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.
|Aged for||1 month|
|Flavor Accuracy||5 /5|
|Cloud Production||5 /5|
|Throat Hit||1 /5|
Words won't be able to do this one justice.
I picked up a 30ml of this a while back, mostly because I've had some of TVK's other macaron flavors which are very good. This one however, is phenomenal. Went back and ordered 120ml immediately. It's one of the few dessert vapes that I can just vape non-stop and never grow tired of.
On paper, salted caramel macaron, sure I mean it sounds good - maybe it won't transfer over to vaping exactly but I'm sure it would be alright - maybe something to pull out every once in a while... is what was going through my head when I ordered it the first time.
They are right - they nailed this one.
What stands out most is just how well it's blended, it's flawless. Too much almond cookie and I wouldn't have liked it as much. Too much caramel, or sea-salt, and I'd feel the same way. At the same time, there's nothing delicate about this either. It's full of flavor, silky smooth and with a wonderful body to it. It's very creamy as well, more creamy than cookie actually, thanks to the meringue.
I like caramel, and enjoy it in vape form, but haven't ever been blown away by it until I tried this. A nice hint of almond, a lighter but pleasant cookie flavor, blended perfectly with a lightly salted caramel cream. The flavor here might be my most favorite I've tried yet, and I gravitate towards fruity vapes. It's just wicked good.
I had to give it a 5 as I just cannot think of any criticisms here whatsoever. Now, depending on your tastes you might disagree - if you are expecting an in your face almond cookie flavor first and foremost, you might not enjoy this as much. Or if you were wanting mostly the sea-salt, etc.
But I can say it seems unlikely you won't fall in love with this if you like the profile. It has a wonderful intensity to it, a 6 or 7 out of 10, and the sweetness here is perfect. You can vape this all day without feeling like you've had too much. I think the cream rounds this off nicely and just gives it a smooth finish that keeps you coming back for more.
As mentioned, all of the macaron flavors I've tried from TVK have been great, but if I had to pick one to suggest - this one wins easily. Yes it is possible that it's a bit pricier than what you care to spend, but don't let that stop you - this one is worth every penny.
Reviewed using: Lost Vape Triade DNA250 TC Box Mod, Velocity RDA, Dual SS 26g @.3Ω, 85W
|Aged for||4 weeks|
|Flavor Accuracy||3 /5|
|Cloud Production||4 /5|
|Throat Hit||2 /5|
My initial take of The Vape Kitchen's products was not very good. I felt their juices lacked in flavor. This is in large part my own misunderstanding of 100% VG juice. To really bring out the flavors of 100% VG juice, you have to go with a higher wattage in vaping.
Originally, I tried Top Banana in a Smok Big Baby Beast tank with an X4 0.15 Ohms coil at 45W. I was able to pick up the fresh banana, but could not taste any custard, vanilla or wafer that is described. Now that the juice has steeped for a month and using the same tank but with the T6 0.20 Ohms coil at 75W, the flavors are there! The first thing I taste is fresh banana. The second is the cream with a slight (maybe too slight) taste of vanilla. This is not a sweet juice, simply flavorful. The vapor fills my mouth fully. More creaminess on the nose, banana on the mouth exhales.
Reviewed using: Mod: Vaporesso Revenger; Tank: Smok TFV8 Big Baby Beast; Coil: T6 Baby - X4 Core 0.20 Ohms (40-130W); Vaping Wattage: 75W
|Flavor Accuracy||4 /5|
|Cloud Production||3 /5|
|Throat Hit||3 /5|
Earthy tobacco and milky herbal tea are the dominant notes here, delivered with a creamy mouthfeel and an orange tint. The citrus is light, but delivers a slight sting to the lips, tongue, and throat if you hold the vapor in your mouth for a bit – which I quite like. I find the vanilla exists mainly in the aroma, less so in the flavor itself. It makes occasional appearances as an undertone.
