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Our guy taste-tests experimental smoking products

Shake pack: The Kona Velvet Milkshake has notes of a slow spell at the diner, according to our critic.
Photo by Jason Speakman

MoVape’s vapor tubes come in more flavors than an ice cream stand at an artisanal dairy convention. To get a sense of how the gas-producing juices stack up, we assigned intrepid smoking-technology reporter Matthew Perlman to conduct a taste test. Now, before you go calling the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, you should know that the samples are all nicotine-free, so this comparison is strictly about how these augmented fog-machine capsules felt wafting across Perlman’s palette. Which the store insists is perfectly safe.

Kona Velvet Milkshake

At first the vapor feels like a thin burst of steam without any flavor, but when exhaling a distinctive taste lingers. Unfortunately, it is more like a stale cup of coffee than a milkshake.

Apple Cider

The flavor is no perfect mimic of the wintry beverage, but rather a faint suggestion of the drink’s after-taste. It lacks the sweetness and full-feeling a cup of cider conveys, especially when hot. But apple juice, sure, I could see it.

Sucker Punch

This fruity “juice” hits with a rush of flavor at first, like a stick of Juicy Fruit gum. But then it mellows to something more like a watered-down Kool-Aid.

Smoked Custard

If you can get past the idea of a piece of custard steeped in cigarette haze, this is actually pretty tasty. The smoky undertones in this dessert-flavored “juice” hit home by replicating the sensation “vaping” is supposed to stand in for. It is a little on the sweet side and feels decadent. The flavor is more fully present than in the other varieties, and sticks around for minutes after you exhale.

Mother’s Milk

Again, a foul name in the context of something smokeable, but this is actually one of the store’s most popular flavors. It tastes vaguely of semi-sweet chocolate, but not like biting into a candy bar. It is more subtle than that. The flavor is thin, but still apparent. Smooth.

— Matthew Perlman

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at mperlman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
They’ve got the juice: The stuff that makes the vapor is flavored, liquid nicotine called “juice.” Here, MoVape’s selection is packaged in vials.
Photo by Jason Speakman

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