You have e-liquid… and then you have what many people refer to as “craft e-liquid.” Other than costing more, what does the term “craft” actually mean? I won’t pretend to be a full-blown expert, but from my experience there’s a noticeable difference between cheap, bargain-priced e-liquid and the more exclusive, high-end TOP-SHELF stuff. There are certainly exceptions to the rule, but in general, companies that use only the finest ingredients (and take plenty of time to perfect each new flavor) often have the best e-juice. Spending months in the development stage, “craft e-juice” tends to be more complex and flavorful than your typical e-liquid, artfully combining a wide array of ingredients to produce a rich and satisfying experience.
There are literally hundreds options to choose from, so picking out favorites was no easy task. I expect this list to change regularly (since I’m constantly experimenting), so for now these are my choices for top craft e-juice companies:
Five Pawns e-juice is made by hand in extremely small batches in California, with handwritten batch numbers included on every bottle. It’s stocked at a variety of high-end, boutique vape shops and has earned a strong reputation among the vaping community. We’re talking about extremely complex and rich varieties, consisting of 50/50 PG/VG and only the highest-quality ingredients. Gambit and Grandmaster are my personal favorites, but they offer ten unique flavors between the “Signature” and “Mixology” lines, each taking months to develop. Our review →
We’re perfectionists and refuse to allow any liquid to leave our facility before it’s absolutely perfect… We disclose the obvious flavors for tasting note reasons but there are many other ingredients that help enhance what you actually taste.
Suicide Bunny is another extremely popular craft e-juice maker, with a limited selection of just five premium flavors. Mother’s Milk is by far the most popular, a sweet and creamy strawberry custard blend that’s gained huge fanfare among vaping enthusiasts, including myself. It’s so good! Like all premium e-juice makers, Suicide Bunny uses the finest ingredients, and while their flavor selection is limited, each one is perfectly formulated to be well-balanced and delicious. From Suicide Bunny:
The other guys go blue in the face talking about quality. We just do it, and we’re relentless until it’s perfect. Our e-liquids don’t hit your hands until they’ve gone through a quality control process like no other. If it’s not built out of the very best ingredients to make the very best e-liquid in America, it’s not a Suicide Bunny product. Simple as that…
Crafted in Orange Country, California, Cosmic Fog has quickly grown into one of the most popular and well-known e-liquid companies in the nation. Vapers around the country have been praising their delicious e-juice lineup, with Kryptonite, a sweet melon candy blend, and Milk & Honey (the name says it all!) gaining huge fanfare. More-and-more vape shops are jumping on the Cosmic Fog bandwagon and it’s easy to see why… their flavors are definitely delicious! From Cosmic Fog:
Each flavor should be a new, exciting experience for every user, and given the amount of time that goes into each blend, it will be. Cosmic Fog spends an average of 7-10 months on EACH FLAVOR, combining our experience in the culinary world with dedicated research to craft unique and interesting products.
The Standard produces several rich, multi-layered flavors that you’ll find at the most exclusive, high-end vape shops. Their products are not only delicious, but the colorful glass bottles are certainly not “standard.” Frankenvape (kiwi marshmallow) is probably the most popular, and also my favorite; while Curious Jorge (creamy banana) comes in a close second. Nothing low-quality or sub-par here, whether it comes to the packaging or the ingredients. From Henley:
The Standard is an exceptional e-liquid brand that produces and markets a handful of rich, well-rounded and extremely popular flavors. Aside from the multilayer flavor profiles, we absolutely love the packaging! Bottled in glass cubes with cool, creative labels.
Halo is an established name that’s known for producing high-quality, premium e-liquid. With nearly 20 different flavor choices, they have a nice selection to choose from but they’re lacking the overly sweet and fruity flavors that many people prefer. Although they offer several gourmet, dessert flavors, they’re best known for their complex, rich and flavorful tobacco blends. Tribeca has been one of my long-time go-to flavors, and they have a variety of creative varieties layered with subtle hints of sweet and spicy. If you love tobacco flavors – you’ll love Halo! See our full review →
Halo Cigs prides itself on providing quality, American made products. Through research, development, rigorous testing, and innovation we are dedicated to providing superior products that are safe, consistent and flavorful.
