E-liquid review: Bowden’s Mate (Five Pawns) 10 ml – received by the manufacturer
Nico: 3 mg/ml
Declared base: 50 PG / 50 VG
Expiry date: 07/04/2019
Devices: Joyetech Cuboid 150wx + NarDa RDA single coil 0,55 ohm (Kanthal A1 26 awg 0.40 mm) with Native Wicks cotton.
Today, The Flavourist landed again on US west coast for his long journey to discover the major manufacturing realities in North America. Five Pawns is one of the undisputed symbols of the world’s e-liquids aristocracy and, as the vast majority of US manufacturers, is located in California. The brand has been set for some years on the international scene thanks to some memorable creations that, in witness to their high appreciation, have also been subjected to several attempts at cloning, more or less successful.
The Flavourist is now dealing with an e-juice among the least subtle of the Californian manufacturer: the Bowden’s Mate.
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The recent new European regulations regulating the electronic cigarette industry (TPD) also in the packaging of the products have led Five Pawns to set aside, at least for the European market, the elegant glass bottles in favor of 10 ml PET bottles housed inside a cylindrical carton box. The precious graphics that have always distinguished the brand remain unchanged.
Five Pawns describes Bowden’s Mate as follows:
Inspired by the after-dinner mint, this flavorful chocolate is sharpened by crisp mint, ending with a touch of French Vanilla. Seductive yet soft, with a refreshing effervescent note.
The smell test offers interesting evaluation tips. It is immediately apparent that the nose product can return a very loyal perception to the classic after-eight chocolate. A lightweight, alcoholic base underneath the main e-liquid notes: a delicate and very pleasing scent of chocolate, not properly dark, accompanied by a slim and penetrating menthol note. A very successful bond and above all a great feeling of quality ingredients.
Bowden’s Mate confirms from the first breath of life the sensation of quality of the mix ingredients. It is not a mystery that the American brand is universally recognized in this regard. Made by hand and in very small batches. Perhaps with the increased fame, the production systems will be a little changed, but the quality feeling that emerges from their creations remains unmistakable. And even Bowden’s Mate confirms it.
Inspiration quickly reveals notes of mint, fresh and penetrating; its pretty herbaceous and vegetal stamp makes me think about a crisp mint (as quoted by the manufacturer).
More pleasing and less pronounced than spearmint, the crisp mint (mentha spicata) has a lower ice effect, it is less mentholated, and the spicy component is less intense. In short, it has a smaller incisiveness.
In Bowden’s Mate, the smell of crisp mint, however mild, in my opinion, however, overcomes the chocolate feeling of the after-dinner thin. Although the shades of chocolate are easily perceived, they remain somewhat confined in the back and it is a shame, because the whip stings to acquire the right body and the necessary roundness. Even vaping on very small powers (22-26 watts) can not be enough to reduce the mint dominance.
The puff, gentle and clean, induces some compulsiveness, even in the search for greater roundness and softness. The presence of a thin veil of vanilla that joins well in chocolate exhalation, partially achieves the purpose, making a minimum dose of creaminess to the mix. Yet, it does not seem enough to give Bowden’s Mate a high degree of fidelity to a true after-dinner.
The overall perception of the product is still good, the aromatic structure is more than pleasing and the e-liquid, with its refined and consistent aromatic persistence, delivers pleasantly and with satisfaction. What does not satisfy us entirely is the behavior of the mint that, after the initial inspiration, should have gradually diminished in the later phases of the vape, leaving the character and quality of the chocolates more easily emerging.
Pro: Refined mix of mint and chocolate, made with elegance.
Cons: Too many mint notes in the various stages of the drowning.