Today, we return to the realm of Rune Vapor to give the critical but fond eye to two more of their offerings: Five Rings (Not Yet Available) and Salty Dog.
Between these two liquids, one is just new to me, while the other is new to the world. Salty Dog is the one that’s already available, and it’s one interesting puppy, while Five Rings is just a babe in a manger to all and sundry and is still, to my knowledge, not even available for order yet.
I’ve already covered many of the Rune Vapor lineup’s common characteristics, including the presentation, in my previous review of three of their liquids. I’m not going to go over old ground in this review, I’m just going to get right down ’n’ intimate with the new liquids and their unique characteristics here, so this review will be somewhat more brief than the last one.
With that said — let’s get right in to it:
Rune Vapor Says… nothin’. Not yet, anyway, because Five Rings is so new that it isn’t even up on the site yet. But after speaking with Bhakti Iyata, Rune Vapors’ lovely co-founder, I am told that Five Rings is built from the essences of Banana, Coconut, Bavarian Creme, Butterscotch, and Caramel.
The hue of Five Rings is platinum, only a bare inch away from entirely clear. The rotational test shows me just what I saw with my previous specimens from this eliquid house. Let me take a moment to dispense with the notes about throat hit, visual vapor output, and vapor flavor carriage, as well, since those are likewise identical to the attributes of their siblings on Rune Vapor’s lineup.
One thing I do want to harp on again when it comes to the vapor, though, really briefly: the clouds. Holy plaid-wearing pinch-hitting god, the clouds. If you’re a cloud-chaser, you can take your pick of Rune Vapor’s offerings and it is going to be your ever-loving wet dream.
Let’s move on to the nose: What you’ll get when you crack the bottle for the first time and take a good, deep sniff is the banana and the coconut. Big and brassy banana and coconut sweetness right up front, and then that caramel, butterscotch and Bavarian creme sitting underneath like sidewalk under a deep July heat shimmer.
Those notes speak up louder in the flavor, though on the inhale it’s still all banana and coconut. It’s on the exhale that you get the caramel, cream, and butterscotch, but oh, boy do those show up clear and strong in that exhale.
Five Rings makes me feel like I need to come up with some kind of award to give to really, really stellar local vapes, so for the first time, I’m going to do exactly that:
Five Rings, for its sweet, creamy flavor, its astounding vapor production, and its overall satisfaction, gets a Sentinel Angel.
Rune Vapor Says: “The initial contact is Captain Black tobacco, but don’t let that deter you, this is a statement of fact more than a description. The sweet exhale is a combination of six additional flavors and some of them include hints of cinnamon-milk, graham cracker, coconut, banana and butterscotch. None of these flavors being detectable from one another; all combining to make a smooth, unique and noticeably rare taste that you will fall in love with. But you make up you’re own mind. We hope you fall in a love with our Salty Dog and have a passionate affair with our edgy, sweet vaping flavor.”
With a description like that, it’s hard to not get excited about Salty Dog. We’ve already been over throat hit, vapor production and the vapor’s flavor carriage, so let’s skip right to the differences:
On the nose and in the flavor alike, what I get from Salty Dog is saltwater taffy. Now, that’s not a bad thing, but it is an unexpected thing. Does it vape well? Actually, hell yeah, it does. I get the saltwater taffy, but what I don’t get, I’m disappointed to report, is that Captain Black tobacco the description tells me about.
I definitely get the cinnamon milk, the graham cracker, and the butterscotch on the inhale, with the banana and coconut coming through on the exhale. But overall, what I get is so strongly speaking of saltwater taffy that I have a hard time coming out of a drag of Salty Dog with any real impression of anything else.
So now we come to the end of the adventure, and my recommendation. And here it is: If you love a savory vape — a break from the overload of sweetness you may find yourself dealing with after a day of vaping “cookies and cream” this, or “vanilla tsunami” that, or “chocolate quake” the other thing — Salty Dog will put your sweet tooth in its place with a powerful saltwater taffy spank.
On the other hand, if what you crave is smooth, buttery smooth banana, coconut, butterscotch and cream luxury, you owe it to yourself to get a hold of a bottle of Five Rings — just the very day that becomes available — and fire up that bad boy.
And while you’re at it, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of Lilith, Nether Gloom, or Viking Tobacco, either. Rune Vapor does liquid right, ol’ son, and you’ll do right to yourself to get you some.
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