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When you think of summertime, what comes to mind? Warm weather, longer days, pies cooking, and your favorite fruits such as watermelon, peaches, and raspberries, ripe and for the picking. As we introduce our latest fruit vapor flavor, Raspberry, we invite you to read this article and learn about its origins, the various types, healthy facts, and various ways to enjoy this fruit.

Does this mean you’re going to get the health benefits from smoking a natural flavor raspberry e-cig? Absolutely not! However, there are a few interesting facts to know about the Raspberry.

The Origins of Raspberries

Believe it or not, raspberries did not originate in the United States. From what is known, scientists have traced raspberry roots back a bit over 2000 years in Europe. They figured it migrated as one of the traded natural fruits to the US from the eastern world.

As of today, raspberries are grown worldwide with approximately 598,000 metric tons produced each year. 101,000 metric tons are produced here in the United States. There are over 200 species of raspberries, of which red raspberries, black raspberries, and purple raspberries are the three major groups. Here in the US, raspberries are the third most popular berry, behind strawberries and blueberries.

Types of Raspberries

There are many other colors associated with this sweet and tangy fruit besides red, black, and purple.

  • The purple raspberry can be found in nature; however, it originally started as a crossbreed of the red and black raspberry. It’s not produced commercially though.
  • The yellow or golden raspberry actually is a genetic mutation of a red or black raspberry. It’s considered an albino raspberry as the pigments aren’t fully developed. It still tastes of the red or black raspberry though!
  • The blue raspberry is a hybrid of the purpose raspberry.

Selecting the Perfect Raspberry

So, what makes the perfect raspberry? Well, raspberries freeze and can well. However, that depends upon how they are picked and prepared. So you want to make sure to purchase them a day or two before you cook or package them. They should be fully ripe, plump, firm, and have a deep color.

You don’t want to pick any that are molded or soft. If they are in a container, check for moisture, as that would tell you if they are close to spoiling. Your best time to select raspberries is during the midsummer through early fall months.

Health Benefits of the Raspberry

Raspberries are packed with plenty of rich vitamins and minerals.

  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Dietary Fiber

Ways to Enjoy Raspberries

This amazing fruit has many ways you can enjoy it. Raspberries can be frozen, pureed, juiced, eaten fresh, or as dried fruit. A few great ways to enjoy raspberries in your favorite foods include:

  • Add it to yogurt
  • Add to your muffin or cupcake mix
  • Make granola bars
  • Turn it into a sauce to top of cheesecake
  • Add to your favorite cold or hot cereals
  • Top off your pancakes or waffles
  • Top off a parfait
  • Pour chocolate sauce all over them

So, now you know a bit more about the tiny fruit, raspberries. Enjoy the sweet and tangy flavor of our new Raspberry flavored vapor and customize it to your specific tastes. 

For decades, smoking has been an effortless sort of awesome, a coolness that transcends time and trends. Besides the notable health risks, however, one of the most frustrating aspects of smoking cigarettes is the lack of customizable features. Even though some brands boast subtle differences, most cigarettes taste the same. For cultured smokers, this uniformity is a downside, leading to an unpleasant experience for those craving personalization.

As a vaper, you know that e-cigarettes go above and beyond what a traditional cigarette can offer. At Highbrow, we want to take your experience one step further with customizations you can tailor to your preferences. Whether you're feeling fruity or bold, it's our mission to intensify your experience.

Throat Hit

Conventional smokers are very familiar with a great throat hit, or the sensation that occurs on the first drag of a smoke. This sensation isn't limited to traditional cigarettes, however; e-cigarettes can offer great throat hits to mimic and amplify the experience for those craving a deep, creative experience. Some vapers might be trying to reduce the throat hit in order to pull away from a normative smoking experience, but many crave the power of smoke, flavor, and intensity hitting the throat. No matter your preference, Highbrow can help you choose your perfect hit.

Double Flavoring

Bottom line: vaping tastes good. Many smokers switch to e-cigarettes to reduce the cost of smoking or to refine their experience, but most switch for the exemplary flavor that traditional cigarettes just can't match. Most people enjoy the taste of tobacco, but Highbrow likes to embrace the finer things in life. When standard flavor isn't enough to meet your vape cravings, we're pleased to offer you the ability to double flavor your liquids. Sometimes, less is more but with vaping, more can be more.

