Chef Oren who is the owner and mad chemist of The Vape Kitchen is a classically trained chef who studied in the culinary arts in San Francisco many moons ago before chefs were ever known as TV celebrities. He also worked at a few well known restaurants here in Los Angeles. Michel Richard's Citrus, La Brea Bakery, Campanile, Joe's in Venice to name a few. His expertly trained palate can formulate and/or recreate virtually any flavor one could dream up. His gifted palate enables him to create any custom flavor on the spot when customers visit our shops.
The Vape Kitchen is a family owned brick and mortar business run by Chef Oren and his wife Mai. In their spare time (when they have it) they enjoy hanging out with their 3 kids, cooking & eating really great food and going to shows. Chef Oren can be found tinkering on old European cars, play loud punk rock music or goal tending for his many ice hockey teams when he's not in mad scientist mode.Business claimed on 2016-04-07, updated 2016-03-15.
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Jasmine Milk Tea by The Vape Kitchen
What makes Jasmine Milk Tea distinctively unique comes down to what goes into crafting the flavor. Much like the time-tested tradition of finding the best tea leaves to make the best tea, we took a Vape Kitchen signature approach to perfecting this flavor. The process to make each bottle is over THREE months. We take young green tea leaves and triple infuse them with a fresh, summery blossoms of jasmine which are then rolled into pearls. We take these unique sweet floral tea blossoms and directly infuse them into our signature VG blend for 3 months, which imparts an incredible distinctive flavor. The result: a rich and smooth, creamy milk tea that has never been done before.
Lemon sandwich cookies. Yum! I don't quite get the ice but it might be my rig. I tried a few different wattages and messed with the airflow to see if I could get the cool note to pop. Not yet, but it's OK. Even what I'm getting with the sandwich cookie flavor is fantastic. I would order this again for sure but TBH I like to switch up the flavors so much that it might be a while before I get back to this.
I picked this flavor because I like to alternate between creamy rich juices and those with more acidity. I like a floral component like lavender and rose in both. So a juice with the acidity of lemon, the sweet tang of raspberry, and the gentle floral essence of jasmine is a perfect fit for me.
The jasmine is definitely there but not too forward, and I like the rounded sweet aspect of meyer lemon, I think it is a better fit than a traditional lemon flavor. The raspberry doesn't get lost. I will order this in a 60ml in the future.
Ordered this on a whim while browsing through Chef Oren's Newest Flavors on The Vape Kitchen's website. The description says: Fresh notes of blackberry and cassis transform absinthe from licorice into something unique and special. The medicinal and sometimes unfavorable characteristics of absinthe are negated creating a smooth and delightfully creamy vape. Try it!!
So I tried it. I'm very pleased with this. The blackberry is there, with both sweetness and tartness. I get the cassis. The herbaceous punch of absinthe is muted in this flavor. I can't pick it out, but the berry is definitely enhanced by its presence. It's kind of like adding a pinch of minced parsley to a savory dish: you don't taste the strong green parsely, but the whole dish is improved by it's flavor.
The cream is there too. I like this a lot, it has enough acidity to keep it from going flat after several tastes. The blackberry and cassis flavors are front and center, and the cream smooths it out. If you're curious but not ready to get it, consider asking for this flavor as your free 30ml on your next order of $100.
If you've ever made rice pudding you know the ingredients: rice, milk, sugar, salt, egg (real rice pudding is a custard), butter, and vanilla. Cinnamon is a pretty common additive as are raisins.
This liquid has all those flavors minus raisins, but doesn't come off too thick and custardy. It has the clean milky flavor of rice pudding with rich vanilla and a dash of cinnamon. It tastes rich but somehow still able to be light and all day vapeable. I got this as a sample and I think I like it more than the Indian Rice Pudding (kheer) flavor. I would definitely order this in a full sized bottle.
Well they did it. This juice tastes like how it feels to have just eaten a pink Starburst. And the vapor aroma is like the scent when I first open the wax paper on one of those little waxy candies too. This isn't a bright tart berry flavor, it is a sweet mellow strawberry candy flavor. I typically prefer more tart flavors so this won't be an ADV for me, much like Strawberry Milk Candy. But I really like it and will likely order another 60ml in the coming months.
I never smoked in my life, I am grossed out by smoking or inhaling anything other than air until I sampled Vape Kitchens juices. Thai Mango Sticky rice in particular . Since that day I have become addicted to Vape Kitchens juices.
