WOW Vapor DJ Black E-Liquid Review

This is a guest post by Rantz, who writes surrounded by a cloud of vapor.

A good “Clove” is hard to come by.

More accurately, to replicate a traditional “analog” clove cigarette experience, is a difficult task.  This is in no small part due to the manufacturers of traditional “Kretek” cigarettes… Djarum, Samporena, and the like… guarding their “Sauce” recipes with a diligence and paranoid fervor only matched by certain cola companies.  It’s because the Sauce (and yes, it is actually called that) is the blend of spices and flavorings that the tobacco is steeped in that gives each brand of clove cigarettes their unique aroma, taste, and (to use the wine parlance) “nose”.  Avid clove smokers can tell you blindfolded the difference between not only a manufacturer, but also the difference in a particular manufacturer’s “brand”.

I smoked clove cigarettes from the time I was 16 until almost two years ago.  That’s almost 30 years of cloves, and as such I’d like to believe I’m fairly well familiar with the differences and subtleties in flavors in the various types of clove cigarettes… not only in their current “cigar” incarnations, but also is the clove cigarettes that filled up my smoky youth.  My clove of choice was always Djarum Specials.  The sweetness of the “Sauce” combined with the “kick” of the tobacco was, for me, a perfect blend of flavor.  As an important note, if you aren’t familiar with the differences in the various brands of Djarums, here’s the top-level analogy: Djarum Blacks are a full-tobacco flavor version of cloves.  The “Sauce” is on the lighter side, with the majority of flavor coming from the tobacco and the “clove” flavor resting as a light sidecar.  Djarum Specials, by comparison, are much heavier on the Clove and “Sauce” elements… so much so that when you lick your lips afterwards you can still taste the spicy clove flavoring.

When I made the switch to vaping, my logical first choice was to reach for the clove flavor… which I found, to my disappointment, was more like vaping a clove-flavored gumdrop than it was vaping its analog cousin.  So, when Vapor4Life asked a few months back “what flavors would you like to see us make?”, my immediate response was “A REAL Clove cigarette flavor”, followed with some notes on what I understood to be some of the elements in the “Sauce” of my brand-of-choice.

New WOW Juice

Move the clock forward to present time, and Vapor4Life has released “DJ Black”, its offering of a “real clove cigarette” flavor.  I’ve spent a few weeks with it, and here’s the verdict: It’s VERY close to the flavor experience of the Djarum Black cigarettes (hence the name, no doubt!).  I know that friends of mine who are (or were) Djarum Black fans will be happily surprised with how spot-on Vapor4Life has managed to get the flavor… it’s truly remarkable.  The clove flavoring isn’t “one note”… there’s hints of cinnamon, orange peel and vanilla to it, and the tobacco flavor is out front… big and bold.

So then… what do you do if, like me, your preference in cloves leans towards the “Special” blend over the “Black”?  After some experimenting I found that mixing the “pure” clove vapor flavor (the “gumdrop” one mentioned before) with the DJ Black flavoring, at a ratio of 3 parts “Clove” + 1 part “DJ Black” is a very close echo of the mix of tobacco, clove, and other mysterious spices that held sway on me for so many years.  If you’re a clove smoker, who’s thought about trying out vaping, or you’re a happy vaper who’s lamented the lack of a “real clove” flavor, I highly encourage you to check out the new DJ Black flavor, and experience it for yourself!

Rantz writes, does art, and a variety of other things in any medium he can get his hands on, most frequently digital narratives and comics. If you’re brave (and willing to put up with his profane ramblings) you can follow him on Twitter @RantzHoseley.

13 thoughts on “WOW Vapor DJ Black E-Liquid Review

  1. Thanks for the review, this was a flavor that I was wondering about. I’ve tried the WOW Clove carts, but I’m looking for a sweeter vape, closer to a Special. I’ll try a blend.

  2. Thanks so much for bringing this up! I just decided to switch to Vaping and had no idea how to get my Djarum Black Cherry Clove flavor… until I read your wonderful review.

    Buying some right now so I can mix with the Cherry … wish me luck!

  3. I’ve tried mixing the Cherry with the DJ Black but have yet to find the exact mix that satisfies me. I’ll keep trying and let you guys know. I’m thinking about maybe getting the regular Clove liquid and throwing just a tad of that one in the mix. Don’t know how it’ll go, but hey, it really can’t hurt.

    Stay tuned…

  4. I’m looking for the Djarum Cherry Clove flavor too — but I’m an e-cig/vapor newbie. Any info on how that went for you @Beth would be great!

    Also I’m curious on why there is a Clove flavor in addition to the DJBlack flavor on the site.

  5. I ONLY smoke Djarum Specials and am looking to switch to vaping. I appreciate your post about Specials. I haven’t started vaping yet…am looking for a trusted starter kit. How do I “mix?”

    • I would recommend either a disposable or Vapor Titan starter kit. If you decide to go the juice route, it’s pretty easy too. There are lots of flavors to choose from, but some people mix juices together to create their own blends. This is more for people who have been vaping for a while though. Please let us know if you have any other questions! :)

  6. This is how much of a newbie I am..I assumed all e-cigs came “ready”, you inserted and smoked. Is dong the juice better? I need some vaping 101 courses, LOL. Any advice is appreciated.

    • There’s a ton of different kinds of vapes. Disposables are ready to use right out of the package and have juice already in them ( Or you can get a rechargeable battery and use a pre-filled cartomizer. The cartomizer already has juice in it, just unwrap and screw onto the battery. You can refill the cartomizers with juice yourself if you like, or buy more pre-filled ones. The juice isn’t better or worse, it’s just a matter of personal preference.

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