Flavor Percentage

Creativity is all about mixing and matching. There's no artistry to a standard cigarette but vaping is all about customization. Craving caramel apple? Our flavor masters can mix the perfect percentage of caramel to the ideal proportion of green apple. We believe in custom; no e-cigarette fan should have to settle for premade flavors when professional mixing is available. Choose your own flavor percentage and get the tastes you want to satisfy your cravings. We'll even help you sample to make sure your flavors tantalize your taste buds.

PG/VG

There's more the e-cigs than convenient liquids and great flavors. No two vaping blends are the same, which is why Highbrow offers you the choices between PG, or propylene glycol, and VG, or vegetable glycerin. Just like different flavors offer different advantages, so does the base of the liquid. PG is a thinner liquid that provides a deeper, more enjoyable throat hit that can offer a higher level of sensitivity. VG, on the other hand, is a thicker oil that provides a better puff and a sweeter taste, catering to new vapers and those who enjoy the sensation of exhaling. 

No matter your reasons for vaping, Highbrow is on a mission to make your experience unique. What's your favorite way to make your e-cigarette one of a kind?

With August just days away, comes the last enjoyable half of summer before it all comes to a sad end. Right about now, you’re more than likely already noticing “back to school” supplies in your favorite shopping centers and a depletion of summer supplies like pool gear, grill gear, and lawn gear, etc.

As we get ready to wind down another great summer full of fantastic hot summer night memories to gear up for the eventual arrival of fall, now’s the time to enjoy those last hot summer nights of vaping while you can before cold crisp air moves in.

Yup, fall and winter will be here again before you know it. Although, by now you may be looking forward to that cold winter air that you couldn’t wait to be done with in March. In the winter we dread the cold and long for the summer heat, but by August we grow weary of the heat (many of us) and begin to long for cooler air.

It’s just human nature… Let’s draw the summer of 2014 to a close with some of the best summertime e-juice liquid flavors to enjoy in the month of August.

The Top 5 Sweet and Juicy E-Juice Flavors for August

Say goodbye to summer while enjoying our top 5 e-juice flavors for August:

# 1 - Limoncello

Let’s face it…summertime is really the main time of year that many of us enjoy the sweet taste of lemonade. There’s just something about a cold glass of lemonade on a warm summer day. And with August being the last “real” month of summer, it’s the perfect month to enjoy the refreshing and great taste of lemon in anything. With summer almost over, if you have yet to try our specialty lemon variation, limoncello, now’s the time to start enjoying this refreshing e-juice flavor.

# 2 – Peach Thymbra

The sweet peach thymbra e-juice flavor captures the very essence of the delicious and juicy sweet peach, one of the world’s favorite fruits. When vaping with the flavors of sweet peach e-juice, you’ll enjoy the same juicy taste of a sweet peach for an enjoyable tasty vaping experience. This is a flavor that’s wonderful to enjoy after any meal or anytime you want a sweet treat. Vaping with peach thymbra is like enjoying a fresh juicy peach on a warm summer day.

# 3 – Coffee – Bavarian Hazelnut Cream
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Coffee – Bavarian Hazelnut Cream e-juice offers three tasty e-juice flavors to coffee lovers, Bavarian cream lovers and vaping lovers. This heavenly tasting e-juice features the same savory tastes of morning coffee with a blend of roasted hazelnut and a hint of sweet vanilla cream. Vaping with the Coffee – Bavarian Hazelnut Cream is like enjoying your favorite morning cup of premium coffee with all of your favorite flavors. This delectable e-juice flavor is perfect to enjoy on warm summer mornings.

# 4 – Amaretto Amore

With summer comes passionate summer romances and summer love, so summer would not be complete without the premium amaretto liqueur e-juice flavor of Amaretto Amore. One taste of this almond/apricot liquor flavored e-juice will leave you feeling relaxed, content, craving more and falling in love.

 

# 5 – Crème Brulee
Our top five list of e-juice flavors wouldn’t be complete without a tasty decadent treat.
Crème brulee, a popular French dessert offers vaping users the sweet savory tastes and flavors of warm creamy vanilla custard flavored crème brulee in the form of a vaping liquid. This tasty treat features a hint of caramelized sugar making it packed with sweet savory flavors you can enjoy anytime.

While these delicious, tasty and refreshing sweet e-juice flavors were specifically chosen for the hot summer month of August, they can be enjoyed anytime all year long.

Hanging out with the guys has just gotten easier. Before, you could hang out and enjoy your cigarettes in bars or at the restaurant. Then, government regulations cut these relaxing options.

