Drake’s Kentucky – The Ghillie’s Reviews
Price: £5.99 or 3x10ml £15.99
NB: This review was based on a pre-production sample.
This review began with a bit of a shock – but in a good way. Alex from Drake’s very kindly sent me a sample of his new Drakes London liquid that was marked Burley. Yummy, thought I, since the Black Note Forte (Burley) is my favourite in that range and I was keen to make the comparison. So I loaded up with a brand new 1.8Ω coil and waited 5 minutes to let everything settle before taking a long draw at 13W.
Holy Cow – this wasn’t what I expected at all!! Yes, it gave a real mouthful of big, chunky smoke, but what was that flavour? Certainly not any Burley I recognised. So I gave Alex a call. Oooops, he said – apparently, in the excitement of the results with the new Drakes liquids, someone had marked Burley on a sample bottle of Flue-Dried Kentucky and that is what I had been sent. I had never smoked this leaf and so I thought I would give it a whirl, despite my prejudices against cigarette tobaccos.
And what a revelation it has been!! At this point, I should offer a note of caution, since your first few draws will come as a bit of surprise – but in a good way. If, like me, you take pleasure in winter bonfires and chestnuts on hot coals, think of them at your initial encounter with this juice since that is the first impression it is likely to give you. The leaves that have been used to make this NET juice have been flue dried to perfection and the process really comes through with with minimal modesty. Once I had got over the slight initial surprise, I settled into what was becoming a really pleasant encounter.
Soon, the powerful smoky first impression eased back and the other flavours and sensations came into balance – and what a revelation they were. First, a long draw rewarded me with a mouth full of really chunky and substantial smoke with really complex flavours – more like what I would expect from a sizeable cigar than a cigarette. Mixed with the now subdued smokiness lay subtle hints of herb, floral and citrus notes finishing with a slight sweetness on the tongue after exhaling, followed by an enduring, gentle smokiness that lasted for some minutes as a reminder of recent and imminent pleasures. And while it is a pretty substantial vape, it is not overwhelming or tiring; it is an experience of satisfying and luxuriant satisfaction that quickly becomes quite addictive as an all-day vape. I was also impressed that despite all the substance, there was no harshness or irritation in the vape; it was just smooth and rich.
Be in no doubt, while this juice has an abundance of subtleties and pleasures, is a full-on experience and not for the faint-hearted who may have dallied with Silk Cut and other pretend forms of smoking. No; this is a really grown-up experience that, I suspect, will be relished by those who have spent happy and intimate hours with pipes, cigars or the more robust American or Continental cigarettes. It is a particularly good companion to an Islay Malt or a glass of Port
To conclude, this Drakes Kentucky has just leapt into my top two all-time favourite vapes. Whether it stays there is up to the other Drakes e-liquids when they appear – if they are of this quality, its placing may become precarious. And right now, I’m deeply pissed off since the sample bottle has just run out. I want more!!
What is Element E-liquid Tobacconist?
Element E-liquid is an American E-Liquid manufacturing company, which is based in Florida. Currently the company has a very wide variety of juice ranges in their production line. While they have managed to produce two tobacco E-Liquids by now already, you should be aware that this is the first time the company have dedicated an entire range and efforts towards manufacturing them.
All of their E-Liquid is primarily made in the United States of America and it is of very high quality. Element utilises nicotine that is organically extracted from the naturally growing American tobacco plants leaves and they do not artificially create synthetic in the lab. Their juices are Diacetyl free and you will not find any nastiness in these E-liquids at all. Steeping of the juice before it is distributed for sales ensures that it is at its best quality right away. Element Company usually uses Pharma USP Grade Ingredients, which are entirely sourced from highly trusted and reputable names in the pharmaceutical industry.
The new Tobacconist E-Liquids are usually mixed in a range of about 80VG/20PG, thus you should expect tons of clouds. But depending on your personal preferences E-Liquids are also available in a mixture of ration of 50VG/50PG. The juice is packaged and can be purchased in 10ml, 30ml. 6oml and the largest quantity on 125ml bottle sizes, although the larger sizes of the juice package are only intended for the American distribution. I cannot be able to state that the 30ml bottles sizes of this juice are supposed to be 20ml or whatsoever. This is because the photos that are available only show 20ml bottles but the list, which is found on their website reads a bit different something that create a lot of confusion.
We happened to receive five juices from Element in this range in 10ml PET sized bottles, which were featuring a child proof top cap. The larger bottle packages of these juices are usually made from glass and they feature child proof dropper top caps. The labels on the bottles are precisely and smartly done to show all of the typical information that you would expect together with clear warnings and instructions. I personally took time to try out all the juices that were sent for review in a Royal Hunter RDA set up with the help of a 1.0hm single coil wicked with Japanese cotton.
