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Lee Johnson
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I'm an e-cig advocate, blogger, vaper and staunch rationalist from the UK.
I'm an e-cig advocate, blogger, vaper and staunch rationalist from the UK.

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Dripping on a Protank, vaping top-coil clearomizers at 5 V, taking over a 1,000 puffs from a cigalike cartridge and more newbie errors from people who should know better.

It'd be funny if the results weren't discouraging smokers from making the switch.
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Misinformation about vaping is taking its toll in the UK. The number of smokers who've never tried vaping that say it's as dangerous as or more dangerous than smoking has increased from 12 to 22 percent in the last year.

Bad news for science and basic common sense, but apparently the intended effect for anti-smoking turned anti-vaping groups. The "I might as well keep smoking" attitude they're encouraging smokers to take is going to cost some their lives.
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Some awesome tips for reviewing e-liquids here from the Ashtray Blog, with suggestions from various reviewers - including me!

Apparently I don't worry enough about cleansing my palate before reviewing, unless drinking copious amounts of tea counts...

Thanks to +james dunworth  for the opportunity to contribute!
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This study is such bullshit. I think they've stumbled onto a winning formula for drumming up mistrust of VV/VW devices: attach a crappy clearomizer, pump way too much power into it and report the formaldehyde (or in this case, formaldehyde hemiacetal) content as if it's what ordinary vapers inhale every day.

This from +Lindsay Fox kinda sums it up, "if you vape like an absolute moron with no tastebuds, all the time, then you’ll be exposed to some chemicals that we have no evidence of risk from. Then, if you imagine that those chemicals are as dangerous as formaldehyde (for no other reason than formaldehyde being a component of them) or can magically turn back into it, you’ll be at more risk of cancer from formaldehyde inhalation than a cigarette smoker is."

So I should keep vaping and not care? Sounds good!
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Final one from my Five Pawns sampler - Grandmaster. They're going for peanut butter with banana cream and caramel with this one, and the chess reference is obvious enough for even me to understand, which kinda puts me at ease after spending the last four bottles wondering why I know literally nothing about chess. The peanut butter and caramel hit you straight away; the banana cream serving more as a light backdrop to the flavour than a major player in it's own right. I'm definitely enjoying it - it'll be the last one I tried and the first one I finish at this rate. It's a smooth and slightly sweet vape that you can happily keep going with throughout the day. 

https://fivepawns.com/shop/grandmaster/

Overall, the sampler is still a bit over priced ($23.50 for 20ml of liquid), but if you're interested in trying Five Pawns it's probably better to go for that than to take a chance on a 30 ml bottle. I did enjoy the liquids overall, but I wouldn't say the additional price and slightly pretentious, high-class impression they're trying to give off is completely justified.
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Onto the fourth of my Five Pawns sampler, Absolute Pin. It's supposed to be an Irish cream, cinnamon and caramel liquid, with some hints of absinthe thrown in for good measure. After a few slightly disappointing liquids, this is awesome.

The Irish cream and caramel blend together beautifully, with the cinnamon and touches of subtle aniseed from the absinthe periodically coming through to add some extra character. Previously, I'd thought the Five Pawns descriptions were a bit unjustified in their detail and pretentious, but they've hit the nail on the head here. The mixture might be something you'd only ever come across at the most decadent, alcohol-soaked and borderline hallucinogenic chess game you've ever played (unless you're playing chess wrong), but somehow it really works. Still expensive, though.

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Two more of the Five Pawns down. I've been vaping Bowden's Mate and Queenside, and still completely failing to understand the chess references.

Bowden's Mate

This is described as a crisp mint liquid with subtle chocolate undertones, with some French vanilla thrown in for good measure. A cooling hit of menthol strikes you straight away, but the “subtle” chocolate undertones are so subtle you can’t really tell they’re there. And the French vanilla, as with the Gambit e-liquid, doesn’t really come through very much either. In the end, you’re pretty much left with an unexciting menthol liquid with a fanciful description and a fairly high price tag. Still nothing to get excited about from the sampler – perhaps they thought if they made the e-liquid expensive enough the placebo effect would take hold and we’d swear we could really pick up the “Frenchness” of the vanilla and the vanishingly subtle chocolate. Here’s to hoping I tried the worst two of the bunch first!

Queenside

Yes! Finally, it seems like there's something worth vaping at length from Five Pawns. This aims for blood orange, with - surprise surprise - yet more (virtually undetectable) French vanilla. This time, though, the primary flavour of blood orange comes through strongly; a wave of citrusy deliciousness with that unique, almost raspberry-like tint that gives blood oranges their characteristic taste. Definitely an all day vape for me, and finally a nice liquid from this sampler!

https://fivepawns.com/shop/queenside/
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Finally got around to my Five Pawns sample pack. First up, Gambit! Possibly (wholly) because it’s got the same name as my favourite X-Men character.

This is an apple pie and caramel liquid, supposedly topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. Oddly, there's only really a subtle hint of apple; it's detectable, but overpowered by the caramel and buttery pie crust. It's a sweet and enjoyable vape, but with the combination of the fanciful description (they even specify that the vanilla ice cream is French) and the price ($27.50 for 30ml, which seems to be the only option other than the sampler) I was expecting a little more from this.

Additionally, I've checked, and I still can't kinetically charge playing cards, throw them with pinpoint accuracy and then blow shit up, so it's a disappointment all round really. They might have been making a chess reference, but all I can hear is Gambit's slightly-smarmy Cajun drawl.

https://fivepawns.com/shop/gambit/
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Over the weekend, I was vaping Midas' Vanilla Cupcake and Cinnamon Roll, but I was busy trying (and failing, lol) to get people stuff for Xmas, so here's a delayed double-review:

The Vanilla Cupcake is one where the name over-reaches a little ("cupcake" isn't exactly the most distinctive flavour in the world) but it's an awesome vape regardless. The vanilla is about as subtle as a punch in the face, but the liquid is rescued by the sweetness - probably supposed to represent the cupcake - which turns it from a run-of-the-mill vanilla into something I was happy to vape for the best part of two days.

The Cinnamon Roll is pretty similar - a relatively standard flavour which comes through thick and strong, but with the edge taken off by the brown-sugar sweetness of the liquid. It's definitely enjoyable, and although it's not exactly one to rush out and try, you wouldn't be disappointed if you picked a bottle up. Both of these are well-executed, but not excellent.

Things are buyable here: http://shop.vaperev.com/juice/midas.html  - Happy vaping!

P.S. Decided to get my cat involved with the first picture... I'd say she "tolerated" it, lol.
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Midas Vape - Toffee. I delayed writing this because I was wondering if I was being unfair yesterday, but after having had some more today (as well as trying out different tanks, SS wick and dripping) I don't think I was.

It's in 30/70 PG/VG, and mine is 18mg nic. Overall, it's pretty damn disappointing. There's a slight hint of toffee, but it's more like you've eaten toffee about ten minutes ago and the taste hasn't quite disappeared from your mouth yet. Granted, I haven't steeped this yet, but I strongly doubt there will be a marked enough improvement to really give this much of a fighting chance amongst my selection. Nice idea, but a poor execution, in my opinion.

On the plus side, I started on the next one from them and it's much better :) I'll write it up when the tank is empty. You can buy stuff from them here: http://shop.vaperev.com/juice/midas.html
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