I now vape everyday with a drip mod and have tried many of their flavors at zero nicotine .
The owners are fantastic and the staff are amazing and helpful. I have met the owners at a vape expo and have been to the North Hollywood store several times. Each flavor is made with care by a chef
This is a wonderful company.
Update: 10/10. Enormous flavor list (over 200 I think), all the nic levels you could want, glass bottles, good packaging, fast shipping. Still max VG, no food colors, or diacetyl. Not sure about sweetener, I'll have to ask on my next order. Didn't need to steep, flavors are great straight out of the mailbox.
Previous review from 3 years ago: The juices are 100% VG and they don't use food coloring, sweetener, or diacetyl. Their flavors are bold and interesting. The juices haven't needed a steep of the several I have tried so far. The customer service is friendly enough and shipping is free and reasonably fast. I would give them a 10 but for now they don't offer online payment. It has to be over the phone or via PP invoice. Once they are able to do online ordering I will give them a 10.
My god, these people. These nice, nice people. I had some trouble with their Black Friday coupon -- not only did Mai give me a personal coupon code to use instead, she helped walking me through the issue and fixing the problem with the site that caused it right then, even though I had what is comparatively a really tiny order.
Today my order came, and it feels like my birthday. Little stickers and a note on the order slip, four 5ml samples (how did you guys know I wanted to try the milk candy and the sticky rice?) and a little pouch of candies.
At this point, I'm ordering again no matter what the juice tastes like. This place makes me feel special.
I seriously didn't expect this, but I was contacted by Chef Oren after I posted this review. He'd heard I'd received one of their faulty caps (evidently they got a bad batch from their vendor and didn't notice until they'd already sent a couple out), so it looks like that's not going to be an issue any more.
The second part of this update is that, perhaps most of all, he was upset because I'd had a bad experience. There's definitely something human that's lost when you communicate with another person through a computer screen. Let me confirm: these people are real and passionate about what they do. They have absolutely proven to me that my one less-than-stellar experience was unacceptable, and even disturbing, to them. They did this not by bribing me or threatening me, but by taking time out of their day to interact with me as a person and figure out what went wrong.
Everyone has bad days. Freak things happen. How those freak things get handled can make or break your faith in a business. Consider my faith in these great people restored.
Lastly, since the bad cap I had was responsible for me losing my Lemon Cheesecake, they're sending me a replacement. So consider that full disclosure, or whatever suits you. Thanks, you guys.
PS - to the people who manage juicedb: I tried to keep my original review in this submission, but I guess it was too long and your page wouldn't accept it. I don't feel great about deleting my initial impressions, so if you could fix that, then I could provide you with the type of honest and accurate review I'm sure you want from your community.
To those who were curious, here's a brief summary:
1) TVK, based on quality and consistency of juice alone, is a 10 in my book.
2) I had them rated as a 7 because:
A) I was subject to what I didn't know at the time was a batch of faulty bottle caps that would pop off and sit sideways. I had a bottle of Lemon Cheesecake empty out entirely into my vape bag because of a faulty cap.
B) I had a difficult order with them that was messed up and was entirely my fault, and trying to get it fixed before it shipped was complicated and an exercise in the dangers of misunderstanding.
3) Despite the above, I still intended to do business with TVK based on quality of their product alone.
IMO one of the premier juice vendors around. Almost everything I have tried is not just good but exceptional in taste and quality. Their chef/mixologist works some serious magic on putting together some complex and well defined flavors that are 100% VG based.
Bottles and labels are nice. Flavors are exceedingly unique and well thought out. There are some common ones in the mix but they taste unique compared to other vendors. Their website is slightly frustrating to use but just a minor complication.
I had the pleasure of meeting Chef Oren at Vape Exhibit in Austin. He was incredibly friendly and talkative. One of those "hey stranger, pull up a seat and hang out forever" type of people. He is fun to talk to, quirky, and very straight forward. Really cool dude.
Not to mention he was mixing custom flavors on the spot and nailing them according to the couple people's reactions I saw. His challenge to me and a few others was to come up with the craziest thing you would want to vape and tell him and he would make it for you.
In all the juices I have tried I have not come across more accurate fruit flavors than TVK produces and I have not run across many vendors so welcoming and happy to see and converse with literally everyone.