Big Bang juice.

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Made in France by a company called Kapalina, they also make a fruity lemonade flavoured juice that I have yet to try.

Doo Peach:

They say: A max vg peach donut.

I say: I have never eaten a peach donut, like many Europeans I have enjoyed them separately, the way God/ Buddha / Mithras / Zeus (delete where applicable) intended.

Nothing too fancy here, the peach is a thin dry peach that I associate with peach schnapps followed by a lovely jammy apricot centre and a hint of citrus adding a tartness across the palate. Not enough doughnut sadly, indeed the juice feels slightly unfinished almost stopping dead on the exhale.

It really only shines when you turn up the watts and tasted best in a dripper rather than a lemo2 or the AIO with the .6 ohm coils. I tried it with the .5 ohm cubis coils in the AIO and found it wicked well but the flavour was very muted : (

Doo peach 6mg/ml max VG was most enjoyable in a .9 ohm fibre freaks wicked magma firing on an rx200 at 33.2w.

For more information and a list of stockists of this flavour check out www.kapalina.fr  or better still beg, borrow or steal some Lushington by Stash.

N.B – this juice is only available in 0, 3 and 6 mg/ml.

Rating: more Sheldon than Leonard.

Hit the pipe

Premixed flavours from a French company that display astonishing similarities to another litigious US brand.

Long Castle:

It´s a sitting on the porch sippin’ type vape best with a bourbon/ dark rum and friends. It was originally recommended to me by the reclusive numbers magnate u/1865025r

Think heavily cased pipe tobacco using bourbon that brings out almonds, vanilla, coconut, molasses and even dark chocolate at times, it’s a heavy, swirling experience across your palate that is not for the faint hearted. Turn up the watts and aggressively inhale for something that tastes like a cigar.

I loved it at 10% after a good 3 weeks.

Gambyt:

Apple pie with caramel, cream etc, we have seen a many iterations of this perennial delight over the years and I was looking forward to a good dessert.

Sadly as it turns out this apple pie was made by Stiffler´s mom rather than Nigella.

A lot of apple and what tastes like slightly turned baileys, its cream thin and anaemic, without enough pastry to ground the fruit or spice to intrigue.

8% if you must and leave it for at least a week… if not for eternity

All premixed concentrates were diluted using 6mg/ml Vapfip 80VG/20PG and sampled in a .8 ohm fibre freaks wicked lemo2 firing on a cana at 21.7w.

For more information on these flavours check out http://www.vaposeleccion.com/en/alchemy/flavours/hit-the-pipe-flavour-/

Nova Liquides

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With Europe´s TPD deadline in May approaching, and the increasing interest in DIY, it seemed time to sample some of the premixed concentrates for eliquids.

If (like me) you read the online forums for DIY juice, one of the biggest problems is what we’ll call “flavour acquisition disorder or FAD” where DIY’ers are constantly adding just one or two more flavours to their collection in order to perfect their latest recipe. Many alchemists then find themselves confronted by an embarrassment of failed experiments, storage dilemmas and sadly in some extreme cases… abusive partners.

So if you don’t find fiddling for hours perfecting baked alaska version 37.2 or your homage to a Singapore sling in max VG enthralling, what options are currently available?

Quite a few as it turns out… but today we will simply focus on one.

Nova premixed flavours have a similar taste to some very litigious US brands, although they are manufactured by a French company.

Malibu:

A pina colada style concentrate consisting of pineapple, coconut and what feels like a hint of koolada / menthol. Very smooth, clean tasting and honestly one of the best iterations of this cocktail that I have tried to date, although the rum could be a little more pronounced. Normally they seem to have a plastic taste on the palate but this one rings true. A light and refreshing summer vape best enjoyed after 2 weeks using at 15%.

Mystic Menthol:

Brain freezing, sinus clearing liquid, good after a week, use at 15%.

Chocolicious:

A tragedy… chalky old easter egg chocolate that tastes vaguely of sour milk and disappointment after over a month of steeping / aging / curing.

In a word: Awful… but if aged chocolate is your thing, wait a week, use at 15%

Kringle’s curse:

A perfect candy cane mint style vape, good after a week, use at 15%..

Tiki juice:

An unholy mess of wintergreen and tobacco.

Avoid where possible, but if you must… give it a week, use at 15%

Empire state:

Ry4 with a potpourri of werthers originals and the smoking area in an old folks home.

Like vaping your granny´s tears at 15% after two weeks : (

All premixed concentrates were diluted using 6mg/ml Vapfip 80VG/20PG and sampled in a .7 ohm fibre freaks wicked lemo2 firing on a cana at 24.1w.

NB – These e-liquids do not contain any formaldehyde, paraben, sugar, oil, ambrox, gum or GMO.

For more information on these flavours and many, many more check out http://www.nova-liquides.com/en/eliquids-juices-flavours/

Rating: James Franco – http://uk.complex.com/style/2014/04/james-franco-art