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.
This flavor took me a while to figure out. It does taste like the description, but it's been cagey and difficult to capture.
At low watts I get something like a twinkie, in a good way. At high watts it's just sweetish yellow cake. When I get the watts just right, and if I don't hit the fire button more than once every 5 minutes: perfection. White cake, sugar syrup, whipped cream, and a subtle fresh fruit flavor. Tasty.
Update: I was able to solve the coil issue - and it was a coil issue, not the juice. I noticed an issue with other flavors not wicking properly after I wrote this review, the issue wasn't limited to this liquid. Updating the rating to 4.5.
Previously: Major coil and cotton gunker though, and too fussy for me. I won't reorder Special Cake but I did have fun trying to figure it out.
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I've never had taro milk tea at a boba shop. I've eaten taro before but this is very different.
This was a sample in my last TVK order. Overall I'm really enjoying their beverage flavors like milk teas, milk shakes, colas, and of course their root beer float.
I'm not sure about this one. The flavor is excellent!!! Something in the formulation gives a throat hit that I can't handle. For reference: I'm down to 1.5 mg and I only vape max VG liquids. This liquid is low nicotine and max VG yet it hits my throat and makes me cough as if I vaped my best friends preferred eliquid which is 24mg and mostly PG. Yowza!
I'll keep messing around with airflow and voltage to see if I can get it to a place that is comfortable. The flavor is amazing, I haven't had anything like it before so it is worth the effort to make it work for me.
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This is not a typical flavor so I confess it's not easy to pin it down in words. I'll do my best. This is a delicately sweet, slightly fruity, slightly floral, slightly cool vape. There is a taste of fresh strawberry, the lavender is there but barely because a little goes a long way with that, and there is a sweetness but also barely. The coolness on the exhale isn't menthol or mint or anything like that. It just stops the vapor from feeling warm.
This juice tastes like something AIV would make, but it's even better because I didn't have to put it in a cabinet to steep for weeks before being able to enjoy it, and I didn't have to click through any hidden menus to find it either. Mai, Oren, your skills never stop surprising me.
I tried this flavor from TVK years ago and remembered it fondly. When I tried it I was only using an EVOD and was still able to get good flavor despite it being max vg and my rig having such low wattage. Today I'm able to up the wattage and really get great flavor from this liquid. For reference I'm using 61 watts with quad .15 ohm coil.
The inhale has that familiar herbaceous root beer flavor with a sweet almost caramel touch. It is definitely a root beer and not a cola or a candy. The exhale has the sweet vanilla cream taste, like the foamy froth on top of a root beer float and the root beer notes are still there after exhaling. Well executed.
I was surprised by the reviews that said they couldn't get flavor from this and wonder if it was an issue of wattage. I only received this 3 days ago and the flavor is definitely there, no steep required. If you like root beer liquids, I recommend giving this a try.
This was a sample included with an order that I made. Wow I'm really liking the tea drinks from TVK. At first this one was really heavy on the cinnamon but once the tank warmed up the other flavors came forward. It only needed that initial warm up meaning I didn't have to chain vape this to keep the take warm for the spice blend to be at its best. There's cinnamon, clove, tea, maybe ginger, a wee bit of cardamom (little goes a long way with that stuff), and maybe black pepper that I'm tasting on the inhale. The exhale is subtly sweet and very creamy with velvety clouds. My office looks like I have a rock star fog machine running. Really enjoying this and I will definitely order a full size bottle.
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.