Weekly Juice Battle 12 Custard Edition

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Boy what a week it was. I spent 7 days straight vaping nothing but various custards. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to getting back to some non-custards this week, however it was a lot of fun and I was able to uncover some clear winners and losers.

Before I dive in to the battle, let’s talk for a minute about custards. Here is how Wikipedia defines Custard:

Custard is a variety of culinary preparations based on a cooked mixture of milk or cream and egg yolk.

So basically, we are looking at cream combined with egg yolk for added richness and depth of flavor. Generally most custards – at least for vaping purposes, are sweet on some level, and contain vanilla.

What I’m looking for in a good custard is basically exactly what is described above – I want a rich vanilla flavored vape with some level of sweetness that is heavy enough to give you the true custard experience, but light enough to be vapable for a long period of time without getting sick of it.

Additionally, I’m looking for balance – I don’t want vanilla on the inhale, custard on the exhale and weird aftertastes mixed in. I want to be as close as I can get to a consistent custard flavor throughout the entire vape from inhale to aftertaste.

With that being said, I reviewed 11 different custards last week and there were some clear losers, clear winners and a few interesting ones this week. Let’s get on with the battle…

#11 Hope Liquids: Vanilla Custard

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Coming in at dead last this week is Hope Liquids’ Vanilla Custard. Here’s what they say about it:

Smooth and sweet vanilla flavor with a custard note makes this a scrumptious delight. 

Unfortunately, this one didn’t do it for me at all. Now to be fair, my bottle was packaged back in May of 2013, so this one has been around for a while. In fact, the people from Hope actually contacted me to point that out. It is a fair point, however my general experience with e-liquid is that over the course of 1 year, juices tend to get better rather than worse over time. After 1 year, some can degrade, although I have a couple bottles of Serendipity from 2012 that taste better than ever, so you just never know.

Anyway, the main beef I had with this one is that it simply didn’t taste like vanilla or custard. It had kind of an odd, synethic sort of perfume taste to it. Not super heavy, but it was basically the only flavor that was really present in the vape. I thought back, and I actually kind of remember their Breakfast Anyone juice having the same odd taste to it, and not tasting of much else.

So Hope gets last place this week due to simply not tasting like a custard or a vanilla whatsoever. They were considering sending me a new bottle to re-evaluate, so I will definitely keep you posted if that ever happens and the result is any different.

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#10 Nick’s Blissful Brews: Smoked Custard

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Second to last place this week was Nick’s Blissful Brews’ Smoked Custard. Here’s what they say about it:

Forget everything you know about vanilla custard e-liquid flavors.  Smoked custard is like nothing else you’ve ever tried.  It has been described as unique and unusual, yet delightful, with it’s innovative custard and tobacco blend.  It’s the best of both worlds:  a robust, high quality cigar tobacco flavor, blended with a delicious custard base.  Not too sweet, not too savory, it’s just right.

I spent $22 to get a bottle of this stuff because I was intrigued by the idea of tobacco and custard mixed together, and I thought it would be a perfect addition to this week’s battle. Unfortunately that is $22 I am never going to get back, and I wouldn’t even feel comfortable giving this stuff away.

While the promise of tobacco and custard together sounds awesome on paper, the execution here was not good.

The flavor was awkward throughout the vape. It’s kind of a jumbled mess of flavors – slightly sour, a little savory, not much sweetness. It was really hard for me to pick out any flavors individually. They all just kind of formed into a big mess.  I didn’t get any real hints of cigar tobacco at all – what slight traces of “tobacco” may have been there tasted like nothing more than a faint RY4 taste to me. I could hardly pick out any vanilla at all, and the custard aspect was also unbalanced and hard to taste.

This one was actually so bad that it was difficult for me to take more than a few puffs at a time. As high as my hopes were for this one, my disappointment was even higher once I tried it.

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#9 Pixie Juice: Bannas & Custard

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This was my last juice from the now defunct Pixie Juice.  I thought it would be a good idea to mix in some flavored custards, and this one seemed like a pretty good fit.

