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Fruity
Sweet
Spiced
PG/VG, Nic 17/83, 3mg
Value 5 /5
Flavor Accuracy 5 /5
Cloud Production 4 /5
Fruity
Sweet
Spiced
PG/VG, Nic 17/83, 3mg
Value 5 /5
Flavor Accuracy 5 /5
Cloud Production 4 /5

Disclaimer: I received this e-liquid for free, minus the cost of shipping, from the manufacturer. This was a personal purchase, however, and not sent to me for review.

A little known secret, due in part most likely to the efforts of our lovely southern neighbor Georgia, is that South Carolina produces more peaches (bringing to market literally double the amount Georgia did in 2018), and has done so for over 35 years. Peaches are also the state fruit of South Carolina, despite Georgia being called "The peach state." It's a friendly rivalry, I assure you--but we don't let them forget, either.

Three Dukes describes their e-liquid Empress with the line, "Deep, sweet stone fruits are blended with bright berries to create a luxurious vape." And while most people (and reviewers) will immediately have their minds jump to the idea that it is a primarily peach-flavored juice, I would like to offer a counter argument to that by saying the predominant flavor of Empress isn't peach...but ripe, juicy plums.

Now, that isn't to say that there isn't peach flavor in Empress, no sir; but while others have only been able to pick up on that lovely fruit's aggressive diva act, I sat back, contemplatively, and ran through a good 10 mils in one sitting to put a pin in the actual flavor that this complex juice provides.

Upon opening the bottle (120ml clear Chubby Gorilla, with a lovely royal blue label adorned simply with flowers and leaves) and taking a deep inhale of the aroma, I get the note that almost says blueberry or perhaps tart strawberry to me. This makes sense as per the description from Three Dukes, but from all the reviews I'd read saying it was a predominantly peach juice, I was surprised at the scent. Taking a drop or two on the back of my hand and tasting it, that dark, rich sweetness of blueberries again came forward and rested on the back of my tongue, along with the normal pepperiness that nicotine imparts. Again, not what I was expecting, but not an unpleasant surprise, either.

Saturating the wicks on my Dead Rabbit RDA and vaping it at a comfortable 60 watts, I finally find the promised stone fruits on the inhale. But not peach. Not as the predominant flavor. I'm immediately struck by the round taste of plums (Specifically Satsuma, the plum with the deep red flesh) and the bright twinkling fruitiness of apricots. Rounding it out was the sweet, rich taste of the promised peaches, combining in a harmonious chord of stone fruits that lingered briefly on the palate. But where did the berries go?

To the back end of the flavor is where they went, that lovely blueberry depth combined with just a subtle sweet-sour tingle of strawberry. As you exhale, the one last little surprise awaiting you is the peppery-spicy note that comes rolling off the back of your tongue, just like at the end of a sip of good peach brandy.

Altogether, the simple description Three Dukes uses for Empress belies a really complex, delightful fruit-flavored e-liquid that bucks the trend of cloyingly sweet fruit juices that taste more like candy than the actual produce they're meant to represent. Would I consider this a candidate for an all-day vape? If it keeps my interest like it has thus far, I will definitely put it into my rotation and would not hesitate to order more. My only complaint, and it is exceedingly minor, is that it came to me without any sort of box or packaging material; just the bottle in a Mylar bag. I'm not sure if Three Dukes uses boxes, so I'll only deduct a quarter of a point for it.

Reviewed using: Teslacigs Invader IV, Dead Rabbit RDA, Dual Micro Coils, 60-75W

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Fruity
Nutty
Rich
PG/VG, Nic 30/70, 3mg
Aged for 3 weeks
Value 4 /5
Flavor Accuracy 3 /5
Throat Hit 1 /5
Fruity
Nutty
Rich
PG/VG, Nic 30/70, 3mg
Aged for 3 weeks
Value 4 /5
Flavor Accuracy 3 /5
Throat Hit 1 /5

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

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Tobacco
Spiced
Creamy
PG/VG 30/70
Value 4 /5
Flavor Accuracy 5 /5
Throat Hit 3 /5
Tobacco
Spiced
Creamy
PG/VG 30/70
Value 4 /5
Flavor Accuracy 5 /5
Throat Hit 3 /5

Imagine strolling into a reputable tobacconist's walk-in humidor, taking a deep breath, then taking a big sip on the vanilla milkshake you're carrying before you exhale. This describes VGOD's Cubano to a T. For those seeking a cigar-like flavor to their e-liquid, Cubano will turn your head. Like a Tatiana Vanilla without the carcinogens.

Upon opening the bottle and taking a sniff, you're struck with the overwhelming palate of vanilla-rich egg custard and not a whiff of tobacco. This is a Jedi mind trick, ignore it. Drizzle the light amber honey on your cotton and coils and take a slow, thoughtful draw. The first flavor on your tongue will be a much mellowed taste of that same vanilla custard, tickling the back of your throat with an almost cloying sweetness. But wait until you exhale. Suddenly that tobacco flavor takes center stage, pushing the cream out of the limelight as your palate is struck with the lovely, funky, peppery flavor of the well-aged leaf wrapper and tightly-packed filler of a single Maduro Churchill Padron. That aged, earthy, vegetal afternote of a high-grade cigar? Present and accounted for. This juice is the work of someone who knows and appreciates a fine cigar, and has magically mingled their flavorings into a perfect facsimile of such.

Other reviewers have suggested to let this juice steep to mellow out the creamy notes; I vaped this juice the same day I purchased it and didn't find the vanilla notes overpowering. Make no mistake, this is a sweet tobacco juice, but compared to the sugar-fiend flavors that some other companies produce, this is a breath of fresh air. By all means, let it breathe for the first day or two, but try it once before you leave it open, you might find you appreciate the initial sweetness more than others.

Reviewed using: Eleaf iKonn 200, Dead Rabbit RDA

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