Part Five: eJuice Grading
by, 05-11-2011 at 10:46 PM (1169 Views)
And now on to the latest installment of The Crash Course in Vaping!
I know, it's been a long hard road that we have traveled together - For me and the typing up long-winded blogs, and for you having to read through those long-winded blogs... I get dizzy just thinking about it. But hang in there, were just getting to the good stuff!
Crash Course in Vaping: eJuice Grading
I've been vaping for about 3 month as of the date of this post. During that time I have formed a great number of opinions.
Does this make me an expert? Heck No!
What it makes me is more knowledgeable about e-Cigarettes than say, a flower pot of petunias.
And with that lofty accomplishment, I present here the Grading of eJuice!
Does anyone else hear circus music? Where is that coming from?!?
And a way we go!
After a few months of vaping I have not even made a dent in the number of suppliers that sell eJuice. I have however come to find a few that I really like.
As I've stated numerous time, the whole taste is subjective, blah, blah, blah. However, there is eJuice that is just poor quality. The result of poor quality can come from a number of different variables. It could be something as simple as the base PG or VG the vendor is using, yes that base liquid does have a slight flavor. Or it could be more insidious, like the vendor is being stingy with the flavoring. Or it could be that the flavor concentrate is of a low quality. Or the possibility that the vendor does not have the "magic touch" or experience to create truly amazing eJuice. There's a lot of different variables that can come into play.
Regardless of what others may think, I believe the creation of eJuice is an art form. I liken it to the same process of hand-crafting beer. All beer has similar components, but it's how you combine them that also the creation transform from the base ingredients to something magnificent. The same is true of eJuice. Finding the right Supplier who can decipher the those ingredients and transform them into top notch e-Juice.
On the never ending subject of eJuice, I didn't mention this in my earlier blogs, but some juices require a Steeping/Aging period. Since most of these vendors are fresh mixing batches of eJuice to your specifications, sometimes the eJuice benefits for a time period of Steeping. During Steeping the eJuice is kept in a cool dark place, and usually give a good shake every day or every other day. Steeping period can be a short as a few days, or up to a month or more. Most eJuices can benefit from at least a 3-day Steeping. Some are perfect right after you receive them.
Sometimes eJuices are allowed time to Breathe, during which time period once again they are stored in a cool, dark place with the cap removed for a day or two or possibly more. Most of the eJuice that I use has had some amount of Steeping time, as I rotate through eJuices. The only time I have ever allowed an eJuice to Breathe had been a last ditch effort for a Wild Berry Champagne eJuice. Alas, it was a complete fail, and regardless of Steeping, a Breathe time, the eJuice was just a lost cause.
My reviews of various eJuice suppliers, will folllow in the next Blog. I need to caution you, my gentle reader, that these reviews are my own opinion. I've tried to be objective. I don't down grade a vendor just because I ordered a flavor that I did like. That's bound to happen to all of us. Instead what I'm going to try to relay here is the Quality, Character, Vapeability and Throat Hit of the eJuice. It's a pretty daunting task, because as you read reviews of different eJuices you'll quickly realize that there is no standard to review an eJuice. I've devised my own Grading system based on what I've seen in the forums and in other reviews. Here is my take on what I believe should be...
The Grading System: So simple a kindergartner could understand it... Now, how does that ABC song go again?
Great eJuices will be in Green: These are eJuices that deliver in all categories, have an easily discernible strong flavors, and in short have produced an great vaping experience.
Fair to Good eJuices will be in Blue: These are eJuices that while vapable, aren't quite 5 star, just fair. Flavor presence may be Llacking, Vapor production maybe low, Throat Hit may be diminished. Keep in mind I order double flavor on almost every eJuice I buy. If the flavor isn't apparent at double flavor, then there's something definitely off with the mix or the vendor producing it.
Poor eJuices will be in Red: These are eJuices that produce little or no vape, flavor, and make you wonder if you actually inhaled anything at all, or the flavor is SO far removed from it should be, that the vendor has no business making eJuice.
Tobacco-base flavors will be designated with a (T).
Base Flavor of a juice will be in (parentheses) if not discernible from it's name.
Personal Flavor Favorites will have *star*. These are eJuices I would easily recommend as something to try... IF you like that flavor.
Best of the Best will be in Bold. These are eJuice which are just stunning, meet all of Grading Criteria, and have impressed me. Not only do I recommend the flavor, but I may force you to try it!
Look for the next Blog for my personally take on a number of different vendors, an an assortment of eJuice!