NJOY Artist Collection Intro
NJOY, a long-standing juggernaut of a company in our industry, have in recent times begun to embrace the modern side of vaping while still catering to the entry-level side of hardware. Known primarily for their cig-a-likes, they now offer a range of devices from eGos to iSticks and even DNA40 devices—but this review is about their eliquid line called The NJOY Artist Collection.
For the Artist Collection, NJOY has partnered with, or more specifically, “curated” a group of well-respected eliquid makers (referred to as “artists”) to create an eliquid line—one liquid from each “artist”— for a total of five of the some of the most intriguing and flavorful creations I’ve ever had the pleasure of vaping.
For the NJOY Artist Collection, the execution of packaging here deserves its own review; there is a great amount of detail and consideration involved in the presentation of these liquids. The boxes and the bottles are all sealed in plastic and they’re individually—and beautifully—designed like little retail-art products, and there is good deal of pertinent information about each flavor and the makers all integrated into the packaging.
The eliquid “artists” and their creations: Anne-Claire of Vaponaute – Sacre Coeur; Daniel of FlavorZ –Paramour; George of Mr.Goodvape – Hedon’s Bite; Jeremy of Goodlife Vapor – Samba Sun; Randy from P.O.E.T – Dragonscape.
Each liquid typically retails for ~$22.99 with the AC Gift box (the full line in a beautiful display) retails for $114.99. The nic levels come in 0, 3, 6, 12, and 18 mg/mL. All bottles are sold in 30 mL and range in VG content from 50% to 70%.
Our E-Liquid Review
Sacre Coeur by Anne-Claire of Vaponaute
“Robust yet delicate, complex yet simple, Sacré Coeur begins with a buttery, savory almond torte layered with ambrosial notes of wild field berries and subdued rhubarb. Subtleties then emerge – a hint of aromatic vanilla and a touch of earthy bourbon – the purest possible expression of pleasure. (VG:50%)”
Elements: Almond Torte. Wild Berry. Rhubarb. European Custard. Bourbon.
That description is very accurate.
The almond torte is most dominant followed by an incredibly seductive, yet much more subtle taste of natural berries. The rhubarb is definitely discernible, albeit not aggressive, and gives a tart edge to the flavor that beautifully compliments the mix. The bourbon and vanilla (not so much a custard taste though), are way in the background and act more as flavor-shapers than dominant notes. In general, I’ve found those background notes appear more in extended sessions and depending on the build of my atty.
Because Sacre Coeur is so very complex, it really did deserve—and require—more contemplation than a quick drip-session or even a couple tanks could offer me. After vaping it now for a few weeks, I finally got to the end of the bottle and promptly ordered two more 30 mL. Initially I vacillated with adoring this liquid to finding it a bit too heavy on the almond torte. Even now, despite me wishing it had more berry and less almond torte, I do consider this a sensational liquid that even I—a visual artist—have no qualms with referring to as art.
Vaping advice: Drip it.
**For the NJOY Artist Collection, Sacre Coeur gets my vote for most unique**
Paramour by Daniel of FlavorZ
“Paramour is a warm hug of sunshine on a cool day. Bright top notes of pear and peach, coupled with creamy vanilla and smooth custard, are softened by a touch of nutty cinnamon that lingers on the breath.”
Elements: Light Pear. Bright Peach. Smooth Vanilla. Light Cinnamon.
Tastes: Soft, creamy, bright
The description for Paramour is almost spot-on with how it tastes to me. The one exception is that I am not really being able to pick out the peach.
Oddly enough, the pear—not a flavor that usually is able to stand out in a mix like this—is in fact present and not being completely overwhelmed by the other elements. Maybe the pear and the peach have just combined to act as one single fruit note? Dunno, but you can taste the presence of a light fruit and to me it reads mostly as pear.
There is a nutty note to Paramour and it may come from the cinnamon, but I can’t say for sure. Luckily, there is no aspect of the cinnamon that reads as cinnamaldehyde, i.e., fiery cinnamon; it is ground cinnamon I taste. The vanilla, which pairs wonderfully with the cinnamon, is very smooth and it cloaks the flavor profile in, well, a hug of something…maybe sunshine? Out of the three liquids in the NJOY Artist Collection that mention vanilla, Paramour is the only one where you won’t have to concentrate to taste it.
Without a doubt, if I had to blindly suggest any one of these liquids to any one vaper, Paramour would be it. Paramour has a warm, comforting effect; it’s a liquid I can see many vapers gravitating toward. I’ve ordered three more 30 mL bottles since the first bottle I was sent for this review, but it took about half the bottle to really grab me.
Vaping advice: Drip it or put it in a tank.
**For the NJOY Artist Collection, Paramour gets my vote for the most likable**
Hedon’s Bite by George of Mr. Goodvape
“The perfect balance of sweet, sour and tart creates a crisp, aromatic apple flavor. Coated with deep, earthy caramel and finished with ripe melon that resolves on a cliffhanger, ready to dive in for more.”
