On the surface, what it is is an e-juice that is bright green and literally looks just like antifreeze. It's bright, almost fluorescent, green. And it's got a reasonably good thickness to it. Thus I'm certain it is pretty high VG if not entirely VG. It is most certainly anise flavored. I figured this one would be up my alley because I like anise and black licorice. As I sit here and vape the 2mL that I swiped from my buddy, I have a few first impressions.
The most obvious thought that is running through my head is: I've never vaped anything like this. I don't think I've ever tasted anything like this. I know that I'll likely be shot for saying so, but if I were to try to explain this flavor, TO ME, it is similar to the flavor of an original Ricola cough drop. You know. The dude with the big alpine horn that yells REEEEEEECOLA from the mountain top. The blend of herbs tastes very similar to me. It is NOT straight anise. It is NOT licorice. It is incredibly complex and deep.
And what's even more surprising is that the entire experience of vaping it is unique. It's unlike anything I've ever tried. I feel a couple things after vaping it. One is a film in my mouth. Not in a negative way. But there is thickness to this vape that stays with you. The other sensation (that I don't think I'm making up in my mind) is that my mouth and throat feel the tiniest bit numb. It's seriously odd. I almost feel like I've been vaping something medicinal.
I tasted the entire Suicide Bunnies line of liquids a couple weeks ago and didn't like any of them enough to buy one. Despite that, I could appreciate a complexity and depth to their flavors that was unlike any store-made juice I've bought or DIY that I've made. The Radiator Pluid takes that to an even new level. The stuff is just radically different.
That all sounds bad though. And this is not an unpleasant experience for me. Would I plop down $25 or so for my own bottle? At this point, that's not likely, but let me burn through this 2mL and see how I feel. My buddy said he didn't like it at first and then found himself so curious about it that he kept going back for more until now he's keeping a tank of it around. Not vaping it all day, but hitting it up in the evening when the mood strikes him. I could see myself getting to that point with this flavor.
It's a really strange thing vaping these high end oddball boutique juices. If you haven't tried one, you most certainly should. If you like anise, licorice, or absinthe, Mad Murdock's Radiator Pluid may just be right up your alley. I just took another toot off of it and I wouldn't say it's addicting, but I would say the flavor alone is downright fascinating. I've simply never tasted anything like it in vaping.