Selene – Thenancara

Thenancara

My first time – https://thegourmandsguidetogourmet.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/thenancara-or-lost-in-translation/

It had been several months since my fateful operatic encounter with the young Parisienne and her bewitching sea green eyes. The resulting scenes between my uncle and this vaping goddess plagued my dreams, resulting in an almost permanently grumpy gourmand.

Unlike the rest of Europe, this gourmand likes to work during August and take time off in September when the weather is slightly cooler and most of the tourist’s are safely at home. On a whim I caught the train to Blois, determined to cycle around the Loire valley for a few days. Sure that a few Chateaux visits coupled with some tastings at a winery or two would be just the thing to help me forget all about seductive vapoteuses and uncles apparently oblivious to their oddly amorous advances.

It was late afternoon by the time I reached Chambord, tired but slightly exhilarated after all the exercise… I revelled in the quiet splendour of the marvellous architecture and after circumnavigating the entire structure I went inside to pick up a bottle or two of their famed raspberry liqueur.

They were closing but obliged me with two bottles and threw in a quick snifter for the road. Bless them.I was just reaching for my wallet when once again I heard the lilting laugh that thrilled me to my very soul. Slapping down a 100 euro note I grabbed the bottles off the counter and left without bothering to collect the change. Rushing to the front door, I observed a young lady peddling gracefully down the long drive… hands free… plumes of vapour in her wake.

There was not a second to spare, so I stuffed the two bottles into my saddlebags and sped off into the dusk desperately trying to catch her.

(N.B – Always remember to tuck your trousers into your socks when cycling)

Night fell swiftly and soon I was tracking the demoiselle by the faint light of her bicycle and the fragrant smell of cherries or was it almonds in the cool evening air? I could not be sure, so I pedalled faster. After all mysterious beauties with exquisite taste in e liquids are sadly all too rare these days.

She veered right upon exiting the estate, so naturally I redoubled my efforts to catch up as we sped down the long straight road heading for the river. The smell of violets became stronger and stronger as I drew closer and upon passing alongside the mysterious mademoiselle, I managed what I thought was a suave “Bonsoi – aaagh!”.

It would have been much more impressive had my flapping trouser leg not caught in her chain during the attempted “Parisian pass”.

Despite the crash cruelly exposing my ineptitude, the young lady actually landed on top of me in one of those frankly unbelievable Hollywood moments.

I leaned forward hoping for a kiss, fortune favours the brave, right?

Wrong!

I just about caught a glimpse of her open hand as she slapped the hope out of me.

“Are you crazy? She demanded.

“You are mad… or drunk or… both perhaps?

“Well?”

“My brakes failed and the smell of your vape was so intoxicating” I lied almost but not quite tongue tied and yet undeniably intoxicated by her beauty.

Spotting her ego one on the ground I picked it up, polished it with what was left of my shirt, made sure it was firing correctly and handed it back to her.

“Your vapour, it has a most unusual… bouquet” I said desperate to prolong the encounter and try that vape.

“Selene”… she said and took a long slow puff, deliberately blowing a plume in my face.

I inhaled a sour fruity vapour that was maddeningly elusive and yet slightly floral… the violets.

In these circumstances it pays to play it cool, I had no idea whether Selene was her name or that of the e liquid, so I merely said “mmm smells rather moreish, can I buy you a drink at the next town and perhaps we can discuss this most unusual vapour?”

She took a long hard look at me and decided that yes that would be fine but that she was meeting a friend for supper and perhaps I would like to join them?

She smiled knowingly as again I tried to play it cool, inwardly rejoicing, this was working out perfectly.

“Yes, but only if I can buy you both dinner?” After all desperate times call for desperate measures.

“Perfect” said my future wife and we set off… coasting down the long road into town.

Halfway down she handed me her ego one in a breathtaking Parisian pass.
“Here…try it…it’s really rather good.”

Her smile was all the sales pitch I needed.