However, it didn’t seem to bother you as much as you turned to an alternative – electric cigarette. Yes, this new fad took well to girlfriends and wives as you didn’t have the smell of tobacco clinging to your clothes or your breath. You can indulge in electric cigarettes everywhere - a surprise to restaurant and bar attendees who approach you to ask you to put your cigarette out, only to find it is not a traditional cigarette.

However, new government regulations have taken effect, eliminating e-cigarettes in public areas. So having those nights out with the fellas has dramatically decreased once again. Well, 2014 is a great new year as the growing trend of vaping lounges has come to Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, and many other major cities in the US.

A Gentlemen’s Club for All

If you’ve ever experienced a gentleman’s club and cigar lounge, you should have an idea of what a vaping lounge is. Immersed in a comfortable indoor setting and a relaxed atmosphere, connoisseurs of e-cigs all gather, bound by the new "vaper" cultural trend – vaping.

Why the Sudden Popularity?

Since the government has stepped in and started the ban of smoking e-cigarettes in public places, those that enjoy vaping are limited to where they can partake in such activities. However, it’s legal for licensed cigar lounges or designated casino smoking areas to exist. So the development of vaping in these types of establishments has transferred to e-cigarette locations as well.

For those of you who no longer smoke regular cigarettes, you’ve found comfort enjoying the various desert, fruit, or Highbrowbacco flavors that e-cigs can provide. And, you can still enjoy puffing a cloud of smoke.

Vapor lounges are a community of electric cigarette smokers who can relax and relate to each other. Vaping is a unique subculture emerging now. There are people who gather for their love of music, art, or baseball. And now there are those that enjoy the relaxing puff of an e-cigarette after work.

What Can You Do in a Vapor Lounge?

Vapor lounges are like any other cigar lounge. Folks from all walks of life discover new flavors that emerge on the market. They enjoy each other’s company, watch the game, talk sports, or business news.

There are even events that take place at vapor lounges across the country such as open mic night or discovering local artists.

So now there is hope across America that the vaping culture will not fade away. The vapor lounges are yet another getaway after work or on the weekend to escape to. You don’t have to hide out at home and enjoy your Black Cherry Dulcet, Carmel, Espresso, or Highbrowbacco Cigar flavors alone. 

 


Getting on an airplane without your e-cigarette can be a harrowing experience filled with security checks and  close inspection of your luggage. Going on vacation doesn't mean you have to leave your vaping supplies home either. The best way to travel by plane with an e-cigarette and e-juice is to follow these three rules of national and international flying

Rule # 1: Pack Only What You Need

When large quantities of the ejuice and vaping components (like batteries) are packed into your luggage or carry-on, you increase the likelihood of security taking notice and becoming suspicious.  This might result in it being confiscated or at least a confrontation with the security guard.  They'll want to know what the reason for all the liquid.  So, don't bring too any cartridges in your carry-on. Put the bulk in your luggage. 

Rule #2: Be Upfront About Your Vaping Supplies 

If you to get asked about your vaping supplies, don't lie or avoid answering. Tell them exactly what they are and how you use them. Most security officers know what they are and have seen them before. Dishonesty will only set them at odds with you and increase the likelihood that the materials will be confiscated.  Depending upon the security level of the airport, you may not be allowed to take your supplies on board or have to stow them in your luggage.   

Rule #3: Don't Smoke On-Board

If you reach the plane with your e-cigarette and e-juice still in your possession, don't let the urge to vape on the plane take control of your common sense. It's still against societal norms and/or the law to vape or smoke on a plane. It's possible the vapor could irritate the lung of a person on-board, particularly if they have severe allergies or COPD. The vapor, itself, does not contain any irritants, but high altitudes and close quarters could make it more likely for the vapor to create medical issues for others.   Additionally, vaping in the cramped, smelly quarters of a plane's lavatory is not a pleasant experience.  If you must vape on the plane, you will need a letter of permission from the airplane company to join the mile-high vaping club. 

Quick Tip: Don't want to leave anything to chance on the day of the trip? Contact the airports in your itinerary  and ask about their procedures for vaping supplies. Do exactly as they suggest for each leg of your trip. This way you aren't as likely to have a negative encounter to ruin your trip.

When you head to exotic locales or just home for the holidays, you don't have to leave your vaping supplies behind. To fly without hassles, just follow these three simple rules - you'll be able to step outside the airport and vape with your favorite e-cig when you land. 

