Ragtime Vapor E-Liquid Intro
Ragtime Vapor is an eliquid manufacturer/wholesaler located in Los Angeles, California, that markets a line of custom, hand-crafted artisan eliquids. Unlike the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink eliquid makers that attempt to provide seemingly every flavor under the sun, Ragtime has chosen the strategy of focusing on quality over quantity. Ragtime offers a limited lineup of specialty eliquid flavors — only five juices: a dairy custard (23 Skidoo), a tobacco flavor (Honky Tonk), a fresh fruit mix (Jubilee), an apple pie (Jim Dandy), and a fruity baked dessert (Hullabaloo).
Ragtime Vapor has a web site that is sophisticated and classy, but it doesn’t sell juices directly to vapors. The five Ragtime juices are sold through other retail vendors, both online sites and brick-and-mortar vaping stores. Links to many of those retailers are provided on Ragtime’s site.
Our E-Liquid Review
This is a spicy vanilla custard eliquid, named for the fact that the juice contains 23 different components. Compared to other retail custard eliquids, 23 Skidoo is spicy more than smooth and creamy. it’s also more savory than sweet, with a vanilla tone that’s subtle rather than potent. The vanilla sings harmony rather than lead vocals. I don’t get any burnt caramel notes, so 23 Skidoo is definitely not in the Crème Brulee camp, but it’s also not among the richer custards I’ve vaped.
The spice mix is complex and difficult for me to analyze. Cinnamon? Nutmeg? Coriander? I can’t tell. The spiciness has a bite, but it’s not particularly sharp. Perhaps the bulk of the 20 flavorings contributed to the mystery spice flavor.
I find the custard base slightly downplayed. If I were mixing a custard eliquid for myself (which I do routinely), I wouldn’t choose this flavor profile. My preference is for more creaminess and richer vanilla, but that’s just me. You might adore 23 Skidoo. I’m writing this review, however, so my opinion counts.
23 Skidoo is interesting and quite unique. If you’ve tried other retail custard juices and are tired of “ordinary” or bland custards, 23 Skidoo might be right up your alley.
Ragtime Vapor E-Liquid Review
Ragtime does something that few eliquid makers do — it prints a description of each eliquid right on the bottle. Jim Dandy’s bottle states: “Crisp apples, buttery pastry crust, caramel-graham crumble, and brown sugar glaze. A patriotic homage to homemade apple pie…”
Jim Dandy has all the elements of apple pie — baked apples, a certain gooey sweetness that’s vaguely reminiscent of the doughy inner crust of an apple pie (the part of the crust that marinates during baking in the apple/lemon/sugar juices), as well as hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. In fairness, I don’t taste any “flaky golden crust,” but that’s all right. The juice is still very nice, even if it can’t do much more than vaguely remind me of apple pie.
The word that keeps coming to mind when I vape Jim Dandy is pleasing. Not satisfying (that would require me to actually eat some apple pie), but very pleasing.
In the pantheon of apple pie juices I’ve vaped — regular, Dutch, a la mode — I’d put Jim Dandy near the top. It’s simple, delicious, and very good. No, it’s not apple pie — no eliquid achieves that — but it’s reminiscent of the real thing.
Here’s Ragtime’s description for Hullabaloo: “Natural blueberries baked inside lite cream scones all topped with a tangy crème fraîche coconut milk glaze…”
I can’t actually pick out the individual flavors, but that’s a good thing here, in that the juice is not just a concoction of flavors thrown together. The three flavor elements — blueberries, scone pastry, and coconut milk cream fresh — meld together into an overall flavor experience that is surprisingly close to the real thing, at least as much as one can ever expect in the translation of a yummy food to be eaten into a liquid to be vaped. The juice has just enough sweetness to qualify as a dessert vape, but not so much sweetness that it’s cloying. Scones aren’t supposed to be overly sweet anyway.
Your palate may differ from mine, of course, but I imagine that Hullabaloo will prove to be a winner for most vapers who like fruity dessert vapes. This is my personal favorite of Ragtime’s five juices.
Ragtime’s description of Honky Tonk states: “an enigmatic blend of creamy tobacco, toasted nuts, dried fruit, graham muffin, and a hint of banana.”
Honky Tonk reminds me of GoodLifeVapor’s El Kamino. Although Honky Tonk doesn’t taste like El Kamino, it offers the same sort of complex mix, essentially being a sweet tobacco blend for people who wouldn’t ordinarily vape tobacco eliquids. And it does that very well, with a tobacco-like smokiness that’s augmented by non-tobacco flavors, specifically nuts, fruits, and graham. The mix is harmonious and well-unified.
Honky Tonk is a solid eliquid that offers a slightly tobacco-like feel in the overall flavor profile, but without putting tobacco above the other flavors.
Jubilee is a mixture of various melons with fresh cucumber, which helps to lighten up the flavor profile and make the juice more refreshing. The cucumber isn’t present in the scent but comes through nicely in the vape, helping to round out and slightly tone down the more assertive, concentrated flavor of melons.
If you like melon flavor and are a fan of light, refreshing vapes, Jubilee may be just what the doctor ordered. Melon and cucumber are a delightful combination. Ragtime description states that Jubilee “conjures the Spirits of Summer,” and I’d have to agree. It’s a very refreshing, summery vape.
Like all five of RagtimeVapor’s lineup of juices, Jubilee carries the unmistakable signature of a master juice-maker. These are extraordinarily well-crafted juices designed for sophisticated, adult palates. Except for the prices (which are higher than I’d personally be willing to pay), I’m happy to give RagtimeVapor an enthusiastic thumbs-up.