It’s really too bad that Pixie Juice isn’t around anymore, but I honestly don’t think there’s anyone out there wishing they could get their hands on another bottle of this stuff.

To me, this one was extremely strong on banana, and had almost no custard flavor at all. I would liken it to a worse tasting version of ECBlends Banana flavor. A fairly basic banana base with little custard notes at all to draw from. The banana was so strong in this one that it almost took on an alcohol like quality and really made for a fairly unpleasant all around vape.

Luckily you won’t have to worry about accidentally buying this one. This might be the last time a Pixie Juice flavor is ever reviewed, and based on my experience that might not necessarily be a bad thing.

#8 Big Willie’s Custard

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Coming in at #8 this week is Big Willie’s Custard. Here’s what they say about it:

Big Willie’s take on vanilla custard.  It’s a rich, creamy custard, blended with vanilla and butterscotch.  One taste of this mouthwatering concoction and you’ll see why it has developed such a huge following in such a short amount of time.  100% Diacetyl free!

Before Custard Week, based on what I had heard, my impression was Big Willie’s and Grant’s are the two most highly recommended custard flavors. I was hoping to get both of them, but I wasn’t able to get a hold of a bottle of Grant’s in time.

Luckily I was able to scare up a bottle of Big Willie’s.  Considering what I had already heard and the price, I was expecting a lot from Big Willie’s. Unfortunately it turned out to be a huge disappointment.

Out of the true custard flavors I tasted this week, this was one of the worst. The flavors were kind of a mess – very little vanilla, very little butterscotch. The egg note was the strongest of the bunch, and it didn’t balance well with the lack of other key flavors, and the low level of sweetness.

To me, it came off a lot like Mayonnaise, which isn’t exactly at the top of my list for flavors I want to try vaping.

Balance was a big issue. One of the key things I was looking for was consistent custard flavor across the vape. This one gives a slightly odd, semi sweet and sour note on the inhale, savory mayonnaise-like egg flavor on the exhale and then a trace of vanilla on the aftertaste.

If the entire vape tasted like the aftertaste, it might be a little closer, but as it stands this one was pretty much awful as far as I’m concerned. Nearly unvapable – and for the price, you are way better off with Yaeliq or MBV which are far cheaper and taste a lot better.

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#7 MBV’s Vanilla Custard

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MBV’s Vanilla Custard comes in at #7 this week. This is the first time ever that I have re-reviewed a juice, and also the first time ever that a juice has been in 2 juice battles.

MBV’s Vanilla Custard actually finished pretty well in the first juice battle, coming in at a respectable #4. To me that speaks to the fact that this juice is a relatively decent overall vape when not compared against other custards.

This week, I re-reviewed it in the context of Custard Week, comparing it directly against other custard flavors. It was definitely better than some – in fact I personally think it is a lot better than Big Willie’s, but it’s not the best either.

The inhale is crowded by a strong egg flavor and kind of a sour overtone. The exhale is a lot more smooth with more custardy egg finish. The vanilla is fairly light in this juice – it’s there, but not super prominent. This isn’t an especially sweet one either.

As custards go, I found this one to be slightly below average, but still quite vapable. In fact I have vaped quite a bit of it. As a bargain custard vape, you could do a hell of a lot worse, although I think there are a lot better options if you are buying from MBV.

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#6 Space Jam: Starship 1

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Coming in at #6 this week was Space Jam’s Stargate 1. Here’s what they say about it:

Starship 1 starts with a rich, smooth vanilla custard, then tops it with fresh kiwi and a touch of sweetness.

I had a really hard time figuring out where to place this one. I really didn’t think it was much of a custard vape at all – in fact, I barely tasted any custard. This is a really fruity tasting vape. I have never had another kiwi vape before, so I can’t really speak to the accuracy of the kiwi flavor, but it didn’t really scream kiwi at me either. It’s mostly just a very sweet and fruity vape – with a slightly rich undertone from the “custard”, but no real custard flavor to speak of.

So as far as custards go, this one was a big fail. However, the overall quality of the vape itself was quite a bit better than the previous juices on this week’s countdown, so I did give them points for that.

