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Why Steeping ELiquid Creates the Best Flavor

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Steeping ELiquid is the Key to Great Tasting E-Liquids

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There are several good reasons why you should steep (or age) your e-liquid before you vape it in your favorite eGo ecig or vaporizer. 

Think about it. Fine wines are never sold before they mature; great cheeses needs to ripen, the best tasting steaks must be aged, even tea needs to steep in hot water in order to bring out the best flavor. 

E-Juice is really no different. It needs to mature to achieve optimal flavor, especially if you buy your smokejuice from eliquid companies like Mt. Baker Vapor, VaporFi or Virgin Vapor; companies that let you custom blend your e-liquids. Custom blends are great, but your e-liquids can be too fresh as they are really being sold “before their time”. 

Before I knew about steeping, I would actually throw away newly purchased e-juice if it tasted too weak and had a weird waxy taste. Don’t make that mistake! Young, undeveloped e-liquids can lack flavor and can taste waxy or soapy. Some even taste overly fragrant or perfumey or have a strange aroma akin to a gent’s toilet. Not very pleasant. 

Why Custom Blended E-Juice Affects Flavor

Selecting a specific ratio of the two base ingredients in e-liquid, propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG) can affect the taste and vapor production of your ecig vaping experience. We have a very informative article that explains this in detail, but for the purpose of this post, you should know that steeping is especially important if you order mostly VG e-liquids. 

What Happens To the E-liquid When it is Steeping?

Practically all e-liquids are made of four ingredients: propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG), nicotine, and flavoring. Some e-liquids include pure distilled water and alcohol. As mentioned, the PG and the VG both act as bases for the nicotine and flavorings, but PG grabs the flavorings quickly, while VG, the thicker liquid takes time to absorb the flavors. Steeping simply allows the chemicals/flavor to disperse throughout the juice at the molecular level.

How Do You Steep E-Liquid?

There’s really no mystery to steeping e-liquids. Just set it aside in a cool dark place for several days, or, open the lid and let it breathe for several days. Some eliquids can take weeks, depending on the flavor and e-liquid company. It’s always smart to place open e-liquid bottles away from activity areas and out of the reach of children and pets. 

Test Out Your E-Juice

Start testing your steeped e-liquid after a few days (or hours depending on the brand). Some e-liquid flavors mature more quickly, some take weeks or even months! Remember to first shake the bottle before dripping the juice into your tank as some flavors tend to settle at the bottom of the bottle. 

E-Liquid Brands That Rarely Need Steeping

There are several e-liquids that taste great without steeping. Either the company uses higher-end base liquids, higher quality flavors, they mix the perfect blend of PG and VG, or they “pre-steep” their products. 

We’ve tested loads of e-juices and have experimented with many PG/VG ratios. Here are a few that are top notch right out out the bottle.

V2Cigs Red E-Liquid

All V2Cigs e-liquids are very very satisfying and taste true to their flavor’s name. You can order from Zero to a bold 2.4 nicotine mg level. There’s no waxy taste, no perfume taste and no gent’s toilet aroma.

V2 Red is a great tobacco flavor favored by thousands of vapers. So is their Sahara. Try the Green Tea Mint. It is awesome and so true to taste as is their Cola and Vanilla.

tribeca e-liquid from HaloI haven’t found a HaloCigs e-liquid that needed steeping, but Belgian Cocoa, Shamrock and TriBeCa (tobacco with hints of vanilla and caramel) are worth mentioning as being great favorites among seasoned vapers.


Firebrand eliquid CarnivalFirebrand is a top e-liquid company and I have to say, my absolute favorite! They always pre-steep their ejuice. You can’t go wrong with any of their flavors and their labs are fully automated with state of the art sanitary, eco-friendly conditions. Firebrand offers two lines of e-liquids – Liquitine and Sub-OHM which is 80% VG for perfect clouds that won't clog up your coils. If you're looking for a creamy flavor that has no trace of diacetyl, their Carnivale flavor is second to none.

Mt. Baker Vapor logo 250Mt. Baker Vapor’s Solar Flare, Hawk Sauce, Guava, Red licorice, and Cucumber Mint never need steeping. MBV lets you custom create your own VG/PG ratios and you can add extra flavor shots.

Virgin Vapor LogoVirgin Vapor, the 100% organic e-liquid company also lets you select your VG and PG preference and add shots. Some flavors do need steeping, but their Plumb Crazy and Orange Creamsicle are two of their many terrific flavors that satisfy right out of the bottle. 

All the above brands are priced similarly and within reason. I always recommend you start out with small or sample sized bottles as taste preferences to vary.

Happy Vaping!

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Hillary

Hillary Miles, Cloud Nine’s editor and contributing author has been an advocate of the vaping industry for over 8 years. After a long career writing and producing for national television networks, Hillary now focuses on helping smokers and former smokers better understand the many benefits of electronic cigarettes and the role they play in tobacco harm reduction, health and well being.

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  1. Holly North

    Great Tasting E-Liquids several good reasons why you should steep (or age) your e-liquid before you vape it in your favorite eGo ecig or vaporizer. Fine wines are never sold before they mature; great cheeses needs to ripen, the best tasting steaks must be aged, even tea needs to steep in hot water in order to bring out the best flavor. E-Juice is really no different. It needs to mature to achieve optimal flavor, especially if you buy your smokejuice from eliquid companies like Mt. Baker Vapor, VaporFi or Virgin Vapor.

  2. Pre Steeepd E Juice

    Generally fruit flavors will be good to vape straight away while desserts can take longer to fully develop. I disagree with your point about “custom blends” though. The people making the juice should know how to mix it, you shouldn’t have to tell them. Any juice company offering “flavor shots” doesn’t really know what they’re doing. Adding extra flavor can distort the profile to the point where no amount of steeping will fix it. Generally steeping is often used as an excuse for why juice tastes bad. “Oh, just needs to steep”. No…it’s bad juice.

    1. Janice

      I have always enjoyed Mt.Baker Vapor and love that I can customize the strength of my ejuice by ordering extra shots. They’ve been around for years and are one of the most popular (and well respected) eliquid companies. One thing I disagree with is that MBV needs extra steeping as I’ve never had to pre-steep my flavors.

  3. bobby stecher

    I am sorry miss but you are all wrong! The method you are describing is called BREATHING and should be done for 12 hours AT THE MOST! Taking the cap off the bottle and letting it sit in a cool dark place is called, once again, BREATHING. Steeping is when you let your juice sit in a cool dark place WITH THE LID ON. This should be done for 3 days to 2 weeks, depending on how long you can wait and several other things. Now, do Wine Makers age their wine bottles open? NO, Case closed, sorry!

    1. Hillary

      Hi bobby,
      Thanks for adding your thoughts to this article! One thing is certain, the language of vaping is ever-evolving, as is everyone’s personal method for achieving the most satisfying vape. Steeping is one word that has become synonymous with aging freshly made ejuice. I am also very familiar with opening a wine bottle (even one that has been aged), to “let it breathe”. I look forward to researching your interesting points of view!

    2. Chris Lesmerises

      Actually this article addresses both “steepping” and “breathing” but mistakenly refers to leaving an open bottle as another type of steeping.

  4. Cy

    Mbv all needs to be steeped. Duh

  5. Finley

    Steeping is a very important step. We like to open cap steep at least two weeks. It really depends on the flavor as some flavors require different steeping times as well

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