Name e Format: Carlota – Mexico & Nuvole line (Dago E-liquids) – concentrated aroma 20 ml – received by the manufacturer
Nico: 0 mg/ml
Declared base: 40 PG / 60 VG
Expiry date: 06/2021
Devices: Geekvape Aegis 100 W + Wotofo Recurve RDA dual fused clapton coil 0.27 ohm (Ni80 30 AWG x 3 + Ni80 38 AWG) with Kendo Cotton Gold edition.
Dago is a new Italian e-liquid brand for electronic cigarette. The company name is B.T.D. Srl from Giulianova in the province of Teramo. This brief presentation of the brand stands out on the official website of the manufacturer: “Any successful business starts with extraordinary people, good timing, a growing industry and the constant desire to accomplish something very special. That’s what defines B.T.D. Italia Srl and its brand DAGO. The company was founded in Giulianova (TE), Italy, by an incredible group of passionate people with the right experience and resources, and their shared passion for vaping and love for the authentic Italian taste. “
Starting from today, The Flavourist will have the pleasure but also the arduous task of starting to talk about Dago e-liquids, and it will do so starting from the brand’s most recent line, the “Mexico & Nuvole”, officially presented at Vapitaly 2019. It is a line of triple concentration aromas, consisting of three products: Carlota, Ginebra and Zaktus.
Dago’s aromas are sold inside a cardboard box, containing a 60 ml chubby gorilla bottle, filled with 20 ml of propylene glycol aroma. To obtain the liquid in its final composition, it will be necessary to add a base of 40 ml (with if you desire the presence of nicotine). The packaging of this line is exquisite and well-made, made of bright and colorful graphics with exemplary attention to detail. A style worthy of the masters of packaging from US. Congratulations!
Carlota, the e-liquid that will pass today under the spotlight of The Flavourist is thus described on the official website of the manufacturer:
La nostra rivisitazione dell’omonimo dolce messicano con l’aggiunta di yougurt e lampone. Cremoso e rinfrescante. (Sistema consigliato – Flavour o Cloud non spinto)
Our very own reinterpretation of the Mexican dessert bearing the same name flavoured with yogurt and raspberry. Recommended system:
Flavour or Cloud (not too hard)
On the smell Carlota presents a rich scent of raspberries clearly framed inside a rather sweet and soft creamy bed; just a few sniffs are enough to realize that Carlota is highly tasty and palatable to me. Some subtle citrus insertions emerge later during the olfactory test, and give greater incisiveness to the entire aromatic structure.
The creamy picture, although not completely new to my nose, strikes me for its roundness and a sense of harmony widely shared among the ingredients of the mix.
For today’s vape test I decided to use the Wotofo Recurve RDA atomizer designed by the famous youtuber Mike Vapes, an atomizer that remains today, well over a year after its release, one of the best flavor chasing atomizers on the market.
La Carlota de limón is a typical Mexican dessert similar to a kind of lemon tiramisu. The Mexican Carlota is in effect a Charlotte, an internationally renowned dessert created by the French cook and writer Marie Antoine Carême in honor of Queen Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III of England. It is a spoon dessert consisting of a Bavarian cream “imprisoned” in a “cage” of biscuits (or sponge cake) together with pieces of fruit (strawberries, pineapples, peaches, apples); and it is precisely the fruit used for the dessert to determine its name (for example, strawberries charlotte).
After the brief historical excursus on the origins of the charlotte cake, I focus on the Carlota by Dago test which, from the official description, I expect to be basically a raspberry charlotte.
And indeed already during inspiration, Carlota presents a creamy aromatic base enriched with graceful but more than obvious hints of fresh raspberries. The creamy plant is not supported by the classic vanilla stamps, but instead develops on lighter milk-based tones, with some slight acidulous nuances, which give a good idea of a fresh yogurt. It’s very appreciable the feeling of being in front of two very distinct aromatic complexes that makes me perceive the white yogurt and then a handful of raspberries to follow and to overcome the whole.
The puff is definitely tasty, I take the excellent sense of harmony that is transferred to the palate even in the body notes of the e-liquid; here a very light refreshing sensation is added to yogurt and raspberries with the clear intention of lightening the aromatic structure of e-liquid, which is actually never too heavy. It must be said that the vape, although very pleasant and natural, seems to be slightly subdued in fullness, remains a little muted the biscuit component (or sponge cake) that in an original charlotte, also frames visually the dense creamy mixture.
And yet this lack of biscuit notes seems to be a limitation wanted by the manufacturer that, with this formulation, has ensured a recipe that is on the whole lighter and less invasive for the taste buds.
In the final stages of the vape, Carlota lets emerge thin citrus insertions, which together with the fresh notes, give greater vivacity to the puff and an exotic-spicy nuance that is absolutely unexpected but more than ever welcome. A winking post-vape aromatic persistence.
Carlota is a liquid that is always balanced in all phases of the puff, well thought out and equally well made by its flavourists. Dago recreated the “features” of a Charlotte cake with good fidelity while reinterpreting it with some happy and appreciable aromatic licenses.
Suggested dilution: 33%
Steeping time: 2-3 gg
Pro: Fresh and very natural creamy e-liquid. The manufacturer’s extreme sensitivity in bringing out the individual aromatic nuances of the recipe.
Cons: The aromatic biscuity notes, notoriously present in an original charlotte, here are elusive.