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Monday, March 17, 2014

Review: Monkey Fart from JJVapes

Back in January, I told you that I'd be going in a more specific direction going forward.  eLiquids and "cigarette shaped devices" would become the focus of this blog.  That doesn't mean I won't be reviewing other devices too, it just means that eLiquids would be taking a more active role in this blogs future...

So today, in the pursuit of that new direction, I bring you "Monkey Fart" from JJVapes!

According to JJVapes, this eLiquid is described as, "Peanut Butter, Strawberry & Banana..  Oddly enough, it's pretty tasty!"  Let's get down to business and see what I think about it!

For the sake of completeness, this eLiquid has 6mg nicotine and was ordered @ 50-50 PG/VG ratio.

I will be testing this one using my Sigelei LEGEND, so that I can control the Wattage.
I will be testing this one in my RG400.
I will be using a 2.5Ω ProTank atomizer head in the RG400.

Here are my rating criteria for judging eLiquids:

  • Taste - Does it taste like what it says it's supposed to taste like?
  • Lingering Flavor - Does the flavor have PRESENCE & does it last?
  • Vapor Production - Does it make lots of Vapor?
  • Throat Hit - Is the throat hit too weak, too strong, or just right?
  • Exhaled Aroma - Does the exhale SMELL the same as the inhale TASTES?
Testing Notes: One of the things I see all too often, is that "Flavor is subjective".  NO, your individual tastes may be subjective, but flavor is flavor.  I've never had a steak that tasted like chicken.  I've never had an orange that tasted like a banana.  I've never had a cup of coffee that tasted like Hawaiian Punch.  If you ever see me give an eLiquid a bad review, it's because they TASTE BAD and not because I don't like a particular flavor.  I don't care for the flavor of peaches and mangoes, so you won't see me review anything that contains those. Understand? For more information on this topic please read THIS Blog post...

So here's the deal.  Just about everyone who makes eLiquids makes strawberry or banana or peanut butter flavored eLiquids, right?  They're pretty standard and popular flavors for "food items", so why not eLiquid too?  Getting them to taste good as individually flavored eLiquids is hard enough, but successfully blending them into one amalgamous flavor should be even harder!  I've got to be honest, that's why I chose this eLiquid.  I figured that if they could do this right, that I'd be compelled to try some of their more basic flavors!

Alright, so let's get down to business....

First of all, this is the first review I'll be doing with my Sigelei LEGEND APV.  I'm still putting this device through its paces, but I can tell you this much.... I really, really like it so far!

In the bottle, the liquid is CRYSTAL CLEAR and smells something like an RY4, so I'm already kind of concerned that this is going to be another in a long line of Junk eJuices!  But the first thing I tasted was a ridiculously REAL TASTING, fresh, averagely ripe banana!  At this I was already in shock...  Most of the banana flavored eLiquids I've tasted have either tasted like an unripened banana or a sickly, gross and overripened banana.  To get that fresh, normal, yellow banana flavor was both a shock and a delight!  On my second Vape, I tasted the peanut butter!  See that last exclamation point?  It's there, because I'm already deeply excited about the prospects of this eLiquid!  It's nearly unheard of for an eLiquid maker to get ONE flavor right, for them to get those 2 (so far) perfect is nearly UNBELIEVABLE for me!  As for the strawberry flavor, it's there, but it's not out in front AT ALL.  It offers a very subtle, fresh but tart strawberry flavor.  Don't get worried about the word TART, I'm doing my best to use words to describe the flavor and all I want you to take away from this word, is that it tastes like an AVERAGE REAL STRAWBERRY, not a "perfect" strawberry or like strawberry jelly or candy.

As my friends in the UK would say, "I'm already chuffed!"

Next, does it linger?  Not really.  For some eLiquids that would be a blessing, but in this case, I'm a little disappointed that it doesn't stick around.  I think that it isn't lingering on my taste buds, because it's not very sweet.  I wish it WAS sweeter, but that's a personal preference and in no way effects the outcome of my review.  Within 3 seconds the flavor is gone.  I think that if it lasted a bit longer, your average Vaper would Vape LESS OFTEN.  And I believe that's one of the KEYS to decreasing your nicotine.  Less Vapes equal less nicotine in your system.  Less is more when it comes to nicotine!

I ordered this at 50-50 PG/VG and the Vapor production of this eLiquid is AWESOME.  For those of you wondering, I'm Vaping with a 2.5Ω ProTank atomizer head and I've got my LEGEND set at 5.5W.  I've found that 5.5W is the sweet spot for most eLiquids I Vape.  Remember, this isn't a dripper, so Vaping at SubOhm Power Levels are not only unnecessary, but usually destroys the flavor of the eLiquids when using a BCC.  The only thing I could mention in this segment, is that there's obviously a little too much VG in this bottle for it to be a literal 50/50 mix.  I know this, because of HOW it feels in my mouth.  VG "feels" different on the teeth, tongue and gums than PG does.  However, it's not bad at all.  It's really close.  Maybe they just "topped up" the bottles with some VG to give me a fuller bottle?  I've seen some makers do it.  It's their way of saying, "Here's a little extra".  I don't know if that's what happened or not, but I'd really just prefer that it was made to the "recipe", if you catch my drift.

As for the nicotine level, they nailed it.  At 6mg, there's no harshness to the throat hit and I can tell that I'm getting exactly the amount that I need as well.

The exhaled aroma of this eLiquid is DEAD ON.  It smells like peanut butter and bananas.  More banana than peanut butter, the smell of strawberry isn't there at all.

As I write this, I'm on my second tank-full, so I know my atomizer is "burned in" and that the flavor isn't going to get any better.  I am going to reserve the last 3ml or so, just to see if steeping it nets me any results.  I'll post an update at some point in the future and let you know...

So do I recommend Monkey Fart?  OH YES I DO!

It tastes exactly the way it's advertised to taste, it's mixed well (even with a tiny bit too much VG), has the right amount of nicotine, makes a crazy amount of Vapor, it's American made AND it's AFFORDABLE TOO!  If you like peanut butter and bananas, this eLiquid has everything you could want!

As a matter of fact, if one of the managers or owners of JJVapes happens to find this review AND drops me a note, I'd like to make some time to speak with them and offer them some ad-space in trade for some eJuice!  :)  How's that for a RIDICULOUSLY CLEAR RECOMMENDATION?  This is a TastyVapers first!

As always, thank you so very, very, very much for your continued support, thank you for your comments and thank you for Liking it, Tweeting it, Sharing it, +1ing it and telling your dog about it, etc...  ;)

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