Review: Hurricane Vapor’s “Twilight Cavendish”
It should be said, here at the beginning of this review, that I have reviewed this liquid before. However, I have not reviewed this liquid for these pages before. It should also be noted that, at the time when I originally reviewed this liquid, it was reviewed in a clearomizer; while clearomizers are an okay way to review eliquids, they don’t really bring out the full potential of an eliquid the way a dripping atomizer does, particularly a well built rebuildable. I pointed this out in a recent post, and I’m now re-exploring my eliquids and tasting them again as if for the very first time.
If you would like to read that original review, you can find it on Spinfuel eMagazine. What follows is my second acquaintance with this liquid in a hardware setup that really does it justice on an entirely new level that, when I first reviewed it, I was simply not in a position to properly appreciate.
That hardware setup, by the way, is a combination of the Kamry K100 mechanical mod and an HCigar clone of the Grand Vapor Trident rebuildable dripping atomizer (a review of the HCigar Trident is forthcoming), which throughout this review featured a single coil of Kanthal “ribbon” style resistance wire wrapped four times over a doubled length of Ekowool wick.
The liquid itself rocks a nicotine strength of 1.8%, or 18mg/ml, and a PG/VG ratio of 50/50. With a higher PG ratio at this nicotine strength, I would likely have been unable to tolerate the intensity of the throat hit this liquid would produce on an atomizer coil of this kind.
An intriguing personal discovery for me, to recap: with a sufficiently well built rebuildable atomizer coil, the efficiency of nicotine delivery is substantially increased, dramatically boosting both throat hit and perceived nicotine satisfaction.
Hurricane Vapor Says:
“Imagine a finely cured cavendish treated tobacco, soaked in luscious honey with hints of french vanilla, aged, then sun dried and smoked in charred oak chips, delivering a distinctly smooth and elegant flavor for the true tobacco connoisseur searching for a delicate and unique tobacco that is not overly sweet. Sit back, relax, and taste the artistry and care that has been put into this blend.”
The presentation of Twilight Cavendish in Hurricane Vapor’s ubiquitous squared clear glass bottle makes a unique statement among the competition. Having spent plenty of time with Hurricane Vapor’s “Storm Juice” line, it occurs to me that their choice of bottle shape is meant to convey a simple message to the vaper, on sight: “We’re not like anybody else.”
The liquid inside the bottle reinforces that strongly presented message perfectly.
The label remains a solid blend of art and information: On the front “face” of the bottle, the company’s brand sits up top. Just beneath that, a squared-off inset fades from opacity to transparency; within it is the legend, “Storm Juice”, and just below that is the name of the particular flavor within the glass.
Finally, at the bottom, you’re presented with the nicotine strength as a percentage, after the company’s own estimation of “Light”, “Medium”, et cetera.
Rotating the bottle counterclockwise, then orienting it horizontally, you’re presented with the liquid’s PG/VG ratio marked by a filled-in circle. In my opinion, it’s a good thing that whatever Hurricane uses to mark that circle seems to be more permanent than just a felt-tipped marker. For coil builders, it does matter.
Rotating clockwise from the front face, on the other hand, presents you with a list of ingredients and warnings regarding safe handling of the nicotine-infused liquid. Frankly, I would prefer to see the label wrap all the way around to the back for the ingredients list, while only the warning remains on that side. The reason being this: The typeface on that right-hand side, with that much information crammed into so little space, is so painfully tiny as to be unreadable to all but those with the sharpest eyesight.
The hue of Twilight Cavendish is an incredibly deep, dark red. If you see the color of this liquid and expect unrivaled robustness, you would not be the slightest degree amiss. You could fill any clearomizer or tank of your choice and never for an instant lose track of the fill line.
The rotational movement test demonstrates that what Hurricane Vapor aims for on their PG/VG ratio, they hit. The horizon line is perfectly even, while the viscosity of the liquid as seen in the ripple pattern within a clearomizer is smooth and minimal. This liquid drops nimbly from the bottle’s included pipette, promising smooth, easy wicking in the AD of your choice.
On giving the bottle a vigorous shake, opening the cap, and taking in a deep, slow inhalation, you’re greeted by a scent not dissimilar to that of an aged bourbon or a blackstrap rum. There’s oak here, along with vanilla and honey, while the faint bitter character that would be alcohol in either of those two beverages is instead provided here by a very dry, very strong cavendish-processed pipe tobacco.
In its 50/50 PG/VG ratio incarnation, vaped on a sub-ohm rebuildable atomizer as I’m vaping it currently, Twilight Cavendish produces substantial visual vapor output, although I would hesitate to say that the output is sufficient to satiate the dedicated cloud chaser.
The body exhibits a small, dense core but features a substantial volume of lace. Flavor carriage is potent, and while it is discernibly a tobacco scent, it’s far enough away from “cigarette” in nature, thanks to the sweetness and its pipe tobacco profile, that you should hear no complaints even from the most zealous of nonsmokers.
On the hardware mentioned, and at 18mg strength, Twilight Cavendish delivers a powerful throat hit which rapidly expands into a lung hit. This is true even when taking very short drags from the device.
Mercifully, the throat hit from this liquid follows a simple and linear progression. It does not “sneak up” and punch you in the throat, as some liquids are prone to do. Onset of the throat hit is immediate and forceful, and while it will certainly deliver as much of the sensation as you can handle, you won’t be left guessing when the feeling is going to hit your, nor when it’s time to let up off the gas.
That stiff slug of bourbon or blackstrap the nose intimated comes through on the flavor transmuted. Oh, yes, the oak and honey that spoke of bourbon are still there, yet the dry, faintly bitter note resolves not as an 80 proof tipple, but rather as a wickedly robust blend of Cavendish-worked Burley and flue-cured Virginia.
On the inhale, that wood-smoked tobacco is the dominant force; combined with the throat hit, the experience is one that smoking simply cannot match: the ability to inhale deeply from a perfectly packed pipe. A smoker would not dare do this — but thanks to Hurricane Vapor, a vaper can.
On the exhale, the same dry, oak-tinted tobacco is joined by sweet honey and creamy vanilla. The full experience, inhale to exhale, is one of a perfectly rounded and wonderfully substantial pipe tobacco that no pipe can ever fully reproduce.
So do I recommend Twilight Cavendish? To those looking for one of the very best vapor renditions of pipe tobacco, I absolutely do. Twilight Cavendish brings every facet of that experience to life in vapor form, along with elements such as throat hit that you simply would not be advised to attempt to replicate from combustible pipe tobacco.
More tempting yet, though, is the fact that Hurricane Vapor produces premium eliquids at decidedly lower than premium price points. Those are as follows:
15ml – $9.99
30ml – $17.99
60ml – $32.99
Hurricane currently offers only two PG/VG ratios for their liquids: these are 50/50, and 70/30 favoring PG for a firmer throat hit. Nicotine strengths offered are: 0 (that’s zero) mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, 24mg, and 30mg.
Pick up Twilight Cavendish at this link.