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: 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.