Of the seven flavours that High Voltage Vaporz offer in their Premium Energized E-Liquid range, ‘Resistor’ is the one that is guaranteed to catch the attention of any coffee lover with a sweet tooth. High Voltage Vaporz describes this juice as being ‘energy-infused’ with a blend of espresso and caramel – and with my penchant for habitually binging on both of these ingredients, I didn’t need to think twice about giving this flavour a shot.
E-liquid flavours are naturally quite a subjective matter. The same goes for coffee – one man’s Kopi Luwak is another man’s Dunkaccino. My previous experiences with coffee-based e-liquids have been disappointing, to say the least. Certainly, it would appear that the vast majority of manufacturers have chosen to err on the side of caution by creating bearable – yet weak – coffee blends. (Bearable: in the same vein that plastic cups of anaemic coffee found in hospital waiting rooms are bearable. Not for their flavour, but as an excellent time-passing mechanism, as one searches fruitlessly for something, anything, that resembles ‘taste’.)
As you can see from the explosive labelling on the bottle, however, this e-liquid looks anything but bland. This is available in nicotine levels of 0,3,6,12 and 18mg – I opted for the 3mg to get a good grounding on the flavour for review. The label doesn’t state the VG/PG ratio, but a quick check on the High Voltage Vaporz website provides the information – and in this case, all seven flavours in the range are at a mix of 70/30. This is a good bit heavier than the 50/50 I would normally deck my Aspire Atlantis 2/CF Sub with, but in the pursuit of caffeine vaping enlightenment, I proceeded to fill her up.
We got off to a (very briefly) rocky start: the first inhale was, somewhat, underwhelming. Perhaps I expected my senses to explode in the manner that the first sip of morning espresso catapults the mind into action, but instead, the first inhale was seductively smooth whilst leaving a tantalisingly bittersweet taste behind on the exhale. However, this initial insatiableness was quickly overcome when, with the second and third hit, the flavour quickly intensified. The full, deep flavour of the espresso – not too bitter, not too weak, but perfectly mellow – flawlessly infused with the lingering taste of sweet, succulent caramel undertones.
By the tenth draw? Holy, nectarous, caffeine.
This e-liquid quite literally blows all of the other previously tasted, coffee-based juices completely out of the water. It is stimulating: it will perk your senses up as you release satisfyingly thick clouds of ‘espresso con caramel’ vapour. It is delicious: this is not akin to a watery Americano – this coffee flavour is both full-bodied and genuine. Most importantly, it is palatable: after hours of use, this does not become sickening or overwhelming. It even complements a cup of coffee nicely, and I found that I wasn’t having to reach for the next cup just as quickly – with this stuff satisfying my caffeine cravings. Of course, if too much caffeine isn’t for you, High Voltage Vaporz also offers all flavours without the addition of caffeine or melatonin – so you can appreciate the beauty of the vape without the accompaniment of the buzz.
As with good coffee, you will fully respect the high-end taste and complexity of the flavour that a bottle of ‘Resistor’ packs. This is one cheeky little bottle of greatness.