MY favorite Juice…

It should be no surprise to smokers, ex-smokers, and nonsmokers alike, that when you taste something repeatedly over the span of days or months non-stop, it eventually loses its flavor. I don’t know the physiology or chemistry behind this, but whenever I eat a food I really like multiple days in a row, I get bored of it because I become so accustomed to the taste that eventually it tastes like nothing. This is also the case for e-liquid, I find; sometimes I may order a flavor I really, really like, and by the 15th milliliter or so, it tastes like nothing but air. Because of this, I typically cycle through flavors: I’ll vape 10-20mL of one flavor, switch to another for 10-20mL, then another for 10-20mL, then maybe I revisit the first one to experience it anew. In this, it is difficult if not impossible to find the fabled ‘all-day vape’, or a flavor that you can use forever and not have issues with taste or boredom.

Chinabuye’s Hangsen RY4 is one such flavor, a flavor I can use nonstop–and I have, for the last two months or so–and it will remain fresh on my palate every time. I’ve dabbled in DIY a bit in the past, and I could never get that solid, triple-A, Michelin Red Guide 3-star certified flavor. DIY involves a lot of trial and error: you may make a tiny sample of some flavor you concocted, like it enough to add “something that’s missing”, only for it to be irreversibly ruined. In this, I find e-liquid chemists to be artists in a sense, artists of a field that necessitates the need for a robust palate among other things. I imagine being a chef by trade helps in more ways than one, as this flavor is as delectable as it is simple, original as it is resembling of so many flavors.

It should be obvious Hangsen RY4 is a flavor that has strong roots in Grant’s Vanilla Custard, as at first whiff it smells almost identical. There may be the outlier scent here and there, but for the most part it is on-par with smell. Not only the flavors within, but the strength and harmony those flavors bring to light. At first glance, the unsteeped Hangsen RY4 is a light pink, and has a thick consistency of cough syrup or other viscous liquid. However, upon ripening, it evolves to a flowy, waterlike liquid that has a gorgeous orange color. With age, many of the flavors become muted in scent, but in taste this is clearly not the case.

The cornucopia of flavors within Hangsen RY4 is a laundry list known only by one man; these flavors interact with a way that suggests the creator has a strong command of cuisine and how flavors can co-exist to product a pleasant outcome. It tastes of bananas slightly, custardy, nutty, and whipped-creamy, with a slight tinge of coconut (exactly two, if you will). A unique property I find is that the flavor changes depending on the vaping medium. Cartomizer? Clearomizer? Genesis coil? Silica wick? Cotton wick? All of these bring about a flavor that is unique to itself, and pleasant in every instance, every regard. Even in the cheapest (in both price and quality) cartomizer, a flavor explosion happens. A Big-Bang of flavors. Billions and billions (or Sagans) of my tastebuds flare upon every inhale and exhale, providing a clean and crisp flavor I cannot describe further.

The throat hit is muted in lieu of flavor and vapor; while there is sufficient throat hit, it is not as ‘burny’ as its contemporaries. The vapor production is out of this world, even considering the ratio of PG to VG. Overall, it’s a stellar flavor, one I have used for month after month without much flavor loss. Can it be any surprise I’ve bought 480mL–almost half a liter–of Hangsen RY4? Where Grants Vanilla Custard fails (the price), Hangsen RY4 gallants gracefully into the heavens above for something equally–or perhaps greater–in quality. If there were a Metacritic for e-liquid, this would get 100 across the board. A stellar, unrivaled, and delicious flavor no one should be without.

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