Product Name: Minotaur (Peanut Butter Cookie E-Liquid) Manufactured by Cyclops Vapor, USA.
OFFICIAL MINOTAUR SPECIFICATIONS:
- Weight: 0.30 LBS
- Strength: 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg
- Size: 1oz, 2oz, 4oz
- PG/VG Blend Ratio: 35%PG /65%V
- Flavor Note: Peanut Butter Cookie, Caramel
Long has the Minotaur guarded the Labyrinth, protecting a mystical treasure. Now, reach the center of this delicious maze of flavor, featuring a smooth and creamy peanut butter cookie e-juice with notes of caramel drizzle to please even the most monstrous palette.
Review of Cyclops Vapor Minotaur
Peanut Butter Cookie is one of those flavors that I had been asked to review previously, by several people. As a result, Cyclops Vapor had been on my list of vendors for the next round of juice purchases, but I was having a hard time keeping up with vendor submissions, so getting to a point when I could make that rather large purchase, while still ensuring I’d be able to stay on top of what I had waiting for review, was not easy.
I’ve only once seen local shops carrying the high discharge batteries I need; it’s rare for me to find the re-building gear I need or even the simple, quality 510 drippers I use on my ProVari rig. Nevertheless, I usually feel obligated to check these stores out, and if they are real people, in it for the right reasons, selling merchandise at a reasonable markup, I usually buy something, if only to patronize the business and help them to grow into a successful shop.
So it happened that I walked into this combination tobacco/vaping store, only to stumble upon a rather large selection of Cyclops Vapor juice, including this one, the juice that’s been on my list for quite some time, Minotaur. I took full advantage of the small tasting bar they had set-up, even if it meant utilizing a cartomizer for the first time in at least 18 months, and it was then and there that I had my first taste of Minotaur.
From that very first taste, vaped on an eGo topped with a clearomizer, I knew this was going to be a rather long review, but one I needed to get to work on.
I purchased a large bottle, brought it home, gave it a good long shake followed by a little air, and placed it in the steeping drawer, eager for the mandatory steeping time to elapse so that I could get to work on my first bottle.
When the day arrived, three long weeks later, I was a bit surprised to find it needed some additional time with the cap off. Every bottle reviewed (excepting those that the vendor expressly request be considered without steeping) undergoes the same steeping process that includes a night in the steeping drawer, topless.
This bottle of Minotaur still seemed to possess a bit of that boozy overtone that some flavor concentrates bring along, but after an additional night being uncapped in the drawer, it was a bit better and ready for review. I had several freshly built attys to choose from (after having spent the previous evening rebuilding), so I opted for my Helios, built with dual 28ga kanthal coils (.63Ω) on XC-116, and placed it atop my Duke. Some juices taste very different in an RBA vs. a cartomizer, but this e-juice maintains precisely the same profile. Only in this rig, the flavors are significantly more pronounced, as one would expect from the significantly increased wattage.
The most dominant flavor in the profile, a very smooth, very realistic and creamy peanut butter cookie, presents immediately on the inhale, providing a sweet, rich foundation for the other flavors to play off of. With a hint of more sweet in the profile, particularly at very high wattage, I suspect there is also a bit of caramel in the mix, lending the peanut butter some additional depth and character. That sweetness I taste could be coming from a sweet style caramel flavor concentrate, but I’m betting, fairly heavily, that it’s an additional caramel note.
Following the robust caramel flavor is a combination of coconut and caramel, both presenting right at the top of the exhale. The coconut is where I suspected the boozy overtone was coming from. It is a higher toned version rather than the creamy style, and the caramel is of the candied variety, almost coming off as a butterscotch type tone.
These two flavors compliment the peanut butter beautifully, adding the level of sweetness, and while I’m not sure that a juice this sweet would serve particularly well as an ADV, it doesn’t seem cloyingly sweet either, more like the kind of decadent peanut butter desserts offered at high-end, high-priced restaurants.
The final prominent component in the profile is one of my favorites, a flavor that works with so many different flavoring components that I’ve seen an awful lot of lately, graham cracker. In this instance, it works particularly well, adding a bready, honeyed quality to the already sweet flavors, further reinforcing that as delicious as this juice is, it may be more suited to an after dinner vape (or perhaps a companion to your morning coffee) rather than an all day vape.
I feel like there is some more going on in the profile, but I’m having a hard time picking out notes beyond the dominating components. At times, I think there may be a creamy element, other times, I believe that there is a nutty tone to the profile, but I can’t be certain about either, and neither is high enough to turn off those vapers who tend to dislike those types of flavors. If they’re in the mix, they are distant background notes, used to enhance the primary components rather than act as individual flavors.
In the ProVari/510 dripping atomizer rig, I preferred to keep this juice on the cooler side, settling in at 9.2w or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atty. This produced an excellent balance of flavor, good throat hit, and a breathtaking cloud from what appears to be at least 60% PG. In the Duke/Helios rig, I found the greatest balance of flavor at ~32 watts, with the AFC half open. This produces an intense amount of flavor, a slightly stronger throat hit, and the requisite cloud that accompanies almost any at that wattage.
The overall vape has a thick, creamy quality to it, making me think there could be some whipped cream or even a touch of coconut in the mix, but neither are prevalent in the flavor department, installing only a full, lush mouthfeel to the vapor. The peanut butter cookie profile is not one of big, robust flavors, but lighter, more delicate flavors that come together to form a sweet, elegant, ethereal vape juice.
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