It’s a little bit sweet and heavy for me to want to vape it with any kind of regularity, but I do think this is a juice that would appeal to some people – particularly those who really like fruit vapes.

The throat hit, vapor and all around quality of the vape was pretty solid. I would NOT recommend this one if you are after a good custard vape, however if you find the kiwi aspect interesting it might be worth a shot.

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#5 Moon Mountain Vapor: Cosmos Custard

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Coming in at #5 this week is Cosmos Custard from MMV. Here’s what they say about it:

Blip is my best friend. As friends do, sometimes Blip and I agree, sometimes we don’t. I love custard, and Blip, well, Blip loves bananas. Of course Blip loves bananas, he is a monkey after all, and he is a Space Ape (sorry, shameless plug.) One night Blip and I were discussing the finer points of the delicious desserts that the Lunartic kitchen occasionally puts out. Whether it’s Creme Caramel, Flan, Boston or Bavarian cream, we both love them. Blip thinks that more bananas are needed. There is one dessert that Blip and I agree on……….. Cosmo’s Custard!

Woah, wait up…… what is Cosmo’s Custard? Well, if you know and love Custard as I do then you might dare to guess. But hey, I won’t make you be a guessing fool like Blip. Yes, there are no bananas! Blip is pissed but what can I say?

I had to vape it! I totally stole this recipe from Karl over in the Lunartic kitchen. Vanilla, Cream and just a touch of Special Lunartic sauce makes this a vape that even Blip loves. No bananas!

MMV has been really up and down for me. The juices I like from them – I really like, and the ones I don’t like -I really don’t like. They all tend to be very full flavored, sweet and rich. Needless to say, I was expecting Cosmos Custard to be extremely rich since custard is already one of the richer vape flavors anyway, and MMV tends to be so heavy handed.

I was actually really surprised by how subdued the flavor was on this one. It does have a fairly decent custard flavor to it. The inhale is slightly sour and a little eggy – a common trend I’ve found with a lot of these. The exhale is smooth and has traces of vanilla, but it is not a super strong vanilla flavor at all.

All around, the flavors are there, but they are fairly unbalanced, which is why I didn’t rate this one higher. For whatever reason, a lot of custards have kind of a sourness on the inhale which usually doesn’t ruin the vape, but does reduce the overall experience. This is one of those custards.

I would say it’s a decent all around custard, but not really going to give you the full experience of a custard, and I didn’t find it to be very balanced at all from the inhale to the aftertaste.

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#4 The Vapor Room: Vanilla Custard

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Coming in at #4 this week is TVR’s Vanilla Custard. Here’s what they say about it:

A warm, rich vanilla pudding flavor bound to satisfy even the most discerning vanilla fan!

I just got done reviewing their Vanilla Cupcake flavor last week, and I thought that it was pretty good, although not necessarily reminiscent of a vanilla cupcake – more on the vanilla side, less on the cupcake side.

This one was actually quite similar. It was loaded with tons of very nice vanilla flavor, but didn’t really have a strong custard component at all. Additionally, this is another one where the inhale was slightly flawed. It had kind of a sour and synthetic note to it – not enough to ruin the vape, but enough for me to notice it was there. The exhale is pretty dry, but packed with vanilla flavor that I found to be quite delicious.

I think out of all the custards I reviewed, this one probably was in the top 3 for best vanilla component. They really nailed it and it was really good. I just felt like the custard was more of an afterthought and didn’t come out nearly enough.

This is definitely a really good juice. Aside from being a little dry, it’s a great all around vape. The flavor is very good and it has excellent throat hit and vapor. You definitely would be totally fine ordering up a bottle and you could easily cruise through the whole thing with no problems at all.

If you’re after a true custard, this one may not be for you, but if you are a big vanilla fan you will surely like this.

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#3 Yaeliq: Vanilla Custard

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Coming in at #3 this week is Yaeliq’s Vanilla Custard. Here’s what he says about it:

True,rich and realistic taste of Vanilla Custard

Historically, Yaeliq has not enjoyed a lot of high finishes in Juice Battles here, but I am always a huge fan of giving credit where credit is due. This is definitely the best Yaeliq juice I have reviewed so far, and one of the top 3 that I have tasted.

