Disclosure: The Sweet Collection Sour Strings eJuice was sent to me without purchase from Savage Enterprises for the purposes of this review. You can use coupon code “VapeDealsReview” to get an extra 15% off sitewide (one use per customer). I will endeavor to provide a fair, unbiased, and comprehensive review. The product described in this review contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.
Confusion in the Ranks
When I first received this bottle of eJuice and tried it, I did NOT like it. Sight unseen, it had a flavor that disagreed with me, in spite of my enjoyment of sour eJuices. Compounding this fact was the flavor description that the official website gave it: “Your favorite rainbow sour candy mixed with sweet and juicy watermelon.” As a personal preference, I do not like watermelon as an eJuice flavor, and my inherent prejudice towards that prevailed. I sat this bottle to the side and got on with other reviews of juices I found more appealing. It was only after a few days that I returned to it. I resigned myself that, whether I liked it or not, it was my job to review it and let others know about Sour Strings eJuice.
Digging in, I began doing more research, and found something odd: other online vendors had the flavors listed as something completely different from the official website. Some claimed it was the flavor of gummy bears. Others listed off mixed fruits, with no mention of watermelon at all. Another one even claimed it was a straight cherry liquid! And so, with this strange swirl of mystery surrounding Sour Strings eJuice, I resolved to figure it out myself. In doing so, I found my initial dislike turning to admiration.
Packaging and Presentation
Arriving in a standard Chubby Gorilla bottle, the label of Sour Strings eJuice is printed with foil in a rainbow gradient with white text. The front of the label features the name of the juice line; an image of a Watermelon(?), Candy Strings, and a Lemon; the name of the juice; the level of nicotine; and quantity both in ml and oz.
Wrapping around the bottom of the bottle is the customary Nicotine advisory warning. Flanking either side of the front of the bottle is a Prop 65 warning, an ingredients list, manufacturer information and address, and a UPC. On the bottom of the bottle is laser printed an expiration/best by date, but no birth/bottling date. Conspicuously absent was any indication of the VG/PG ratio on the label. This information was also not found on Vape 100’s official website OR their retail site. After a bit of Googling I did eventually find out it was a 70/30 blend, but the fact I had to hunt down this basic information is a strike against the company for me.
Sour Strings eJuice comes in concentrations of 0 mg, 3 mg, and 6 mg of nicotine. As with all of my reviews, I chose the 3 mg strength. The juice itself was a very light lemony color, telling me that either my bottle wasn’t pre-steeped or that the juice itself runs very light to clear.
Taste Bud Double-Takes
Cracking open the bottle of Sour Strings eJuice and taking a big whiff, the overwhelming, and ultimately baffling, the impression is the scent of fresh watermelon. Upon taking a nice little pearl on the finger and giving it a taste, you get a splash of watermelon mixed with a menagerie of fruits, followed by an intense hit of peppery nicotine.
Once you get it in your atomizer and take a nice pull, the confusion continues. Is it watermelon? Is it gummy bears? A bit of both? It’s certainly got a good hit right upfront. The sourness of the juice making your tongue tingle as you’re left wondering what exactly this juice is supposed to be flavor-wise.
Frankly, I had to take this juice to the mat to determine my opinion. I did so by going out and buying myself a bag of gummy bears. I can definitively say, if you take a bag of good ol’ Haribo gummies and eat a handful, this is PRECISELY what this juice tastes like. Unmistakably upon comparison, this juice is flavored like your favorite gummy candy. It’s super, almost cloyingly sweet; if it weren’t for the immense amount of sour/tang for offsetting, it would be overpoweringly so. That being said, the amount of sweetness you get from it is what you’d expect from a good candy-flavored eJuice.
As far as the exhale, you’re left with a lingering aftertaste of sweetness and nothing else; this juice doesn’t dwell on the palate for a long time. It’s all packed into a swift punch to your taste buds, then disappears like a phantom. Higher temperatures bring out more of the flavor of Sour Strings eJuice but don’t dramatically alter or change the taste of it.
Sour Strings eJuice: Final Thoughts
It took me well over two-thirds of the 100 ml bottle to determine not only what the flavor profile of Sour Strings was, but also to decide if I even liked it. And in the end, I decided that I did. At first blush, the taste did not appeal to me at all, which is peculiar because I generally really enjoy sour juices; but it grew on me for whatever reason, after giving it the benefit of the doubt.
Cloud chasers need not worry, as it’ll chuck a lovely fat plume that reaches your ceiling and lingers like morning fog. For mixing purposes? Leave her alone. It has so many flavors in it already. It’s clear Sour Strings eJuice was meant to be savored on its own. I didn’t have any coil issues with this juice, as it was very, very light in color. But it is exceedingly sweet and therefore might build up carbon after extended use.
In the end, does it taste like it has watermelon in it? Everyone’s perceptions are different. For me, I couldn’t pick out the melon flavor that Vape100 claims are the primary tasting note. Your mileage may vary. Is it worth a buy? If you can find it at a cheap and cheerful price, go ahead and pull the trigger. Then sit back and bask in it as you work out your own conclusions. Personally, I wouldn’t have tried it if all I had to go on was the flavor profile that the company provided, but now, I’m glad I did.
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.