Vapouround magazine ISSUE 21 - Page 197

REVIEWS REVIEW BY BENEDICT ‘NED’ JONES BLUE RASPBERRY VG/PG ratio: 50/50 Additional sweetener: Moderate Throat hit: Moderate, with cooling SUMMER BLAZE VG/PG ratio: 50/50 Additional sweetener: Moderate Throat hit: Moderate, with cooling RAINBOW BLAST VG/PG ratio: 50/50 Additional sweetener: Moderate Throat hit: Moderate Blue raspberry has always been an incredibly popular profile in vaping, and its enigmatic nature allows e-liquid makers to put their own spin on things. The top note in this case is a strong candy raspberry, that brings a sticky sweetness and impressive amounts of tartness to the blend. This is reminiscent of a hard candy, doing away with some of the earthy notes you might expect from a more natural interpretation. This is complemented by a more subdued candy blueberry, which adds subtle floral notes to the mix, along with a slightly deeper sweetness. The mix is finished with a very mild coolant, which does not interfere with the mix at all. The result is a classic blue raspberry candy flavour that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. IVG describe Summer Blaze as a blend of Sicilian lemonade and mixed berries with coolant. The mixed berries take centre stage here, with a full-bodied candy blackcurrant being the most dominant. This lends a sticky dark sweetness to the mix, along with some very mild floral notes. There also appears to be a good helping of candy raspberry, which further increases the sweetness on offer, along with some brighter notes. The lemonade element of Summer Blaze sits in the background, but it still has a great effect on the profile, with its combination of candied and natural lemon flavour. The sharper notes of the lemon contrast nicely with the berries and give an accurate beverage connotation. A moderately strong coolant finishes the mix, and the result is a very well-balanced fruit vape that could well be all day material for lots of people. Rainbow Blast is described as sour mixed fruit candy, leaving much to the imagination of the consumer. There’s a lot going on with this mix, with a variety of berries and citrus, so it’s difficult to pinpoint every part of the profile. The most pronounced notes, though, are a heavy candy lime and strawberry. The lime is particularly dominant, and brings plenty of sweetness to the mix, along with a good helping of tartness. This is balanced by the candy strawberry, which enhances the sweet notes of the lime, and ensures that the sharper notes are toned down. Besides this, there seem to be other berries and perhaps lemon in the background, but these notes are more accents than anything, and it’s anyone’s guess as to what they truly are. A solid candy vape. SPEARMINT VG/PG ratio: 50/50 Additional sweetener: Moderate Throat hit: Moderate, with cooling A slightly simpler mix from the IVG Salt line. The top note here is an intense, sweet spearmint, which is a spot-on representation of the kind that you would expect from chewing gum. This is great as a palate cleanser, and also seems to totally avoid the dreaded vaper’s tongue problem, even when used for an extended period of time. This top note is supported by IVG’s signature bubblegum base, though it’s used more sparingly here. The bubblegum reinforces the sweetness of the spearmint, whilst adding that familiar sticky mouth-feel that many vapers have come to love. If you’re looking for a stripped back profile that’s refreshing and doesn’t fade in terms of flavour intensity, this is a great option. BUBBLEGUM VG/PG ratio: 50/50 Additional sweetener: Moderate Throat hit: Moderate, with cooling Bubblegum was the flavour that put IVG on the map, so it only makes sense that it’s now been made available in their new Salt range. The top note here is a vivid candy bubblegum that you’ll almost certainly recognise, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 18 months. This brings plenty of sweetness to the mix, and a somewhat sticky mouth-feel to boot, and is a very good replication of the sweets that it’s inspired by. There also seems to be a very subtle mint in the background, which works well with the bubblegum top note and ensures that this is a light and refreshing candy vape. KIWI LEMON COOL VG/PG ratio: 50/50 Additional sweetener: Moderate Throat hit: Moderate, with cooling Kiwi is a fairly uncommon fruit in the context of e-liquid profiles, but when it’s done right, the result is usually a compelling vape. IVG’s take on this fruit is well done indeed. It has elements of a natural kiwi, with a slight tartness and juicy mouth-feel, but also brings some candied connotations to the mix with a good helping of sweetness. The kiwi is complemented nicely with a moderately strong candied lemon. This sharper note of the candied lemon does well to enhance the tartness of the kiwi and give a satisfying boost to the throat hit. The blend is finished with a mild coolant, which imparts no menthol flavour, making for a light fruit vape, suited to anyone looking for something a little different. VM21 | 197