- Created: 29 March 2011
So far so good from Georgia-based vendor Ares Ecig. I haven't lost my mind over their juice, but I've also appreciated its quality, its clean burn and good performance, as well as their original approach to flavoring.
Today I have their Black Clove. I haven't had a kretek vape I thought was very good yet, and the best attack on that problem was an effort from want2vape that didn't attempt it but instead just went for a mellow tobacco and clove combination.
It would appear that Ares is taking a similar approach. While the name and art are obviously aimed at a certain, popular kretek brand, the description of this juice on their site would lead me to believe they aren't shooting for a full blown kretek clone, but a nice, mellow clove tobacco.
I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG juice at 3.7v on my Copper with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
The nose of this juice is a mild clove. It's much more laid back than you usually get from clove in a vape.
The flavor on inhale is tobacco-ish, in a light way, with a very mild mannered clove. Not overly spicy and definitely no bite. Not really getting anything else in the way of spice flavors, just the clove. Throat hit is decent, consistent with what you expect from a light bodied tobacco vape.
The flavor on exhale is a light presentation of clove. It's so nicely balanced that instead of ending up with a numb tongue you really get to enjoy the flavor. Clove is such a rich, complex spice that this juice almost gives the impression of having a microscopic amount of menthol in it, but it's just the clove. This juice doesn't give an overwhelming sensation of tobacco, but the combination of flavors end up totaling something you perceive as a mild tobacco vape with just the right amount of clove. It isn't as taxing a vape as something with a heavier hand on the clove would be, and it's quite good. Vapor production is average for a PG blend.
Once again, slow and steady wins the race for Ares. They haven't sent me a blue ribbon winner yet, but I have enjoyed all of their juice. This isn't my favorite clove vape. You can look at the It's Alive! page to see which juice that is, but this is probably in second place for me.
Nobody has made a juice that really tastes like a kretek yet. It's a difficult target. In the meantime, I rather enjoy these clove tobacco vapes that don't knock you over the head with overly bold flavor. This is a good one. Recommended.