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I do not taste on the inhale.

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  1. Tibby

    Tibby Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 10, 2012
    Oakley, Ca.
    I have watched or read a ton of e-liquid reviews. I hear a lot of folks describe tasting one flavor on the inhale and another on the exhale. For me, I get no taste on the inhale only the exhale. I smoked for over 15 years and wonder if that has something to do with it. Getting jellous of folks getting that inhale flavor! Is it just me?
  2. JBL-37

    JBL-37 Banana's Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 5, 2013
    Washington State
    Could be you, could be your devise too. What do you use to vape with?
  3. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    It's a well known fact that as smokers our taste buds have been damaged. They will heal and our full sense of taste will improve greatly after quitting smoking. But until that time your sense of taste will be affected.

    It's not so well known that our sense of smell has a lot to do with how we taste flavors. An example of this is when we have a terrible head cold and can not taste food or drink. So it is advised to exhale some of your vapor to allow your nose to assist your sense of taste.

    Once your taste buds have healed, you'll also notice that food and drink will taste differently, some better...some worse. I no longer highly season my food with salt and pepper or hot sauce; just a little does the job now.

    I can recall walking out to my car one morning right after a nice summer rain and noticing for the first time in decades the absolutely wonderful scent of moist earth and grass.

    Burning cigarettes now stink, and old ashtrays stink even more.
  4. Flyer

    Flyer Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 13, 2012
    In addition to the above advise, try taking an abbreviated or additional puff as you fill your mouth before you inhale. I find this adds to the flavor of the juice I'm vaping. Hope this makes sense.
  5. Rocketpunk

    Rocketpunk Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 14, 2012
    Dayton, Ohio
    Don't feel bad, OP. I've tried and tried and I taste nothing on the inhale, but everything on the exhale. I don't know if it has something to do with "vaping techniques", but I understand what you're talking about.
  6. Rocketpunk

    Rocketpunk Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 14, 2012
    Dayton, Ohio
    OP, this is most definitely true. It also coincides with your sense of smell. I used to work at a well-known restaurant chain (it's "down under" there), and occasionally we had a chicken tortilla soup. When I used to smoke, I LOOOOVED our chicken tortilla soup. Not long after switching to vaping, my taste buds and sense of smell came back with a vengeance. The chicken tortilla soup I loved so much in the past now made me literally nauseous. I could smell it across the entire restaurant, and it would turn my stomach. I had to hold my breath whenever I walked past customers' tables eating the chicken tortilla.

    It was my sense of smell that came back in overwhelming spades. It's a good thing (like Baditude said, the smell of fresh earth on a spring morning), or a bad thing (the stomach-turning scent of a once favored soup).
  7. Snickerfritz

    Snickerfritz Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 27, 2013
    Try a strong cinnamon, it'll taste sweet on the tongue. Don't put cinnamon in a plastic tank.
  8. iceman68

    iceman68 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 24, 2013
    Chicago, IL, USA
    I'm fairly new to vaping but I haven't noticed flavor on the inhale either, just the exhale. Maybe certain flavors are more noticeable on the inhale than others. I've only tried a few different flavors and am sticking mostly with RY4. I'm actually more concerned with getting decent TH at this point.

    I'm still waiting for the smell/taste improvement from quitting cigs. Haven't noticed much difference yet(only been 2 months).
  9. Tibby

    Tibby Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 10, 2012
    Oakley, Ca.
    I mostly use a Provari and Vamo with carto tanks or evod BCC's. I vape 3ohms around 5volts.
  10. Tibby

    Tibby Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 10, 2012
    Oakley, Ca.
    Yeah. I havent smoked since Sept. 5, 2012. Don't think I will ever get flavor on the inhale. I dont mind the smell of 2nd hand smoke but the smell of someone right after they smoke bugs me.
  11. Tibby

    Tibby Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 10, 2012
    Oakley, Ca.
    I vape like I used to smoke sometimes. Other times I will take massive vapor into my mouth while breating through my nose then inhale. I dont think it's technique I think we have rare nostrill flappers or somethin. :p
  12. Butters78

    Butters78 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Neither did Clinton.
  13. cocacola31173

    cocacola31173 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 7, 2012
    United States
    Do you inhale directly in your lungs or do you inhale in the mouth and then into the lungs? I do the latter and a nice slow draw will allow you to really taste the flavor. Also if you hold the vapor in your mouth for a couple of seconds that will help too plus it allows the nic to be absorbed better.
  14. TomCatt

    TomCatt Da Catt Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 8, 2011
    Upland, PA
    I got dem flappers too ;) :lol:

    I get the occasional taste on inhale; but not usually :blink:
  15. bulldog63h

    bulldog63h Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    Elizabethton Tennessee
    Sometimes I get no flavor at all. It may be because I vape only menthol. I'm not really sure though.
  16. stormwench

    stormwench Moved On

    May 15, 2013
    Bellevue, WA, USA
    Everyone is different and when we come to sense of taste and smell literally everyone is an individual. Thats why e-juice reviews that discuss flavor are so totally subjective. WHat you are hearing is how that person tastes/smells it - line up 100 other people using the sme tools and same e-juice and you could get 100 other reviews.

    Taste and smell are very closely connected i the old brain. Part of what you taste when you eat is what you are smelling as the food (or whatever) goes under your nose. This is why foods you love can taste wrong, dull or very different when you have a bad head cold. Its very possible that when you inhale, depending on your taste buds and neurological receptors for taste you can pick up the flavor -- some more, some less, some none - but its not just what is on your tongue but in your nose and you may not be inhaling through your nose. Then when you exhale you do get some sense of smell (although most e-juice has little) and that gives the taste buds the hint of what they are tasting and - boom you taste it!.