Hazelnut Tobacco has a really delicious tobacco flavour since the juice itself has a creamy quality in it. It is the initial flavour that you get while inhaling and the tobacco flavour is medium in strength. This is followed and coupled with a hazelnut, which is has a natural taste as a distinct and flavoursome although it is not overpowering. In short, the bottom line is the juice two flavours are well balanced with the two flavours complementing each other well. This E-liquid vapour production was excellent and throat hit a mild state to a medium in 3mg strength.
In some ways a mixture if chocolate and tobacco should not always work well but surprisingly, this mixture in this E-liquid does because the mixture is not heavily chocolaty. The chocolate which is used to make this one is not of the dark variety with a slight and distinct bitterness in it. This is then offset by the light tobacco flavour, which has a hint of sweetness something that helps round out the E-liquid overall flavour well. Vapour production was above average and I found that it hit at point where the throat was mild at medium in 3mg strength.
Honey Roasted Tobacco
Among the five flavours that I personally tested this was my favourite although there was some difficulty in choosing between this and the Absinthe Tobacco, which will be discussed later in this article. The flavour of this one is of medium strength distinct tobacco, which is coupled with high quality delicious honey and a very nice sweetness to it that comes through during exhaling, serving to even enhance the juice further rather than overpowering it. When a little amount of heat is applied to it, a sensational vaping is created that is very similar to swallowing a mouthful of warm honey. This kind of juice can go well with almost every glass of whisky when you are looking for something to chill with, although I could vape this juice all day long and I couldn’t dare to put it down.
Black Currant Tobacco
This juice flavour is a bit unusual according to me because it does not come across as that much of a tobacco vape. The flavor is much natural and it is not sweet meaning that it does not have a slight tartness to it. Tobacco which is definitely available is this flavour is heavily blended with the black currant forming a new altogether flavour that has a subtle and creamy smooth vape.
If history is what we can go by, Absinthe alongside Gin was responsible for ruining so many people in Victorian society because of the mild taste tee totalers especially on the path of alcohol. For many years this flavour has been banned but it has eventually found its way back into the market even thou it has a high alcohol content, this E-liquid is intended to be used in moderation.
Finally, it is imperative to mention that as far as this particular flavour from Element and it is concerned, I was personally certainly intrigued and touched to see how well absinthe is working with tobacco and I am very happy to say that it is really nice, in fact extremely nice and cool. What you get from this juice is a merely distinct strength of tobacco cent and slight hint of the spiciness into it. Combined with the tobacco is something that is quite noticeable on the exhale is the absinthe flavour that contains anise something that has a liquor-ice taste with a slight amount of bitterness. Despite the subtle bitterness into this juice surprisingly it makes a very smooth vape and I almost indulged into it during my review. The bottom line is I like the balance that Element has put between either of their two flavours and I should report that it would appeal to anyone who enjoys tobacco.
Charlie’s Chalk Dust Superb E-liquids
Charlie’s Chalk Dust, an E-liquid company based in Orange County,CA has built a reputation for itself as being the most original E-liquid company.The company prides itself in offering unique flavours that are truly one-of-a-kind.The company combines numerous tastes which actually makes it outstanding.In pursuit of an E-liquid vaping session that provides a whole new experience from the ones you have had before?You like experimenting on new things ?Then I’ll show you just what you’ve been missing all this time.You were obviously not missing on the attitude as you are ready to try new things.Try this brand of E-liquid, it will not disappoint in anyway.Sue me if it does.This is because the brand incorporates high amount of VG in the products it sells.Moreover, the company’s array of vape juices are a must-try.
Charlie’s Chalk Dust focuses more on originality.You wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the website of this E-liquid company is entirely in black and white.What is even more surprising is its origin story, dubbed as “The Legend of Charlie’s Chalk”.According to this legend narrative, it is believed that a stranger paid Charlie a visit in the 1920s .Charlie was a hot dog seller.The stranger was philosophical and poetic in his speech whenever he talked to him.His philosophical speech is believed to have been Charlie’s eye-opener for possibilities in life.The stranger is said to have dropped a piece of paper as he left.The piece of paper had very many recipes written in it.The founders of Charles Chalk Dust came across this piece of paper as well as Charlie’s diary and decided to give a try to the recipes on the paper.
Charlie’s Chalk Dust enjoys positive reviews from customers.It is very rare to hear of any criticism towards this brand.A solid reason for this love is due to its originality.In as much as different people have different tastes, which is the nature of human beings, there is no doubt that no one wouldn’t try the vape juice from this highly rated brand.The E-liquid at Charlie’s Chalk Dust is outstanding because the company specialises in producing e-liquid only.This has in turn enabled the development team to dedicate all resources and time towards improving the E-liquid from time to time.The company also has a small selection of flavours, which makes it even more outstanding as they have invented new tastes with the limited flavours they use.
