Vapouround magazine VAPOUROUND MAGAZINE OCTOBER ISSUE19 - Page 180

JUICE REVIEWS BY BENEDICT ‘NED’ JONES ORANGE MANGO ICE GRAPE ICE CHERRY ICE The Dr. Frost line is inspired by Malaysian vape culture and mango flavours are the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of the region. Pungent, ripe mango is the top note here. It’s bright and brings some sweetness to the mix but doesn’t dominate the profile by any means. Instead, a tart candy orange plays a prominent supporting role that ensures the floral notes of the mango do not become overpowering or sickly. The two are well balanced and at times seem to merge into one amorphous fruit flavour. The profile is rounded out with an intense icy finish that keeps the blend light and ensures a refreshing vape every time. In a market full of cryptically named e-liquids, it’s sometimes welcome to see a product with simple labelling that just tells you what to expect. Grape Ice is a stripped back blend from the Dr. Frost line, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a boring one. The grape here is a bit different to what you might expect in the e-liquid world. It’s bright and has some candy like sweetness, but there are also some floral notes which are more reminiscent of elderflower or green grape. Instead of the darker flavour usually found with American styled concord grape e-liquids, this is lighter and more refreshing. The strong coolant finish rounds this flavour off and makes for a compelling, if simple profile. Cherry Ice is another simple blend from the Dr. Frost line. Cherry is a divisive flavour and in some cases manufacturers opt to go for a milder profile in order to balance the flavour. This isn’t the case here. Instead, Dr. Frost have chosen to create an intense cherry blend that’s likely to be an acquired taste. The cherry here is rather potent and borders on medicinal at times. When combined with the icy coolant finish, the effect is akin to a cough drop. There is, however, a hint of a more candied black cherry in the mix too, though it is more of an accent that plays second fiddle to the stronger medicinal cherry note. Many cherry fans will be pleased with this one, but it’s not for the faint of heart. WATERMELON ICE STRAWBERRY ICE Although Watermelon Ice seems to be another very stripped back blend from Dr. Frost’s own description, this one seems to have at least a few elements that make for an interesting vape. A sweet and mildly sour candied watermelon dominates the mix and this is hardly a surprise. It’s a mellow flavour that does well to avoid any soapy off- notes sometimes found in melon mixes. This is supported by what seems to be a honeydew accent. This adds another dimension to the watermelon and keeps things interesting. There also appears to be a subtle gummy candy note in the background that adds a slightly sticky mouth-feel to the profile. As you would expect from the Dr. Frost range, things are finished off with an intense icy blast, which makes for a light but flavourful vape. Strawberry Ice is undoubtedly the simplest of the Dr. Frost line-up and while strawberry vapes are a safe choice, there’s a good reason that they remain to be so popular. This is an in-your-face candied strawberry that does not attempt to replicate the natural fruit. Instead, it’s a bright and sweet candy profile that’s undeniably nostalgic. There’s no hidden accents or layers of complementary flavours here, just an unpretentious but punchy strawberry that lingers on the palate for a while after vaping. The profile is finished with Dr. Frost’s signature coolant and it works well here to emulate the experience of a frozen lolly. Strawberry Ice might not be an exotic or innovative flavour, but it works and will likely be enjoyed by many vapers. VG/PG RATIO: 70/30 ADDITIONAL SWEETENER: MINIMAL THROAT HIT: MILD, WITH COOLING VG/PG RATIO: 70/30 ADDITIONAL SWEETENER: MINIMAL THROAT HIT: MILD, WITH COOLING 180 | VM19 VG/PG RATIO: 70/30 ADDITIONAL SWEETENER: MINIMAL THROAT HIT: MILD, WITH COOLING VG/PG RATIO: 70/30 ADDITIONAL SWEETENER: MINIMAL THROAT HIT: MILD, WITH COOLING VG/PG RATIO: 70/30 ADDITIONAL SWEETENER: MINIMAL THROAT HIT: MILD, WITH COOLING