For me, the name Dinner Lady conjures up images of stuffy English boarding schools and hot lunches. But maybe it’s time for a rethink. Dinner Lady is an e-liquid line straight out of Lancashire in northern England, and their origins show.
I’m using the Geekvape Tsunami on top of the Reuleaux RX200S at around 70W, with a 24-gauge 7-wrap kanthal build at about 0.3Ω
We received the Dinner Lady range from Dinner Lady for this review. Your take on these flavors may differ. Opinion is subjective after all. Vive la difference!
Return of the Dinner Lady! A while back we were blown away by their unique take on four English breakfast dessert flavors. Now they have expanded their range with three Aroma e-liquids. We just got our hands on them and can’t wait to give them a try. Here’s our update on the new flavors…
Just in time for the holidays! This flavor, as soon as I opened the bottle, gave off such a Christmas vibe. It smells like an apple pie, with hint of spice. As soon as I took that first puff I was met with a sweet, fruity taste on the inhale. Then on the exhale you get a bit of sweet, spicy flavor. It tastes like the inside of an apple pie, baked with green apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. The closest juice that I could compare it to is Mr. Fritter by Cuttwood. Dinner Lady nailed it in their own special way. If you’re looking for a Christmas-themed e-liquid for the holidays, then Apple Pie is right up your alley.
Lemon Tart is still one of Dinner Lady’s most well received e-liquids to this day. Today they return with a new twist on that classic flavor. I was expecting it to taste like Lemon Tart, but it has its own thing going on. I get a sweet orange flavor on the inhale, with a smooth, creamy finish. It doesn’t have as much of a breakfast taste as Lemon Tart. This one reminds me more of an orange creamsicle. So delicious. I would compare it to 120 Cream Pop by Mad Hatter, but without the cooling effect. If you’re tired of your typical strawberry cream flavors and love oranges, you should try Orange Tart.
I will be honest. I was not as excited about this flavor, since I don’t care for blackberry e-liquids. The last one I tried had a strange bitterness to it. Boy, was I mistaken! Blackberry can be hit or miss, but they hit it out of the park. On the inhale, I get a sweet, blackberry-jam flavor. On the exhale, I’m still tasting jam, but accompanied by a dessert-like crumble flavor. It’s not spicy like the Apple Pie one, but it still has a rich, savory note to it. The closest comparison I could make is to Jam Monster, but Dinner Lady does it in their own style. If you enjoy fresh blackberries, this one is gonna be your jam.
Dinner lady has also launched a summer-themed range of e-liquids called Summer Holidays. Taking a detour from their typical breakfast flavors, this line focuses on exotic fruit and cold beverages. Each of these flavors provide a cooling effect, ideal for hot summers, but are still enjoyable all-year-round.
This one is supposed to taste like an ice-cold cola with a hint of lemon. I love a bit of lemon in my coke, so I have a good feeling about this one. When vaping it, I get a refreshing cola taste up front, followed by a hint of fresh lemon on the exhale with an icy finish. The closest comparison I could make is a liquid called The Cola Man. Dinner Lady has their own way of achieving this combo, and the lemon really adds a unique twist. If you love soda, this will be a refreshing treat for you. I’m loving it. The menthol provides a real nice cooling effect, and sets it apart from their original product range.
Blackcurrant and orange sounds like it would be a weird combination. The Dinner Lady makes it work in this fantastic blend. The two fruits combine to create a mix that tastes like no other juice. On the inhale, I’m getting a burst of tropical fruit, and on the exhale, you taste the cooling menthol. I can’t compare this to anything else because I’ve never tried an e-liquid quite like this. On top of the two main fruits, there is an additional element of mystery that enhances the flavor. If you love tropical fruit, especially orange and blackcurrant, then you’ll love this one. Fresh, cool and exotic. Well done!
I don’t like wearing flip flops. Luckily, that is not required to enjoy this tropical treat. Flip Flop Lychee is another exotic-tasting e-liquid with an icy-cool finish. This one takes on an Asian theme by using lychee, balanced out by other citrus fruits. I am tasting some lemon in there, complimented by a refreshing citrus medley. Finally, you get the cooling effect that is a staple of their Summer collection. It’s a unique combination that isn’t too sweet. So far, none of these e-liquids taste like their original line, or anything else on the market that I’ve tested. If you love lychee and citrus, give this one a shot.