The e-liquid industry has a lot of competition and thus each brand has to do something special to be outstanding.This is exactly what Charlie’s Chalk Dust has done.Its origin story is something which has caught people’s attention, making it outstanding. The flavours used in the juices are also a factor.The flavours used by the company is second to none.Another key factor is the naming of the flavours. They are given creative names ,for example, the “Honey Badger”,which is a combination of the tastes of honey and cream, and the taste of tobacco leaves. Another example is the “True berry sugar and knife liquid” which combines pineapple, pancake, maple and blackberry flavours.
Charlie’s Chalk Dust offers a total of nine liquids, most of which have fruity and creamy flavours.Some of the e-liquids of this company have even been awarded.The “Slam Berry” for instance, was awarded under the category of “Best in show” due to its amazing flavour of fresh strawberry ice cream. This happened at the Vape Summit event held in Texas.The company’s creativity and the team’s dedication and hard work seemed not have gone in vain after all.These awards are just proof of the unlimited creativity and originality of the company that has received appreciation from many people.
Charlie’s Chalk Dust will surely keep making its customers eager to try new e-liquids once they release them into the market.This is because they are always creative enough to create totally different products with totally different and remarkable flavours.The development team at Charlie’s Chalk Dust seem to know what they are doing to satisfy their customer’s ever growing e-liquid needs because to them, things can only get better! We should keep our eyes on this company to try their new products in the future.
written by: James Mwaka
Recent research suggests that vaping is one of the ways that prevents those who have quitted smoking to add more pounds or add more weight on to what they already have. However, according to a new study, e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be a solution to weight gain, which has been the primary concern to those who are trying to quit smoking. The researcher has noted that the fact that many people have stopped smoking could be one of the main reasons for the increase in the obesity rate in today’s world.
For the smokers who are hoping to quit smoking, their primary concern and worry are them putting on more weight, averagely a person can add up to 5 kilo grams during the first year that they stop smoking cigarettes. In fact in overall weight gain is a major worry to many people even at normal circumstances .Relatively, adding more weight after quitting smoking, could be worrying especially, if all your life you have never had problems with weight gain. The good news is that researchers are for the suggestion that vaping can be used to control obesity, by taking e-cigarettes to help ex-smokers lose weight.
Nicotine reduces appetite, and it increases the metabolism rate, which makes nicotine e- cigarettes perfect to weight gain to ex-cigarette smokers. Nicotine replacement therapies can also help to control weight gain after quitting smoking and can assist those who are still smoking and would want to stop, quit smoking.
However, scientists do not seem to agree on e-cigarette. According to Linda Bauld, a professor of health policy at the University of Stirling and deputy director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, she argued that people can change their nicotine intake, and therefore for them to quit smoking, they could begin on the next aptitude e-liquid, then they will reduce gradually to in more refined way than they could have done with Nicotine Replacement Therapies, which might also be ideal for weight loss and its management. She continued to add that the enormous range of liquids available in the market could as well prevent the urge for a smoker to take snacks bearing to the number of sweet and fruit flavours in supply.
The authors of the research noted that the drop in the prevalence of smoking, have been linked to the drop in the rate of obesity, which is a clear evidence the new methods to manage weight gain could be valuable and of benefit to many people who are planning to quit smoking. In the Nicotine and Tobacco Research by scientists from New Zealand and Stirling journal, which was recently published, the paper studied variety of studies that were discussing the influence of nicotine in the body as well as the connection of the taste, aroma, flavour and the feeling of the fullness . This was meant to dispute the potentiality of e-cigarettes in managing weight to smokers who are trying to quit.
E-cigarettes with their large number of flavours can help to handle and control the cravings of certain foods; this is according to the authors who still adds that the physical processes involved in filling an e-cigarette can reduce the urge to eat food. Linda Bauld said that by doing so, you are re-filling the e-liquids, you might be mixing your liquids, it is like you are trying different flavours, and you are doing things with your hands that take up a lot of time meaning that maybe you are not reaching for the bowl of M&Ms
At the long run, despite noting the concerns raised by some other people in the safety of long-term use of the e-cigarette, she says the research points to the benefits of using nicotine-containing products for smokers planning to quit.
In conclusion there is no evidence found showing that e- cigarettes are as harmful as smoking the cigarette itself. Mainly because according to the published paper, if nicotine can help people not to add more weight after they quit smoking, not forgetting more weight is a risk factor for diabetes and other complications in human body, then we shouldn’t be worried about its long term use after all. This is Linda Bauld’s point of view, but other authors highlighted on some things that should be examined on vaping. All the way from the trial stage into the final effects of Vaping on weight gain among smokers trying to quit, to the effects of different e-liquids on feelings of fullness.
As Linda Bauld stated, they were not trying to promote e- cigarette to those who have never smoked before or trying to encourage them to start smoking, but they were were suggesting that nicotine should be considered for those who are seeking to quit smoking and are afraid of gaining more weight.
