Crack Panda by Button Junkie

Does Crack Panda come from the Congo? This is a question I have been asking myself, but, I’ll get to that in a bit…

Back in July at Vape Expo I was very excited to see the new range of juices by Button Junkie. I’ll be honest it was a deciding factor as to whether I was gonna go to the show or not. A juice called Crack Panda with ‘Gorillaz styled’ artwork. Thats gonna totally grab my attention and tilt the already pretty tilted scales in favour of making the journey to the N.E.C. I’m glad I did for inside a giant inflatable cube surrounded by clouds, I found the home of the Crack Panda.

Venturing through this post apocalyptic haze into a square cave looking for a panda did make me start to wonder if the coffee I bought on the way in was laced with acid. Then using the power of rationalisation I decided thats fucking stupid, the coffee was way too cheap to have been spiked. Undeterred (although slightly upset) by the revelation that I was indeed sober, it was time to get my crack on.

Peachy, I smiled (then a little cough) the tropical blend teasing the back of my throat. This was quickly followed by a sweet apricot on the exhale leaving a slightly sharp but full bodied tropical fruit crush of a flavour enveloping my entire mouth. There was something very familiar about this taste, like something I had before, possibly when I was younger… Upon smelling the juice it became clear, the reason I’m pondering whether Crack Panda (or C.Piddy as I like to think of him) comes from the Congo is that it makes me think Umbongo. I’m vaping Umbongo and I want more. Add to this the fact that it is a 70VG 30PG blend and I’m chucking out full bodied Congo clouds. I’m beginning to see why the Panda loves/needs his crack.

This is what the lovely people at Button Junkie have to say about it:

Like a used tissue, this Panda discarded bamboo a long time ago. The one and only overriding thought that fills his every waking moment is how to get more of this truly precious e-juice. His screaming tastebuds crave the sweet apricots as they melt and merge with ripe peaches and a mysterious melange of tropical fruits. This wonderous flavour will make any Panda’s fur stand on end.

For those of you who love fruit vapes I’d put this on the must try list, especially if you like a bit of throat hit. I got a good amount of tingle even at 3mg nic. Its a real tropical blast with well balanced tones and not overly sweet, so even in a dripper can be vaped over long periods of time without becoming too sickly.

Also I would like to give the artwork an honourable mention, seriously loving the styling and the square glass dripper bottles are a nice touch. Just wish the dripper was slightly longer but that is a minor grumble. You can always tip the last bit in.

Crack Panda is available exclusively in the UK from ecigwizard.com and will set you back £8.48 for 15ml and £15.49 for 30ml and comes in various strengths 0mg, 1.5mg, 3mg and 6mg.

Billow by The Cloud Company

So here I am back again with a second review from The Cloud Company and this time I’m looking into Billow for your vaping pleasure. If you haven’t seen the first review of Revel I suggest you check that shit out, especially if you’re a cereal vapist.

Pip and the guys over at The Suicide Bunny have done another fantastic job with the packaging, homing in on that gothic, valkyrie, medieval bondage vibe thats running through the whole Cloud Company range. The glass dripper bottles are good quality and I have had no issues with leaking either from the squeezey teaty bit or the cap itself. They have a good clicky child proof lid that on occasion, depending how much stuff I’m holding while dripping, can sometimes keep me out too. I managed to drop this one onto concrete from about waist height and it did not crack or break. I did panic a bit, Billow was my flavour of choice for the days vaping, and I really thought that was me done for the day. I know it’s a bit wanky worrying that I might not be able to vape for a few hours, but, when you’re rocking a fresh build and fresh batteries, you wanna be able to enjoy the flavours and sensations that having billowing clouds escaping from your face deliver. Now doesn’t that point bring me back nicely to Billow by the Cloud Company 😉

You will exhale great fucking clouds. All Cloud Company juices are 80% VG and I absolutely love this fact. It’s not just for you cloud chasers out there. The higher VG content makes its a much denser and more satisfying vape. Also the saturation is higher and it maintains an overall juicer experience. I find that the higher the PG is in the mix, the more drying the vape experience is. Nobody likes dry mouth and it can be a side effect of some liquids, not so with these lovely elixirs and that is a massive positive.

So lets get down to the flavours, that all important characteristic that gets us all hooked and coming back for more. The inhale is a deliciously creamy coconut, a perfect blend of the milkiness with subtle hints of the tropical seed. As you pull inwards the flavour seems to develop from the roof of your mouth, descending delicately onto your awaiting tastebuds. Its at this point that the coconut begins to work its way forward, a perfectly blended natural coconut cake of a flavour, not as artificial or sweet as the filling of a chocolate bar like a Bounty, but, still strong and natural enough to dominate at first. From the moment you remove the atty from your lips there is a change. A fantastically abrupt, yet satisfyingly smooth blending of the fudgetasticly decadent sugar, milk and butter. The exhale carries a sweet (but not overpowering) caramel sauce that in their own words has been drizzled over the coconut. And for me this is the bit that has true artistry, true creative culinary expertise, and it lies in the saltiness of the caramel. It pushes the other flavours together into a fucking ace crescendo of a taste sensation. Lick your lips afterwards and they are kissed by the sweet salty bomb that just went off in your face. So good and so moorish.

