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So, I’ve been vaping with this eliquid for a few weeks now. On and off. And then on and off again. It’s about time I brought you the Bryn’s Special Sauce Carrot Cake review, but it’s pretty up and down. (Sorry, Jac Vapour … and Bryn!) It all has a happy ending, but you know me — I gotta have something to moan about 😝
ABOUT JAC VAPOUR
I’ve talked about Jac Vapour so much on this blog now, I might as well work for them. (I’m kidding. I don’t want a “real” job.) I’ve reviewed pretty much everything they’ve got to offer, and if you’re interested, these are my favourites of the gang –
The company is based in Edinburgh, and all of the products are designed in the UK. They’re a pretty decent company, in my opinion, and they were also used (the Jac Vapour Series-S22) in the quit smoking message from Public Health England in 2018. The customer services department has always been remarkably helpful to me, and delivery has always been straightforward.
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ABOUT BRYN’S SPECIAL SAUCE
Bryn’s Special Sauce is one of the newer juice ranges from Jac Vapour, and I was super excited to try these brand new, dessert-themed eliquid flavours. I love cake so much, I don’t think I can express just how much I love cake. And carrot cake … Well, I love that most of all. I’ve already reviewed one carrot cake eliquid for the site, and it did NOT go well. You can read all about that here > Château Noir Carrot Cake Eliquid Review.
The three new dessert flavours — Jam Pudding, Carrot Cake, and Spiced Custard join a fruity little gang — Sour Lime, Sour Blue Sorbet, Papricot Custard, and Té. (Té is described as “Fresh and candied citrus fruits, and Rangpur are blended with notes of Jasmine, Darjeeling and Assam.” I’m gonna need to Google what “Assam” is.)
They come in a bunch of different formats. The one I was sent by Jac Vapour is the Bryn’s Special Sauce Short Fill E Liquid – 3mg Pack, for £12.99. This includes the 10ml nic shot, and you’ve got a few options as far as that is concerned, too — 70/30 VG/PG, 30/70 VG/PG, and also Nic Salt 20/80 PG/VG, but you’ll need to whack an extra 50p onto the price for that last one.
Once I added the nic shot, I had 60ml of 3mg sub-ohm eliquid.
BRYN’S SPECIAL SAUCE CARROT CAKE ELIQUID REVIEW
Let’s start with the flavour description (although, the name kinda gives it away):
“Straight from the diner, Carrot Cake blends lightly spiced, moist sponge cake with lashings of rich cream cheese frosting. With notes of carrot, cinnamon and nutmeg.”
MIXING THE ELIQUID
I added a Picnic Nicotine Base 70/30 VG/PG 18mg 10ml bottle to my bottle of Carrot Cake with no problems at all. Then I dripped the freshly-made juice into my tank — the Aspire Cleito EXO tank, with a 0.4-ohm coil.
Then I vaped …
TASTE — IMMEDIATELY AFTER MIXING
Bizarrely, the only thing I could taste when I first vaped Bryn’s Special Sauce Carrot Cake was something that closely resembled aniseed. Ew. I Googled carrot cake recipes to see if there was aniseed in them this whole time and I just never realised, and I didn’t find a single one that had the ingredient. But still, the more I vaped, the more I could taste what I was adamant was aniseed.
As you can probably imagine, carrot cake doesn’t taste that great when it has a hint of aniseed thrown in.
After a few days of on/off vaping with the device+juice combo, I gave up. I just didn’t like it. I read and watched a few other reviews for the flavour online, but not a single person mentioned that aniseed-ness. For a while, I thought I had buggered something up. Perhaps I’d put the wrong little bottle into the big bottle or something like that? After watching the video I’d recorded making up the juice back, everything looked just as it was meant to. I put the bottle on the shelf, emptied the juice out of my tank, and forgot all about it.
TASTE – AFTER 4-6 WEEKS STEEPING
I figured I should try flavour again after a few weeks. I also had a brand new RDA tank to play with — my very first RDA tank — so I wanted something that had some serious flavour to it, to really put it through its paces. I’m not sure why my hands hovered over Carrot Cake, but I thought it might be worth a second shot. I’m glad I gave it a second chance.
At first, I thought it was the RDA that made this juice taste much better than my initial testing phase, but after trying the juice again in the Cleito EXO tank, I can confirm that the juice gets better with time. I couldn’t taste the aniseed-ness at all, the second time around. But I could taste quite spicy, flavoursome, cake-ness. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it tastes exactly like carrot cake, but overall, it’s a much more carrot-cake-like taste than right at the beginning.
I must’ve *seriously* confused the nutmeg and cinnamon sprinklings in this with aniseed, because it’s definitely nutmeg and cinnamon I can taste now. You get a sense of the creamy cheese addition, too, on the exhale, but it’s more of a spicy finish than a creamy one.
The flavour is unique and doesn’t taste like anything else I’ve tried. And it’s so much nicer (after steeping) than my last sickly-sweet carrot cake eliquid. Plus it’s actually got a fairly decent carrot cake flavour about it. It’s not perfect. It probably wouldn’t stop me eating yet another slice of actual cake. But it *is* tasty. I’ve been vaping it for three days and I’m enjoying it. If I’m being entirely honest, the only reason I’m changing it is so that I can review a different flavour.
BRYN’S SPECIAL SAUCE CARROT CAKE ELIQUID REVIEW – CONCLUSION
This is a juice I personally didn’t like that much when it was first mixed up, but a few weeks of steeping really allowed for the proper flavours to come together. I’m not sure why it was all so distorted right at the beginning, but if I’d have reviewed it on that first taste alone, I wouldn’t have reviewed it very highly. Thankfully, I *did* grab it back off the shelf and give it another try. For a flavour I didn’t like at first, Carrot Cake is actually quite moreish now.
Would I buy Bryn’s Special Sauce Carrot Cake eliquid again?
Yes, I think I would. But if you’d have asked me that same question a couple of weeks back, I’d have said a cold, hard NO. It just goes to show that patience pays off … sometimes. Patience isn’t exactly a virtue I possess, though.
(Seriously, though … let it steep for a couple of weeks!)
Would I recommend Bryn’s Special Sauce Carrot Cake eliquid to you?
It’s warming, spicy, gruff, and best vaped after a couple of weeks of steeping, in my opinion, and it’s also on the sweet and gloopy side. But if you’re down with that, I’d definitely recommend Carrot Cake to you. I wouldn’t say that it tastes exactly like carrot cake, but it does taste like a good version of carrot cake eliquid … Does that make sense?
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*Prices & information correct at time of writing.
HONESTY POLICY: This range of Bryn’s Special Sauce eliquids were sent to me by Jac Vapour for a review. I did not pay for these vape products. I was not paid for my HONEST review. All opinions are mine and in no way influenced by the store, brand, or manufacturer.