It is “almost certain” that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes would reduce weight gain among smokers attempting to quit this is according to Paul Aveyard, professor of behavioral medicine at the University of Oxford. Nevertheless, he continued to caution that the potential benefits of e-cigarettes in managing weight gain among ex-smokers, did not mean that they could help non-smokers’ who are attempting to lose weight.
What’s more, from Paul Aveyard, with some evidence that nicotine could play a role in the development of diabetes, there could possible side effects associated with the use of such devices, even though they are known to help to help smokers keep off from adding more weight after quitting smoking, that balance between the two effects is not yet known,” as he said it.
The final word from Amanda Sandford, from Action on Smoking and Health, was that,”the risk of putting on weight when quitting smoking is a common and major concern to many smokers and can discourage them from trying to stop smoking. E-cigarettes are a safer alternative to tobacco and if they can also help people to keep off from adding on the pounds as well as helping them to stop smoking that is a real bonus which no one would want to miss.
Written by: Joan Campbell
The innovation of e-cigarettes and vapor products, has contributed significantly to smoking and its related effects, over the past 10 years. However, there has been an abundance of misleading and distorted information spread by public health community. What they fail to inform the public is that vapor products that are responsibly manufactured, provide smokers with a viable means of reducing consumption of tobacco, as well as quitting altogether.
What are the Consequences?
The sweeping new rules issued by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), are impossible to work with any business. Since the introduction of e-cigarettes about ten years ago, they have been able to deliver nicotine to consumers, without the harmful chemicals and tar, which normally cause cancer. More than nine million Americans are already using vapor products and e-cigarettes. They are less harmful than conventional cigarettes, thus their increased popularity.
The new rules took effect on 8th August 2016. They come with broad complications for the tobacco industry and public health. For the first time, producers of vapor products will be subjected to regulation, which require them to first register with the FDA, providing a detailed description of their products and the ingredients used, as well as the manufacturing process. Additionally, producers will have to obtain a permit, in order to sell their products. This move was applauded by experts in the health industry, with the view that the industry needed to be regulated. However, that move was not lightly received by those in the vaping industry.
This is a very unfair move to the producers of e-cigarrettes, since the rules group them together with the more harmful conventional cigarettes. If you are a consumer of e-cigarettes, then your choice of legal products will be reduced almost to zero. This means that you will have very few choices, rather than consume cigarettes, which are more harmful and even expensive in the long term.
As the rule stands, the vaping market has been completely frozen. This means that the sale or production of new products has been banned, unless you have FDA approval. Apart from that, vendors are required to file their tobacco applications two years in advance. To make the matters worse, each application is estimated at several million dollars and you are not even sure whether it will be accepted by the FDA.
These requirements are extreme, hurting both the consumer and manufacturer of vaping products. Manufacturers have to prove to the FDA, that their products have benefits to the public health, which only makes the matter worse. In short, small players in the industry, who don’t have several million dollars to play around with, have been run out of the market. This means that the future of vapor products and e-cigarretes, has been placed directly in the hands of some of the largest cigarettes companies in the world. This translates to unfair competition, as well as very serious public health consequences.
Within the next three years, responsibly manufactured e-cigarettes and vapor products will be denied to adult smokers. Additionally, they will be replaced with conventional cigarettes, which many adults have struggled to quit for many years. In short, these regulations will only help cigarette companies with more profits, while denying the ordinary citizen the opportunity to quit smoking responsibly.
FDA targets to wipe out vapor products from circulation, within a period of two years. Such policies are stupid, since they are not in contributing to the good will of the public, who have been struggling to quit smoking. Furthermore, according to the regulations released by the FDA, every technology company producing vapor products is forbidden from changing or offering innovations in their products.
What the FDA should know is that innovations occur faster than government regulations. An innovation is enough to render a certain law obsolete, since the components of the product are not the same. For example, it took a very short period to move from the iPod to the iPod. Therefore, new devices are able to render old ones obsolete within a very short time. The same thing will happen to vapors. Within a short time, innovations will happen in the vapor industry, which will render these regulations obsolete.
As it stands, the law does not permit any single change, in any component of the e-cigarettes or vapors, without requiring the multi-year approval process of FDA. This approval process is both bureaucratic and time consuming. It is simply bad for business. In short, regardless of how innovative a product is in terms of consumer safety, product safety or even public safety, that safety innovation will be considered last while keeping harmful cigarettes in the market.
What the FDA has managed to do is banning innovation, as well as keeping potentially harmful products in the market. This means that, for the next three years, consumers will have to rely on products deemed harmful by the FDA, without providing an alternative. On the other hand, any attempts to make the products safe are prohibited. People who oppose vapor products ignore the increasing number of research, which proves that vapor products are the safest means of quitting smoking responsibly.
