So I've been vaping for a bit now, and I wanted to write a review of this magnificent juice from the perspective of a MTL vaper, since I think that's one of the reasons that this juice has rightly earned a 5 from me. When I started out, I bought a kit from my local B&M, not knowing the difference between sub-ohm and plus-ohm vaping. I ended up with the Smok GX 2/4 and a Big Baby Beast tank. Several weeks go by, and I'm astounded at the amount of juice I'm going through. This was supposed to be cheaper than smoking, right? And then someone somewhere, pointed me to Blue Dot Vapors. I ordered their sample pack of 10, and one of the juices included was Mars. Oh, so delicious. But you've read 30 reviews at this point. You already know that if you order presteeped, or take the time to steep yourself, Mars is an amazing flavor (It's pretty great out of the mail, as well). I had found my ADV, and "my company," so to speak.
But even at Blue Dot's much lower prices, I was still frustrated with the amount of juice I was going through, to say nothing of battery life, and I missed a bit of the experience of MTL from smoking. So I did a little research, asked around, and ended up purchasing an Aspire Nautilus 2 tank. Fits nicely onto my GX 2/4, is built like a tank, and is exceptionally well made.
But how were my flavors going to translate from a wide-open Big Baby Beast to a MTL tank? Well, in Mars' case, just about perfectly. Perhaps it was the switch to 50/50 VG/PG juice from 70/30, maybe it's the tank, maybe it's just BDV knowing what the hell they're doing, because I actually now prefer Mars even more in a MTL tank. Before posting this review, because I've been using MTL for the better part of a month, exclusively, I took out my BBB tank, filled it with fully steeped 70/30 Mars, and yeah, it was good (great, even. Just like I'd remembered it being), but I finished the tank mostly out of a sense of not wanting to waste good juice. By the end of the tank, I was actually craving my Nautilus 2 (Identical nic levels, in case anyone was wondering whether my craving was anything more than a little literary flair :) ).
This juice is a superb ADV. Fresh out of the mail, you get a juicy orange flavor with hints of cream and little to no vanilla. After about a week, the creaminess that so many people have described this juice as that "Orange Push-Pop" from your childhood starts to have a more significant presence. 10-14 days was just about the sweet-spot for me, for when all the flavors came out to play. Now, it should be said (I don't dock its grade, but I think that it deserves mention) that because of the different experience of DL vs. MTL, you do lose a little bit of the "mouth-feel" of a sub-ohm'ed Mars. It doesn't disappear entirely, it just diminishes a bit, as a result of the different vaping styles. MTL doesn't give as much of a "mouth-feel" equivalent to a sub-ohmer's experience, but you get that satisfying, orange-creamy pull, and then, for best results, after pulling it into your lungs (the rush of air bringing the vanilla and orange across your taste buds), exhale a bit through your mouth, but primarily through your nostrils. Oh, the flavor just washes over your whole palette, and you're left with a sweet, but not too sweet orange, a light creaminess (MTL'ing this juice gave it less of a "heavy" flavor and more of a light creaminess), and just the most delicate note of vanilla on the roof of your mouth.
Many companies have tried to copy BDV's Mars, and never succeeded. What's truly impressive to me about this juice is not only how tasty it is, but how versatile. If you're one of the dozens of MTL-ers left, fear not. This is a fantastic flavor from start to finish.
Reviewed using: SMOK GX 2/4 (in 2 Battery mode), Aspire Nautilus 2 Tank. 0.7 ohm coils at 18-25W, with best flavor at 20W.