Juice Review: Mt. Baker Vapor – Extreme Ice

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Here is my review criteria, let’s get to it!

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Cost for 15ml: $4.99

Vendor Description: Nothing that even remotely describes the flavor. Seriously, their descriptions suck. You have to read the reviews to figure out what half of their flavors are supposed to be. This one is generally agreed to be a Mint + Menthol flavor.

As reviewed:

  • 80%PG/20%VG
  • 24mg/ml Nicotine
  • 30ml bottle
  • Dripped through an IGO-L on a Sigelei ZMAX v3 at 6.5-8w
  • Vaped in a Kanger Protank on an eGo Twist.

Mixing Options: 15 points possible

15/15

MVB is one juice vendor that offers a serious array of options. They have a slection of mix ratios, and you can even add extra flavoring to the juice. They even have a mix your own flavor option.

Cost: 5 points possible

5/5

MBV is about the cheapest you are going to find. Coupled with their flavor variety and mixing options it’s a great deal all around.

Packaging (shipping): 5 points possible

5/5

Everything arrived correct and secure.

Packaging (bottle): 10 points possible

9/10

About the only thing I can gig MBV on with their bottles is that they only offer plastic bottles.

Throat Hit: 5 points possible

5/5

As I would expect for a 80/20 mix this juice has a serious throat hit.

Taste (Before Curing): 5 points possible

5/5

Tastes very minty and has a strong menthol component, exactly what I was looking for.

Requires Curing: 10 points possible

10/10

I could vape this right out of the mail.

Cure Time: 10 points possible

10/10

One day in a hot car toned down the menthol a little bit (which is ok), but didn’t have much of an impact on taste.

Taste (After Curing): 25 points possible

17/25

Minty, very strong menthol. This is what I used to trick my brain into thinking I was smoking when I first started vaping. It worked for me. I like this, but have since discovered that I prefer mint to menthol, and like some additional flavoring in my juice. I would buy this again, and I could vape it all day, but probably wouldn’t.

Vapor Production: 5 points possible

5/5

Vapor production is consistent and good.

Tank Cracker: 5 points possible

5/5

Not a tank cracker.

Preliminary Score:  91/100

This is a solid juice, I would recommend this to anyone who likes mint of menthol. The only way it could improve is if MBV offered glass bottles.

Bonus Points: 7 points possible

3/7

Free sample with every order I’ve made, same nicotine level as the order, and nicotine up to 36mg/ml.

Final Score:  94/100

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Juice Review: Gremlin Juice – Blue Gremlin

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Here is my review criteria, let’s get to it!

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Cost for 15ml: $7.99

Vendor description: Fresh Blueberry Waffles.

As reviewed:

  • 50%PG/50%VG
  • 12mg/ml Nicotine
  • 10ml bottle
  • Dripped through an IGO-L on a Sigelei ZMAX v3 at 6.5-8w

Mixing Options: 15 points possible

13/15

Customization requires either an email or use of the “Notes” section of the order form. Rich (the owner) is very enthusiastic about custom orders.

Cost: 5 points possible

5/5

The value for the quality is amazing.

Packaging (shipping): 5 points possible

5/5

Packaging was secure and appropriate for the contents.

Packaging (bottle): 10 points possible

3/10

All bottles are black plastic (from what I understand this is changing, but slowly). Not childproof. The built in spout on the plastic bottles is terrible. Several users have reported that they have sprayed juice all over because the pour is so tight. The label is paper. The print on the labels wore to the point that they became difficult to read very quickly. No note of PG/VG mix on the bottle. No mix date on the bottle.

I would pay another $2 for a glass bottle with a tyvek label, that had all the relevant information on it.

Throat Hit: 5 points possible

5/5

As I would expect for a 50/50 mix this juice has a solid throat hit.

Taste (Before Curing): 5 points possible

5/5

Faint taste right out of the bottle, generically sweet, just a hint of chemically taste, not overpowering.

Requires Curing: 10 points possible

8/10

Pre cure taste is not outright bad, but there is something about it that I just wouldn’t want to vape.

Cure Time: 10 points possible

10/10

One day in my car in the hot sun (bottles not in direct sunlight) and the flavor profile on this juice changed radically.

Taste (After Curing): 25 points possible

25/25

Blueberry? Check. Waffles? Check. What caught me by surprise was the touch of maple syrup and just a hint of cinnamon.

This makes an amazing breakfast vape. Add a cup of coffee to the equation? Fugettaboutit.

Vapor Production: 5 points possible

5/5

Vapor production is consistent and good.

Tank Cracker: 5 points possible

5/5

Not a tank cracker.

Preliminary Score:  89/100

The bottle packaging really hit this one hard, which I feel really bad about, because I absolutely love this juice.

Bonus Points: 7 points possible

4/7

Free sample has come with every order I have made. Rich likes to keep his customers happy, if you request something specific as a sample, he will do his level best to get it to you. He has even been known to custom mix samples for people. If you want a specific nicotine content for your sample, just make sure to put it in the Notes section of the order.

Final Score:  93/100

Rich has said that he is looking at replacing the plastic bottles with glass (which I fervently hope he does), but the labels need to go too. I bought 7 bottles from Gremlin Juice in this order, all 10-15ml, and by the time I was done sampling them (maybe a mil out of each bottle was put through the dripper), I could barely read two of them. With the 4 bonus points garnered, this should easily be a 95+ point juice. Hell just getting the relevant information on the bottle would get it to 95.

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Juice Review: The Vapor Chef – Frosty Blue Jazzberry

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Here is my review criteria, let’s get to it!

