Disclosure: The Gorilla Fruits eJuice line was sent to me without purchase from E&B for the purposes of review. For a limited time, you can use coupon code “HOTENB30” to get an extra 30% off your purchase. I will endeavor to provide a fair, unbiased, and comprehensive review of the products described below, while also giving my personal thoughts and opinions. All products described in the review below contain nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.
There are…a lot, a LOT of eJuice lines out there named after primates. Thr33 Monkeyz, Silverback, Gorilla Vapes, Vaping Monkey, Twelve Monkeys, Gorilla Warfare… It’s hilariously easy to get lost in the shuffle, merely working off brand recognition alone. In order to stand out, you gotta do something to hook people in. And in the case of E&B’s Gorilla Fruits line, they do that by making some damn fine, tasty liquid. Having started in 2013 in California, E&B produces thirty different lines of freebase and salt nic eJuices, and are sold at a multitude of different online vendors and retail vape shops. That being said, what I’ll be reviewing today is Gorilla Fruits, their flagship line of eJuice.
Packaging and Presentation
The Gorilla Fruits line of eJuices comes in clear 60ml or 100ml Chubby Gorilla bottles. It is available in 0, 3, and 6mg of Nicotine, all in 70/30 VG/PG. All of the bottles feature a satin finish label in a lovely cream color. The logo (a gorilla blowing a plume) is front and center, beneath the name of the juice line. Underneath this is a stylized image of the fruits the eJuice tastes like, along with the volume of liquid and nicotine levels.
Turning the bottle to the left, you will see a full-sized Nicotine Warning. Turning it to the right, you will find a Prop 65 Warning, along with various other warning statements. Also included is a list of ingredients, a UPC, Origin of Manufacture, and a link to E&B’s website. Additionally, there is also a batch code, a VG/PG ratio, and a Best By date. While there is no date of manufacture, that information can be inferred from the expiration date. All in all, everything that needs to be on a bottle of eJuice, along with all the additional information one could possibly want.
Gorilla Fruits – The Rundown
Note: All four flavors in this line have a menthol counterpart, the Gorilla Fruits ICE line. Unless otherwise noted in the reviews below, the eJuices taste exactly the same as the non-menthol flavors. The menthol in each is quite strong, similar to the menthol as found in a Kool cigarette. Very cooling and refreshing to my tastes, but as always, your mileage may vary.
As I said in a previous review, I’ve vaped a lot of mango-flavored eJuices in my life. It’s one of my favorite fruits. My father was allergic to mango skin, so I never had the chance to enjoy it growing up. When I became an adult and discovered how delicious it is, I never looked back. Suffice it to say, it’s been one of my personal vaping journeys to find a really true-to-life mango eJuice flavor.
It’s also been a source of cognitive dissonance for me for a while, as Mango was the main flavor that the Murder Merchants used to try and crucify our industry on. This was thanks to its popularity with the pre-filled pods and disposable users. However, I can’t deny a good eJuice when I find it, and Gorilla Fruits Mango is utterly amazing.
Sniffing it right out of the bottle, it smells like…a fresh, ripe mango. That same earthy, sweet-sour odor that a super ripe, soft mango has. It’s a perfect preamble to the flavor, which takes that aroma and slaps a sweet taste on top of it. Mouthwatering mango. But vaping this eJuice is the real main event.
Taking a nice long drag off of Gorilla Fruits Mango is like taking a long swig of mango nectar. Both on the inhale and exhale, you get the flavor of a 100% authentic mango flavor, from the sweet outer flesh to the sour pulp near the pit. Floating over top of that is that earthy, tannin-rich aroma that accompanies mango fruit. It’s hard to overemphasize just how accurate this eJuice is. It quickly took over as my number one favorite mango flavor.
For cloud chasers, you won’t be disappointed, either. This eJuice pitches clouds like a steam engine; thick white billowy clouds to haze out your house like a fog machine. And as this is a single flavor eJuice, Gorilla Fruits Mango is the perfect base for any number of DIY mixes. I could see you adding a strawberry, a custard, even a lemonade with spectacular results.