I rated this one high for several reasons – for one thing, he has all the elements there. Many of the previous juices in this battle were missing out on one or more components – either too much custard and not enough vanilla or too much vanilla and not enough custard, etc.

Yaeliq has them all in his vanilla custard. Again, the inhale is slightly flawed with kind of an odd sour-alcohol kind of taste, but it isn’t super heavy and the exhale that follows is markedly better. You can taste both the custard and the vanilla on the exhale and they are super smooth and just the right sweetness. It also leaves a very pleasant aftertaste behind it.

Vape-wise, this one is near perfect. It hits great at 18mg and puts off a TON of vapor. The flavor is nice and full and you can easily pick out all the elements.

Another big reason I rated this so high, is it is by far the best priced vanilla custard on this list. At $18 for 100ml, you can easily satisfy your custard fix indefinitely without having to spend an arm and a leg.

I truly found this one to be an accurate custard juice, and pretty damn tasty to boot. I would totally recommend trying this one out.

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#2 Sleeping Dragon Vapor: Daft Spunk

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This week’s runner up was Daft Spunk by Sleeping Dragon Vapor. Here’s what they say about it:

A creamy vanilla custard with an egg note. A few days of steeping and this one comes alive.

Mine was well steeped, and this one really did come alive. As custards go, I thought this was by far the second best overall custard flavor I tried. I have never tried a juice from Sleeping Dragon before, and this was a great choice for their inaugural run.

They really nailed all the custard components. Perfect level of custard – maybe the best out of the whole bunch, and a very nice and smooth vanilla flavor. The inhale on this juice was not nearly a bad as some of the others. It was maybe just a tiny bit jumbled, but it had more of a dry graham-like undertone than a sour one like so many other custards I tried had.

The exhale is super smooth and you get the full taste of the custard laced with just the right amount of vanilla.

I found the throat hit to be exceptional at 18mg, 50/50, and it produces a very nice amount of vapor as well.

Overall, this is really a fantastic all around custard vape. They were pretty accurate in terms of keeping the flavor balanced throughout the vape – not the best, but definitely the second best. In fact, this was EASILY the #2 juice this week. It is markedly better than numbers 3 through 11.

I can highly recommend this one with confidence.

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#1 Twisted Electronic Cigarettes: Mili Vanili

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This weeks winner is hands down Mili Vanili from Twisted Electronic Cigarettes.

This is actually a new juice they have been developing and I was extremely lucky to get my hands on a bottle.

Out of all the custards I reviewed this week, this was the ONLY one that had a perfectly consistent and balanced flavor throughout the entire duration of the vape. From beginning to end you get the richness of the custard laced with the perfect amount of vanilla. It basically tastes exactly the same on the inhale, exhale and the aftertaste. To me, that is about as close to perfect as you can get with a custard.

What I really liked about this one was that they were able to keep it light and still have plenty of flavor. After a week of vaping nothing but custards, I can definitely tell you that they tend to be on the heavier side, and it is pretty easy to get burned out on them.

This particular one is wonderfully light without sacrificing flavor. Not only is it the best custard vape by far this week, it is also probably the best overall juice I have vaped since my bottle of Boba’s Bounty ran dry. Even though I had a long week of vaping custards, I am still vaping this one right now as I write this.

Additionally – the bottle I have is less than a week old, which means there is a lot of potential for the flavor to develop even more AND it also tastes great right out of the bottle – so I don’t think you can go wrong either way on this one.

This is easily an all day vape candidate, and that is not something I throw around very often here.

This is a brand new juice, which they don’t have available on their site yet. For now you will have to contact them for availability on it. In the meantime, I can also highly recommend their Vanilla Cloud, which is similar but a little less on the custard side and a little more on the vanilla side.

