Monday , 6 April 2020

KOI Yatsuhashi Eliquid Review

Yo! Vapers! How’re tricks? I’d like to start today’s KOI Yatsuhashi eliquid review by saying that I don’t have a clue how to say the name of this eliquid, so I’m kinda glad I’m not reviewing on video right now. You know I’d be making a right mess of it.

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The second thing I’d like to say is that this is the second of the KOI traditional Japanese desserts offered up by Element E-Liquid that I decided to try. There are four in total, all Japanese-themed, and you’ll find the review for the first one, Castella, here > Koi Castella Eliquid Review.

(It’s “old-fashioned yellow cake, and utterly bloomin’ delightful!) 

About KOI 

There are four flavours in the US-made range, and the two I’ve yet to review are Yuzu, a lemon meringue flavour; and Sakuramochi, a delicious sounding black cherry ice cream treat. (And it really is a treat.)

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These eliquids were sent to me by ecigarettedirect. You’ll find a 50ml bottle (0mg) on the website for £12.50 but I *don’t think* you get nicotine shots included. It says “Plusnic Ready” on the website, but I’m not sure whether this means it all comes together, or it’s just ready for you to throw the Plusnic in after purchasing it separately. I should probably ask and find out. Let me get back to you on that. 

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I threw a Plusnic Nicotine Booster in mine (also sent by ecigarettedirect) — 18mg + 70/30 VG/PG — to make 3mg strength sub-ohm eliquid. 

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I didn’t realise it said “KOI” on the bottle/box at first. I just thought it was a few generic Japanese symbols. Kinda like the tattoo you got when you were 18 years old, that probably said: “sushi and seaweed” or something like that, rather than peace and love, like you asked for. It does look pretty cute now that I know what it says, and I must admit the packaging made me squeal a little when I opened it. Such beautiful boxes and bottles. It makes quite the change from bolshy colours, grenades, or suicidal bunnies. I’m a big fan. 

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Flavour Description: 

“One of the best known Meibutsu of Kyoto, Yatsuhashi rice pudding is made from glutinous rice flour, sugar, cream and cinnamon — now captured in the essence of this KOI e-liquid.”

I didn’t know what a “Meibutsu” was, so I had a quick Google. Apparently, it means “famous thing”. I also didn’t know what “Kyoto” was, so I Googled that too. I learned that it was once the capital city of Japan and I should probably be ashamed of myself for not knowing. Lemme tell you … geography is NOT one of my strongest points. 

So, translation: Yatsuhashi is one of the best ‘famous things’ from Kyoto, the former capital city of Japan. I learn something new every day.

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I didn’t like Yatsuhashi quite as much as I liked Castella. That was the first thing I thought to myself as I happily puffed away on my Jac Vapour S22 (tank + battery) + 0.5-ohm DTL (sub-ohm) coil, with Yatsuhashi inside. Yatsuhashi is drier and scratchier on the back of the throat than the previous one, and I definitely reached for my glass of water more than usual. Ha, who am I kidding? It wasn’t water; it was a cup of tea. 

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I’m a massive fan of rice pudding. I love it. It’s one of those desserts I end up eating far too much of during the winter. Hot, cold, I don’t care. I’ll even eat it straight out the tin. I don’t know what traditional Japanese rice pudding is meant to taste like because I’ve never had it. Nor had I heard of it before this juice turned up at my door. Rice pudding is rice pudding, though. Right? How different can Japanese rice pudding taste from the stuff I’ve got sitting in a can, in my cupboard? 

Firstly, I don’t think KOI Yatsuhashi tastes like the traditional rice pudding I have sitting in a can in my cupboard. Secondly, I don’t think there’s that much of a cinnamon taste in there, either. I thought it might have been just because I used it right away, straight after mixing, rather than letting it steep for a few days/weeks first, but the flavour didn’t intensify much even after a bit of steeping time. (Four weeks.) It was a bit stronger, a bit sweeter, and still quite nice. Not much stronger, though. 

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Thirdly, the flavour itself is nice … but I’m not sure what it’s meant to be. If I had blind-tasted this, I would have said that it tasted like Castella, without the honey, but with a pinch of something else. Something a teeny bit spicy, but, again, I’m not so sure I would have guessed cinnamon. Nice and cakey, though. I never would have guessed rice pudding. Never

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Throat Hit & Vapour 

The longer I left KOI Yatsuhashi to steep, the smoother I found it, but even after four weeks I still found it a bit drier than I would have liked. I did like the amount of vapour it produced, and the throat hit was about what I would have expected from a 3mg juice. I’ve started to accept that all eliquids have an itchy throat hit to start with when you first mix them, but if you give them a couple of weeks or so to steep first, they’re much more pleasant to vape. 

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KOI Yatsuhashi Eliquid Review – Conclusion 

I’m not bashing this juice. The flavour is actually quite nice once that initial itchiness dies down a bit, but I don’t think it tastes like creamy, cinnamon’y rice pudding. I think it tastes desserty, but I never would have guessed what kind of dessert in a blind taste test. I probably would have hazarded a guess at some sort of biscuit combo.

Would I buy KOI Yatsuhashi eliquid again? Nope. Not this one. I found it too dry and too generically dessert/biscuit-tasting, although it wasn’t unpleasant. I’m still absolutely living for Castella, however, and I can firmly recommend that one.

Would I recommend KOI Yatsuhashi eliquid to you? If you’re on the hunt for something that tastes really strongly of cinnamon, or you’re hoping for a super realistic rice pudding taste, I think you might be a little disappointed by Yatsuhashi by KOI. If you’re a fan of semi-sweet and a tiny bit spicy, dessert-based eliquids, on the other hand, I think you’ll quite like this one. The flavour is actually nice. I just don’t think it’s true-to-taste. Or, rather, what I expected.

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