This is a complex and satisfying vape that keeps you going back to experience the slight differences with each pull. Can be enjoyed all day and I really wanna punch myself in the dick for writing this, but, here goes… It is incredible with a nice cup of tea. Don’t think I’ve ever sounded so British in my life.

As with all this range it is available in the UK for £16.99 for 30ml and £8.99 for 15ml. You can get your grubby little mitts on these from VapeClub as well as other vendors.

I’m gonna leave a short pause before reviewing the final two flavours in The Cloud Company line, I will say that the best is yet to come…

Revel by The Cloud Company

Somebody get me a fog horn its getting cloudy in here…

May I introduce you to the Cloud Company, lovingly created by ‘Pip The Bunny’. It’s an 80% VG range from the same gorgeous minds that brought you Suicide Bunny and Kings Crown. Vaping flavours from all these lines is a complex, sometimes confusing, and overall satisfying experience. They truly have been sculpted with depth and nuances that will speak differently to whoever is vaping them. Revel is no different.

I’m having a really difficult time nailing this bugger down. Every time I think I’ve got it, I’ll have another go and the flavours will change. Firstly it’s a cereal vape and you do get that kinda wheaty breakfastyness shining through, it’s the under and over tones that tantalise and confuse the shit outta me. Sometimes I get berry flavours with the cereal on the inhale, other times it’s a citrus burst of lemons and limes. Whichever one seems more prominent on the inhale will also be more dominant on the exhale. It doesn’t end there either, thrown in for good measure is full fat creamy milkiness which joins up with its buddy’s as you blow it outta your face. None of these flavours ever overshadow the others, I’m thinking this is why your taste buds home in on different elements each time.

I’m a big fan of complex flavours, they can maintain my interest and make me wanna keep vaping. The more basic flavours that I love instantly I can bore of just as quickly. I still like them, but, they won’t make it into regular rotation. The ones I’m not sure of often become the ones I love, and these ones I never wanna run out of. I don’t think Revel is gonna make that list. Its a nice vape and the clouds are fucking fantastic. Its creamy goodness flowing from my mouth and nose which is so saturated I just wanna curl up in that shit and become a baby cloud monster. Although I like the flavour in my writing I’m describing it as nice. Lets face it ‘nice’ is the arse end of a positive description and I find it very difficult to get excited about this flavour. That’s not to say it isn’t a good vape, I have been vaping and enjoying this flavour for a couple of weeks. It just doesn’t get my juices going. If your a cereal vape junkie this is well worth checking out, its so well put together it could rock your vaping socks off.

That is just my personal feelings, flavour is extremely subjective and it’s a very difficult thing to review. What I’m barely noticing might be blowing somebody else away. Although not entirely to my taste you can tell this is still a well produced, crafted and premium liquid. One which due to its complex nature should definitely be experienced. On a side note the packaging and artwork are so well done. I’m loving the gothic biblical look with bondage undertones. All the branding on Pips lines are wicked and I just wanted to share a bit of love for the design.

At the time of writing this… In the UK a 30ml bottle of this will set you back £16.99 or 15ml for £8.99 Both come in glass dripper bottles and are available from VapeClub as well as other vendors.

Captains Custard

Arrrrrrrr avast ye bastards I’ve got me a bottle of the captains creamy goodness…

Its a bit much but I do like to get involved in being a pirate, so any juice company thats comes with the branding of the Captains Reserve is gonna be a winner in my book. And to top it off the 40ml dripper bottle is a glass skull. I don’t care who you are, thats pretty titty fucking cool.

I came across this UK company at VapeJam and was impressed while trying their juices, trouble is you get so bombarded by great stuff to try, it’s a little difficult to remember what was good. Having got home and found one of their flyers buried at the bottom of my bag I thought I’d give them a go. I ordered a 40ml bottle of the Captains Custard because of some cloudy memory of trying it and liking it. To be honest, it’s better than the usual guess work when buying from a new company online. The amount of bottles I have bought and really don’t like is crazy. Kinda makes me wince to think of the expense.

Captains Custard is a good creamy vape that smacks you round the chops with full on banana. As you turn up the temp the flavour of the banana changes, the more power you put into it the more caramelised the banana becomes on the exhale. Its available in 0mg 3mg 6mg 12mg and 18mg and comes in 10ml bottle or 40ml glass skull available from their website. The juices are a 50/50 PG/VG mix and the only thing that would make me happier is that if the VG were higher. Having said that this is still a cut above the rest, just increasing the VG gives a far more saturated full bodied vape, but, this is just my preference as I mainly use drippers and not tanks.

All in all I’m very happy with this one at £19.99 for 40ml Glass Fucking Skull its rocking my vaping socks off as I type. Id be lying if i said the bottle didn’t sell it tho 😉