Callisto is a fairly unique juice in the fact that it uses lemongrass as a main component in its flavor. I haven't come across any other juices that incorporate lemongrass and I'd love to see it used more. It has a really nice flavor and I think it could be utilized more often. I used to cook in a Thai restaurant and dealt with lemongrass frequently, so it's something I'm pretty familiar with. It has a distinct lemon quality to it as well as an herbal grassiness and a somewhat ginger-like bite. Those flavors are all present in this juice and represented quite accurately. Along with the lemongrass is menthol and an undertone of vanilla. I'd say the menthol is in the light to medium range and has a bit of a sweet mint that accompanies it. The vanilla is subtle, but it provides a lightly sweet and creamy layer that carries the lemongrass and menthol nicely. The overall flavor intensity hovers around the medium range, maybe just a tad under, and it's remarkably smooth. On the inhale I get a softly creamy menthol with notes of vanilla and sweet mint to start. The lemongrass starts to show midway and builds towards the backend. First the citrusy lemon creeps in and then the grassiness starts to incorporate. It's herbaceous quality shows the most in the back of my throat. The rest before the exhale has a lovely swirling of the herbal citrus of lemongrass and a creamy and sweet vanilla. The exhale is full on lemongrass backed by a creamy and slightly sweet mentholated mint. There is a little pop of sweetness on the tip of my tongue at the finish. I'm left with the taste of citrusy and herbal lemongrass, notes of sweet mint and a cooling menthol tingling my palate.
Overall, Callisto is a really unique juice and a welcome step outside the norm. The lemongrass really shines and is highlighted nicely with menthol. The subtle creamy vanilla is the the perfect carrier for the herbal citrus of the lemongrass. The notes of sweet mint add even more depth and bring about a refreshing quality to the mix. This is well crafted juice that is much more complex than it leads on. I feel like Blue Dot took a chance at trying something different and succeeded with aplomb.
Reviewed using: Smoant Charon/Serpent SMM, fused clapton 2x28AWG SS316L/36AWG SS316L, 8 wraps 3mm ID, .59ohms, 400F @ 40W