According to the Royal College of Physicians, vapor products provide a huge advancement when it comes to harm reduction. Additionally, this body of research suggests that adult smokers have been deprived of an alternative and responsible means of quitting smoking. The report goes to conclude that the health risks associated with vapors are 95% smaller, compared to smoking actual cigarettes.
FDA is using these regulations, in the pretext of protecting children and minors, against irresponsible smoking behavior. They should instead of banning pharma products like gum and patches which are dangerous and addictive.
If these laws remain in place, cigarettes, which are some of the most dangerous consumer products, will remain freely in the market while being protected from competition. This leaves adult smokers who want to quit smoking, with only two options. One, they either buy ineffective products from the same companies that produce the killer cigarettes or use black market products, whose legitimacy and safety is not proven. With the difficulties posed by the two alternatives, many will just opt to continue smoking. The result will be huge public health burden, as well as loss of lives from cancer and other smoking related illnesses.
Space Jam E-liquid Review 2016
California-based Space Jam is without doubt among the most priced e-liquid brands across the US, something that can be partly attributed to the company’s hugely visible cosmic- and space-inspired theme. Space Jam’s gimmicky feel aside, the e-juice firm makes some of the most exceptional smoke juice selections in the market, especially with their delightful fruit-flavoured e-liquid products. Space Jam provides up to EIGHT appetising flavour smoke juice varieties for vapours. Although most of these are a bit expensive, we recommend that you try them — they’re definitely worth your hard-earned dollars as we’re going to see below!
Some Background into Space Jam Juice
Established in 2012, Space Jam’s products became an instant sensation with vaping enthusiasts once they had hit the market. Four years later, their brand has grown to be visible nearly in every part of the US and beyond. Space Jam is one of the most reputable brands among vapours. In fact, if you haven’t come across their e-juices yet, then you’re really missing some vape of your life!
Just like so many other top e-liquid makers and suppliers in the US, Space Jam hails out of Southern California. All their smoke juice products are developed here in a modern lab that is both GMP- and ISO-certified. For the four years that they’ve been in operation, Space Jam have been gradually advancing and building on their product line up to an extent that they now have EIGHT tasty flavours vapours can pick from. With each of these having been handcrafted and fine-tuned to the highest levels of human-possible perfection, you can be sure that with Space Jam products all you’ve is the highest quality. And although unique and innovative fruit-flavoured e-juice varieties are Space Jam’s main specialty, the e-liquid maker also offers a number of rich and delicious dessert blend options.
Space Jam offers their e-liquid in 15ml and 30ml bottles, with 0-24mg nicotine strengths. The company doesn’t reveal their PG/VG ratios, but reliable sources put the same at between 40/60 and 50/50.
Space Jam E-Juice Flavours Review
1, Andromeda – Buy Online
This is the e-juice flavour that got everything going when Space Jam hit the market. Aptly named after the spiral galaxy nearest to our Milky Way, Andromeda combines a creamy blend of blueberries with smooth pomegranate to produce one of the most flavourful smoke juices in the market! When you inhale it, you realise that there is a subtly sweet emphasis on blueberry — sweet enough for the most sensational vaping experience but not too sweet for excessive candy tastiness! Soon comes the exhale part with the slightly tangy pomegranate flavour and a bit of cream!
2, Astro – Buy Online
Astro sits up there among the best e-juice fruit flavors you can find anywhere today! It brings together the most refreshing mix of strawberries and apples, coupled with the juiciest and most flavorful peach undertones. Astro has a soft apple inhale feeling and strawberry-peach exhaling.
3, Eclipse – Buy Online
Eclipse is the deal for those of us who’re tobacco flavour lovers. Reminds me of traditional RY4s. Eclipse is known for its characteristic mildly-spicy, sweet cavendish tobacco flavour that you feel upon inhaling, as well as a delectable vanilla-bean caramel-hinted flavour upon exhale. It’s the most perfectly-balanced vanilla/tobacco blend you can get for an e-juice.
4, Galactica – Buy Online
Galactica is one of the latest e-liquid flavours to come out of Space Jam labs. Described as a mix of fresh strawberries and a crisp champagne taste, Galactica complements its lack of complexity with the most refreshing flavourful super-tasty vape. Although not the most standard strawberry smoke juice out there, this variety blends a subtly authentic strawberry sweetness with a fresh champagne aftertaste flavour.
Omega is a sophisticated mix of spiced peaches plus sweet cream that targets those of us who’re lovers of peach flavours. While its uniquely mild, spicy tastiness dominating the inhale process and a natural peach that is softened by a flavourful vanilla cream following in the exhale part. Omega is really authentic subtle flavour that will remind you of peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream yet not too sweet for comfort.
