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

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A beautifully packaged new line from Paris, France.

Lava Drops:

They say: Fruits of the dragon, frosted orange and papaya juice.

I say: This unusual juice starts off with a lovely citrusy (blood?) orange dueling with a light papaya and a dragon fruit finish. I always have trouble identifying dragon fruit in e liquids as it tastes of watermelon to me. This gives a light airy and indeed almost wispy finish when combined with the frosted orange.

A perfect summer vape that would pair well with many mixed fruit juices and citrus and rum cocktails.

I look forward to tasting more from this new brand in the future.

This 6mg/ml, 90VG/10PG liquid without any diacetyl, propionyl, methanol, ambrox or paraben was enjoyed in a .74 ohm fibre freaks wicked lemo2 at 3.82v firing on an rx200 at 19.7w.

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

Rating: Shari Erickson – http://islandstudio.com/artwork

 

 

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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/

Le French Liquide 4

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The mad scientists of Venin Divin and Loony Pixie fame have just released another new e juice, called Re – animator II. For those of you who may have missed the first iteration in this series I have included the original flavour review below.
Re-animator:
They say: A fluorescent yellow mix of tangy lemon and lime with a touch of ripe melon.
I say: lemon and lime on the inhale with a lovely long melon finish on the exhale. Great throat hit but I have yet to try it under a black light to see if it really glows? NB the glow is a result of thiamine or one of the other complex b vitamins.

Re – animator II:

They say: a four citrus selection, including green orange, tonic and sparkling notes brought by quinquina (chinchona / quinine) peel. Finally a fresh and French touch specially developed by our mad scientists without menthol and koolada.

I say: There may well be 4 citrus varietals hidden inside this juice but the overwhelming flavour is orange with a hint of pith, not as sweet as Drops orange experience but delicious all the same. The quinine serves to dampen down the fructose while that mysterious “French touch” adds a cooling sensation on the exhale. This is a definite summer vape for me as it feels altogether refreshing rather than cloying on the palate. A slightly bitter orange rather than a mouthful of warm Fanta easily makes this an ADV for me.

Once again its lurid fluorescent green colour is due to high levels of complex B vitamins.

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Le French liquide continue to surprise and delight, to find out just how, please click the link: http://www.lefrenchliquide.com/e-liquides-d-exception/re-animator-2.html

All 3mg/ml liquids (50VG/50PG) enjoyed in a fibre freaks wicked lemo2 at 1.2 ohms on a cana firing between 19 and 25 watts.

Rating: Courbet – http://www.gustavecourbet.org/

 

Le French liquide

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Le French liquid have released four new more complex juices and kindly sent me some samples to review. You may recall their outstanding Venin Divin and their very versatile Cactus flavours from past reviews.

Priscilla:

They say: Lime, hibiscus and Grenadine coupled with some sparkling freshness.

I say: Delicious, like the unbranded sweets you occasionally encounter at the hotel reception desk, you can never be quite sure what flavour they are meant to be, but you´ll always put a few in your pocket for later ; )

Sacred Monster:

They say: Coconut, vanilla biscuit and banana flambee with a delicate coffee and spice background.

I say: Enjoy your own personal coffee klatsch every time you vape, superbly balanced flavours. As good as Night Flight by Vaponaute.

The Thing:

They say: Salted buttery caramel, roasted hazelnut and coffee finished off with vanilla and pecan nuts.

I say: Better than anything I have ever tasted from Starbucks, light coffee balanced by the vanilla and salty caramel nuttiness.

Re-animator:

They say: A fluorescent yellow mix of tangy lemon and lime with a touch of ripe melon.

I say: lemon and lime on the inhale with a lovely long melon finish on the exhale. Great throat hit but I have yet to try it under a black light to see if it really glows? NB the glow is a result of thiamine or one of the other complex b vitamins.

Le French liquid have really upped their game here and produced some note perfect juices, to find out more please click here: http://www.lefrenchliquide.com/

All 3mg/ml liquids (50VG/50PG) enjoyed in a fibre freaks wicked magma at 1 ohm on a coolfire 4 firing between 16 and 27 watts.

Rating: Degas – http://www.edgar-degas.org/biography.html

Shake it easy by Liquideo

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Liquideo’s unique collection of milkshakes ready to vape, adds yet another constellation in their galaxy of e liquids.

Chocolush:

They say: All the pleasure of chocolate without the calories.

I say: Like the last bit of milkshake that gurgles noisily through a straw drawing attention to poor table manners. More chocolate milk than milkshake but with a great room note.

Strawberry fix:

They say: Like a strawberry frappe.

I say: Needs more milk / ice cream : (

Top Banana:

They say: A banana flavoured milkshake that will conquer you.

I say: A very ripe banana drowning in milk, I liked this one but it is very sweet, a dessert vape for me, it reminded me of Yellow Biafra by Halcyon haze.

Vanilicious:

They say: A titillating vanilla perfume.

I say: My favourite of the bunch, a great vanilla milkshake that is easily an all day vape for me. Very smooth with no nasty nicotine aftertaste.

To find out more about the e liquids click here: http://liquideo-store.fr/61-collection-shake-it-easy

All 5mg/ml liquids (70VG/30PG) enjoyed in a fibre freaks wicked magma at 1 ohm on a cana firing between 19 and 30 watts.

Pure Evil´s Seven deadly sins for unholy clouds from hell not that any of you sanctimonious scum deserve so much as a leaky thimbleful.

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Made by half starved, blind, orphan puppies, working 24/7, at a concentration camp, in the deepest pits of Mordor? Actually as it turns out the truth is far worse, but as we are constantly told there is no such thing as bad publicity…

Throughout my life the toast amongst my friends and I had always been “Heaven for the view and Hell for the company” followed by the clinking of glasses. So you can imagine my surprise when I ended up alone, queuing for the ferry, silently thanking my undertaker for including the fare in a handy little change pocket on my shroud.

Unlike several poor souls before me I only paid Charon upon reaching terra incognita and saved myself an eternal membership of the Styx swimming club.

I inveigled my way into the middle of a large party from the Vatican who despite the absence of St Peter and those pearly gates seemed rather boisterous, gleefully recounting tales from the confession box and lamenting the fact that they were out of altar wine when Lucifer himself appeared in a flash of sulphurous smoke.

As my fellow travellers prostrated themselves and prayed with real conviction for the first time ever, I stood my ground, for I had… seen things… you people wouldn’t believe. Cargo ships brimming with grade A truffles on fire off the pillars of Hercules; I had watched a lorry load of the revered 1893 Veuve Cliquot drive off the road and over a cliff at the Tannhäuser pass… all those… moments… lost, in time, like tears… in… rain.

The father of lies stood with a knowing smirk on his face at the piteous priests wailing, ever the showman he employed a magician´s flourish of his cape to transport us to the head of the long snaking line where we were quickly ushered through soul control and down into his lair.

He gestured to a comfortable armchair while pouring us both some of Bushmill’s finest…

“Heaven for the view and Hell for the company… eh… Don?” said the horned one with a mocking tone as we knocked glasses and downed the whisky in one, he poured out another and I began to wonder just what in hell was going on? Nobody and I mean nobody is ever that generous with 200 year old Black bush.

I sipped this second glass slowly, savouring the unmistakable blend of sherry and Christmas cake, thinking sadly that this one could well be my last… ever… when my host cleared his throat and grabbed my attention.

“My son has a new line of e liquids and wondered if the great Gourmand would consent to writing a review?” asked Beelzebub in voice smoother than the aged whisky we were imbibing. “I am sure we could arrange a return trip across the Styx if you would but consent…”

Given my current circumstances, how could I possibly refuse… after all it would have been rude not too, not mention the myriad of unpleasant alternatives that awaited those that displeased the dark lord. Who knew just how many of the Gourmand family were already suffering in torment at his satanic majesty´s pleasure?

“I would be delighted” said I truthfully as the whole thing intrigued me, how would they bring it to market? Who would make it? Wouldn’t the fellow upstairs have something to say about all this?

All of these thoughts and many, many more crowded the dark canyons of my tiny mind as my host ushered me into the elevator and we descended to what he referred to as the factory floor.

“Look” said Satan “He’s a good kid and e cigs helped him to stop smoking after 20 years on the gaspers, the business started in 2011 in his bedroom selling ego kits and Chinese juices online, he then borrowed some cash off his… erm… God… father and expanded, he is now in the top 5 UK vendors list, selling in shops and online” He continued talking, but my attention was drawn to the ghastly scene framed by the opening of the elevator doors.

Imagine Dante’s inferno aided and abetted by 21st Century technology, the wailing and moaning were enough to send a soul deaf, the sheer horror of what lay before me found me actually wishing I was blind.

To make matters worse his son appeared and he looked suspiciously like Adam Sandler, the critics had been right! After all how else had the man’s career lasted so long? Little Nicky, the spawn of Satan indeed.

I stepped forward with a sickly smile on my face “Don Gourmand” I said extending my hand, “Brett” replied the doppelganger shattering my assumptions and surprising me by shaking my hand with a firm grip and grin.

“Thanks dad” he said to my host “I’ll take it from here”

The Devil looked deep into my eyes and without uttering a single word, I understood that I was to tell the truth or else… and then strode off into the gloom cracking a fiery whip at the gawkers and dawdlers who were unfortunate enough to impede his passage.

The handsome young devil smirked as I gaped at the dark lord’s violent departure explaining “He’s in a hurry today, He has a meeting with Hillary and Trump to sort out who will be the next president, a conference call with the FDA and Brussels followed by an offsite with Putin and Assad…no rest for the wicked… eh… Don?”

I could tell you about the table made from a human centipede of postal workers or the chairs made from real politicians but you simply could not imagine the horror, let alone the heartbreaking sounds, so without further ado let us talk about the flavours before I feel the need to describe the lawyers adorning the walls in what could only be a most dreadful homage to Jackson Pollock.

First up came Wrath:

The Spawn said: “A raspberry blend enraged with coconut for a furiously delicious vape.”

I said: “Coconut first followed by a realistic raspberry and a great cakey finish”… I chanced a glance at the demon who actually blushed at my succinct summation. He then explained, “I developed this to help overeaters deal with their cravings for cake, don’t tell my dad, he thinks we use it to torture their feeders, after all turnabout is fair play.” I smiled at his treachery and just vaped some more of that coil gunking juice, thinking it would be perfect for anything from elevenses or afternoon tea to a sneaky dessert.

Greed:

The spawn said: A sweet rice and mango blend to have you hungry for more.

I said: Mango madness at first, the sweet terpene laden fruit almost overwhelms the sticky rice, but it peeps through towards the middle only to vanish again under the onslaught of more melodramatic mangoes. This one only gets better as you up the wattage, a deliciously odd, occasional treat. A trite phrase to be sure… yet it seemed to satisfy the son of Satan all the same.

Pride:

The spawn said: This cooling butterscotch blend will result in pure gratification.

I said: Nice one, a nutty butterscotch with a lovely mint to boot but honestly I think Mecanica by Liquideo nails the Murray mint. This tastes more like the blasphemous union of a Glacier mint with a Werthers original. The mixologist from hell glared at me with eyes that promised an eternity of agony before he pulled out a little notebook and swore he would try this Mecanica to see what all the fuss was about.

The demon then pulled out two amber glass bottles from thin air and explained “that some people can be tempted in other ways so we make another 90% VG line called Pocket Fuel. Here… try these chocolate vapes, rumour has it that the Bishop of Canterbury drips nothing else.”

“This is called Gateaux Noir” said the spawn “it’s a delectable chocolate cake filled with jam, airy whipped cream, plump juicy cherries and topped off with melt-in-the-mouth chocolate shavings. It really is a gourmet hand-crafted e-liquid!”

I filled up my magma and inhaled a jammy cherry and cream filled sensation with hints of cocoa, it was good. Light cherry with nary a hint of cough medicine surfs throughout the inhale and exhale but never overwhelms. Perfectly good dessert vaping but somewhat lacking in the dark chocolate department : (

Brett groaned aloud and alarmingly some steam actually escaped from his ears upon my summation but agreed through gritted teeth that “dark chocolate was nice too and that it might possibly perhaps balance out the sweet jam and cherries in the mix.”

I did my best to ignore the increased trembling throughout my being, cautiously opened the Grand Cru chocolate and began to decant it into my dripper as the spawn calmed and started to wax lyrical about the complexity of this most decadent dessert vape… “A delightful blend of smooth, rich Peruvian and Belgian premium chocolate filled with sweet, creamy, caramel notes and a hint of nuttiness.”

One more to go and then I’m home free, I thought to myself as the drip tip rose to my lips for the final time, “tell the truth and shame the devil” as my old dear used to say while breaking wooden spoons across my backside. So I did…

“It’s good…but not great, it needs more dark chocolate”, I said wishing I was anywhere else but by Brett´s side.

I felt my left ear melt and slide off the side of my head at the spawn´s scream of rage, I risked a quick glance at his face and wished I hadn’t…

“Curse you Don Gourmand” he screamed as his wings flapped and fluttered causing my heart to behave in distressingly familiar fashion “may you be doomed to write verbose e liquid reviews forever… and a day!”

And that ladies and gentlemen is why this poor soul finds himself unable to stop writing.

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All liquids (max VG) sampled under stress in a fibre freaks wicked magma at .8 ohms on a coolfire 4 firing between 20 and 30 watts.

Rating: Hieronymous Bosch – http://www.hieronymus-bosch.org/