The first thing to consider when buying e-liquid is the flavour. Even if all the other variables – nicotine strength, PG or VG and vapor production – are perfect, if you don’t like the flavour, the e-liquid won’t be used. Fortunately, e-liquids come in almost any flavour you could think of: fruity, food, cocktails, and of course, tobacco blends.
New users often choose tobacco blends that closely match the flavour of their favourite cigarette brands. Many e-liquid manufacturers know this, so they create various tobacco blends that mimic the taste of popular brands.
Eventually, users get more adventurous and start to try out various fruit or food blends. Some prefer food flavours such as wafer, cake, or pizza, while others like fruity ones like grape, watermelon, or mango. There are also mixed blends, where various fruit, food, and tobacco flavours are mixed to create new and exotic flavours.
With all the mixing and virtually infinite blends that are possible, it’s only natural that cocktail flavours appear. Beer, brandy, and wine are just a sampling of alcohol-inspired flavours..
When choosing e-liquid flavours, start with the ones that you’re pretty sure you’ll like. Once you have a good stock of those, you can start experimenting with other flavours.
PG and VG – What is it?
The main base solution in e-liquid is either Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerol (VG), or a combination of both. PG provides more flavour, but produces weak vapor. VG is more viscous and has a slightly sweet taste – thus muting the flavour somewhat – but produces massive clouds of vapor.
Because of the differences in vape quality of both, manufacturers produce e-liquid that come in an all-PG base, an all-VG base, or a mixture of the two in varying ratios.
A common PG to VG ratio is 50:50, and many users are satisfied with the flavour and the amount of vapor this mix produces.
However, there are people who are allergic to PG. If you find yourself itching, getting hives, or having a hard time breathing after vaping on a pure PG or PG/VG mix, you might need to acquire pure VG blends or at least, e-liquid with a mix ratio of 80% VG and 20% PG.