Carefully checking the road ahead and the distance between us…I pressed the button and inhaled, it was cherries not almonds, with a vibrant violet floating over the top. At times mouthwateringly sour (Acerola?) at times sweet, it went from floral to sherberty… lost between Dubonnet, Chambord liqueur and Kirsch this was a really unusual vape. However this time it was I and not my burbling uncle sharing a glorious moment with this charming vapoteuse.

I smiled back and thanked her managing to pass back the vape without incident.

The journey passed quickly as we chatted about the benefits of cotton over rayon, claptons or twisted coils and many, many other topics of mutual interest, it was perhaps the most memorable evening of my life.

Arriving into the sleepy village of Muides sur loire we dismounted and elected to walk the last mile, I walked slowly determined to prolong this enchanting evening.

We parked up outside the “Aberge du bon terroir” and like any gentleman who has nearly maimed a beautiful young lady while attempting to catch her attention I held the door open.

She walked in and just as I was about to follow, I heard a familiar voice that turned heaven into hell.

“Don?… Don?… Is that you?”

I spun slowly on my heel as my mad uncle bounded up the steps bellowing “Fancy meeting you here Don, I was just about to have dinner with that girl from the Opera house…Selene.”

To sample the very essence of eccentricity please visit http://www.thenancara.com

Rating: Jack Butler Yeats http://www.bertc.com/subtwo/g108/

Chambord: http://www.france.fr/en/sites-and-monuments/chateau-de-chambord.html

Auberge du bon terroir: http://www.auberge-bon-terroir.fr/

Stache

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Liquideo… like the known universe continues to expand to infinity and beyond with the new line “Stache Paris”, added to the already bewildering selection on offer from this French company. Stache is themed around such hirsute heroes as Dali, Selleck, Mercury and Chaplin, so without further ado let us see what exactly they taste like?

Salvador:

They say: Honeyed tobacco

I say: Exactly like they say, a blonde tobacco drenched in honey with a nice rasp to boot.

Tom:

They say: Rum, pineapple, lime, strawberries and cream

I say: Caribbean cream tea, all that’s missing are crumpets, a cuppa and the conch.

Freddie:

They say: Bergamot, lime, violets and rum

I say: It smells like good scotch whisky upon opening the bottle??? But on vaping… notes of bergamot, sweet violets and greengrass are to be enjoyed, the lime seems to float between the bergamot and violets while the rum seems to fade into the background.

Charlie:

They say: Toast, butter, red fruits and donuts

I say: Yes to all of the above… but to me there is a slight hint of toasted flakes of almonds on top, which means the red fruit is probably cherries : )

All 6mg/ml liquids 60VG/40PG enjoyed in a rayon wicked magma at 1.6ohm firing on a coolfire 4 between 20 and 25 watts.

For more info on these and the rest of the e liquid spectrum please see http://liquideo-store.fr/

Rating: Frida Kahlo – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo

The Black Cirkus – Vincent Dans Las Vapes

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Another newer line from the people that brought us Les Grands, some more complex flavours here coupled with some old favourites…

L´Auguste / Augustus the clown:

They say: Apple crumble, figs and brown sugar.

I say: There are very few juices that faithfully adhere to their descriptions although it is fair to say that the majority of European manufacturers have improved their descriptions remarkably over the past year. Here we have a juice that is exactly what it says in the description. The crumble is almost chewy, while the figs and brown sugar act as a counterweight to the tart green apple. Not an ADV for me… yet it is undeniably delectable dessert vaping!

L’illusioniste / The conjurer:

They say: Kiwi, Coconut, Mango and Pineapple

I say: This reminds me of Strawpeardew by Liquid Voyage, not that they taste the same, however both are very interesting fruit salad vapes made with love and care, both of them are also very hard to put down during the summer. Kiwi on the inhale followed swiftly by the mangos/ pineapples, the coconut dips and bobs throughout adding a creaminess to the mix. Totally tropical, the only thing missing is a grass skirt and some bongos. Boomshakalaka!

