This was actually the first juice I ever vaped. Overwhelmed, as many of us are, but so much information, I stumbled, humbled, into my local vape shop, and professed my virginity to the two gents working that day. They took extremely good care of me, helping me pick out a box mod and tank, which I was fairly comfortable with (and have grown to love), but when it came to the moment of truth, after 19 years of smoking Marlboro Reds, what on earth was I going to put into my new tank? Well, we chatted a bit and decided that a tobacco juice was probably a good idea, and so picked one out, but I also wanted to experiment a little, and asked for a recommendation of something, preferably not in the candy family. The shopkeep smiled, and reached into the drawer, saying, "I think I have just the thing for you."
The cylindrical packaging he pulled from the drawer pulled open to reveal a most fragrant bottle. Even without cracking the seal, as I stood there, inhaling deeply at the edge of the bottle, I knew I would love this juice. We rang everything up, and the shopkeep helped me assemble my whole rig in the store, and we decided to christen it with the Castle Long. After almost two decades of cigarettes, I wasn't prepared for a flavor profile so complex and robust. I've never been a wine drinker, so I'm not one to talk about "earthy notes... hmm... bits of oakiness," and yet, with each buttery inhale, and each nutty exhale, all held together by the most subtle notes of vanilla, I couldn't help but be amazed.
The remarkable thing about this juice is that the profile actually will shift with your wattage and coils (My personal preference is the SMOK Big Baby Beast with 0.4 ohm dual coils around 45 volts). With a lower wattage, you'll get more of the creamy, buttery flavor, whereas when you crank it up to, say, 70 watts, you'll find that the nutty flavors become more pronounced, and give a more toasted nuts flavor (I am referring to the pleasant flavor of toasted nuts, not a spent coil). Through it all, the notes of vanilla hold the blend together. Perhaps it is the fact that their bottles steep for months on end before shipping that holds everything together, but of course, that would shortchange their chemists, whose masterwork is on full display.
I find this to be a perfect juice to vape in the evenings, especially with either water, if you want to focus solely on the juice's beautiful flavors, or, if you're like me, pair it with a warm cup of coffee that won't overpower it, but rather will bring out even more flavors. It must be said that this juice, as much as I love it, is not an all-day vape. I think that its profile would dull the taste buds after more than 10-12 mls, and that would be a great waste. Cloud-chasers, this is a 50/50 blend, so while you get a great hit, if you're looking for massive clouds, I think this might be the one disappointment of Castle Long.
It is also very much worth mentioning that I do not believe that, unless you have extensive disposable income, it merits the price at which Five Pawns sells it. This juice vapes quickly, and especially if you are burning at higher wattage, you will go through it in astonishing speed. I am very fortunate that my local shop sells it for less than half of Five Pawns' asking price. You may want to check your local shop to see if they carry this golden ambrosia, that you might revel in it yourself.
(Reviewed the 6mg juice, using wattage ranging from 40-75. I found, at 6mg nicotine, that the sweet spot, personally, was between 45-55 watts, for a warm vape, without too harsh a kick from the nicotine level. Your mileage may vary depending on your tank, mod, nicotine level, vaping habits, and so forth)
Reviewed using: SMOK GX 2/4 (in 2 Battery mode), SMOK Big Baby Beast Tank, with both 0.4 ohm dual coils and 0.15 octuple coils.