As always I am on a search for great E-Liquid and the perfect vape. And I have found yet another strong contender with this offering!
Coffee Bavarian Hazelnut Cream from Highbrow Vapor.
When I was talking to Bryan at Highbrow about the samples he was supplying at his own expense for this review (Thank you Bryan) I told him that one flavor that I have been looking for everywhere was a great coffee flavor. A rich and dark roasted coffee flavor with just a hint of sweet cream added and asked him for suggestions on which of his products would best match what I was looking for and the promptly suggested this one.
The description of this flavor from their website is as follows:
Our Bavarian hazelnut cream coffee flavor is a complex but subtle blend of premium coffee flavor with undertones of rich vanilla cream and hazelnut. Mild enough to vape all day and just sweet enough to enjoy in copious amounts, this vape is sure to please even the most discriminating of coffee aficionados.
The order shipped promptly per the shipping schedule as posted on their website.
Shipping schedule (Sunday thru Monday, revolving)
Orders placed on Sunday – Ship Tuesday
Orders placed on Monday – Ship Wednesday
Orders placed on Tuesday – Ship Wednesday
Orders placed on Wednesday – Ship next day Thursday
Orders placed on Thursday – Ship the following Monday
Orders placed on Friday – Ship the following Monday
Orders placed on Saturday – Ship the following Tuesday
Packaging was well done, padded envelope, ample bubble wrap with a surprise inside.
Price is $7.50 per 10ml bottle and $15 for a well filled 30ml bottle.
USPS flat rate small box priority mail $5.60 I believe and orders over $50 qualify for free S&H
The four 30ml bottles (you will have to read more of my reviews before you find out what the other three are) were also wrapped in a plain, brown paper package tied together with a bit of ribbon.
Quite Victorian, Quite Highbrow, Quite me.
The next thing I noticed is there was absolutely no E-Liquid scent coming from the shipping container which I thought a bit strange until I opened the bottle, a well filled bottle I might add. Right up to the top. 30ml +.
Very well sealed. I do not know what the term for it is but the kind of seal you might find on a bottle of cough syrup that you break the first time you open it.
One small note that I will add about the bottles. While they are obviously very high quality, they are a bit on the firm side for my preference and I do have to squeeze it fairly hard to get at the liquid inside. But a small price to pay for a quality E-Liquid.
The liquid inside was a dark coffee color and when I went for the “sniff” test, it smelled just like a cup of a very good cup of freshly brewed coffee!
Now on to the actual test.
Highbrow allows you to customize your flavors. Ask and you shall receive. And as usual, I received a 60/40 mix with 18mg of nicotine.
I filled a clean Kanger T-2 clearomizer with at fresh coil head reading a 2.1 ohms and fixed it the business end of an Apollo 18650 V-Tube and started in on it at 3.4v working upwards to 4.2v.
Since this was only a week old at this point, I ended up at 3.8v just to spare you a long story
The first thing I noticed with the inhale, a very pronounced, very deep and dark coffee flavor. Full flavored with no bitterness and no burnt taste.
On exhale, this is where I started to get the very, very light notes of sweet cream. Still mostly a full bodied coffee flavor but the cream was definitely there.
Great vapor production but not as much throat hit as I usually get with a 60/40 mix. But still perfectly acceptable when you consider the flavor. And this can be
modified with my next order.
A week later.
Throat hit and vapor production are the same.
Flavors have measurably matured and this time I settle in quite nicely at a solid 4.2v.
The Coffee flavor has pretty much remained the same, a very nice and genuine coffee flavor, still no bitter notes but the cream cream flavor has now exerted itself more. I can now identify the vanilla and the hazelnut along with the a slightly heightened sweetness that comes with the cream flavor.
I have been seriously looking for a great coffee flavored E-Liquid for some time now and have gone through more than my share samples.
With no real success and more than a few large disappointments.
There is an old saying about the five descending quality levels of coffee.
- And Carbon Remover
This is most definitely a coffee flavored E-Liquid that I would reccomend to any coffee lover without hesitation.
And I look forward to trying it again with a bit more of the cream/vanilla/hazelnut flavor added just to tweak it a bit to make it suit my personal preferences.
I also can’t help but think that this would be a wonderful base for a Kahlua flavored E-Liquid.
Please take the hint Bryan!
A bit about Highbrow Vapor.
Apparently, word has spread about the excellent product that Highbrow consistently delivers to their customers and as a result of their success they are moving into a new production facility to better serve us, the vaper.
Just a little FYI about my review process, when I review an E-Liquid maker, I like to go the extra mile to get to know them personally and many emails get exchanged.
This place really cares about what they are making and you can see the relevant information about the ingredients they use when you visit their home page.
Remember I talked about customization and throat hit? And I asked Bryan about it and this is what I received from him as an answer. It not only answered my question but gave me further insight into the way Highbrow operates.
We work with a lot of ingredients. Some of these ingredients mask TH a bit more than others so by substituting them with ones that do not we can eek out just a bit more TH while still maintaining the integrity of the liquid. I think at best if you break this into percentages such a thing would only account for about 5% of total TH of the experience with the other two important factors being Wattage and Nic level. That being said, a great many customers have not progressed to VV or have knowledge of LR carts and other such TH boosting hardware. This is our very little way of helping out while not boosting the nicotine level. Along these lines when you get to know your ingredients they almost become inanimate little cohorts which do things you want if used in just the right amount. It is fun.
Making juices by hand per order is almost zen-like for me. While there is no way I could possibly do all of the legwork involved at this point like wrapping the items and shipping them my mistress is the mixing table. It helps me concentrate on a task and there is more heart behind the finished product I like to think. I would almost call it a form of self-mutilation as my poor hands can attest. Ultimately I think a better product arrives at our customers mailbox and we feel better about it which is just as relevant. Regardless whether or not a customer loves it or hates it we put our soul into making it.
To sum up my experience, it you are looking for a rich, full flavored and satisiying cofffee vape, look no further. Bryan and Highbrow know their business when it comes to this blend!
Visit them at HighbrowVapor.com
Vape Well My Friends!
Back in two weeks.
Disclosure: Ron received this e-liquid from Highbrow Vapor for review purposes. Highbrow Vapor is an advertiser on this site.