Absinthe Rouge / Red Absinthe:

They say: The perfect balance of the freshness of absinthe and the softness of red berries.

I say: A lovely red fairy juice, related to both Red Astaire and Bloodie Fruiti (Liquideo), yet it has a stronger absinthe inhale with a sweeter red fruit finish / exhale. This is a great palate cleanser or an all day. Leave the bottle open overnight if you prefer a lighter absinthe and more unidentified berries.

Vanille Custard / Vanilla custard:

They say: A unique custard cream, served with an overtone of vanilla pods

I say: A dark, heavy vanilla custard that is perfectly good… but is in no way unique. Great room note too.

All 6mg/ml e liquids 30VG/70PG enjoyed in a 1.6 ohm rayon wicked magma on top of a cana firing between 15 and 20 watts. For such PG heavy liquids they are all surprisingly smooth.

For more information on these and many more liquids see here: https://vapecirkus.com/en

Rating: Georges Seurat – http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/index-of-works/notice.html?no_cache=1&zsz=5&lnum=2

Halcyon Haze / 13 Sins/ T juice / Cutts ice.

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Upon hearing the news that Cutts Ice had released several new flavours my heart began to beat just that little bit faster, the makers of such classics as Gin’s Addiction, Northern Lights and Red Astaire have always had my interest but once again they had captured my attention.

Many manufacturers are still undergoing a transition from a myriad of one or two note flavours into more complex and intricate creations but Halcyon Haze focused in on gourmet or even gourmand recipes from the very start : )

Let us take a moment ladies and gentlemen to get comfortable, grab your beverage of choice, check that your tank or dripper is suitably full of your favourite juice and discover if Cutts Ice can maintain their reputation as one of Europe’s most innovative e liquid brands?

Halcyon Haze – Yellow Biafra

They say: A superbly sweet cocktail of ripe banana, golden syrup and toasted almonds, mingled with notes of vanilla and a rather delightful suggestion of pink candy floss.

I say: Like a trailer trash Barbie’s wedding cake… syrupy sweet banana ice cream with an incongruous marzipan base. I do not get the candy floss at all. It works, but is not an all day for me, it is more of an after dinner treat to be enjoyed occasionally.

13 Sins – Suzy6

They say: A fruity burst of sweet candy zests, which will excite your taste buds. There are overtones of strawberry, watermelon, and raspberries, followed by a smooth, cream soda exhale with just a hint of freshness. Suzy is a silently seductive all day vape.

I say: They ain’t lying, however this gourmand tastes more of a fizzy melon, a hint of mint and something between candy floss and meringue on the exhale, nevertheless it’s another stonker… comparable to Over the Rainbow by Vaponaute.

A must for all discerning fruitarian vapers!

13 Sins – Jack3

They say: A powerfully moreish toffee popcorn punch, for lovers of all things dessert. The flavour combination is made up of a ripe and bruised banana undertone, and notes of coconut, caramel, raspberries and clotted cream. Jack will keep you coming back for more.

I say: You can barely separate out the flavours here as the ripe banana and slightly salty caramel bombard your palate, the raspberries hiding in the background serving only to add a delightful sour twist like a good coulis dribbled on ice cream. A mouthwatering dessert liquid here, good for evening vaping or even occasional daytime decadence.

My S.O. (not a vaper) declared that it was an intergalactic mega dessert… not to be confused with a pan galactic gargle blaster:

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Bartending/Cocktails/Pan_Galactic_Gargle_Blaster

These liquids reminded me of just how pleasurable vaping can be… soothing to the soul and yet tantalising your tastebuds. I urge you to sample these new flavours and the rest of the collection at your earliest available opportunity here: http://www.halcyonhaze.co.uk and here: http://www.13-sins.com

It should also be noted that 13sins have included test results for these liquids on their website, Bravo!

Rating: An original collaboration from Fin Dac and Nigel Q – http://www.13-sins.com/about-the-artists