“it’s the other chemical compounds in tobacco, and in the smoke created by setting tobacco on fire, that directly and primarily cause the illness and death, not the nicotine.”
“even with unanswered questions about benefits and risks, there are now different technologies to deliver nicotine, for those who need it, that doesn’t bring with it the deadly consequences of burning tobacco and inhaling the resulting smoke.”
“looking at ways to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes so that they are minimally or non-addictive, while not altering the nicotine content of noncombustible products such as e-cigarettes, is a cornerstone of our new and more comprehensive approach to effective tobacco regulation.”
Vaper’s tongue is a term used for those times when your taste buds just decide to pack up and go on vacation for a while. It’s not a medical issue. The good news is that it's also not a permanent condition.
New vapers especially experience moments where they seem unable to taste the flavor in the vapor. Some veteran vapers also experience the same thing. A small number of people frequently experience this issue fairly regularly even after vaping for months or years.
There's a few different reasons this phenomenon can happen. Keep in mind this article isn't coming from a medical standpoint, so these concepts are strictly speaking, not scientific.
People who just switched from smoking cigarettes to using personal vaporizors (e-cigarettes) are prime candidates for vaper's tongue. You may not be aware but, smoking ruins your sense of taste. Once you stop smoking cigarettes, your tastebuds must become reacquainted with normal taste sensations.
The ability to taste things slowly awakens after a lengthy slumber. These new sensations can overload your sense of taste and strange things start happening. Eventually, all the stimulation becomes a little too much and your brain elects to close up shop for a little while to let your taste regroup.
As you adjust to life as a non-smoker this shut down effect is likely to happen several times. These shutdowns usually last anywhere from a few hours to a couple days. Gradually, your tastebuds start firing up again and you'll just realize at some point the flavor has returned all on its own.
Vaping will dehydrate you. Vapor actually absorbs the moisture in the surrounding air. Your mouth contains a lot of moisture, which the vapor will suck up like a sponge.
The result of this action is a dry mouth. With an amount of the moisture removed from your mouth, a thin film might form on your tongue. The film acts as sort of a barrier isolating your tongue (and taste buds) from the vapor.
When this happens, it's incredibly easy to fix. Water. Simply increase your water intake while you vape. If you find there is quite a bit of film built up on your tongue, you can scrape it off with your toothbrush. It's kind of a weird sensation, and if your family sees you, you might get funny looks, but it's quite effective at removing any buildup in your mouth.
Is there any particular flavor you call your all-day vape? Do you put out more white clouds than the Polar Express?
This could also be the source of your missing flavor. Constant exposure to the exact same flavor sensation can also cause your sense of taste to hit the high road. This happens because you're so frequently exposed to the same flavor that your brain treats that flavor sort of like the taste equivalent of white noise. You tune out the flavor similar to the way you tune out the drone of other diners in a noisy restaurant.
This cause is another easy fix. Shake things up a little. Experiment with some other flavors. Even if you like to stick to what you know, try to find two or three other flavors to swap between to keep things fresh.
Most people grasp the correlation between illness and the inability to taste things as well as usual. If you have the flu or a cold, chance are your sinuses are good and stuffed up, making breathing through your nose a Herculean feat.
The sense of smell is very tightly integrated into the sense of taste. When you are unable to smell effectively, it generally also means your sense of taste is equally dulled.
Since there is still no cure for the common cold, your best bet to beat this one is some chicken soup and a comfy blanket.
And then there's just the unexplained times when your taste leaves you with no excuse at all. It's like your tongue decided to stay in bed that morning while the rest of your body woke up. Maybe your tongue is still holding a grudge over that whole killing your taste buds with cigarette smoke thing.
These are the times that are probably the most frustrating. Nothing is wrong as far as you can tell, your normal flavors just aren't doing it for you.
Some vapers note that they regain their ability to taste e-liquid after switching to a particularly strong flavor helps revive things. Something with a lot of cinnamon or menthol (or both) does the trick.
Sometimes not even the most fiery cinnamon won't even help scare your tastebuds straight. Since you can't taste things normally, you might want to try a couple of these suggestions while you wait for things to return to normal.