The Iced version of mango is just as good as the non-menthol version, though if I had to nitpick, I feel like the menthol is just a tad too strong and slightly overshadows the deliciousness of the base juice. That being said, if you prefer menthol eJuices, and have even the slightest appreciation for mango flavors, a bottle of this needs to be on its way to your house as soon as possible.
Back in the old days of vaping, there was a bad habit that a lot of eJuice companies had, both local and premium, and that was not naming their flavors clearly. In a practice that was seemingly borrowed from marijuana growers, you would get fanciful titles for otherwise innocuous eJuices; for every Strawberry or Pineapple, you’d get a “Fat Buddha,” or a “Gypsy Tears.” While this practice has—for the most part—died out, you can still find several eJuice lines with vague names instead of descriptive ones. And while three of the four Gorilla Fruits eJuices follow a normal naming convention, the fourth, Rose Gold, has nothing to do with roses, precious metal, or any combination of the two.
Gorilla Fruits Rose Gold is, instead, a combination of strawberry, lychee, and pomegranate, blended masterfully by the folks over at E&B. While there are innumerable strawberry and strawberry-blended eJuices on the market, the combination of these three fruits together makes for an elegant vape worthy of the haughty title.
Opening the bottle and getting a whiff of the scent, you’re immediately struck by the intermingled aromas of strawberry and lychee. Now, if you’re unfamiliar with the taste of lychee fruit, that’s probably because they’re not grown on trees native to North America; if you’re lucky to find any at all, they are most likely in the form of a canned export from Southeast Asia. The flavor of the fruit is difficult to pin down, but is most reminiscent of a mixture of white grape and pear; once you’ve actually eaten them, both the scent and the taste are unmistakable. Once you taste the eJuice, however, you also get that tart zing of pomegranate pips all tangled together with the strawberry and lychee.
Vaping Rose Gold makes you feel like you’re indulging in some sort of aristocratic inclination. This doesn’t bring to mind blue-collar drudgery; the taste makes you feel fancy, like smoking a cigarette at the end of a long holder, or sipping an aperitif from a crystal glass before tucking into a fine meal. On the inhale, no one single flavor out of the trio overwhelms or out stages the other two. They all blend and harmonize elegantly with one another. From the brash sweetness of the strawberry to the subtlety of the lychee, to the tartness of the pomegranate. As you exhale, you get a renewed waft of all three succulent fruits, with the lychee lingering the longest on the palate.
As with the other entries in the Gorilla Fruits line, the 70/30 blend of Rose Gold lends itself to fluffy, voluminous plumes of vapor, though it could be argued that they’re not quite as opaque as the Mango or Grape. Your mileage may vary, of course. As far as in-home mixing, I would advise against it, as this eJuice is blended perfectly; to add to it would subtract from the whole.
Out of the four mentholated variants in the Fruits line, I feel that Rose Gold Iced is perhaps the most well-balanced in terms of the strength of the cooling effect. It doesn’t overpower the fruit flavors of the eJuice, but serves to compliment them. It’s like you’re eating a well-chilled serving of the normal variety. All in all, a worthy companion to the normal eJuice.
In the great wild west of eJuice manufacture, there are hundreds of flavors, from the sublime to the obscene. One of the biggest flavor profiles is the nebulous “Mixed Berry” or “Mixed Fruit” type. Literally, any combination of fruits can be searched out and found. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can find a DIY’er who’s published a recipe to make your own.
So it’s no groundbreaking event that the Gorilla Fruits line contains one of these mixed fruit eJuices, called Wild Berry. What berries it contains, however, is a bit of a mystery. E&B’s website lists Strawberries, Raspberries, and Blueberries; however, on the bottle, it also shows blackberries and pomegranate in addition to the trio of berries listed above. Does it have three or five? That’s something you’ll have to figure out on your own because personally, I can’t tell.