 

 

Your choices in e-juice flavors may tell the person next to you a little about who you are and the things you enjoy in life. Whether your favorite flavor is traditional, fruity or a decadent dessert, your personality likely shows with your choices.

 

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You are a true classic inside and out. You probably favor waiting a bit over the need to run out and stand in an all-night line to get the latest, greatest high-tech gadget before everyone else does. You’re a family person and truly enjoy spending time with loved ones.

Vanilla Bourbon Bean

You likely surround yourself with very close friends. You enjoy being known as laid-back and having that tried-and-true personality that lets your friends and soul mate know who you are. You are accomplished but do not flaunt it.

Strawberry-Lemonade

You usually like to keep things on a light note and yet love to impress. You are sweet-as-can-be but with a twist. With your people-skills, you are sure to have many friends who enjoy just hanging out with you.

Dark Chocolate Mint

You have no deep, dark secrets…Ok, maybe a couple. You are a hopeless romantic and crave all the sweet things that life has to offer, so you probably do not feel guilty when you indulge in your sweetest desires.

Buttered Rum-and-then-some

So you are “all that and a bag of chips,” huh? It definitely shows. You probably admit to being a little on the high maintenance side but think you deserve it. You carry yourself well and people will likely admire you because you stand so tall, have a strong personality and can turn heads when you walk by.

Eve’s Delight

You are as natural as it gets. You will no-doubt always be a nature lover who enjoys the outdoors. Your delightful, care-free, fun-loving spirit shines through to everyone you meet.

Heavenly Macaroon

You enjoy that complex personality don’t you? Other people may even be a little envious because they have to work so hard at what comes natural to you. Sweet, yet sultry and sexy, even a little nutty when you want to be; you can win anyone over and never feel guilty about it.

Caramel Cake

If caramel cake is your favorite e-juice, you are apt to be bold, yet subtle at just the right time. You may be seen as self-indulgent, but you deserve it. So go ahead and indulge yourself with Caramel Cake.

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You are so cool but you know when to hold back on the cool factor. You can easily put on your straight-face when at Sunday dinner with the family or in that important meeting, but after that, it is back to showing the great blend of qualities that gives you that perfect cool-factor.

All these flavors are great choices and may even reveal something about your personality. Do not limit yourself to just one favorite because there are many more choices that allow you to indulge in enjoying life’s little moments.

 

Many of us smoked tobacco for years because we believed it helped us to relax. The ritual of lighting up, the taste of the first drag, the feel of the nicotine in our systems was unforgettable. Vaping provides an alternative to cigarettes that offers many of the same relaxing rituals.  

 

 

Create a Mindset for Relaxation

One of the quickest ways to beat stress with the aide of a vape is to re-create that smoking ritual you enjoy with cigarettes.  Make your vaping just as deliberate an act as smoking a cigarette. Try carrying your vape in a small decorative case. When you remove it from the case, do so mindful of your actions. Think ahead to the delicious flavor you will soon be enjoying.

Place it into your mouth and enjoy the feel of the vapor as you inhale. Perhaps you wish to roll it around your mouth to savor the flavor a bit more. Feel it hit your throat just right. Pull it into your lungs and finally, exhale slowly. Now that is pleasure and relaxation in your pocket!

Taste the Flavor

With a vape, you are in complete control of the flavors in your machine. Many people will turn to sweet flavors such as chocolate, peach or cherry when stressed. A vape provides all of the flavor and relaxation with none of the calories or sugar.

The Nicotine Rush

Most of us enjoy nicotine in our vape brews. For those of us who enjoy nicotine, it can be one of the high points of vaping. So select your favorite nicotine strength at the end of a long hard day to help unwind. There is no tobacco tar or smell that may offend those around you. Just sit back in your favorite place and indulge yourself in a nicotine haze.

A Place For Your Hands

Stress can make you want to do something active. But there are times when you just cannot move about as you'd like to. Holding and manipulating your vape while enjoying a session can go far in relieving your physical and emotional tensions. 

De-Stress Nearly Anywhere

A vape is much more socially acceptable then tobacco products. Most people will not bat an eye at a small device and its modest vapor cloud in most public places. You should always ask before vaping if you are in an enclosed public space. That said, few things are as relaxing and enjoyable as vaping as you go about the business of your day.

Have a Lazy Day

You can vape in the creature comforts of your own home as you indulge in a little bit of sloth. Pair up a custom vape flavor to your favorite junk food and just sprawl out and enjoy a movie marathon or cheer your favorite team on. Few things beat the stress of the workday week like a day spent unwinding and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

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