Is there a bottle of e-liquid you thought would taste great but turns out you absolutely despise it? You can't taste anything anyway, why not break out the terrible stuff and save your good e-liquid for when you can appreciate it. Maybe your compromised sense of taste will actually make that juice you hate actually taste decent.
For that matter it can even be unflavored e-liquid, your tongue won't know the difference anyway. Keep a small supply handy so you can wait out any stubbornness your tastebuds decide to throw your way.
Let it Steep for a month!
Most e-liquids you thought had no taste or taste bad will blend fully, deepening and enriching in flavor over time. This will allow for your taste buds to recuperate and return to normal.
LINKS > STEEPING and OTHER TIPS
BURNT or PEPPERY Taste: Keep your atomizers/cartomizers wet. Dry atomizers or cartomizers can give a burnt or peppery taste and lower the lifetime of your device. A peppery taste is also a sign that the juice needs to steep longer, or you are getting a small amount of E-Liquid in your mouth from your atomizer/cartomizer.
PERFUMEY TASTE: Some flavors have a strong scent to them, this is usually eliminated with steeping. If the perfumey taste is still present after steeping. The flavor may need some extra steeping to 'breathe.' Remove the cap and dripper tip, store the E-Liquid in a cool dark place (Away from children and pets) for a couple of days.
Why Steep? Flavors blend and marry fully over time, so you will have a richer, deeper, more flavorful product after a few days or weeks of steeping.
This is especially true of tobacco flavors and larger bottle sizes. This is also generally true for all e-liquid. At ECBlend we make each bottle custom to your order (we have too many options and products to store premade with the options), usually you will receive the product within 3-5 days of creation. Let them sit for a few days or a week before vaping and you will find yourself with some very flavorful e-liquid.
STEEPING: Although most ECBlend E-Liquids taste great right out of the mailbox, some juices get even better when 'aged' or 'steeped'. This is especially true of complex blends, tobacco products, our Dragon series, 50mL bottles and larger sizes. E-Liquids taste a lot better after properly aged!
Time allows all flavors to be married together and mature, making them taste richer. TOBACCO Flavors generally taste better over time (steep for 1-2 weeks).
For best steeping results: Store e-liquid in a cool dark place (in a safe place AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND PETS) and shake daily. (Steeping can be from 2 days up to 3 weeks. It is a personal preference) PG is a better flavor carrier than VG. The higher the VG content, the better it will taste with steeping.
SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE !! SHAKE YOUR BOTTLE !!
IN A HURRY FOR YOUR E-LIQUID? Try This!
(Note: Larger Bottles need shaking! Our 50ml bottles do not have a lot of extra room for mixing in the bottle as our other sizes do. They do require extra shaking and extra time to steep. With 100% VG E-Liquid, they are very thick and will mix slowly when shook.)
Seal the bottle tightly and air free in a zip lock bag, then seal it in another (tightly sealed and air free also).
Place the bottle in hot tap water for 10-15 minutes. This will allow for better mixing when shaking. This process can be repeated as much as needed to completely blend your e-liquid.
Email Comment from a customer who recently tried this method: ''OMG!! I just did your (...) method and I am in love!! Thank you!!''
THIS REVIEW OF DRAGON'S TEAR truly shows how steeping made his experience much better:
Definitely a steeper or do I mean keeper
Posted by JamieFB on 11th Jul 2012
I ordered mine extra flavor and extra strawberry. At first my impression was very blah about it. I just stashed it away with my maybes and back ups.
About a week and a half later, I came back and decided to give it a go because I had blown 2 attys and didn't want to waste great juice. I tooted it a bit and (being the newby I was) finally learned what steeping is all about.
It was juicy and creamy. I went through the rest of the bottle in a day. Thank you Dragon's Tear for properly showing me that steeping can mean keeping. Definitely the best steep I've ever had.
WARNING: E-LIQUID PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN NICOTINE. NICOTINE IS AN ADDICTIVE CHEMICAL. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS
A sweet and fresh taste of biting into a home grown
Made with All Natural Flavoring
Posted by Karen Jungwirth on Feb 23, 2018
Not too sweet, but yummy, crisp, and 100% the best strawberry in a vape juice....simply the best!
