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B.R.V. — Bottle Ready to Vape — Six Eliquids Review

BRV Review



Bottle Ready to Vape is a line of eliquids created to support one of the best philanthropic endeavors I can imagine. Now, I’m tempted to give these liquids a fond eye for that reason alone; however, that’s not how I like to do things.

I mention this because I know that if I was the one reading this review instead of writing it, one of my first concerns would be, “Well, this guy just likes what the creator of these eliquids is doing, and it’s coloring his opinions of the liquids themselves.” I’d like to take a moment to assure you that that is not the case here, nor will it ever be the case when I review a line of liquids.

Second note: Im a personal acquaintance of the creator of B.R.V. and the founder of the Vape-A-Vet Project, Mr. Will Cohen. Now, the reason that matters is that I want to make it known that Will did not ask me to review these. In fact, although he has given his permission for a review to be done, he did so reluctantly because we know each other and, its my guess, he didnt want my readers to get the mistaken impression that his liquids will get an uncritical positive review on that basis. Thats not the case  if I like these, it will be for the same reason that I like any liquid  it gives a good vape.


The Cause

So what am I referring to when I mention that there’s a philanthropic endeavor that’s supported by this line of liquids? Simply this: A portion of the proceeds from every sale of liquids in this lineup goes to support the Vape-A-Vet Project.

Vape-A-Vet is a campaign to supply military servicemembers with the initial hardware and eliquid needed to help them transition from smoking to vaping. It’s as simple as that. Every bottle of B.R.V. eliquid you buy helps to bring a military man or woman out from under the shadow of tobacco addiction and into the safer (and let us not forget more enjoyable and satisfying) world of vaping.


Testing Notes

The hardware used to test these liquids was a SMOKtech Galileo mechanical mod powered by an 18500 battery and driving a Kidney Puncher Long-Barrel 510 dripping atomizer.

The liquids I tested were 18mg strength, with a PG/VG ratio that I don’t know with any exactness but which I believe is either 70/30 or 80/20 favoring PG. These liquids are available in 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, and 24mg nicotine strengths.


Presentation and Common Attributes

What we’re looking at here are 30ml amber glass bottles with pipette (“dripper”) caps. There’s nothing ostentatious happening with these bottles; no unconventional shape, no fancy gewgaws on the bottle’s collar. Just function dictating form, and that strikes me as being just fine.

The labeling is a little more colorful, though not distractingly or unpleasantly so. The “header” location is reserved for the branding — “B.R.V.” with the subtitle “Bottle Ready to Vape.” Centered in the background is the Vape-A-Vet logo, with the name of the respective eliquids superimposed over that. The “footer” area is home to the listing for the nicotine strength, underneath which is listed the B.R.V. web address.

The left border is home to a brief but sufficient ingredients list, while the right bears a warning that the product may contain nicotine and should be kept out of reach of children.

In all, the presentation of the liquids strikes me as minimalistic but thorough, and speaks of a product which exists to perform a function with no time or art wasted on frivolousness.


Common Attributes:


I’ve decided, starting with this review, that when I review multiple entries in a lineup of eliquids that when two or more of those entries have identical performance on certain attributes, such as visual vapor output and/or throat hit, that I’ll be placing my evaluation of those attributes up front. It saves you and I both time that way — as opposed to me basically restating the same evaluation for more than one liquid and you having to read what is basically the same thing said a few different ways. With that said, the visual vapor output and throat hit on every one of the following liquids are identical. Let’s touch on the visual output first.

The vapor from B.R.V. liquids comes with a thick, big body that dissipates quickly even in placid indoor air. While the main body dissipates quickly, it does leave behind a few wisps that last a second longer.

Flavor carriage in the vapor is strong, but likewise fades quickly along with the vapor. There is a moderate cumulative effect if the liquid is vaped for an extended period of time. However, because none of the B.R.V. liquids carries any tobacco flavor notes whatsoever, you should be able to vape these liquids with confidence around nonsmokers.

