“After expressing my curiosity and fear of this eliquid in another thread Paul from Druids Brew was kind enough to send me a bottle to try. ….. to try. I didn’t accept the bottle in return for a review but I’m going to do one anyway because I suspect that a lot of you reading this will be thinking the same thing from the description as I was “I like Bread of Heaven and I like Crow Black but I’m not sure about this one!” … anyway just so you know I didn’t pay for this bottle and I wasn’t paid to write this. 🙂
So what is the slightly terrifying description of the liquid that had put me off buying it? ….
Vape Club says “Snow Queen eLiquid by The Druid’s Brew is a balanced blend of Boiled Mint Sweets along with earthy Tobacco.”
The Druids Brew website says “This is a sweet and complex ADV vape- A traditional minty, boiled sweet blended into a warm, woody tobacco with a fresh finish.”
… and finally the HWBLBWBL website says “This is a true tobacco menthol: a unique blend of smooth tobacco flavours with a hint of mint finely balanced with menthol. This equilibrium generates mysterious twists: sharp, warm, juicy- never boring. SQ will appeal to vapers looking for an all day vape who have struggled to find a menthol they like, even those who think that menthol isn’t for them. Not simply a tobacco menthol- a menthol renaissance.“
So menthol fags with a bit of sweetener right? …. Well no, and prepare to be surprised as I was when I first tasted this liquid.
Really I should have known better after tasting Bread of Heaven and Crow Black to think that the mighty Druid would just chuck a tobacco flavour and some menthol into a bottle and sell it. Paul’s input into the recent collaboration with Manabush to produce the Indigene range should have made it obvious to me that chucking tobacco and menthol together to create ‘Menthol Tobacco’ isn’t going to cut it for Druids Brew, they have a little more passion as mixers than that.
So, what did I think on my first inhale (12mg on a corolla v1.5) … my first thought was “This is a bit weird” my second thought was “What the hell is that I’m tasting” and my third thought was “OK, this is not what I was expecting”
I was vaping away on it for a little while but I wasn’t sure if I really liked it or not. I knew I didn’t hate it and I had to go and visit my Mum this afternoon so I filled the tank up with Snow Queen and headed out for the afternoon so I could give it a fair crack of the whip before deciding if I would buy it again or not…..
So… you must be all thinking “Shut up and tell us what it does taste like you dummy” ….. alas if only it was that easy.
I’ll tell you first what is doesn’t taste like to me ….. a menthol cigarette, but what is does taste of is pretty hard to describe, it reminds me of so many things from my past that I don’t taste that often now.
It reminds me of Pear Drops, it reminds me of Winter Mixture, it reminds me of Crow Black, it reminds me of Murry Mints, it reminds me of smoking a cigarette while you have a mouthful of sweets, it reminds me of strange boiled sweets my Gran gave me when I was a kid which always had an unusual exotic flavour that didn’t taste like my usual sweets. It reminds me of my favourite tobacco liquids … it’s all that and more, it’s pretty indescribable.
“Thanks dickhead, I read all that shit and that’s the best you can do?” I can imagine you muttering under your breath and I don’t blame you, so what can I say to help?
If you hate menthol liquids and dislike mint liquids DO NOT let that put you off this liquid. Personally I cant even taste the menthol, it’s very subtle and combined with the mint (which is also quite subtle) it’s a very very different effect to what you might imagine, think of it as more of a flavour enhancer than a flavour in itself. … like you might add a fresh mint leaf to a cocktail or some food. It’s there but it’s not in your face (or your throat)
So my final verdict? Well, I’ve been vaping it all afternoon and all evening and yes I do like it. … and yes I will be buying some more along with my next BoH or Crow order.
The best way to describe it is like a really good album, after the first listen you think it’s ok but you still prefer the band’s other albums, it doesn’t sound like you were expecting ….. then after listening a few more times you get to know the lyrics and the tunes, get to understand them a little better. … then after several years it becomes your favourite album by that band because while it was different and it seemed a bit weird and unusual compared to the previous albums you actually realise one day that it’s a masterpiece…… It’s basically ‘The Black Album’ by the Damned.
… If you are curious but in doubt (as I was) I urge you to give this one a try, I think it will surprise you if you are willing to give it a chance and put any preconceived notions about ‘menthol tobaccos’ aside…. it’s a weird one but it’s proper nice. 🙂
Big thanks to Paul for giving me the opportunity to try this liquid out.”
Thank you simong for such a fantastic review. You can read it on Planet of the Vapes here (POTV)