    Then you have the problem of having been a smoker - taste receptors and those of scent can have been close to dead for almost as long as you have smoked. They don't spring back immediately although people say usually say smell comes back pretty soon while taste can take some time, or come back and then go again and then come back. That because cells with scent receptors grow and replace differently then taste buds and other areas of sensing in your mouth. Then again, there are also people in the population that cannot smell or cannot taste or can smell and taste things others cannot. Either they have the receptors or they don't for certain selet smells and tastes (like a small percent of people cannot taste that sucralose is sweet).

    Actually there are a number of good vaping videos that talk about this stuff too. Many of us spent years smoking and don't reaslize that we were really no longer smelling tobacco or even tasting in (makes sense - how often did you smell tobacco on others until you stopped smoking and started vaping and realize that smell was around you all the time).

    So we switch to vaping and go with a tobacco flavor figuring we would need that after smoking for many years and end up disappointed because its one of the taste/smells we are most used to. Many people even suggest your first few e-juices not be tobacco and then if you need the comfort of tasting tobacco (which your really were not) switching then and you will be able to.

    Others suggest that if your not tasting the more subtle flavors in e-juice switch to something that will pack a punch your not used too like cinnamon, or another very spicy e-juice, or something very minty or menthol and keep it around in case the tastebuds want to drift off to sleep again in a month or so.

    Not tring to achieve an ADV and switching off flavors a lot during the day keyed to mood or meals or activities can also help. Your brain has ben trained in many ways while you were smoking to just sleep through the taste and smell of the cigarettes if the ones that taste them are even working. Since vaping is now your alternate method it will look and treat something with vaping the way it was used to doing with smoking and that is taste and smell too. After a bit of the same old thing through the day the brain can say 'why bother' and just quits 'receiving' those signal just like it did with your smoking - why more people say they enjoyed smoking when the first woke up instead of later in the day when the brain was just tired of interpreting yet another cigarette.

    And then in the reverse if your over stimulating it - too many spicy, hot, strong tobacoo or menthol/mint flavors because you want to taste them they maybe overwhelmed.

    So which, if any, is you? You're the only one who can really figure it out, depending on what flavors you vape now, how long since you stopped smoking, where your smell and taste seem to be now since you did smoke and so on.

    Just 'tasting' on an exhale is no more unusual then only tasting on inhale, tasting on both or being able or unable to discern individual flavors. If you are one of those people that can eat a bite of food and register it as good or bad but have no clue what makes up those flavors (the vast number of us chances are you will never break down different flavors in e-juice.

    And you have to remember too that many reviewers have been doing this for a while, just like a food reviewer or a wine taster, and so on. They know the tricks of the trade for getting tastes, what they are looking for to break down a flavor combination and so on. Just like tasting wine, when you know where the wine comes from, and what grapes were used and several other things you have already broken down what possible things you're looking for in the taste. Sme with food reviews and it holds true with e-juice reviewers.

    Even if their review was not solicited, they have an idea of the maker, the basic flavors and so on. Taste is so subjective that what ones tastes like to one can taste totally unlike what they said it did to another. And just because people say they detect it on inhale and then exhale - since most flavor is lost in the lungs as it drops out of the vapor because of the way lungs work its even possible that the taste was there on inhale but did not register until exhale - and maybe that is the case with you - or the taste does not cut in until it gets a better smell of it on exhale.

    Every one of us is an individual and we all will smell, taste and so on as is right for us. Do not be made jealous about how other people say they are tasting and smelling and enjoy what you taste and smell. We all vape differently and have different results, like and don't like different things.

    There is nothing wrong with chasing it a bit if you want, maybe another type of e-juice, maybe try a different delivery like dripping a bit (many say you get more taste and clear taste that way) or if using a cart change to a clear or tank (some say the fibers in a cart muffle taste). Maybe you need a more or less vapor to carry flavor - or different flavors, so maybe a VV device would help - who really knows except you. Always worth looking around if you think maybe you are lacking in an experience but don't be pushed into just because you feel like you have to be like everyone else, because you will eventually make yourself crazy. To not be crazy I have come to believe that I am experiencing the right way and if someone sounds like they are getting a different experience I just tell myself that its more in their explanation then anything :)
  17. Jibbu

    Jibbu Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 24, 2012
    Denver, CO, USA
    I use all the methods above, but I haven't figured out yet what triggers which method. So far I'm leaning toward:

    the-more-fog-the-more-through-the-nose, and today seems to be the-more-peppery-the-more-stays-in-my-mouth-with-tongue-raiised/surrounded-by-vape. The latter gives me a chance to pick up on the flavoring after the initial pepper-hit. Sometimes I keep the back of my throat open so that as I breathe some of the held vape goes in and out, too.

    The pepper comes from myfreedomsmokes' unflavored nic in VG. It's the same peppery effect from the first runs of nic gum. Anyway, when my tongue gets too full, so to speak, to taste anything then I swish with something like watered-down Diet Pepsi. Water just doesn't seem to refresh my tongue very well, though it does help with the drying.
  18. randomname79

    randomname79 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 16, 2013
    bolton ontario
    One thing I haven't seen yet here is water water water. If I'm dry I can't taste anything on the inhale. Keep your throat wet and keep yourself hydrated and you'll enter a whole new world of flavour. Don't just swish it around, drink tons of it.
  19. supermarket

    supermarket Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Not sure what the reason is, but I don't really taste on the inhale either.

    SOMETIMES I do, like maybe my first few vapes in the morning. Besides that, no.

    And that is with all my equipment, and every eliquid I've tried from various vendors. Don't feel bad.
  20. tmcase

    tmcase ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Rave's neighbor!
    I've been vaping for about 1 1/2 yrs so my taste buds should be fully healed but I don't taste anything except the sweet in my juices on the inhale and it's more like feel the sweet on my tongue than taste.
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