6, Pluto – Buy Online
You may not be a regular mint or menthol flavour fan but when you inhale Pluto for the fist time, you’ll definitely fall in love with it. Pluto has just enough mint and menthol for a great vape experience. The e-juice mixes a distinct watermelon-bubblegum blend, with a mint flavour that’s subtle enough not to overwhelm the overall fruity deliciousness and smooth ultra-refreshing aftertaste of this smoke juice. The watermelon flavour is dominant, with the bubblegum taste and the mild mint undertone coming as a soft backdrop.
Starship is another fantastic flavour variety by Space Jam. It has a rich, vanilla-custard flavour on inhale and a mild tangy kiwi taste on exhale. Starship’s kiwi profile appears to undergo some form of transformation with each puff, ranging from a light fruity flavour to a high of tangy. It’s definitely worth your dollars!
UPDATE: Recently, we received news via the grapevine that Space Jam’s Starship products have been temporarily removed from the market. Keep it here for more on this.
Venus, which is only the 2nd non-fruit-flavoured e-liquid in Space Jam’s lineup and the only one specially targeted at dessert enthusiasts, is the most recent e-juice product from the Californian firm. Venus is a blend of golden-roasted marshmallows that has been infused with fine peanut butter and drizzled with some caramel and a bit of cream. In fact, Venus is quite a perfect mix of all these tastes and flavours, but there is one that sets it apart: its peanut butter taste. This is what’s responsible for its unique salty nut flavour. This flavour is complimented by the flavourful caramel and cream. Venus balances all these in the smooth blend for the ultimate vaping experience.
Space Jam is a brand that is currently shining very bright. Very few others are more recognisable than this e-juice brand in this market. Definitely, Space Jam’s cosmic, space-inspired theme has a role to play in this massive popularity and visibility of the brand. Their innovative branding is perfectly complemented by Space Jam’s distinct, flavourful, tasty and deliciously-smooth line of smoke juice products.
Though we weren’t too excited by two of their varieties (the tobacco-laced Eclipse and the Venus for dessert lovers), their top-notch status is still maintained by their awe-inspiring fruit blends. Space Jam choices are priced similar to most other “craft” e-liquids, but certainly worth it although you’ll eventually have to be the final decision-maker when you’ve your own vape.
Every other day, we see a new e-liquid product hitting the market and claiming to be the best. The big question however remains: what do e-juice makers really mean when they claim that their liquids are premium?
The devils in the detail
The answer lies in two key factors namely ingredients used and mixology. Premium e-liquid makers only use the highest-quality pharmaceutical grade or food grade ingredients to make their e-liquids. Such manufacturers include Moo Juice, Liquid State, Space Jam, Black Note, Halo, Bear State Vapor and Cosmic Fog. Everything that goes into making the e-liquids – the propylene glycol (PG) to the vegetable glycerin (VG) and flavourings – make a huge difference in the final product.
An important factor is where the ingredients are from. Most of the less expensive e-liquids get their ingredients from countries like China where quality standards are considerably lower than those of the United States. While other liquids are imported from Europe, you could still find some level of impurities in them. The best e-liquids therefore, are those that are exclusively made or manufactured in the United States. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) maintains a very high set of standards that should be met for any ingredients that are to be used to manufacture products for human consumption.
But what goes into your e-liquids is not the only thing that matters. What does not go into them also matters equally. Many studies conducted in recent times have shown that low-quality e-liquids like those found in disposable electronic cigarettes and can be bought at gas stations usually contain impurities. When consumed, especially over a long period of time, these impurities or additives can prove to be harmful to your health. Premium grade e-juices are however free from any impurities since they are made only from the highest quality ingredients.
In addition to this, the flavour of e-liquids varies between different manufacturers the same way that the flavour of wine or beer from different brewers vary. This is because the amount of flavours added when making the e-juice varies greatly from one e-liquid producer to another. For example, you may purchase a cheap watermelon flavoured e-liquid from an inexpensive manufacturer that tastes very artificial. A premium e-liquid maker on the other hand, will be able to produce an e-liquid that captures the true taste of the watermelon.
Besides, some of the very complex e-juices are more about the experience you will get than the simple vape. An example of such is the dessert flavours. Extreme care and attention is put into creating the overtones and undertones of the e-liquid. These include flavours that are tasted while inhaling and those tasted when exhaling. It is therefore an art creating the perfect e-juice, something that is not easily achievable.
Now the question becomes, are premium e-liquids really worth the high prices? The answer to this question is very personal. For example, while it is possible to buy very tasty Cadbury’s chocolates, they can never beat the quality and deliciousness of Hand Made Belgian chocolates. Therefore, you can get good quality e-juices that are not made in the United States at a cheaper price, but the combination of flavour and complexity that you would experience with premium e-liquids cannot be faked.
The answer to this question also partly lies with your experience level and also the kind of vapour you are. If your sole purpose of using electronic cigarettes us so that you can quit smoking cigarettes, then less expensive brands made in the United States will work just fine for your situation. However, if you are a vaping aficionado or you vape for the pleasure and experience you get, then spending the extra money to get premium e-liquids is completely worth it.
