2018 was a big year for vaping across the board. Juul’s popularity skyrocketed, they now dominate 74% of the US market. The vaping industry has boomed and even more flavours, mods, pods kits and tanks have hit the market. In the second half of the year, we saw e-cigarette giants going under the microscope for their business practices and advertising. Since then, the FDA have proposed a flavour ban on all products except for tobacco and menthol on online stores to crack down on youth vaping. For those not able to pop into a local vape store easily, this can seriously limit access to the freshest flavour combinations.
2019 is here and while the vaping industry is showing no signs of slowing down, the landscape of how it works might be a little different. So, just in case, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite e-liquid brands from across the pond. Both nic salts and Sub Ohm liquids have been making waves in the UK and e-liquid manufacturers have been churning out new flavour combinations like clockwork. While Europe have regulations on nicotine strength and testing of nicotine containing liquids, both high street and online vape shops. are popping up all the time. In Europe, short fills are their large nicotine free bottle of e-liquid. They give you more value for money, ranging from pocket sized 25ml bottles to super-sized 100ml e liquid bottles.
The best e-liquids are the ones carefully crafted by artisanal manufacturers, curating unique and unusual flavours. Whether you’re looking for a punchy nic salt or a jumbo-sized sub-ohm liquid, the UK will have something to suit your tastes.
Flavours For the Sub-Ohm Vapers and Cloud Chasers:
If you love big clouds, a smooth hit, plenty of flavour and a high VG level – these brands are for you. The UK short fills are all nicotine free as their regulations require juices containing nicotine to come in bottles no larger than 10ml. If you want nicotine in yours, you can add a nicotine shot (a concentrated 10ml bottle of pure nicotine). The beauty of these is you can mix to your desired strength but generally speaking, the most common size is a 50ml bottle so when you add one 18mg nicotine shot, it’ll mix to a 3mg.
Ohm Boy is an astronaut from England and his flavours are, quite literally, out of this world. Their story goes that, having crash landed on another planet, he had to mix his own e-liquids from the ingredients he had left. This range offers up huge 100ml bottles of some totally unique flavour profiles. The best selling is the Cosmic Coffee, a caramel latte you can vape, bringing together a nutty caramel coffee with a drizzle of cream. Hubble Bubble and Lightspeed Lemonade are the other two from the range. Hubble Bubble being the dessert-meets-candy option with ice cream, blue raspberry and bubblegum. Lightspeed Lemonade is a tangy lemonade made tropical with a sweeter note of exotic mango.
Another artisanal range from the UK, Attitude Vapes have catered to every palate. With a strong British aesthetic and theme starting with their The Earl liquid. The Earl is a heady blend of cucumber, sharp grapefruit and tonic that will appeal even to the most distinguished of vapers. There are a few dessert options in Custard Tart a sweet vanilla biscuit and custard option and The Mistress, a vanilla ice cream and strawberry concoction. There’s also tobacco and exotic fruit options meaning no matter your preferences, you’re sure to find a complex and unique combination you’ll love.
If you’re familiar with the Aspire Gusto nic salt kit, you might have heard of these guys already. Having collaborated with Aspire last year, they released their top selling flavour Heisenberg in a Gusto pod. That’s not all they do – their short fill range hosts and impressive variety of flavour combinations. Fans of Breaking Bad will especially appreciate their Heisenberg and Pinkman short fills. Heisenberg is a secret mix of berries with an icy blast and that signature blue colour. Pinkman, as you might guess, is pink and offers up a sophisticated blend of citrus fruits. If you’re not quite sold (or want to try a bunch) – you can get them in 10ml bottles pre-mixed to your preferred nicotine strength.
Offering up some seriously chunky 100ml bottles Electric Dew’s bright lightning bolt packaging contains some incredible flavour combinations. The two standouts from this range are Triple C and Raspberry Rewire. Triple C (creamy custard candy) combines rhubarb and custard for a sweet base with a sharper kick. Raspberry Rewire will delight fruit fans with its tangy and tart raspberry that’s complemented by a fresh minty note.
As the name would suggest, 100 Large are 100ml bottles of vape juice with enough space for two nic shots so you can still mix this one to a 3mg nic strength. Specialising in fruit and dessert flavours, just about everyone can appreciate these UK made offerings. Named with classic “punny” British humour, Berry Cold and Donut Worry are two flavours particularly worth a look. Berry Cold, as you’d expect, is a crisp blend of forrest berries with an icy menthol kick whereas Donut Worry is a rich bakery option consisting of a soft powdered donut filled with sweet strawberry jam.
For the nic salt lovers:
All of these brands offer short fills too, but their nic salts are totally unique and worth a checking out for anyone who wants that smooth hit with a high nicotine level. Perfect for your open pod kits, these UK brands have served up some fresh flavours in a 20mg nic strength.
Doozy have created their nic salt range to cater to a wide variety of tastes. Their nic salt range combines a whole variety of flavours, from tobacco and bakery to candy and fruit. Their Fizzy Lemon is worth a look, a great option for pepping your taste buds up in the morning with zesty lemon that’s softened by a fizzy sherbet note.
MoMo pride themselves on using the highest quality products and creating flavours that taste exactly how they sound on the bottle. Their Elderpomme offering is a floral and fresh combination of elderflower and crisp green apple.
Dinner Lady have made waves with their short fill ranges, brewing up everything from bakery to summer holiday specials and a candy range. They just released nic salts last year and the crowning glory of the bunch was Lemon Tart. Originally coming in a freebase 50:50 mix, it was so popular they’ve spread it across the range to make a short fill and nic salt too. A biscuity base gives a buttery note and when combined with the lemon curd it rounds off to create a smooth and morish dessert vape.
When it comes to new and exciting flavour blends, your best bet is to look to the smaller more niche e-liquid brands. These are just a snapshot of some of the incredible brands and flavours coming out of the UK. Even if the proposed legislation doesn’t go through (fingers crossed), they’re still a resource worth tapping into to tickle your tastebuds with something fresh.