Handcrafted with care, Space Jam claims that it’s seven e-liquid flavors will “blow you out of this world.” Maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but they certainly have some of the tastiest fruit-flavored varieties on the market. Andromeda is a big winner, a creamy combination of blueberries and pomegranate, while Astro is my personal choice, a perfect mix of apples and strawberry. Despite the seemingly simple combinations, the flavor profiles are tasty and complex; sweet enough to keep you interested, but light enough to make perfect all-day-vapes. See our full review →
The Final Frontier of Vaping is here. Founded in Orange County, CA, Space Jam Juice offers the finest e-juice in the country. We pride ourselves on the complexities and subtleties of our flavors and invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy.
Let me tell you, it was really hard to pick just ten e-juice companies for this list. There are certainly more widely-known options available, but I was looking for the true “craft” e-juice makers and how could I pass up a company with CRFT in the name? CRFT e-liquid is definitely top-shelf, available at some of the most reputable, high-end vape shops. They offer four unique flavors: Strawberry Blonde is similar to Mother’s Milk from Suicide Bunny, but with a bit more strawberry. Trail Mix is fruity, creamy and slightly nutty – like a handful of trail mix; and Lime Soda has a fizzy cola flavor with a soft lime undertone. Although I enjoy them all, Gravel Pit is definitely my favorite, an outstanding mix of peach and guava. You definitely gotta give CRFT a try! From CRFT:
Flavors can often be convoluted by necessary ingredients. We’ve tested 25 different brands of Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, and Nic so that you can enjoy CRFT blends in their ideal mix.
In the not too distant past, Jimmy The Juice Man e-liquid was extremely rare. Made in ultra-small batches, only a few people were fortunate enough to get it… but it appears that they finally ramped up production. Creme Brulee is probably their most well-known option; a smooth creamy blend comprised of custard, dark, burnt sugar and just a hint of banana. Delicious! Shurb is another popular option (creamy rainbow sherbet); but being a fan of purely fruit flavors, Peachy Strawberry is probably my personal favorite. Caramel Pear was another big surprise I thoroughly enjoyed! They have six different varieties; each is unique and full of flavor.
Once upon a time, in the far, far away land of Chicago, there was a man…. a juice man…. named Jimmy. Jimmy was a vaper, and a discerning one at that. He loved really good e-juice…. premium e-juice…. but he had grown tired of getting bent over on prices for the good stuff.
The newest addition to this list (added 3/20/15), ANML e-liquid started popping up at a bunch of vaping suppliers and was highly recommended by visitors here and elsewhere, so I decided to give it a try. They only have two flavor choices so far, but boy is it good! Looper tastes exactly like a bowl of Kellogg’s Fruit Loops and is definitely their best option. It’s a perfect balance of fruit, cereal and milk. Yum! Even though I’m not a fan of licorice candy, I really enjoyed Carnage as well – a tasty Red Vine Licorice flavor. From ANML Vapors:
Created by the world-renowned mixologist and gastronomic-genius behind both Phillip Rocke Grand Reserve and Gemini Vapors, this artisanal-grade e-liquid is meticulously hand crafted in small batches, with an ultra-high attention to detail that borders on lunacy for a vape experience that is truly out-of-this-world. With impurities neutralized and flavor-to-vapor ratios optimized, ANML stands in a class all its own… you just have to try it to believe it.
NicQuid is a highly recognized and popular e-liquid brand, sold around the Web and in vape shops across the country. A founding member of the American E-liquid Manufacturing Standards Association (AEMSA), you can be sure their quality is second-to-none, offering nearly 40 different flavor choices, from tobacco and menthol to fruit and dessert varieties. NicQuid offers a full range of options, from simple, one-trick ponies, to more complex blends such as Banana Nut Bread and SOHO (sweet, nutty, caramelized tobacco). My personal favorite is Strawberry Fuzz, a deliciously sweet combination of strawberries and peach. Like any true “craft” e-liquid maker, NicQuid spends a considerable amount of time to perfect each flavor, and unlike some companies, they actually “pre-steep” their products so they’re ready to vape right out of the package. See our full review →
At NicQuid®, we make fantastic e-liquid. Period. Great care and artistry is a part of our flavor creation process. Our team of experts spend months testing each flavor and hand select each high quality ingredient. We allow for extensive steep (saturation over time) variances, before taking a new creation forward for final review and acceptance to our eliquid line, as well as many other rigorous tests. Our mission is to deliver a product that is unrivaled in the marketplace…
There are so many high-quality e-liquid choices available – it’s a bit overwhelming! I tried to include the most popular and widely-known options, but there are certainly others to consider. Honorable mentions include: