A Storm of Flavour Fit For Summer
It hasn’t been long since I took up electronic cigarettes and ditched the analogs, but if there has been one thing that defined my new habit, it has been the preference for dessert-themed vapes. This is what the community calls a ‘flavour profile’; everyone has certain tendencies when it comes to their tastes. Being someone with a rather sweet tooth and a strong attachment to French pastries, it seemed only natural then that what I wanted more than all else in my vape were the warm tones of puddings, custards, and cakes.
This was winter, however, and thankfully the United Kingdom now finds itself gripped (or at least, briefly caressed) by a warmer climate. And wouldn’t you know, suddenly I don’t want to taste cinnamon rolls all day. I want something refreshing, something fruity, tangy, sweet – despite only weeks ago not desiring such a blend in the slightest.
I hope you will permit me to have rambled this way in lieu of an introduction, as it allows me to drive home one of the central points of this review: Zap! e-liquids are a perfect, summer mix, and a welcome accompaniment to the elevated temperatures and stuffy interiors of the coming season. And they have indeed been a godsend with regards to my altered palate.
I purchased all three Zap! Blends while I was at VaperExpo in May, though they were at a reduced price for the event. Therefore I have no obligations with regards to the brand and products.
Before we begin with the meat of the review, I shall mention the specifications of these blends. Each liquid is 70% VG (vegetable glycerine, the thicker, sweeter of the two common bases for e-liquids) and 30% PG (propylene glycol, a thinner, sometimes harsher, substance, yet one which some find better to carry flavour) in base. Bottles are sold for £9.99 each, contain 20ml of e-liquid and are of the glass-dripper variety. As of the time of this review, only 3ml nicotine strength blends are available.
Being a 70/30 mix, these liquids are presumably unsuitable for CE-4 style clearomisers, however from previous experience I would feel comfortable using them in most tanks, and indeed all drippers, from the Aspire Nautilus Mini to the Wotofo Sapor RDA. Today I shall be using a Geekvape 22mm Avocado for my review, as this suits my preference for a tighter draw, while providing excellent, full flavour. A single 26 gauge kanthal coil reading approximately 0.55ohms, wicked with organic cotton, will comprise the review build. Each review will take place on the same breezy-but-stuffy day.
Lychee Lemonade: Even before the coil’s been fired up, this juice smells fantastic. Definitely keep it away from your kids, because I’m a grown man and I’m struggling not to want to drink the stuff. The aroma carries extremely well too, leaving the room I’m in to be already smelling faintly of a carbonated tropical fruit drink.
Upon the first inhale it’s abundantly clear that this is a lychee blend, what’s more, it’s a kind of cool lychee and lemon soda, which might even hold a trace of menthol (though, only a glimmer, and not enough to put off someone who doesn’t much like menthol, like myself). In the UK there’s a fairly popular brand of exotic fizzy canned-drinks, and more than anything the lychee flavour variant of those drinks is what the e-liquid in question reminds me of. Make no mistake – even as vapour, this liquid tastes carbonated, even though it of course isn’t. Lychee Lemonade wouldn’t taste nearly as good if that ‘lemonade’ was flat, but Zap! have managed to pull off the uncanny feat of a genuinely fizzy vape. This liquid is quite simply gorgeous, and a great ‘all day vape’ for summer.
Vintage Cola: As you might have guessed already, all of Zap!’s liquids have simple, descriptive names which make it easy enough to know what it’s supposed to taste like. We all know what cola tastes like – but what about vintage cola? As far as smell goes this one’s not as strong an aroma as the Lychee but it definitely has a cola feel to it, though more like a cola flavour gummy sweet or ice lolly than what you’d typically get from the drink.
Vaped from the Avocado and again, it’s definitely fizzy. No menthol this time, and nowhere near as sweet, but it is just as good as the previous blend. Also, I can now see why they’ve given this blend such a name. Here’s why: most cola drinks, especially the non-brand name ones or the diet varieties, seem to have been brewed with the intention in mind that fizziness is more important than flavour. This is most evident when you’re drinking something you then realise has completely lost that fizz. Vintage Cola on the other hand tastes like a cola that has had thought put into how it tastes beyond that initial tang. And why it might be reminiscent of a cola sweetie is because this too is a product that has to emulate cola without relying on the sensation of carbonated water. The description is correct though – it’s not a candy cola, and indeed is less sweet than cola typically is. Instead it’s almost slightly spicy or herbal, which is what cola, underneath it all, actually is (check the recipes!).
Purple Slushie: Immediately upon smelling the liquid it’s apparent that this is much more of a menthol flavour than the other two, as cool sensation it leaves in the nostrils is unmistakable. It isn’t overpowering, though, and it’s definitely not the only aroma on the plate. But what exactly is ‘purple slushie’? At this point I can gather that it’s fruity, but not much else.
Google tells me that purple slushies are typically grape flavoured crushed ice drinks. Even after the first inhale, I don’t really know if that’s what this is. It could be red or black grapes, or it could be a mixture of forest berries. It does however taste really nice, and is incredibly refreshing. It’s hard to say whether this is more the case than Lychee Lemonade, though while that liquid achieved its effect through the sweetness of the lychees, this one is carried along on the back of the menthol. I wouldn’t say that this menthol presence would be enough to put off most non-menthol fans (again, I’m not partial to it either), but it is a big part of the flavour, so bear this in mind when buying. Generally speaking though, it’s another great vape; it’s not too sweet or sickly, it’s not lacking in depth of flavour, and it’s certainly something that could be vaped all day, so long as you’re not put off by the flavour profile.
So long as I’m in my summer-vape state of mind, Zap! e-liquids are a welcome addition to the menu, and I would imagine that many others will find these blends to be suitable all day vapes the whole year round. While we in the UK are having our yearly few weeks of mild sunshine, I would heartily recommend picking up a bottle or three from the Zap! Line – and if you’re someone who enjoys tangy or fruity vapes, or you live somewhere that’s sunny the whole year through, then I’d wager you would enjoy these vapes regardless. I’ve had the three in rotation in my tanks, and while the flavour is of course slightly milder than when dripped, being able to go from flavour to flavour with each passing day has provided me with the means to leave all my other liquids ignored. Since all three are real stand-outs as far as e-liquids go, it’s hard to pick a favourite; instead, what I’ll say is that if you like the sound of the description, you’ll like the liquid. The flavours on offer are true to what they’re supposed to be, and Zap! don’t mess around when it comes to naming their products. With great taste, full bodied vapour, and a satisfying range to explore, I’m not sure what else there is to ask for.
This is a guest post from a member of our community – misosopher.
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