heady tobacco flavor complimented by a rich, sweet, natural honey. The finish here is crisp and surprisingly clean for a honey cured tobacco with hints of black tea and just a slight touch of dry fruitiness on the back end that calls to mind the flavor of ripe peach skin . The proportions are just right to make an excellent all day vape without ever becoming either too sweet or too dry as can happen with less sophisticated cured tobacco juice. The throat hit is more than adequate, but free of the harshness that can accompany tobacco flavors, and vapor production is commendable as well.

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happyface Pink Spot Swagger, US, 30/70 PG/VG (revisited)

(Revisited and revised 5-20-14)

The VaporRater site launched back in May of 2012, but building the website (from the ground up), tasting the juice, and writing the reviews that would be posted at launch began long before that, almost six months before that. At that time, there wasn't anywhere near the number of vendors we have today, and what US vendors were in business at the time, didn't have the extensive catalogs they do nowadays. As a result of the explosive growth, I've decided that some of the older reviews could use a revisit, with the new perspective I've gained from world class vendors like Indigo, The Vapor Chef, Seduce, and Fancee, to name a few; vendors that were just a twinkle in the eye of the owners at the time of the original VaporRater launch. While the main focus of the website will always be to find and review as many juices from as many vendors as possible, I have decided to occasionally take a step back in order to revisit some of the reviews of days gone by, beginning with this one, Pink Spot's tobacco-based classic, Swagger. 

At the time I wrote the first review for Swagger, the flavor quite literally blew me away, but keep in mind that the landscape of quality e-juice was, as I mentioned earlier, fairly desolate, and high quality tobacco flavors in particular, were few and far between. Now that I've had the opportunity to taste flavors like Oorah and The Duke from Indigo, as well as Seduce Juice's Jango and eJoose's Dead or Alive, I just don't see Swagger as being in the same class as those e-liquids. Is it still tasty? Sure it is, but I don't believe it's nearly as well balanced or impressive. As I mentioned in the original review for Swagger, it's a very long way from being a straight tobacco, in fact the tobacco takes a back seat to the sweeter, additional components found in the profile. The flavors that make up Swagger are the now familiar, even commonplace combination of a light, mild tobacco, a particularly sweet and potent vanilla, which when combined with the next flavor, graham cracker, reminds me quite a bit of Nilla Wafers, and the final component, marshmallow. The flavor of the tobacco itself is where I think this review will differ the most from the original. It's quite a long way from anything I would ever refer to as bad, or even below average, but I don't get the same depth, complexity, and character out of this juice that I find in some of the more recent additions to the tobacco categories, particularly flavors like Oorah and Jango that are comprised of similar ingredients, but excel with lively, multi-noted flavor profiles, where Swagger seems to come off as overly sweet, one-noted, and lacking the subtle nuances that make those other e-liquids so special. As far as the tobacco itself, it has a cured leaf type of flavor, sort of the way a cigar tastes before it's lit, but the tobacco is tough to identify beyond that due to the sheer volume of the sweeter components. All said, I don't think I was too far off on my first take with Swagger, but as the e-liquid marketplace continues to grow, coming back to these original, first round reviews will help to shed a little light on where the old guard stands as compared to some of the newer kids on the block. 

Before getting into sweet spot, I think it's worth noting that, in all of the reviews I've conducted, which is over 300 by now, I've never had an aroma linger in the house as long as Swagger does. The marshmallow seems to be the culprit here, so while it's an appealing smell, it's one that doesn't fade particularly fast, so if you're considering stealth vaping this one under your desk, be prepared for the co-workers to start asking "who's cooking s'mores?" for a good 10-15 minutes. When I reviewed this juice the first time around, I spent about 4 hours total with it, a time frame I wouldn't consider sufficient today, so I decided to take as much time as possible with it this go round, and spent almost 5 days tasting (until the bottle was bone dry) in several different devices. Admittedly, the overall flavor was too sweet for me to spend hours on end with it, so I would vape it for a few hours, and then move onto something else for a couple hours before coming back to it. 

On the ProVari/510 dripper rig, I couldn't manage to get all the flavors peaking simultaneously, but I got very close at 9.6w or 4.9v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This produced a good mix of flavors, although still quite sweet, with a stout throat hit and very good vapor production. On the Nemesis, topped with a dual coiled Helios at .45Ω, I found the juice good, but I wanted more. I moved the Helios over to my Duke mod (VV mod with 50w/10a capabilities) and cranked it up to 4.4v, yielding over 40w of pure, lossless power, and while it was good, it never knocked my socks off in the same way I remember it the first time around, which, when you get down to it, is the very reason for these revisited reviews, perspective.

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superhappyface Vape Dudes Banana Tobacco, US, 50/50 PG/VG

There are a fair number of banana tobacco blends out there, but this has to be one of my favorites. As with most tobacco based juice, this one does require a fair amount of time to steep before the flavors meld, but once it comes together, it's magic. Mixing fruit and tobacco can be tricky business as the bold tobacco flavor can easily overpower the delicate fruit leaving behind little more than a sweet aftertaste. This liquid is a notable exception. The natural sweetness of the Vape Dudes tobacco enhances the candy-like banana flavor used in this liquid and the two flavors go together beautifully, although I would have preferred to taste just touch more banana in the mix. The overall result is bold, yet sweet and fruity delivering an excellent throat hit and tremendous clouds of vapor. While probably not an all-day everyday vape for me, it will have a happy home very high up in the rotation.

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medium Vape Dudes Tobaccolicious, US, 50/50 PG/VG

This one was described by the Vape Dudes as candy/tobacco juice, and the image they use on the website is a tobacco leaf surrounded by fruit candies and lollipops. After giving this one some time to steep, my immediate impressions upon opening the bottle were somewhat favorable...it had a sweet, maple syrupy smell to it rather than the fruitiness I had been expecting, but overall it had nice balanced aroma to it. Vaped, the tobacco flavor comes off very strong and a little dry, not leaving very much room for the candy flavor to really shine. It does have a hint of spice and a fair amount of maple caramel flavor, but the bold tobacco is really the driving flavor here and I really didn't pick up much fruitiness at all. While the throat hit is generous and accompanied by copious vapor production I can't say I really enjoyed this one.

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