Furiosa

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A beautifully packaged new line from Paris, France.

Dragon clouds:

They say: A nectarine milkshake with strawberry coulis and crushed cereals.

I say: This is very reminiscent of a fruit loop style liquid. The nectarine is warm and welcoming, without the lemon pledge perfume found in many other eliquids, as the “milkshake” combines to smooth over the harsher edges of the nectarine. The cereal is more of a background as the fruits tend to take centre stage, the strawberry serves only to add a deeper layer of jammy goodness to the mix.

There is also a thrilling sourness through the centre as the nectarine seems to vibrate along your palate. A very enjoyable and well balanced juice, for occasional breakfast vaping, during the morning, afternoon and evening : )

This 6mg/ml, 90VG/10PG liquid without any diacetyl, propionyl, methanol, ambrox or paraben was enjoyed in a .75 ohm fibre freaks wicked lemo2 at 4.09v firing on an rx200 at 22.3w.

To find out more about this new liquid and more please click here: http://www.furiosa.co

I hope to review their latest flavour Lava drops, next week.

Rating: Arthur Louis Ignore – http://www.ufunk.net/en/artistes/urban-mandala/

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Pixie by Le French Liquide / Chris vap

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A new line from the creators of Venin divin, Re animator and Cactus…

Death Pixie:

They say: peach, mango, massoia bark (ersatz green coconut) cinnamon and bourbon vanilla.

I say: a lovely tropical fruit cocktail that starts off with a great mango/ dry peach medley followed by what tastes like coconut water and finished off by a light sprinkle of cinnamon and vanilla. It tastes like something you would expect to find in the Liquideo Think line.

Loony Pixie:

They say: a subtly sparkling e liquid with Argentinean lime, absinthe and rum.

I say: Lime and rum tango while haunted by a ghostly green fairy. Superb!

Both 50VG/ 50PG liquids (3mg/ml) enjoyed in a fibre freaks wicked magma at 1 ohm firing on a cana at 27 watts.

Find out more here – http://www.lefrenchliquide.com/nos-e-liquides/pixie/

Rating: Rousseau – http://www.henrirousseau.org/

Xbud by Liquideo

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Based around a collaboration between the boffins at Liquideo and one Bud Coleman, a photographer who divides his time between New York and Paris and you thought your commute was too long…

Mecanica

They say: Mentholated Gin vapours with a hint of Hibiscus.

I say: Like the best murray mint http://www.aquarterof.co.uk/murray-mints.html … in the world! A creamy hibiscus with a hint of mint, a lovely all day vape and I suspect a welcome refugee from the think line.

Gold tiger:

They say: Mild, fruity and sweet tobacco that packs a punch.

I say: More, More More… light and fresh perhaps a little heavy on the sugar however there is good all day vaping here as well. What fruit? I hear you ask, couldn’t tell you but I can confirm its great stuff indeed! There are elements of Vaponaute’s Into the wild here.

Sherkan:

They say: Lemon, anis, liquorice and two or three other things?

I say: Light lemon here swiftly press ganged by a liquorice and anis tag team that stomp all over whatever else the boffins may have hidden inside. Strong and smooth anis and liquorice similar to Snake oil, Druide by Mrs Lords / Northern Lights by Halcyon Haze axis of anis. In a nutshell… a winter warmer.

Pink Dragon:

They say: Red fruits, black raisins, anis and eucalyptus.

I say: This tastes of a good strawberry/ raspberry surrounded by a horde of black raisins with a cooling breeze of anis and eucalyptus to finish. In a recent survey eight out of ten Koala bears prefer vaping Pink Dragon. Very, very moreish and dare I say it… Liquideo’s sweet response to Red Astaire.

Mexico:

They say: Apple and Cinnamon, the day of the dead…

I say: A sweet and sour green apple (think of those mouth shredding apple drops from your childhood) softened by a careful drizzle of cinnamon. Autumn in your dripper.

To find out more about the man behind the imagery click here: http://ink361.com/app/users/ig-1581663601/bud_coleman_photographer/photos

To find out more about the e liquids click here: http://liquideo-store.fr/59-collection-xbud

All liquids enjoyed in a fibre freaks wicked magma at .8 ohms on a coolfire 4 firing between 24 and 30 watts.

Rating: Sailor jerry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Jerry

Selene – Thenancara

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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

Les Grands – Vincent dans les Vapes

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Like flavourlab, the chosen few and tobevaping, VDLV have created an entire line made from all natural ingredients called Les Grands.

A great idea… as certain US manufacturers have recently discovered to their chagrin that more and more vapers are concerned about their health and want absolute clarity when it comes to e liquid ingredients.

So what do they taste like….

Rio Grande:

They say: Orange, red fruits and Menthol.

I say: Almost verging on the horror that is toothpaste with OJ, this e liquid skilfully skirts the danger zone. The end result is something that tastes more like blood oranges with wisps of cooling menthol at the end. Rio grande is a very moreish albeit unusual juice, perfect for vaping during those long hot August afternoons.

Grand Raid:

They say: Red fruits, Lemons and Menthol.

I say: The lemon smoothes out the red fruits and menthol, leaving you with what can only be described as an evening with Gins Addiction´s eccentric French cousin, I also taste something nutty in the mix. This would be more of an enjoyable after dinner vape for me.

Grande Evasion:

They say: Coconut biscuits, Pomengranates and Peaches

I say: I did not like this at first, there seemed to be a plastic note (perhaps the coconut?) on the exhale. After 24 hrs of leaving the bottle open it blossomed into an almost fizzy dark Peach with a slight coconut finish. The Pomengranate serves as a pedestal for the Peach : )

Grand Manitou:

They say: Puff pastry, Banana Flambee and Mangos.

I say: If that famous American philosopher Homer J Simpson vaped, he would have a tank full of this at his side… day and night. A sweet, sticky sensation!

Some very interesting mixes and imagination on display here ladies and gentlemen, I look forward to trying more from Vincent dans les Vapes: http://www.vincentdanslesvapes.fr/62-les-grands-de-vincent

All 3mg/ml e liquids 50VG/50PG enjoyed in a 1.6 ohm Japanese cotton wicked magma on top of a coolfire4 firing between 20 and 25 watts.

Rating: Terre des ours – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aEQD2ja-Ts