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The Bottom Line

Wow. This was a great week of reviews for me. I didn’t notice it as much with the tobacco battle, but pitting the same flavored juices against each other all week really gives me a great opportunity to compare and find the more subtle differences that really separate the winners from the losers. MBV’s Vanilla Custard is a great example. They had a respectable 4th place finish in their original juice battle, however once compared to other custards, the shortcomings immediately became apparent and I was able to get a much better idea of how it actually rates as a custard vape rather than an overall vape.

So this was great. I got to try out juices from 4 new vendors and I was able to identify a couple true top notch custards.

As far as custards go, it doesn’t end here by any stretch. There are so many custards still out there that I would love to review, and I still haven’t tracked down the elusive Grant’s vanilla custard. Needless to say, there’s a strong chance of another custard battle sometime in the near future.

Additionally, this week went so well that I fully plan on doing a lot more of these. If you have suggestions for Juice Battle themes, please take moment and leave a comment below. I already plan on doing a Cinnamon Roll battle in a couple weeks, but there are plenty more flavors out there to tackle.

Until next time…

 

16 comments on “Weekly Juice Battle 12 Custard Edition

  1. Kent Brooks says:

    NOTICE: Custard Headquarters has been relocated to Omaha, NE.

    Custard’s Last Stand won Best Overall Bakery/Dessert in the Best of ECF 2013 voting, and Nicoticket won Best Vendor. 😉 You can’t have a competition without the reigning champ.

    • sam says:

      I do wish that I would have had the opportunity to review Custard’s Last Stand for this one, but it will have to wait for next time.

      With all due respect, I don’t really put much stock in the Best of ECF poll at all, since the only people that seem to participate in the poll are the Nicoticket fan club and nobody even bothered to publish the results in a format easily readable by humans.

      Credit to the Nicoticket fans for their support, but that poll is basically meaningless.

      • Mina says:

        Good reviews but that was a rather asinine response… Like people should put “stock” in your reviews, but you discredit something else because you deemed it meaningless. Sounds like there is some confirmation bias here… Other people voted in that poll besides the nicoticket fan club as well. I could read the results fine and last I checked I was human. Also, could the reason his fans base is foaming out the mouth about his products is because they are really good?

        • sam says:

          Just because you don’t agree with me doesn’t mean my response was asinine. First off, I graciously allowed Nicoticket staff to post a comment touting their custard as the best custard out there, despite the fact that I thought it was noting but promotional bullshit and bordering on classless. Funny, I don’t recall them ever taking the initiative to reach out to me to have their juice included in this Juice Battle, but now they are quick to jump on me because I didn’t include their custard?

          Second off, The best of ECF poll is so shitty and informal that nobody even bothered to put it in a format that people can easily read. If they did, people would probably be shocked at the pathetically low polling numbers. Just my opinion. If other people want to buy their juice by using the Best of ECF poll as a guide, more power to them. I could really care less if people put stock in my reviews or not.

          The fact of the matter is, I have tried hundreds of different juices, and my personal opinion is that I am able to judge pretty well what is good and what isn’t. If other people don’t feel the same way, that’s their opinion. Nobody is forcing anyone to read my reviews or buy juices that I have said I like. I am taking the time to review these juices, almost all of which I have paid for out of my own pocket, to help other people get an idea of what is good and what isn’t out there. I like doing it and it gives me an excuse to try out a lot of different products. The idea is to provide a helpful resource while giving me an excuse to stay engaged in a hobby I enjoy. I don’t have any anti-Nicoticket ulterior motives here. Since taste is subjective, obviously not everyone is going to agree with my own opinions.

          I have only tried 1 Nicoticket juice so far, Cinnamon Danish, and I don’t think it is very good at all. In fact, I even went back and vaped it in about 5 different devices over the course of several weeks after the Nicoticket fans started getting snarky with me just so I could be sure I was giving it a fair shake.

          I still don’t think it is that good, and it’s laughable to me that it would even be in contention in any kind of poll of best dessert liquids. That’s just my opinion. YMMV.

    • D says:

      Sleeping Dragon was disgusting to me. I’m sorry but it was nothing like vanilla custard. Nicoticket has the best custard but sadly the company is filled with pricks. If you want real custard your going to have to order from the UK.