Throat hit is strong with these liquids, but — using the hardware I have available — not quite deep enough to be called a lung hit. The characteristic feeling I get from a drag of these liquids is strong but not abrupt — not so much a “smack” as a “firm push” at the back of the throat. Additionally, the throat hit remains comfortable over extended periods of time without leading to a dry or scratchy throat as some lesser liquids do after an hour or so.

Now let’s move on to the individual liquids.


Air Pear

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B.R.V. Liquids Says: It’s like having a ripe juicy pear air dropped on your taste buds.”


In hue, Air Pear is a pale, pale platinum. So take note: If you’re filling a clearomizer with this liquid, keep a sharp eye on the fill line. Rotational test shows this liquid to possess a strong VG component, possibly as high as 40% but certainly 30% at least.

The nose on this liquid is strongly of pear, but not as strongly so as other pear-based flavors I’ve tried. Still, you won’t be left in the dark on a blind test as to what the flavor is going to be here.

Now onward to that flavor: It’s significantly stronger with the pear notes than the nose might lead you to expect — in addition, there’s a little hint of bubblegum lurking way in the background here.

Overall, the sensation I get from a drag of Air Pear is that the only thing missing is the feel of sinking my teeth into the meaty pulp of a fresh pear.


Care Package

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B.R.V. Liquids Says: “A mixture of tropical fruits with a smooth creamy base.”


The hue of Care Package is, just as with Air Pear, almost entirely clear. So, as with Air Pear, you’d best fill carefully with this one.

The nose on Care Package matches the flavor nicely, and in both cases, we’re dealing with some serious pineapple. Care package delivers massive pineapple flavor, along with coconut and a hint of kiwi.

This one is absolutely going to be an ADV come the heat of late May through early September.


Chesty’s Punch

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B.R.V. Liquid Says: “Sweet, tangy, and delicious! Best served from a small paper cup!”


This one is completely clear, without the slightest hint of coloration whatsoever. Exercise extreme care when filling this one into a clearomizer. I’ll dispense with notes on the rotational test from here on out, since this liquid and all the others tested so far show a similar result which indicates at minimum a 30% VG component.

The nose on Chesty’s Punch is, shall we say, quite Hawai’ian. Very much a tropical fruit medley happening on the nose here, very pleasant.

The flavor on the inhale definitely reflects this — all manner of tropical fruits melding and dancing together to present a strength of fruit punch deliciousness. On the exhale, though, I get a slightly different vibe, one that’s redolent of lime green dentist lollipop.

Now, that’s not a bad thing — in fact, I quite enjoy it — but it is more than a little unexpected from the description alone. If you like fruit punch and lime lollipop, though, you’re gonna love this vape.


Colonel Custard

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B.R.V. Liquid Says: A deliciously sweet high ranking custard.”


In hue, Colonel Custard is absolutely clear. Where we get to something new with this one is that this is one of only two offerings from B.R.V. that is non-fruit-based. As the name and description make abundantly clear, this is custard — but it’s the nose that makes it abundantly clear just how strongly we’re speaking of custard.

This isn’t some weak tea vanilla-custard-like experience — this is the whole monty, all up on ya with a strong smoothness. There’s not a lot else I can think of to say about this one. This is the full flavor of custard turned up to 11.


Pogey Bait

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B.R.V. Liquid Says: “A delicious, yet not too sweet, chocolatey blend.”


This one’s a sight easier, if you’ll pardon the choice of words, to keep track of when filling a clearomizer, thanks to its pastel bronze hue. This is another vape from B.R.V. that’s pure, uncomplicated, and straight to the point.

And the point here is chocolate. Smooth, rich, dark chocolate — not as sweet as candy, nor bitter like baker’s chocolate, but right at a pleasing middle ground between the two. Inhale to exhale, that’s all Pogey Bait is about, so if you’ve got a craving for just-right, unadulterated chocolate, this is your vape.


Shore Leave

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B.R.V. Liquids Says: “A blend of sweet and tart fruits.”


