Disclosure: The Sabores del Encanto eJuice line was sent to me without purchase from E&B for review. For a limited time, you can use coupon code “ENBJULY40” to get 40% off your order. 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.
Fogging Out with the Dessert Trolley
Once upon a time, there was a YouTuber who went by the very popular and copyrighted name of a famous comic book superhero. Eventually, he changed his name to FOWTB to avoid, you know, lawsuits and such. And that same YouTuber met with our friends at E&B to make a line of eJuices based on delicious treats from his home country of Puerto Rico. After many months of trial and error, he perfected seven distinct flavors of eJuice. He christened the line Sabores del Encanto, or in English, “Flavors of Enchantment.”
When E&B contacted us for the potential to do a review of some of their eJuice lines, this one was right up at the top of my list. Seven flavors, unlike anything I’d seen before on the eJuice market, promising to escort me on an adventure through a series of exotic desserts? Where do I sign? So E&B furnished me with a set of bottles. (And a huge thank you once again to the people at E&B for being so lovely and generous.)
Sabores del Encanto – The Rundown
[Pastelillos de Guyaba]
This eJuice is based on a Puerto Rican (or arguably Cuban) dessert of a glaze-covered puff pastry filled with guava paste. One of the things FOWTB wanted to do with this particular eJuice was to diminish the guava flavor and focus more on the baked good flavor, as he found most guava flavored eJuices too strong for his liking. I think he succeeded in this goal, as the flavor of the guava takes a backseat to the pastry itself.
That is not to say that the guava is absent; anyone who’s had an eJuice with guava flavoring knows that it’s a very powerful flavor in itself, and cloyingly sweet. In this eJuice, the guava still manages to shimmer in the back, as opposed to taking the spotlight. For my own personal tastes, I think he got it spot on. Although I’ve never had the pastry in question, I have had guava paste, and I know how rich it can be if not tempered or diluted by other flavors.
I would say out of the entire line, Pastelillos de Guyaba is probably the most accessible of all the flavors. It’s a well-blended ratio of light fruit to dessert, not heavy or oppressive on the palate, and familiar without being samey. While personally not my top pick from the line, it will be for a lot of the people.
[Cafe Con Leche]
There are PLENTY of coffee-flavored eJuices on the market. Dozens of every make and model, with flavor additives aplenty. But what if you just want a good strong coffee eJuice with a splash of milk and sugar? Cafe con Leche from Sabores del Encanto is right up your alley.
Puerto Rican coffee is an entirely different beast from your standard Mr. Coffee Special. They use locally grown beans, ground as finely as espresso, and brewed super strong. Then instead of milk or cream, they use evaporated milk, thicker, sweeter, and creamier than regular moo juice. Finally, they add lots and lots of sugar. To put it mildly, Puerto Rican coffee is jet fuel. It kicks you in the chin with flavor like an angry burro.
Cafe con Leche replicates that experience in vape form. Strong, sweet, pure coffee flavor condensed into an eJuice with immense cloud production. There’s no chocolate, mocha, frappuccino BS here: it’s nothing but smooth, tasty coffee. I like it a lot, and that’s coming from a die-hard tea drinker.
I know that coffee is a tough eJuice flavor to put a pin on. Lots of them are mediocre or spiked with other flavors to make them more palatable. What’s more, a lot of vapers who like coffee eJuice are very particular, taking a long time to find one that appeals to them. I have a feeling that if you like coffee eJuice, then Cafe con Leche is going to strike all the right notes and leave you wanting more.
[Canita de Queso]
So here’s a weird one for you. This dessert does not exist.
As FOWTB describes the particular pastry this eJuice is made to flavor, it’s clear that he’s referring to a Puerto Rican dessert called a Quesito. This is basically a pastelillos de guyaba but with sweetened cream cheese filling instead of guava. But here’s the thing: if you Google Canita de Queso, the only thing you’ll find is…pages referring to this eJuice. As food, it simply does not exist. Why E&B and FOWTB chose to name it such, instead of naming it after the very real and very delicious pastry, I will never understand.
Nevertheless, while the name is a mystery, the eJuice is not. You’re struck with the taste of pastry and glaze (like in the previous eJuice), but instead of guava, you get thick, creamy, sweet cream cheese. Imagine the taste of cramming a slice of New York-style cheesecake into a deep-fried pie (or if you’re of a certain age, one of those Hostess TMNT pies covered in green graze from back in the day). That’s what you can expect out of this eJuice.
It’s hard to say which of these two flavors I like more because I’m actually fond of guava. However, I think for me, the oddly-named Canita de Queso edges out the other pastry flavor just by a hair. This is because the flavors that are present in the former are more pronounced in the latter, due to them not having to fight for attention with the strong taste of the tropical fruit. Plus, it’s basically cheesecake. Can you really go wrong with cheesecake?
If there is one drink that defines the Christmas season in Puerto Rico, that would be Coquito. It’s an incredibly strong, eggnog-like drink based on coconut milk. Every family in that country has its own super-secret special recipe passed down from generation to generation. The essential drink of Puerto Rican holiday parties, you don’t drink this out of a mug; you drink it out of a shot glass, and for good reason.