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Cost for 15ml: $9.99

As reviewed:

  • 50%PG/50%VG
  • 24mg/ml Nicotine
  • 6ml sample bottle
  • Dripped through an IGO-L on a Sigelei ZMAX v3 at 6.5-8w

Mixing Options: 15 points possible

11/15

The Vapor Chef has limited PG/VG customization options, though the options given should cover most people’s tastes, the “Max PG and Max VG” do not exactly tell you if you are getting 100% of either as is implied.

Cost: 5 points possible

5/5

While cost is higher than some other vendors, the quality is in line with what I would expect for it.

Packaging (shipping): 5 points possible

5/5

Packaging was secure and appropriate for the contents.

Packaging (bottle): 10 points possible

9/10

The only deduction is for lack of childproof bottles.

Throat Hit: 5 points possible

5/5

As I would expect for a 50/50 mix this juice has a solid throat hit.

Taste (Before Curing): 5 points possible

4/5

Very faint taste right out of the bottle, just a hint of chemically taste, not overpowering.

Requires Curing: 10 points possible

9/10

I’d have no problem vaping this right out of the mail, though the taste is very faint.

Cure Time: 10 points possible

10/10

One day in my car in the hot sun (bottles not in direct sunlight) and the flavor profile on this juice really filled out.

Taste (After Curing): 25 points possible

25/25

I Will order this again. I have no issues vaping this all day long.

This, amazingly enough, tastes exactly like vaping a blue Otterpop. Like if I blindfolded you, you would swear I poured a melted blue Otterpop in there.

I love it.

Vapor Production: 5 points possible

5/5

Vapor production is consistent and good.

Tank Cracker: 5 points possible

5/5

Not a tank cracker.

Preliminary Score:  93/100

Bonus Points: 7 points possible

2/7

Free sample with orders over $15, the nicotine level on every sample I have received from the Chef has been the same as what I ordered.

Final Score:  95/100

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How I rate E-Juice

I’m gonna start reviewing some of the E-Juice that I’ve tried, and I want to explain how I am scoring them.

Some of the points below do not relate directly to the specific juice per se, but are definitely part of the juice buying experience.

I’m using a 100 point scale broken down as follows:

Mixing Options: 15 points possible

  • Does the vendor offer PG/VG ratio specification? 6 points
  • Does the vendor offer nicotine content range from 0-36mg/ml? 6 points
  • Does the vendor offer flavor customization (extra flavor, add different flavor, sweetness, etc.)? 3 points

Cost: 5 points possible

This will be based on what a given vendor charges for a 15ml bottle.

  • Is the cost per ml in line with what other vendors are charging for similar packaging? 3 points
  • Is the cost per ml in line with what other vendors are charging for similar quality juice? 2 points

Packaging (shipping): 5 points possible

  • Is the package secure? 1 point
  • Is the package appropriate for the contents? 1 point
  • Is the order correct? 1 point
  • Is anything leaking/broken? 1 point
  • Was a tracking number given without being requested? 1 point

Packaging (bottle): 10 points possible

  • Bottle material? 1 point
  • Is the bottle well made? 1 point
  • Is the bottle childproof? 1 point
  • Does the bottle include a dropper/spout? 1 point
  • Is the label material durable? 1 point
  • Is the label printing durable? 1 point
  • Does the label list the nicotine content? 1 point
  • Does the label list the PG/VG ratio? 1 point
  • Does the label list a mix date? 1 point
  • Does the label have a safety warning? 1 point

Throat Hit: 5 points possible

Throat hit is entirely subjective. This will simply note whether throat hit is present if it is supposed to be, or not as appropriate on a scale of 0 to 5.

Taste (Before Curing): 5 points possible

Taste is entirely subjective. I will be as objective as possible if I don’t like a juice I will get a second opinion to ensure it is not just a flavor I do not like.

Requires Curing: 10 points possible

People refer to the process of aging juice as many things, I think curing is the most accurate. I sample everything directly out of the mail.

  • Can I vape the juice without curing it? 5 points
  • Does it taste good? 5 points

Cure Time: 10 points possible

  • Did it take more than 8 hours of gentle heating to cure? 5 points
  • Did it take more than a week to cure? 5 points

Taste (After Curing): 25 points possible

Again taste is subjective. Since we vape this stuff for flavor in the first place, taste will account for the largest portion of points on this scale.

  • Does it taste good? 15 points
  • Would I buy this again? 5 points
  • Could I vape it all day? 5 points

Vapor Production: 5 points possible

  • Is the vapor production appropriate to the PG/VG mix? 1 point
  • Is the vapor production appropriate to this device? 1 point
  • Is the room note (the smell that it brings to a room when vaped there) good? 2 points
  • Is the room note strong? 1 points

Tank Cracker: 5 points possible

  • Does the vendor list this clearly on the site? 1 point
  • Does the vendor list this in the product description? 2 points
  • Did it crack/melt one of my tanks/clearos? 2 points

That’s the criteria for the 100 point scale.

Bonus Points: 7 points possible

  • Are nicotine levels beyond 24mg/ml offered for this juice? 1 point
  • Does the vendor include a free sample with each order? 1 point
  • Does the buyer get to choose the free sample flavor? 1 point
  • Is the nicotine level of the free sample the same as the order? 1 point
  • Does the user get to choose the nicotine level of the free sample? 1 point
  • If I have a problem with an order how easy is it to get it corrected? 1 point
  • If I have a problem with an order, did the vendor do something to make up for it (freebie, discount code, etc.)? 1 point

These are things that I don’t necessarily want to deduct points for, but that I feel warrant noting when considering buying from a particular vendor. Scoring bonus points is a way for vendors to overcome minor issues with packaging or shipping related issues.

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