Honest review time: Tiki Time from FatPanda

The guys over at FatPanda are a great bunch of guys and they’re always coming out with new and interesting things. Recently they reached out about a review of a fairly new line they carry and since they haven’t steered me wrong yet I was more than happy to check them out. The new set is themed and although summer is pretty much over these definitely have a summer vibe to them so you can carry on enjoying the taste of summer even as the cold weather creeps in. Here are my honest thoughts on Tiki Time from FatPanda Vapes.

Bottles:

The juices come in clear 100ml chubby gorilla style bottles with bright and colourful labels of pink and blue with the silhouette of a palm tree bearing tropical island. The two labels bear inversed colours so one is pink with blue imagery while the other is blue with pink imagery. It makes them a perfect match and definitely gives you a sense that they are tropical flavours. Both flavours come in a 75vg blend and the ones I got were in 3mg. Here’s a shot of the tropical inspired bottles I got:

Setup:

Testing was done mostly in a Hadaly clone with a three core alien(3×28/36ni80) build from the Canadian Coil makers SaddleHorse Blues, 4/5 wraps on a 2.5mm coming out to 0.28 ohms and running between 35-45w. Using Puff cotton, rda rinsed and rewicked in between. Here’s a shot of a fresh build:

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Kanaloa

Site description: Sparkling pear, soda with lemon and apple.

My thoughts: I first started off with Kanaloa as I’ve long enjoyed a good pear flavour but what I got from Kanaloa was unlike anything I’ve experienced before. I imagine this might be one of those polarizing flavours where either you love it or you hate it. I’m somewhere in the middle myself, while I appreciate it’s very unique and interesting blend I’m still not entirely sure that it’s something I can really get down with. Upfront I’m first hit with the pear but it’s got a tinge of that soda pop tone that I’ve experienced in other soda based flavours. It doesn’t exactly give me the sense of sparkling pear soda but it does have just the slightest bit of a dry taste like you might get from carbonated water.

The pear is probably the strongest note in the mix and sort of slides into an interesting apple lemon mix where the pear and the apple sort of blend in to each other. It’s definitely orchard fruit centric with the pear and apple being the most dominant flavours in the mix but with the lemon in there it gives it an interesting little kick of citrus without turning it in to lemonade. While it’s not quite zesty the citrus does a great job of brightening it up just a bit. The whole thing has a very soft almost powdery feel to it with just the slightest floral perfume quality and it sort of reminds me a bit of baby powder for some reason. That might not be the best way to describe it but what I’m trying to say is it has a light pleasant softness to it that’s akin to that light fresh quality of baby powder. Overall it’s very pleasant and like I said it’s definitely a different take on a pear flavour, at least for me. It is a bit less “tropical” than it’s counterpart but it still kind of fits with the theme. Fans of orchard fruits will probably appreciate this one!!

Mahulu

Site description: Pina Colada, Strawberry and Lime

My thoughts: Similar to how Kanaloa was a different take on pear Mahulu is a Pina Colada flavour that’s been kicked up a notch or two. From it I get the classic blend of pineapple and creamy coconut but there’s a bit more to it then that. With a touch of lime in the mix it brightens it up just a touch but I also feel like it gives it a slightly thicker quality. I don’t know if it’s just me but I tend to find lime flavours to be sort of thick tasting, not quite creamy but they tend to have a slightly thicker mouth feel for me. I find with Mahulu I get a little bit of that sense of thickness but it also seems to pop a bit more with that little addition of citrus. It adds a bit more of a fresh feel to the already refreshing blend like a Pina Colada that’s been garnished with a slice of lime.

The strawberry in the mix however is a bit faint and mostly comes in on the tail end. I’m guessing it’s mostly in there to help sweeten it up as it doesn’t really make it to the forefront but it’s a nice little addition that definitely adds to the finish. The pineapple and coconut of course are the most forward in the mix with the pineapple coming off tasting fresh and ripe and I don’t really get any of the pineapple gummy candy taste that pineapple flavours usually have. It might still be there but the smooth creamy coconut does a fantastic job of turning this in to that classic Pina Colada flavour. I hate to use the reference but it tastes like sun tan lotion smells but I mean that in the best possible way. If you’ve ever enjoyed an ice cold Pina Colada while relaxing on a tropical beach then you’ll get an idea of what this taste like, absolutely beautiful!!! One of the best Pina Colada flavours I’ve tried and there’s been quite a few!!


Overall:

These were a pleasant little surprise right at the end of summer and if you’re into tropical flavours like me I’d say they’re definitely worth checking out. I particularly have been enjoying Mahulu and it’s almost like I’ve been on a tropical vacation ever since I cracked it open. They are a bit on the pricey side especially considering some of the bargain options that have been popping up but FatPanda are a great company and they make quality products and I’d have no trouble recommending them if you can afford them. So huge thanks to the gents at FatPanda for sending these over and brightening up these dreary days for me!!