Coquito as an eJuice is a complex, delicious monster. On the inhale, you’re going to experience a sweet, creamy coconut flavor at first, then quickly get slapped in the palate by a strong, strong note of spiced rum. You will honestly be left wondering how this vape doesn’t get you drunk by the amount of rum flavor that hits you in the mouth. In the back end, you’ll get that hint of cinnamon and nutmeg that reminds you of the winter season. And while this drink is called eggnog, there’s very little egg actually in the drink. So, if you’re expecting a custard flavor, you might be disappointed.
Out of the seven flavors in the Sabores del Encanto line, I have to say this is either my first, or close second, favorite of the bunch. Like the drink it’s modeled upon, it’s smooth and easy to vape on for hours, enjoying the gentle way the flavors mingle without any dominating the others. This would be a terrific eJuice to have with a coffee or in lieu of a cigar with a nightcap beverage. A perfect finishing touch on a fine meal, or really just any time. If coconut or cocktail eJuices are your thing, stop reading this right now and go order a bottle or two.
[Nancy’s Flan Cocho]
I know a lot of you are wondering why this eJuice is named the way it is, and there’s a simple answer: Nancy is FOWTB’s wife, and she makes flan cocho for people who come to visit them at home.
Now you’re probably wondering what Flan Cocho is. That’s a simple one too: It’s a traditional flan pudding with a base made of cake. Like any normal flan, it’s cooked upside-down; but, rather than taking it out of the oven when the flan is finished, it’s topped with cake batter and placed back in the oven. Once it’s chilled, it’s inverted, leaving the cake on the bottom and the flan on top, with the caramel sauce dribbling down over the edges to moisten the cake.
Unsurprisingly, that is precisely what this eJuice tastes like. A creamy, caramel-covered flan, laying thickly on top of a base of moist yellow cake. While the flavors themselves aren’t complex, the way they combine creates an eJuice flavor that I have never seen replicated before.
I will warn potential buyers, this eJuice is sweet with a capital S. It WILL foul your coils in record time (we’re talking two-three days here), so I can’t recommend using it in atomizers that aren’t rebuildable. This caveat also applies to the next juice in the lineup as well. That being said, if you’re willing to take the risk and have a good supply of cotton to re-wick your atty, give it a try. I guarantee you, it’s like no other eJuice you’ve tasted.
[Bizcocho de Pina al Reves]
This word salad of an eJuice name means “Pineapple Rum Upside Down Cake” in English. And that’s precisely what it tastes like. This isn’t something I really have to explain, is it? It’s a cake baked in a skillet with a layer of pineapple and caramelized brown sugar on the bottom, which is them inverted onto a plate for serving. The Puerto Rican variant includes a hefty splash of rum in the pineapple and caramel, making this a decidedly boozy dessert.
On the inhale, you’re hit with a wave of pineapple and rum, intensely sweet and, frankly, overpowering the taste of the yellow cake beneath. Once you’ve exhaled, you do get the cake flavor lingering on in the aftertaste, but this eJuice is all about the fruit and booze from my perspective. It’s a forceful taste, hitting your palate like a heavyweight boxer delivering one straight to your chin.
Like Nancy’s Flan Cocho, this one is a cold-blooded murderer of coils, so I advise against using it in anything but rebuildable atomizers. While completely lacking in subtlety, it delivers a powerful punch to your taste buds with candied pineapple and rum. If you enjoy liquor flavored eJuices, Bizcocho de Pina al Reves is the eJuice for you.
[Flan de Calabeza]
With every line of eJuices, there’s always one that’s a bit of a black sheep. One that doesn’t quite mesh with the rest of the line. And that one for Sabores del Encanto is Flan de Calabeza, or “Pumpkin Flan.”
While not a complete mystery, I will tell you right up front, Flan de Calabeza does NOT taste like pumpkin spice or pumpkin pie or thanksgiving or anything you’d normally associate pumpkin with. You will definitely get pumpkin and flan, but basic white girls need not apply.
On the inhale, you’re gonna get the twin flavors of pumpkin and flan. While the flan does have a spice note to it (mostly cinnamon and vanilla), the pumpkin is missing all the other familiar spices that Americans add to their holiday pies. And while it is sweet, the pumpkin gives it a very sturdy savory note that people looking for pumpkin pie eJuice may find off-putting.
Not going to lie, this is my least favorite of all the eJuices in the line. Even still, the more I used it, the more it grew on me. It might go a treat with a cup of hot black coffee or a glass of spiced rum. Still, it’s available for those who want pumpkin without the spice.
Sabores del Encanto – Final Thoughts
The experience of going through and sampling the Sabores del Encanto eJuices, along with researching the history of them and listening to FOWTB’s explanation of each on his YouTube account, made this a very enjoyable review. I do hope in the future that I will be able to work with E&B again as they have well over a dozen other lines of eJuices just waiting to be discovered on their website.
For now, though, I’ll leave you with this: With all the copycat flavors and monotony that has come from the vaping industry of late, it’s a breath of fresh air to be able to try out some eJuices that are completely beyond the pale of what you normally see on the market. Whether the guillotine blade of the PMTAs falls on our industry or not, there is going to eventually be a drop-off of all the redundant flavors. While there will always be a market for your strawberries, your mangoes, your blue raspberries, and your peaches, that market is overcrowded right now. At some point, the bubble will have to burst. When it does, it will take a lot of fly-by-night eJuice manufacturers with it.
It’s brands like Sabores del Encanto, that stand out from the crowd, that are going to emerge as sales leaders as people increasingly grow fatigued with the same thing over and over. And I for one am glad of that.
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.