Posted by Carolyn on Feb 13, 2018
I found this to be a delightfully sweet and satisfying. Great flavor, and those around me when I vaoe tell me how great the smell is, thank you!
Posted by Richard Headley on Jan 16, 2018
There is very good flavor, when I vape it people around always comment on how good it smells. I wish it was offered with zero nicotine.
Posted by Unknown on Jan 10, 2018
didn't have the taste I expected. hardly tasted like strawberry. Need double strawberry
and to make 100% vg with no nicotine. I quit smoking 7 years and have no need for any of it.
Posted by Richard Headley on Oct 10, 2017
The flavor is great very satisfying. But it is slightly harsh. Please fix that, but in the mean time I will continue to purchase it.
Posted by Kelly Walker on Jan 06, 2016
The aroma and taste are spot on! I add enhanced sweetener because I like the sweetness. I get 24mg and it gives a nice throat hit.
Posted by D. Harcus on Apr 12, 2015
not my thing, but you really gotta read the descriptions.
also why you should get a 5mL first :)
tastes like a straight off the vine strawberry.
which is good, in physical form, but in vapor form its... different.
steeped for a week, and after a warm water soak later, the smell is just wonderful. made my mouth water. if i was 2 yrs old might have tasted a drop.
but man, i just could not stand this flavor.
and it will designate whatever coil you're using to its flavor.
had to throw out 2 coils.
better luck next time
Posted by Chris on Sep 10, 2014
I got this juice and removed the cap for 24 hours and then capped it and let it steep for a week in a nice dark cabinet. I finally broke it out tonight because it smelled so good.
Went to vape it and was highly disappointed. It smells like strawberry but has a very weird taste to it. On top of that it is a very harsh vape that burns my mouth and throat as I vape it (like all the other 100‰ VG juices I've tried at ECblend).
Perhaps letting this steep longer than a week might mellow it out but one week didn't cut it. Wouldn't recommend.
Posted by R on Apr 18, 2014
You know how when you bite into a really fresh strawberry, there's the sweeter outermost part, and the slightly more tart inside? ..as compared to the taste of stewed/cooked strawberries that you might find in jam/preserves, which has mostly the sweet part and not the tart part. This tastes like a fresh strawberry, where you bite through the red into the white.
I had extra flavor and double sweetener, and believe the sweetener only applies to the outer flesh of the strawberry -- the slightly tart inside is a completely separate flavor. Baffling but impressive.
I might go double flavor rather than extra flavor, if I re-ordered. I could taste a little bit of the VG base, I think.
Posted by Nicholas Brickner on Mar 29, 2014
She said: I tried this right away and got absolutely no flavor and very little smell, let it steep a week and tried it again. The smell was SPOT ON REAL strawberry, not a fake candy strawberry taste. The taste was still not there so I let it set in an uncapped carto overnight, the taste was there in the morning. Spot on fresh cut strawberry. Absolutely love the taste! Did realize I don't like 100% vg juices though.
He said: Think you covered it. Everything you want is there. The taste is there, the smell is there, the vapor is there.
Posted by Chez-na on Sep 17, 2013
I'm new to vaping and wanted to try a few flavors out before committing to larger bottles. Maybe it's that I'm not allowing the bottles to steep long enough, but I don't really taste the strawberry. I mixed in some of the peach and black raspberry, which seems to taste better. Hopefully the longer I let the new bottles sit before using, the better they will taste in the long run.
Posted by Scott Westendorf on Jun 21, 2013
Like most ECBlend e-liquids the name says it all,it tastes exactly like strawberry,tastes great alone and perfectly compliments other ECBlend liquids.
Posted by Sarah on Dec 04, 2012
Strawberry makes my day, all day, everyday. I love you, Strawberry . . . Have an unwindulaxing day, with Strawberry.
Posted by rchrdcrg on May 25, 2012
I thought I would give this a try to see how these new AN&O flavors are, and I have to say, this one is almost mouth-watering! It reminds me of the flavoring in strawberry oatmeal for some reason. My only suggestion is to bring on the double x-flavor! It's pretty strong with extra, but this flavor deserves to be as strong as you can get it.