Elements: Tart Green Apple. Sweet Pink Apple. Dark Caramel. Honeydew.
Like Paramour, the description of Hedon’s Bite is almost spot-on. But before I explain, I just want to say that this liquid has me gobsmacked. There is a vibrancy of a hyper-realistic apples—both tart and sweet—that actually add a texture to the vape. It’s quite like I am chewing on the vapor!
The honeydew is comes out somehow in the middle of the two types of apple and is not too much, just identifiable enough to impart its melon qualities. The caramel is probably the most ephemeral and evasive, but good gawd is it fun to try and find it! I don’t doubt that it’s in there, because whether it’s as vocal as the description suggests, there is another component that really solidifies the taste of this liquid—it is not all just apples and honeydew.
My bottle of Hedon’s Bite, just like all the others from the NJOY Artist Collection, came perfectly sealed in plastic (the box and the bottle), but just handling the box (even before opening) I was able to identify the aroma of apples and melon. No joke! Potent stuff; almost electric. I vaporized a 30 mL of this in no time at all, ordered two more 30 mL and went through those in less than a week. I just ordered three more!
Vaping advice: Put it in a tank.
**For the NJOY Artist Collection, Heden’s Bite gets my vote for the most tasty**
Samba Sun by Jeremy of Goodlife Vapor
“Bright and über-refreshing like a cold drink on a hot day, Samba Sun greets with sweet, succulent clementine, morphing quickly to airy yet creamy marshmallow before settling into a burst of perfect ripe peach with a hint of harmoniously layered apricot.”
Elements: Sweet Clementine, Marshmallow, Ripe Peach, Apricot
The description here is close, but it’s not so easy to distinguish the fruits. The overall fruit aspect of the liquid’s profile is juicy and “succulent”, but I must note, though, “the cold drink on a hot day” tastes a wee bit like a glass of Tang (surely someone out there remembers that drink!).
It’s not a bad thing exactly, and I do taste the clementine (mostly because I DIY with that flavor), but I think it bullies the other elements of fruit and verges on the side of a synthetic orange flavor. It doesn’t taste off though, it’s just that the mix of these particular fruits creates a specific flavor that sometimes reads as ‘orange drink’. The marshmallow is definitely in the mix, and it does almost aerate the body of the flavor, but I am on the fence with how much I enjoy tasting that type of sweetness against the sweet fruits. I think that is the crux of my issues with Samba Sun: the sweetness may just be a bit too much for me without another note, maybe a non-sweet note, to balance it out.
That said, every time I vape this liquid I don’t understand why I have not ordered more of it, because I do enjoy vaping it. It is delicious! But when I go to re-up, I haven’t yet pulled the trigger. I am down to about 4 mL of a 30 mL and I have yet to get that feeling—you know the feeling—when you are getting low on a great liquid and get anxious about being without it. But that all may change, I can never tell. Just like in the case of Anne-Claire’s Sacre Coeur, I wanted more when I had no more..
Vaping advice: Drip it or put it in any tank.
**For the NJOY Artist Collection, Samba Sun gets my vote for most sweet**
Dragonscape by Randy from P.O.E.T
“Transcendent, earthy and smooth, Dragonscape hints at an exotic blend of Indian spices and Asian teas along with the creamy custard of Belgian café and the silky vanilla of Madagascar.”
Elements: Indian Spice. Asian Tea. Belgian Cafe. English Custard.
This description of Dragonscape is easily the vaguest while most of the other descriptions in the NJOY Artist Collection are very forthright.
Until you actually vape Dragonscape, you can’t know what “Indian Spices” or “Asian Teas” are involved in this—even after vaping, the elements may still be difficult to discern. And the nose of the liquid slightly belies the taste; the vape is actually more layered than just trying to tell from a quick whiff.
Setting that aside, Dragonscape is phenomenal! It is a very ambitious and marvelously executed mix that’s jam-packed with flavor. It has a sweet and creamy, Eastern flare—maybe masala chai—that rides atop a sultry, velvety base. I don’t, however, taste custard or vanilla per se; I get more of a cocoa flavor and a general sweet cream of sorts.
Out of a 30 mL I’ve had of Dragonscape, I vaped about 8 mL of it while draining a full 90 mL of Hedon’s Bite. Please don’t read that as me saying it’s not an amazing choice though, it’s just that I tend toward bright, tart and punchy flavors and this one is sweet, creamy and spiced. Phil Busardo LOVES Dragonscape, so that is saying something when you consider the countless liquids he’s tried.
Vaping advice: Drip it.
**For the NJOY Artist Collection, Dragonscape gets my vote for most rich**
All these liquids, to me, are extremely well made, complex and worth trying. I enthusiastically recommend the NJOY Artist Collection. I imagine there is at least one liquid here for almost anyone to enjoy.