Vapouround magazine Special Issue 01 - Page 54

F E AT U R E invent stuff, the eGo for example." Ludo | Janty: “ Our RY4 for example is named after him. I made RY4 in the lab of Dekang on a Sunday afternoon with the chemist and called it Ruyan nr4, then I changed it to RY4. …Then it was copied, just like our eGo." Blake | GuideToVaping: "I’m shocked! I had no clue you were the first to make ‘RY4′… nor did I know where RY4 the name came from." Ludo | Janty: "Ah, well now you know. Ha! Ruyan nr4 because it took us 5 samples to get to the fourth one, which was the one that was the exact right formula. I knew people would love that taste. I was a heavy smoker myself you know, 2 packs a day. No more since 2006…" Whether that’s the full back story or not, it’s suffice to say that RY4 has endured and is still a top flavor out of thousands of options now available. Much like a beer style like IPA, RY4 has many different variants and some companies even market flavors like RY5 or RY4 2.0 One of the problems with the bulk of the RY4 e-liquids on the market today is that most companies use the same 4 or 5 flavor houses to get their tobacco flavor base concentrates. And, in my opinion, 52 VAPOUROUND MAGAZINE USA and the market’s opinion, those tobacco bases are awful. Most are quite harsh, have either a pipe or cigar tobacco flavor element or worse, a cigarette like flavor which as we all know - is putrid at best. This has caused many people to move away from tobacco flavors … but we hope to change that. Whether that’s the full back story or not, it’s suffice to say that RY4 has endured and is still a top flavor out of thousands of options now available. Much like a beer style like IPA, RY4 has many different variants and some companies even market flavors like RY5 or RY4 2.0 One of the problems with the bulk of the RY4 e-liquids on the market today is that most companies use the same 4 or 5 flavor houses to get their tobacco flavor base concentrates. And, in my opinion, and the market’s opinion, those tobacco bases are awful. Most are quite harsh, have either a pipe or cigar tobacco flavor element or worse, a cigarette like flavor which as we all know - is putrid at best. This has caused many people to move away from tobacco flavors… but we hope to change that. When I started Cafe Racer E-Liquid, doing a proper RY4 flavor to go with my love of craft beers was a top priority. Given that most of the commonly used tobacco flavors available were unacceptable, I made a pilgrimage to tobacco country (Carolinas, Virginia, etc) in search of a new source. After weeks of meetings and testing, I was able to find an amazing tobacco flavor that was a compound of several ingredients creating a rich, smooth almost buttery tobacco that was a perfect base to build a next generation RY4 that I would love to vape. Lucky 13 took over 6 months to create. We played around with many different versions - sticking with the base of Vanilla, Caramel and Tobacco sounds simple but when you have hundreds of vanillas and dozens of caramels to choose from, this process takes a while. Additionally, we felt that we could improve the RY4 experience by adding some new flavors. The addition of toasted almonds was a big breakthrough - giving Lucky 13 some backbone. Additionally we added several other key ingredients for a total of, you guessed it, 13, to get the final flavor profile. Lucky 13 launched alongside our other flavor Peach Guzzi at the World Vapor Expo in Miami on May 29, 2014. Right away the feedback was fantastic with many people saying that it’s the best tobacco flavor they have tried. More recently, Lucky 13 took the prestigious Best of Show Award at The Vape Summit IV held in Houston for the tobacco category. We couldn’t be more stoked and proud of this updated RY4 flavor creation and are have just launched a flavor extension of Lucky 13 that features a similar base flavor profile but with a richer, darker more buttery tobacco experience - which we affectionally named Lucky Bastard. Lucky Bastard launched in Indonesia in early January 2015 and China in February. USA launch was at VPX Detroit in March 2016 with UK coming soon.