Shore Leave is an interesting concoction from beginning to finish. Like a few of the others in the lineup, it’s clear as mountain water. Now, here’s where it gets weird:

The component flavors in this one are so complimentary to one another, and so well blended, that I honestly can only guess at what those component flavors are. I get subtle hints of raspberry, blueberry, mango, and papaya, or maybe it’s kiwi, but I would not put money on the table betting about any of them.

The one thing I am sure about with this one is that it’s a very solid vape — I may not know exactly what flavors are going into it, but I know without a doubt that I like the combination quite a lot.


Recommendation and Conclusion

Would I recommend B.R.V. liquids? Maybe I should rephrase that question just a little, so — Take Two: Without knowing about the cause that sales of these liquids support, would I recommend these liquids?

Absolutely, yes. I have before, and I’ll continue to do so. Knowing that sales go to support a cause like Vape-A-Vet is just icing on the cake. So the next question is this: How much, what size, and where can you get ‘em?


The whole lineup can be had for $17.76 per 30ml at Tucson Vape Escape.

Thanks for reading, and until next time, please remember to support this blog; do good work, and be good to yourselves and each other.

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UPDATE: Smokeless, 2nd Edition

Smokeless 2nd Edition Cover


It gives me great pleasure to announce to you today that Smokeless, 2nd Edition, is now live for Kindle devices and apps for the price of $4.99. And, just as with the groundbreaking 1st Edition, it will soon appear in print, as well! Grab your copy today!

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Six Months Later… The Second Edition Of Smokeless Is Coming

Smokeless 2nd Edition


It’s been an amazing six months since Smokeless was released. In that time, I’ve written extensively for Spinfuel eMagazine, met some really wonderful people in the vaping community, and tried some really great products (and some really far from great products, too.) I’ve also learned a lot more about the products, technologies, and trends alive in the vaping industry and the community that has leaped to embrace it.

The 2nd Edition will be chock full of changes and updates, from the subtle (I may have gotten the names of a few things muddled up the first time around) to the very obvious — a complete rewrite and massive expansion of the recommendations section.

Work is well and truly underway on the 2nd Edition. To let you see how close that work is to being finished, you’re looking at the cover right up there, fresh and piping-hot from the oven.

Expect the 2nd Edition to arrive on the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook reading platforms for $4.99, while the 1st Edition goes for $3.99.

Because the Reccomendations portion of the book is being completely rewritten from the foundation up, the 2013 Recommendations Roundup supplement will be retired. But look for a semiannual Recommendations Roundup supplement to appear at the end of June!

Thanks for reading, and until next time, please remember to support this blog; do good work, and be good to yourselves and each other.

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Top 10 Reasons Libertarians Aren’t Nice To You | Christopher Cantwell

Top 10 Reasons Libertarians Aren’t Nice To You | Christopher Cantwell: “”

One of the best commentaries I’ve ever read designed to explain this.

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The Great E-book Pricing Question

John Castle:

Excellent post every indie author should read.

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

soulsale There’s more guff written about pricing than almost anything else, resulting in an extremely confusing situation for new self-publishers. I often see them pricing too low or too high, and the decision is rarely made the right way, i.e. ascertaining their goals and pricing accordingly.

Price/value confusion

Before we get to the nuts-and-bolts, it’s time to slay a zombie meme. Much of the noise on this issue springs from conflating two concepts, namely price and value.

Authors often say something like, “My book is worth more than a coffee.” Or publishers might say, “A movie costs $10 and provides two hours of entertainment. Novels provide several times that and should cost more than $9.99.”

Price and value are two different things. From Wikipedia:

Economic value is not the same as market price. If a consumer is willing to buy a good, it implies that the customer places a higher value…

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Rune Vapor: Five Rings & Salty Dog

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Today, we return to the realm of Rune Vapor to give the critical but fond eye to two more of their offerings: Five Rings (Not Yet Available) and Salty Dog.

Between these two liquids, one is just new to me, while the other is new to the world. Salty Dog is the one that’s already available, and it’s one interesting puppy, while Five Rings is just a babe in a manger to all and sundry and is still, to my knowledge, not even available for order yet.