It does not matter whether you can find the high-end premium e-liquids that are worth the extra money or not. What is of the utmost importance it to purchase e-liquids that are made within the United States and use pharmaceutical-grade or food-grade ingredients. They are the safest since they are free of impurities and could very well save you lots of hospital bills that you would otherwise incur. Apart from being FDA approved, e-liquids made in the United States are expertly made to offer real taste and feeling. They will make your vaping well worth the experience.
Ripe Vapes E-liquid Review
Ripe Vapes is a small outfit of artisan juice makers located in Camarillo, California. They are located close to the heart of juice making in Los Angeles. Inspired from the growers of fruit who are located around them, Ripe Vapes have innovated some juice that has outstanding qualities. It is full of flavour, highly advanced, strong and exclusive. Their intention with this juice is to attract the entire target market. Ripe Vapes hopes to attract the lovers of fruit, fans of tobacco as well as those who are obsessed about desserts. Their products have got a positive reception in Europe. Let’s go through some of them and see what they are about.
1, Honeysuckle Apple Crisp flavour
This is a juice that occurs seasonally. It has the aroma of both summer and spring in it. Once you inhale it, you are greeted by the Honeysuckle flavour. After that, the Apple Crisp tantalises your taste buds as you exhale. The finish is creamy and tasteful. Many fans and critics thought that vapourising honeysuckle was crazy but it is one of the best tasting flavours out there. Its note is floral and complemented perfectly by the apple flavour.
This is a juice by Ripe Vapes that mimics the classic Vanilla Custard flavour. VCT is well known to be bold, creamy and rich in flavour as you inhale it. Once you release, the taste of tobacco and almond fills your mouth. This gives you a satisfying finish. VCT is a flavourful, good vape to enjoy all day.
3, Pear Almond
Inspired by French baking processes. The juice has a background featuring sweet marzipan. Once you inhale it, you get a taste of sweet pears which are bound to impress you. It is pretty intriguing and is best experienced using a dripper. By using this unit, you can really enjoy every part of the flavour in the juice.
4, Lime Cookie
This juice has a foundation that is tart and sweet at the same time. Moreover, the flavour is further blended in with cookies that are fresh. Ripe Vapes have made this flavour so realistic that people who consume it agree that it is the closes thing to actually eating a lime cookie. The balance between the sweet lime and dry cookie is perfectly captured. This results in a very well blended vape for your enjoyment.
5, Monkey Snack
By combining two well known flavours, Monkey Snack creates a perfect combination of dry and sweet taste. These flavours are peanut butter and banana. When you inhale the juice, the taste of peanut butter is so real you can almost crunch on it. Also, the banana flavour is vivid. Rather like eating a real one. Monkey Snack can be comfortably vaped all day.
6, Coconut Thai
In terms of crazy, this can take the cake. Ripe Vapes combined the flavours of Thai Lemongrass, coconut and Thai Basil. The result is an exotic, sweet and tasty vape. The basil cuts back the sweetness of lemongrass while allowing the coconut to control the overall sweet flavour. Coconut Thai may not appeal to everyone but it is tasty, different and satisfying.
The experience on your throat
The juices and liquids from Ripe Vapes are smooth and have very little harshness on your throat. As a result, the inhaling process is smooth and tasty. If you prefer some kick in your flavors, pick out the VCT one and you will be thoroughly impressed.
The volume of vapour
Thanks to a substantial VG foundation, the juices from Ripe Vapes have clouds of vapour that you can enjoy. All the juices have 100% legitimate VG to ensure thick clouds whenever you puff away. This often adds to the satisfaction factor when you enjoy their products. The clouds add a feeling of completeness ot the mix.
How are they produced?
The ratio of mixes in the juices from Ripe Vapes is a well kept secret. However, their foundation is 70% VG and 30% PG. Some flavors are provided to you with 100% VG. Moreover, the company indicates that their juices are targeted for sub ohm vaporizing tanks as well as drippers. They also have different strengths of nicotine. These range from 0mg, through 3mg and 6mg to 12mg topping out at 18mg.
A lot of time is spent by Ripe Vapes to find and use the ideal extracts of flavor in the United States. They also venture out across borders in the same endeavor. The PG and VG that are used in the flavors are of pharmaceutical quality to ensure safety and satisfaction. Health and safety are always at the forefront of the Ripe Vapes creation process. As such, they make sure that the products put out in the market fit this condition to guarantee a satisfying experience for the consumers.
I adore juice makers who are bold enough to try something that is entirely different. Those who endeavor to release a completely new product into the market are highly attractive to me. Ripe Vapes is a company that definitely fits the bill according to these conditions. Their array of juices exhibits top quality and has a massive variety of flavors to suit any palate. Their flavor ingredients are sourced from different corners of the world. They are not afraid to combine grasses and nuts. They also combine fruits and berries. Their creativity ensures that you can taste your favorite beverage and cake in the flavor at the same time. This is a feat that was previously thought impossible but Ripe Vapes made it a reality.
