I received this bottle in a sampler kit from Blue Dot Vapors, it had been produced approximately three weeks before date of arrival.
There are two very distinct types of key lime pie in this world. The first is the artificial, fake key lime pie. You know the one; filling tinted some radioactive green color, dolloped with an inordinate amount of whipped topping to mask the fact that they used lemon juice as a poor substitute for actual key lime juice, sickeningly sweet and typically overpriced. Then there's the real deal; the curd a pale greenish-yellow tint, redolent of the scent of fresh lime zest, with a petite little rosette of proper whipped creme on the top as to not hide the interplay of the tart, sweet-sour flavor of real key lime juice and the dependably delicious yet utilitarian flavor of the graham cracker foundation beneath. It makes your tastebuds prickle and zing with acidic authenticity and forever burns into your memory the difference between the faux pie and the bona fide dessert.
Somewhat disappointingly, this juice falls right in between those two, and in doing so, can only be considered average at best.
Straight out of the bottle, take a whiff of this juice and you get hit with a lovely tang of fresh lime and a strong backbone of the graham cracker. Honestly, I wish I could wear it as a cologne, perhaps with a little bit of bay rum as a kicker. Dripping it onto my wicks and taking a good toke, the flavor I'm hit with is definitely on the good end of key lime pie. There's a strong flavor of graham cracker, and a nice tart whiff of the citrus, with just a touch of cream to smooth the rough edges.
However, one thing that kept striking me as I took subsequent hits is an off-putting... bitter, almost spicy note to the exhale. If you've ever tasted the zest of a citrus where they inadvertently dug into the pith, you'd know exactly what I'm talking about. It's so pronounced that it ultimately takes the spotlight away from the pleasant flavor of the key lime and makes you feel like scrubbing your tongue. I'd almost, almost swear they added a tiny hint of coconut milk to the juice in lieu of or in addition to the whipped cream/custard flavor. While it isn't a deal breaker for myself personally, it doesn't scream key lime pie the way I'd like it to. Also to note: If you're using this juice in an RDA, the key lime flavor diminishes much, much faster than the graham flavor does, until you hit it with a few more drips. Not sure if that was intended, but it was noticeable enough to mention.
I'm going to let this flavor steep for another week in my little cabinet of potential, and amend this review at that point.
Bonus Trivia: The image that Blue Dot uses for this particular juice on their store page shows slices of Persian limes (IE, regular limes) instead of actual Key limes. Doesn't affect the juice at all, but I thought it was amusing.
Reviewed using: Eleaf iKonn 220, Dead Rabbit RDA, Dual Macro coils, 60-65W