  2. Ed Freeman says:

    That seems odd, to dismiss a poll on the largest forum on the internet dedicated to vaping as “meaningless” because the fans of the juice voted for it? What logic did you apply to land there? If I didn’t know any better, I’d conclude you just didn’t like the results. I’ve placed 3 orders with Nicoticket in the last 6 months, and just by the rapid progression of the order #’s, it is very apparent this isn’t some anomaly of the ballot box, customers are voting with their pocket books, and that is far from “meaningless.” For the most popular juice (and, yes, with a dedicated fan base) to have been omitted from your contest makes your results way closer to “meaningless” than the poll on ECF.

    • sam says:

      Well based on my understanding, their “winning” custard received a total of 50 votes. There are over 3000 users currently on ECF as I write this. According to CASAA, there were an estimated 1.2 million electronic cigarette users in Germany alone, and that was in 2012.

      So considering the incredible amount of ecig users, and even narrowing that down and only considering the amount of ECF users, there is still only a very small percentage of people who even bothered to vote in the poll at all. Just taking a quick look through the best of ECF threads, most of the people who appear to give a shit have Nicoticket banners in their sig.

      Like I said, it’s great that they have an active and excited fan base, but touting the Best of ECF “winnings” like it means something is actually laughable to me.

  3. Paco63 says:

    Nice reviews. Have you tried Gremlin Juice’s Vanilla Custard?

    • sam says:

      No I haven’t, but I have heard from quite a few people that it is really good. I only scratch the surface on custards with this one – I plan to do a second custard battle in the near future and will for sure include Gremlin in that one.

  4. al says:

    Looking for a new mod. Any suggestions

    • sam says:

      Yes, but I would need a little more information on what you currently have and what type of mod you are looking for.

  5. Jim says:

    Skip the Custards Last Stand, taste like chemical poo, I had a bottle steep that turned purple and smelled like some rotten fruit, absolutely horrible, and they must have people scouring the net because everytime I look at a site for custard recommendations, CLS pops up, and seriously it is THE worst custard I have tried and I don’t say that lightly, I have tried a lot, even the ones from across the pond (for me in the US) So I respect your view and agree to the most part and may give Milli Vanilla a try, it says it has coffee, did yours have that?

  6. Dave says:

    Based on your review and being an avid Vanilla Custard fan, I decided to try the Twisted Mili Vanili. This is a very dark liquid which I thought was a little odd for a VC and to be honest, in my opinion the Mili Vanila should be classified as a coffee flavor, not as a Custard. It really didn’t remind me of a vanilla custard at all. I don’t like Custards that are overly sweet but I actually thought this one could have used just a tad more sweetness. I do however think that it is a quality juice and I would highly recommend it to the Coffee lovers. I would also like to point out that they have a very friendly staff and their customer service is outstanding. As far as your comments on Big Willies VC, with all do respect I think your review was way off base. With the exception of Grants, I’ve tried just about all of the popular VCs out there and a lot of the not so popular VCs (including most on your list) but in my opinion Big Willies is by far the best that I’ve came across and I have absolutely no idea how you got a ” Mayonnaise” taste from this juice. Are you sure you’re not confusing the “Mayonnaise” taste with the eggy taste that Vanilla is suppose to have? I do know that a 14 day steep is crucial with Big Willies. In my opinion Big Willies is a light VC with the perfect balance of sweetness and flavor along with a light butterscotch flavor on the exhale. I have no idea how you could rate MBV over Big Willies. I let the MVB steep for a month and all I got was an alcohol/chemical taste. I thought it was one of the worse VCs I have ever tasted. I also don’t understand how you could do a VC review without including Grants, Gremlins or CLS considering their popularity. Personally, Gremlins and CLS are both a little too sweet for me but for people that like a sweet VC, I would recommend them both. With the exception of MBV and Big Willies, this review seemed more like a review of the lesser known Vanilla Custards.

    • sam says:

      Yeah I have to say that I did revisit big willies not that long ago after letting it sit for about 6 months and it was really quite good, so my original opinion of it has changed. It probably wasn’t very well steeped when I first got it.

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