I’ve already covered many of the Rune Vapor lineup’s common characteristics, including the presentation, in my previous review of three of their liquids. I’m not going to go over old ground in this review, I’m just going to get right down ’n’ intimate with the new liquids and their unique characteristics here, so this review will be somewhat more brief than the last one.

With that said — let’s get right in to it:


Five Rings:


Rune Vapor Says… nothin’. Not yet, anyway, because Five Rings is so new that it isn’t even up on the site yet. But after speaking with Bhakti Iyata, Rune Vapors’ lovely co-founder, I am told that Five Rings is built from the essences of Banana, Coconut, Bavarian Creme, Butterscotch, and Caramel.

The hue of Five Rings is platinum, only a bare inch away from entirely clear. The rotational test shows me just what I saw with my previous specimens from this eliquid house. Let me take a moment to dispense with the notes about throat hit, visual vapor output, and vapor flavor carriage, as well, since those are likewise identical to the attributes of their siblings on Rune Vapor’s lineup.

One thing I do want to harp on again when it comes to the vapor, though, really briefly: the clouds. Holy plaid-wearing pinch-hitting god, the clouds. If you’re a cloud-chaser, you can take your pick of Rune Vapor’s offerings and it is going to be your ever-loving wet dream.

Let’s move on to the nose: What you’ll get when you crack the bottle for the first time and take a good, deep sniff is the banana and the coconut. Big and brassy banana and coconut sweetness right up front, and then that caramel, butterscotch and Bavarian creme sitting underneath like sidewalk under a deep July heat shimmer.

Those notes speak up louder in the flavor, though on the inhale it’s still all banana and coconut. It’s on the exhale that you get the caramel, cream, and butterscotch, but oh, boy do those show up clear and strong in that exhale.

Five Rings makes me feel like I need to come up with some kind of award to give to really, really stellar local vapes, so for the first time, I’m going to do exactly that:


Five Rings, for its sweet, creamy flavor, its astounding vapor production, and its overall satisfaction, gets a Sentinel Angel.


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Salty Dog:

Rune Vapor Says: “The initial contact is Captain Black tobacco, but don’t let that deter you, this is a statement of fact more than a description. The sweet exhale is a combination of six additional flavors and some of them include hints of cinnamon-milk, graham cracker, coconut, banana and butterscotch. None of these flavors being detectable from one another; all combining to make a smooth, unique and noticeably rare taste that you will fall in love with. But you make up you’re own mind. We hope you fall in a love with our Salty Dog and have a passionate affair with our edgy, sweet vaping flavor.”


With a description like that, it’s hard to not get excited about Salty Dog. We’ve already been over throat hit, vapor production and the vapor’s flavor carriage, so let’s skip right to the differences:


On the nose and in the flavor alike, what I get from Salty Dog is saltwater taffy. Now, that’s not a bad thing, but it is an unexpected thing. Does it vape well? Actually, hell yeah, it does. I get the saltwater taffy, but what I don’t get, I’m disappointed to report, is that Captain Black tobacco the description tells me about.

I definitely get the cinnamon milk, the graham cracker, and the butterscotch on the inhale, with the banana and coconut coming through on the exhale. But overall, what I get is so strongly speaking of saltwater taffy that I have a hard time coming out of a drag of Salty Dog with any real impression of anything else.


So now we come to the end of the adventure, and my recommendation. And here it is: If you love a savory vape — a break from the overload of sweetness you may find yourself dealing with after a day of vaping “cookies and cream” this, or “vanilla tsunami” that, or “chocolate quake” the other thing — Salty Dog will put your sweet tooth in its place with a powerful saltwater taffy spank.

On the other hand, if what you crave is smooth, buttery smooth banana, coconut, butterscotch and cream luxury, you owe it to yourself to get a hold of a bottle of Five Rings — just the very day that becomes available — and fire up that bad boy.

And while you’re at it, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of Lilith, Nether Gloom, or Viking Tobacco, either. Rune Vapor does liquid right, ol’ son, and you’ll do right to yourself to get you some.

Thanks for reading, and until next time, please remember to support this blog; do good work, and be good to yourselves and each other.


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