On taking a sniff of Wild Berry, you’re definitely hit with the scent of strawberries and raspberries, that much is clear. Tasting it on your finger, however, the predominant flavor is that of blueberries. But how does it vape?
To put it succinctly, Gorilla Fruits Wild Berry is a fruit juice cocktail. The dominant flavor is ever-changing, from puff to puff, from wattage to wattage, from atomizer to atomizer. I’ve tried this eJuice in five different atomizers on four different mods, at a range of wattages from 12 to 100, and every single time, I cannot definitively state what the major flavor is.
There’s always a top note of strawberry and a base note of blueberry, but they’re not always the strongest flavor from draw to draw. Sometimes they recede into the background and I’ll get a hint of blackberry. Other times, the pomegranate is more forward. And yet another time, it will taste like a blue raspberry eJuice. I simply can not pin it down. It defies categorization, other than to say it tastes good every time; and for a person who prides themselves on being able to pick out the nuances of eJuice flavors, it drives me insane in the very best sort of way.
Cloud production is on par with Rose Gold; big, fluffy, but ultimately translucent clouds that don’t linger is the order of the day. As for in-home mixing? Sure, go ahead, if you’re slightly deranged. I can’t figure it out at the best of times, so adding extra flavors might make you lose your mind.
The Iced variation of Wild Berry probably has the least amount of menthol of the four. It’s to the point where I question whether it has menthol at all, or if it actually contains Koolada. Interestingly, the Iced version also seems to have what I could only describe as a mild, vanilla-like undertone. This complements the fruit and is the last flavor left present on the palate after you exhale. Of the two, I think I’d personally recommend the Iced juice over the normal one for that reason. It rounds out the flavor profile in a nice way.
Grape eJuices aren’t very high on the flavor popularity list. I think the reason is that there isn’t much subtlety you can extract from the flavor of grapes by itself. You’ll generally find it fall into two camps: the overly sweet, occasionally tart grape candy flavor, and the less sweet but heavy-handed juice/soda flavor. Gorilla Fruits Grape falls comfortably into that second camp, where it’s grape grape grape with no subtlety.
I feel like this review is going to just be a broken record. It smells like grapes, it tastes like grape soda, and it vapes like grape soda. It makes big fluffy clouds and could be mixed with other eJuices to make it better. Maybe I’m showing some sort of bias, but I find this eJuice simultaneously uninteresting and inoffensive. It does what it says on the tin adequately and nothing else. I can respect it for that. You don’t need to write a novel every time you pick up a pen, and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you make an eJuice.
The Iced version is, strictly speaking, the same in every aspect except for the inclusion of menthol. So one might be able to argue it more accurately replicates the act of drinking a grape soda. Again, uninteresting but inoffensive. I’ll certainly use the two, on occasion, to cleanse my palate, but an ADV they will never be for me.
Gorilla Fruits – Final Thoughts
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the folks over at E&B for sending over the review samples in such a timely and organized manner, as well as the extra goodies they threw in just because. That being said, I didn’t let a little extra swag color my impressions of their eJuices: if they hadn’t been to my liking, I would have gone the extra mile to express this sentiment. Thankfully, everything they sent has been to my genuine liking so far.
This review is the second of three of E&B’s product lines. Coming up next time in the final part, I will be reviewing the Sabores del Encanto line, a collaboration between E&B and the vaping YouTuber FOWTB of seven Puerto Rican dessert-themed eJuices. The next one’s gonna be exciting, guys. I look forward to it.
Having started vaping as a way to stop using cigarettes, Lukas metamorphosed into a regular vape enthusiast over the past seven years. Utilizing his extensive knowledge and problem-solving skills as a regular at his local vape shop, it only made sense to parley that, along with his writing skills, into making vape juice reviews. While conspicuously absent from social media, the 35-year-old former chef now uses his free time by making spectacular home-cooked meals, reading voraciously, and dabbling in multiplayer computer games. Oh yeah, and he vapes too.