E-liquid review: Inverness – linea True Northern (True Northern Vape) 30 ml – received by the manufacturer
Declared base: 20 PG / 80 VG
Nico: 3 mg/ml
Expiry date: n.a.
Devices: Geekvape Aegis 100 W + Dovpo Bushido II RDA dual coil 0.4 ohm (Kanthal A1 24 awg 0.50 mm) with cotton Bacon V 2.0.
Authentic revelation of 2017, winner of two prizes at the International Vape E-liquid Award by The Flavourist, the small Canadian company True Northern Vape, driven by the creative genius of his chef Milan Vettese, returns to our pages with another liquid: Inverness.
Inverness was supplied to us in a 30 ml smoked glass bottle, with childproof closure and practical dropper with a thin beak tip. The stylized and minimalist label presents the vector company logo (a deer) and some basic information about the product. Recently, the manufacturer introduced new unicorn PET bottles to replace the old glass ones and we are always looking forward to good news regarding the conformity of True Northern products with the dictates of the European directive.
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On the official website of the manufacturer, Inverness is described as follows:
Sit by the fire in your favourite chair and grab this mix of smoky oak single malt scotch with decadent vanilla with notes of nuts and butterscotch.
The perfume that emerges from the bottle at its opening is delicately creamy, not very marked and has light nutty hints that are mixed with imperceptible caramel notes. The creamy base on which the whole mix rests, presents sensitive vanilla nuances accompanied by minimal alcoholic hints. The smell test reveals an amalgamated aromatic structure and, thanks to an average level of aromatic content, it is difficult to distinguish all the individual components of this product. In some moments Inverness on the nose seemed to me a bit confused.
Never as in this circumstance a careful and adequate vaporization test is necessary.
Dripped the first drops of Inverness inside my new inseparable Bushido II, I inaugurate the vape test with the first deep and intense puffs. Within an elegant and refined aromatic frame I immediately notice the almost total impossibility in being able to identify the nuances within the full bouquet. My taste buds are severely tested by an amalgam so meticulously cured and balanced to make difficult to identify each single ingredient of the composition. But I would like to point out that the feeling here is very different from the many “superbig mix” that populate the international scene of e-liquids. The mixing and melting of the ingredients of Inverness is subtle, optimally calibrated and free of coarse abundances.
During the inhalation, can be perceived a gently veil of custard, the base on which rests the whole bouquet; it does not stand out in terms of fullness of taste because its level of sweetness (totally natural) is mitigated by drier nuances that creep with intelligence almost to create a spicing creamy perception. The light aromatic load is an indisputable advantage in terms of longevity in vape, but perhaps this time a somewhat more pronounced custard stamp would have made it more palatable.
The heart of the puff is a sort of inspiration tail, an extension of the creamy trail “contaminated” by the nutty notes and a brief introduction to the “barriqued” finishes of exhalation. At this stage I feel that the fusion of Inverness ingredients is almost total, the custard background is penetrated by the scents of dried fruit and forms a unique body, but never excessively sweet and fat. The central notes are perhaps the least significant from the aromatic point of view, but in my opinion represent the solid framework that can make the e-juice pleasant and durable over time without being banal and obvious.
The tail of the puff, I think can be worthily represented by the elegant image above: an old oak barrel flanked by a bottle of single malt scotch and his faithful “pony” next to it. The thought then flies to the northern lands of the Scottish Highlands and its capital Inverness which I imagine inspired the name of this e-juice.
In releasing the steam at the end of the puff, I feel the creamy notes enrich with a light woody feeling, an aged wooden background that reminds me the aftertaste released by the sip of a good single malt Scotch. It is interesting the total absence of alcoholic perception, I would say a fine non-alcoholic Scotch Whiskey!
The malt notes bind to the rest of the bouquet in a balance that gradually combines the softer and rounder head components, with the more linear and masculine finish at the end of vape; all within a structure that is always softly whispered, which in my opinion would have required this time to be a bit more pronounced.
Pro: A creamy and refined all-day vape.
Cons: The bouquet facets are minimal if compared to the usual standards of this brand.