Don’t like tobacco e liquids? No worries, we have you covered! Reviews and tests of fruit flavours.
JAC Vapour has just released its new UK-made e liquid range, and they persuaded me to try some of these, four of which included a few new fruity e liquid flavours: Banana Milkshake, Real Raspberry, Strawberry Chew and Blackcurrant Squash. (PG/VG) £5.19 (10ml) or £13.99 (30ml) – discounts for multiple buys & 15% discount with JACVapour discount code: ECF
JAC Fruity e liquid: my thoughts
The Banana Milkshake flavour smelt nice out of the bottle, and out of a clearomiser it did indeed remind me of the kind of banana milkshake I used to buy aged 16 waiting for a bus, though I found the sweet vapour of this e liquid had a tendency to make me cough for some reason. Great flavour and very realistic, but a bit too much for an all-dayer.
The Strawberry Chew e liquid is another very realistic flavour, again very sweet and strong, though no coughing this time. I could (and just have) vaped this flavour all day, though tomorrow I’ll be back on terra firma with something else. A lovely strawberryish flavour, and soft, non-acidic vapour, though a little too artificial-tasting – more like strawberry ice cream than actual strawberries.
Quite a lot nicer than the Strawberry Chew was JAC’s Blackcurrant Squash flavour e liquid. A very full and really fruity (as opposed to artificial) in flavour, and I felt this was a stronger, more rounded and mature flavour. Nice thick vapour and again, a very soft, alkaline bouquet overall. Very tasty and worth a try.
My final (and favourite fruity e liquid) was JAC’s Real Raspberry flavour e liquid. I wasn’t looking forward to this one, and left it to last as I generally dislike the flavour (and texture) of actual raspberries, though in the end this was a pleasant surprise. Once again, a much more mature and realistic fruity flavour, and a really full and satisfying flavour, which I kept wanting more and more of. Extremely soft on the tongue and palate, no sharpness whatsoever and a lovely mellow throat hit. Liked this one so much I finished the 10ml bottle in three days.
Fruity e liquid roundup
In general, these fruity e liquids from JAC weren’t anywhere near as bad as I thought they might be, and I ended up actually enjoying two of them quite a lot. Fruity flavours from some suppliers can often be overly sharp and harsh on the mouth tissues/mucous membranes and this is why many people, including myself, have issues with vaping on them as a rule. However, apart from the banana flavour, I can honestly say that all of these liquids from JAC are very soft on the tongue and a nice change from tobacco flavours. Well worth a try, even for fruitaphobes.
As always on my search for new eliquids, I’m keen to try anything, though not being a massive fan of non-tobacco eliquids, I usually steer clear of anything with a fruity name.
However, new UK manufacturer and supplier Flavour Factory approached me a couple of weeks ago to sample some of their new fruity sweet flavoured liquids, and I was happy to oblige.
Presentation of the product is quite simple and minimalistic, with hand-printed traditional sweet-jar bottle labels, though all very tastefully done, as is their very nicely-designed website (see screenshot below).
I am reassured by Flavour Factory that their eliquids contain all-natural ingredients, and that base flavours are sourced from UK and are mixed by a flavour mixologist in a clean preparation environment, likewise here in UK. Bottles (10ml and 30ml) are fitted with childproof caps, and are all safety-labelled in accordance with UK nicotine sales regulations.
Flavour factory eliquid flavours: my thoughts
I tried four 12mg Flavour Factory eliquids in all. The first one up was their Pear Drop eliquid, which having run out of clearomisers I dripped into a Smoktech cartomiser and enjoyed quite a lot, despite the fruitiness of it. A very powerful and zingy (especially out of a cartomiser) and not as acidic as I thought it might be, though much like actual pear drops, it might make you cough a bit (I did). A very realistic and refreshing flavour in all.
Next up was the Rhubarb and Custard flavour eliquid, which does what it says on the bottle and is a fairly close representation of everyone’s favourite British pud. Definite tones of rhubarb, and heavy on the vanilla, too, which serves to balance the sharpness of the fruit flavour.
The Tropical Fruit Crush eliquid was probably my favourite out of all the fruity liquids, as even for a non-fruit vaper, I thought that this one was the most refreshing of them all. Powerful blasts of mango, pineapple and maybe a couple of papaya made for a sharp sweet flavour offset by a nicely bitter base. A well-rounded and three-dimensional eliquid flavour that I enjoyed a lot.
Peppermint was the flavour I tried last of all, and this was my top-scoring flavour. I’m always in search of good menthol eliquids and am regularly disappointed by mixers that try too hard with them by adding eucalyptus or clove flavours. Peppermint is a no-nonsense “extra-strong mint” flavour that’s powerful enough to blow away the cobwebs, though doesn’t make your eyes water. Rich and soft, I liked this one no end.
Thanks to a slightly thicker PG/VG consistency, these eliquids from flavour factory have a strong enough throat hit at 12mg yet are softer on the throat and less harsh than some other fruit flavours I have tried. My only small concern was that the thicker mixture might cause problems with clearomisers, though I’m assured by the manufacturers that they have tested the liquids in clearo devices and have noticed no issues.
It’s clear that Flavour Factory UK are doing their best to set themselves apart from existing liquid suppliers by offering a wide variety of novel, eccentric and often exclusively British flavours such as “Cider” and Dandelion and Burdock”. In a market of boring flavours and generic products, this is a positive step forward and I only wish there were more suppliers doing the same.
Flavour Factory eliquids are available in either 10ml (£4.99) or 30ml (£9.99) bottles of 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, 24mg nicotine strength and are for sale only to customers over the age of 18.