Full of adventure with complex structure, the juices and flavoured from Ripe Vapes are unique and stand out above the rest in the market. Those that are full of delicious flavour are the most ideal and loved by the masses. Not only are Ripe Vapes a respected artisan juice maker, they are an exceptional juice maker. Their products are tasty, different and highly tantalising. If you taste any one of the flavours provided by this juice maker, you will be pleasantly surprised and wholly satisfied. They are currently the best in the vaping industry.
Ripe Vapes are coming in October to California Vaping
From “cloud chasing” to exploiting the fact that men love to tinker, vaping really does have an appeal and it is official now that more men are vaping than ever before. This huge growth has all been since the growth of the first e-cig that was brought out in China in the year 2004 and it has taken the world by surprise. The vaping industry is now worth over $3.5 billion as well, not to mention that for decades now, standard cigarettes have been in a very fast decline. Contrasting to this, vaping is on the increase and the owners of Nicorette have stated that they have had falling sales as a result. A large part of the reason why vaping has been driven is because of the health implications that are commonly associated with smoking.
The truth is however, that vaping has an appeal that goes way beyond this and it also appeals to those who love to tinker and upgrade as well. At the same time, there are plenty of fruity and floral flavours available and this has made many traditionalists steer away from the vape, so there are certainly two sides to the story. That being said, there are natural cigarette flavours available as well so there is something for everyone to say the least. So is vaping more manly when compared to smoking? A lot of people believe that cloud chasing is a very manly activity and there is certainly a technological element involved as well. In many ways, this is just one of the several things that is great about vaping and you can always have the option to choose what flavour you want. If you are a smoker that is looking to switch however then don’t go for the cheap cigarettes that are out there. Instead, take the leap and buy a brand that can actually be counted on.
The market really is full of counterfeit goods and you need to be aware of where your e-cigarettes are made at the end of the day. After all, you are inhaling it and you want to make sure that you are getting the best possible result at all times. If you want to find the Marlboro Man of vaping then look at Nick Clegg for example. He ditched his cigarettes for a blueberry vape and he loves it! There are other vapers as well and these include Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and even Tom Hardy.
The lead scientist on an e-cigarette study has sparked controversy when she issued a correction that clarified that the study did not show that vapour was as harmful as actual cigarette smoke. Doctor Jessica Wang-Rodriguez was the leading researcher on her study of Oral Oncology and this stated that two e-cigarette products actually damaged cells in such a way, that it could lead to cancer. The study quickly came under criticism because it did not represent any real world use in terms of the e-cigarettes that were compared. The study had a foot note that showed that the study didn’t mimic the dose of vapour that someone would use. In the wake of all this criticism, Rodriguez wrote a quick correction that was added to the study in an attempt to win back the trust of the public.
She said that even though the study was published, the laboratory experiments didn’t actually show that the vapour was anywhere near as harmful to cells as actual cigarette smoke was. In fact, one of the experiments were not addressed in the release and this experiment showed that cigarette smoke killed cells at a faster rate.
Cell damage mechanisms were observed and they both showed that cells were damaged through both vapour and actual smoking. The study also showed that regular cigarette smoke damaged cells at a much faster rate and that more research needs to be done before we can even begin to understand the effects of e-cigarettes. So as you can see, e-cigarettes are very different to standard cigarettes and the damage that they can do is different as well. The doctor who performed the study has made plenty of eye-catching comments and these remain unaltered, however they were certainly picked up by the media. She stated that she didn’t think that e-cigarettes were any better than normal cigarettes. In fact, even medical professionals have gone on to criticise her remarks and there are plenty of public figures who strongly disagree with her opinion. After all, it turns out that it isn’t actually based on real life facts and we all know that everything can be dangerous if it is taken in excessive amounts that are far above the suggested use.
Take Dr Michael Siegel for example. He is a professor at the Boston University of Public Health and he has over 25 years of experience when it comes to tobacco control. He has stated that the conclusion to this experiment has no foundation and that it actually damages the public health, because now those who cannot stop smoking won’t want to try e-cigarettes even though they are proven to help. He has also stated that he believes that the claim is false and irresponsible. The Daily Telegraph editor Sarah Knapton created a headline that stemmed from this story, stating that e-cigarettes are no safer than smoking tobacco. From this piece, Adam Jacobs who is a writer at Stats Guy has released a statement that says he believes that this false study is dangerous, ill informed and irresponsible, to say the least. Knapton’s piece at the Daily Telegraph came in for even harsher criticism when she posted a tweet that said all the latest evidence states that e-cigarettes are just as bad for you as tobacco. At least Rodriguez has stated that she was wrong in her study and she has openly admitted her mistake.