Don’t let the name deceive you. This is not just your typical mango flavor. This one takes mango and pairs it with unripe alphonso (a rare, seasonal mango characterized by its golden outer skin). The addition of this fruit adds an interesting. creamy taste like no other. On the inhale you get a serious tropical explosion in your mouth, followed up by a powerful, frozen finish. If you are a mango lover, then I’m sure you will love Sun Tan Mango. I have tried a few mango e-liquids before, but most of them are not convincing. This one tastes like sweet, mango nectar squeezed right into your mouth.
Strawberry is one of the most common flavors used in e-liquid. With that said, Dinner Lady does it in a way that has never been done before. On the inhale I am getting a nice blend of fresh strawberries with a hint of lemonade. On the exhale, you get that signature cooling effect that makes this line so unique. The combination of strawberry, lemonade and menthol make for a truly unique experience. If you enjoy a cold glass of pink lemonade, this will become your all day vape. Cool and refreshing. If you close your eyes while vaping it, you’ll be magically transported to a tropical island (in your bikini).
The old range comes in 4 flavors – Cornflake Tart, Lemon Tart, Rice Pudding with Jam, and Strawberry Custard. All flavors come in a standard 30/70 PG/VG blend. They are available in zero nic, 3mg/mL, and 6mg/mL. The flavors remind me of those classic desserts from yesteryear that only grandma knows how to make. Dinner Lady plays with this image in their glossy, stand-out packaging. Let’s see how these decidedly old-school British flavors vape!
They say: Cornflake and syrup tart with a punchy layer of strawberry jam running through.
We say: Cornflake Tart is sweet, but not sugary sweet. The first note I get is some sort of cereal. People say the room smells like popcorn! (It’s probably the taste of acetyl pyrazine.) For me, it does taste like cornflakes coated in syrup. I really like the fact that it’s a medium sweetness. Can’t say I taste the strawberry jam though.
They say: Sharp lemon curd topped with gooey meringue, all cradled by a thin pastry crust.
We say: Oooh! First taste is lemon curd all the way. I taste bakery and pastry notes in the middle. It’s hard to tell if the tanginess comes only from the lemon or if the meringue is in the mix. The citrus zest is not too sharp and comes out creamy. All in all, a really well-balanced flavor.
They say: Velvety, sweet, creamy rice pudding, with a tasty dollop of raspberry jam stirred through.
We say: This is straight up milky, sticky rice. You can practically taste the consistency in the first note. It is moderately sweet, although once again I don’t taste the jam that strongly. This basically hits rice pudding out of the park. And I’m not even a fan of rice pudding.
They say: Natural strawberry is balanced against sweet, creamy custard and butter-caramel.
We say: Starts off as a mild strawberry note, not overpowering. It is creamy, but the custard isn’t strong. It comes close to Vape Craft’s OMG So Good but here the strawberry has the edge. I would add it’s a very natural strawberry. No artificial sweeteners here. It wasn’t bad, but it was my least “wow” of the bunch. I’m not really a Mother’s Milk kind of guy though.
Damn, Dinner Lady. All of these flavors were absolutely delicious, and there’s very little bad I can say about them. What I really like about the range is that they’re subtle and taste like the real thing. I’d add that I usually pass on retro desserts. So it’s true, vaping really can expand your palette.
Aside from dripping them, all four flavors would work perfectly well in sub ohm tanks, or with a Nautilus X for example. I tried the zero nic varieties for this review. However, I’ve also tried Cornflake Tart and Lemon Tart in 3mg/mL, and I have to say I found the nicotine a bit peppery. That worked ok for me with Cornflake, but it had a weird effect on Lemon Tart.
In conclusion, if you like dessert flavors that aren’t overly sweet, then I can’t recommend Dinner Lady highly enough. My personal favorites are Cornflake Tart and Rice Pudding, but I’d use all of them without hesitation. Go out and #treatyoself!