E-liquid review: Terra – Monolith line (True Northern Vape) 60 ml – received by the manufacturer
Declared base: 20 PG / 80 VG
Nico: 3 mg/ml
Expiry date: n.a.
Devices: Laisimo Snowwolf 200w plus + Recoil RDA dual coil 0.28 ohm (Kanthal A1 24 awg 0.50 mm ) with japanese organic cotton
Our research for attractive foreign products to present to our readers brought us back to Canada, to the remote and fascinating state of Alberta and precisely in Calgary (well-known to us for being the city that brought worldwide fame to a certain Alberto Tomba), where we discovered a relatively unknown brand in Europe but very promising. We at The Flavourist like to come across products that are still unknown in the Belpaese and enhance their knowledge, if they’re worthy. The True Northern Vape friends have enthusiastically agreed to receive our impressions about their creations.
And here we are then, ready to deal with Terra, the first one of the four liquids in the new Monolith line created by True Northern Vape.
The 60 ml transparent PET bottle is provided with a screw cap. The dropper is very practical and comfortable for any refill method. The very stylized and minimalist label – that I personally like very much – provides basic product information: quantity, level of nicotine, main flavorings and little else; scanty are the precautions for use. The product does not comply with the European TPD, so just as it is, you will not find it in the EU-shops.
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Earth is officially described as follows:
Celebrate our mother earth with this terrifically unique take on an apple vape. Crisp Golden and Green Apples and Honey Pear heightened with an array of Exotic Spices to create an immensely indulgent, natural flavour. Features notes of Woody Tobacco and Honey to round out this robust yet delicate flavour.
On the nose Terra reveals an intense and inviting pear scent that, contrary to the official description, dominates the olfactory scene with absolute naturalness. Even the color intensifies what is perceived on the smell: a warm ocher yellow with golden and amber tones remind of a dense pear juice. The intense fragrance of the pear brings a slight alcoholic note, typical of this fruit. Will there be more? Let’s find out with the usual vape test.
For the vape test I entrust my all black combination Recoil RDA + Snowwolf 200w plus pushing all at an average power, considering both the liquid density (80% VG) and the aromatic structure yet to be discovered.
On vaping Terra is much more complex and structured than on the smell and above all it is very well conceived. At medium wattages (about 45-50 watts) clearly emerges on the inhale the taste of a ripe pear pulp, perfectly softened by subtle hints of honey. There is also a perceived slight cool taste: Koolada? Honestly, the doubt remains, although I would bet it’s it. The flavor of the apple is slow to emerge, sometimes one can taste it after some deep puffs, but it basically merges with the pear juice. What offer the best in terms of aromatic complexity are the heart and the tail of the puff. They offer the most peculiar and hidden notes of Terra, also the most charming. Floral glazes, wisely integrated and dominated with thrift, creates a background that enrich the whole bouquet, making it a fruity liquid outside the more commercial standards we are used to. Juniper berries, cardamom, jasmine? It’s hard to say exactly. The important thing to know, is that they play an important role in the aromatic structure of this e-juice. On the exhale Terra becomes drier and stronger and has a vague caramelized woodiness that brings to mind a kind of tobacco feeling. This aspect very interesting because, as stated by the manufacturer, the creation takes on a double nature: mild on the head, intense and sturdy on the tail.
What if we decide to face Terra in cloud chasing? From 55-60 watts on, due the usual aromatic structure compression, the heat flattens the fruity components to the advantage of an emerging spicy and dry sensation, only partly mitigated by honey notes. In cloud chasing Terra gains strenght and loses some gentleness.
Due to its characteristics, this liquid is worthy to be considered as an art e-liquid, sophisticated even if not evident at first sight, oops … at first puff. I don’t even try to hide it: I’m fascinated by this kind of e-liquid, unusual and sui generis: Not obvious, not easily identifiable, but never tiring. An intriguing all day, to savor whenever you don’t know what liquid to use to fill your atom. This ever happen to you guys?
Pro: A premium art e-liquid, sophisticated and anything but ordinary.
Cons: Although potentially suitable for cloud chasing, at high wattages it loses some of its charm.