If you could bottle the act of smoking your morning cigarette on the back porch while enjoying a breakfast of tea and orange, Opus 2 is what it would taste like. This makes it a good candidate for morning vaping.
When I was in the rocky process of switching from cigarettes to vaping completely, mornings were the hardest part. I found most eJuices off-putting, their flavors too aggressive for so early in the day. If I had Opus 2 at the time, it probably would have been a non-issue. The flavor isn't overwhelming, nor is it terribly nuanced – by Opus standards, that is. Compared to most eJuices, Opus 2 is still complexly concocted, but of the Opus juices I've tried so far, it's easily the most straightforward.
Reviewed using: Smok Alien 220W TC w/ a Tobeco Super Tank Mini; 0.5 ohm Tobeco coil; running at 27.9 watts.
|Flavor Accuracy||4 /5|
|Cloud Production||4 /5|
|Throat Hit||5 /5|
You start to taste Opus 4 before you've even broken the bottle's seal. This fragrant eJuice emits a vanilla scent so deep and rich that you can smell it before you've opened the bottle. My first experience with Opus 4 came courtesy of Auster's Lush Box, and I was worried one of the bottles had been damaged in transit when I opened the lid and the warm aroma washed over me.
But no, Opus 4 is that pleasingly pungent.
When you do get around to cracking open the cap, you start to pick up fruitier notes beneath that thick vanilla. The liquid itself is surprisingly thin. I expected something much more viscous, given the liquid's strong bouquet.
Though I had fallen in love with the scent, I had worried its accompanying vanilla taste would overpower the other flavors in this 33-ingredient eJuice. I'm happy to say that isn't the case: While I don't know that I could pick out all 33 notes blindly, Opus 4 is a strikingly smooth and balanced eJuice. Immediately on inhale, you get a lightly sugary blend of fruits – a berry medley, I'd guess. This is followed quickly by a robust, smoky vanilla, which gives way to a creamy coconut finish. I don't taste almonds per se, but I do pick up their roasted quality, as well as a honeyed underpinning throughout. Close your eyes while vaping Opus 4, and you may find yourself in a richly appointed study, sitting before a fire, clad in a smoking jacket, some leather-bound volume open on your lap.
Or maybe that's just me.
It's amazing how smoothly Opus 4's flavor transforms in your mouth, from fruit to vanilla to coconut cream without a hitch, all in the span of mere seconds. This vape produces a surprisingly smoke-like throat hit with just the right amount of sting, considering its silky flavor profile.
The only downside, I'd say, is that I can't seem to locate the advertised Spanish saffron – but given how complex the flavor is otherwise, I'm not sure I miss it.
I am endlessly impressed with the "Opus" series. I think Vape Kitchen may just be the best eJuice maker on the market right now.
Reviewed using: Smok Alien 220W TC w/ a Tobeco Super Tank Mini; 0.5 ohm Tobeco coil; running at 27.7 watts.
|Flavor Accuracy||5 /5|
|Cloud Production||3 /5|
|Throat Hit||3 /5|
Opus 5's description is almost parodically artisanal: "This simple and pure Spanish Saffron-infused VG combines proprietary aromatics and a touch of sweet cream to create the delicately balanced and realistic flavor of fresh clover honey with a hint of orange blossom, lavender and milk."
But the joke's on you if you discount it for that reason. I'll be damned, but this lovely vape actually has notes of orange blossom and lavender, as well as a nice thick "milky" body. The sweet cream gives it a slight dessert-like quality, which makes it an ideal after-dinner vape.
And let's talk about that saffron for a minute: They're not just blowing smoke (har, har). You get the crisp, clean, flowery taste of saffron here. For such a ritzy vape, it's got a pretty good price point – $15 for 30 ml when I picked it up.
Personally, I find Opus 5 is best enjoyed after a nice meal or with a glass (or two, or three) of good liquor.
Reviewed using: Smok Alien 220W TC w/ a Tobeco Super Tank Mini; 0.5 ohm Tobeco coil; running at 29.4 watts.
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.
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.