“Witch Doctor” by Hometown Hero

I am in love with this packaging. When you are working your way through a 50ml bottle of e-liquid, there’s plenty of time to get familiar with the presentation of the bottle itself – and this particular bottle by Hometown Hero (featuring artwork by Corathao and Skeez181) is a real joy to admire every time I pick it up. As well as providing recognition for their local artists, Hometown Hero donate a percentage of their profits to those who have created the art on their labels – as well as donating to a US charity (DAV.org) which supports disabled veterans.

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Hometown Hero is a veteran-owned manufacturer that operates on the ethos of getting people off cigarettes by providing quality e-liquids at hugely affordable prices. At present, their flavours are available for only $20 (around £14.50) per 50ml bottle – which is outstanding for a premium e-liquid. As yet, they are not available to purchase within the UK or EU. I sincerely hope that this changes soon, as they are stocked in retailers across the US – as well as in other countries, such as Russia and Thailand – and this is definitely a line that you want to have available for purchase on your doorstep.

Hometown Hero’s liquids are all available as 50ml bottles and at a VG:PG ratio of 70:30. Their nicotine strengths range from 0mg to 9mg and all flavours have been certified as being free of Diacetyl.

Today, I’m reviewing ‘Witch Doctor’ – a chocolate and tobacco flavour, described as ‘the best tobacco essence’ with a ‘hint of light milk chocolate’. I’ve been trying this out over the past week (at a strength of 3mg) and have already worked through half of the bottle – it is that delicious.

Before I took on this e-liquid to review, I had yet to find a chocolate flavoured e-liquid that I could manage for more than a few draws. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s a vape that leaves a sickly aftertaste – and I often find that chocolate flavours are much too strong and artificial for my liking. As for the tobacco base – this is actually my first e-liquid that is tobacco flavoured. When first coming off cigarettes, I always shied away from vaping something that I felt would never come close to the ‘real thing’. In recent times, I’ve never come across a tobacco e-liquid that I have really wanted to try – until now.

So it was with much trepidation that I first decided to vape ‘Witch Doctor’, as I really didn’t think that it would be my cup of tea. You can imagine my delight when my initial assumptions were proven wrong. The inhale provides a soft, tobacco flavour that is far superior to any analog, with the exhale releasing the sweet – yet subtle – chocolate that just seems to provide the right amount of balance. There is no sickly after taste with this. Better still, there is no hint of artificial milk (you know the taste that I mean – the one normally found with hot chocolate vapes that just tastes wrong). ‘Witch Doctor’ is downright delicious; mellow enough to be enjoyed as an ADV, but with flavours that are pronounced enough to fully appreciate and explore.

I can’t find fault with this e-liquid – and I certainly admire the ethos of Hometown Hero, who are undoubtedly one of the most ethical and best-intentioned manufacturers that I have come across. The only thing that I would request – and this is also on behalf of our readers – is that the product line is made available within the UK so that we can avail of these products with fast, local shipping. In the meantime, I will have to order more of this particular flavour from the US, as I just can’t get enough of it right now.