Are they worth picking up?
On the whole, Alfaliquid e-juice has some excellent flavors in the line-up, and with nine options in total on the U.S. site and a massive 143 options on the French site, there is plenty on offer from the mixer.
The juices are all high-quality, and while some flavors might not be to everyone’s taste – Noble Leaf is challenging, for example – and the 50/50 mix might not be cloudy enough for some, you’ll definitely find some flavors you love from Alfaliquid.
Alfaliquid is a big name in the European e-juice industry, and particularly in France, but after establishing a US-based subsidiary, they’re ready to take a new market by storm. They’re aiming to bring “European-style vape” to America, and with a huge collection of interesting flavors on offer, they might be able to do just that. However, with their dedication to quality and safety – all of the juices are free from diacetyl, acetyl propionyl, acetoin and other bad stuff – comes a higher price tag. So are Alfaliquid’s e-juices worth the price of $21.95 for a 30 ml bottle? We’ve tested three of the flavors for our Alfaliquid review to find out.
Packaging and Design
Alfaliquid’s bottles have a simple but effective design. They have all-white bodies and well-presented labels, with white backgrounds, the Alfaliquid logo front and center and the name of the flavor and the nicotine level towards the bottom. The tops and bottoms of the labels show the fringes of an image related to the flavor – for instance, Milk Berry shows strawberries and milk. One side of the label also has an ingredients listing and the expected warnings, and the other has a barcode.
The bottles themselves do exactly what you need them to. They’re glass and have child-proof caps with dripper spouts, and everything works as it should. Overall, the label design looks great and the bottles are high-quality, so there’s nothing to complain about here.
Alfaliquid’s e-liquid flavors are available in 0, 3, 6, 11 and 16 mg/ml of nicotine. This offers a good range of strengths to suit the needs of most vapers and even just-switching smokers. The strengths available do differ from the standard offerings a little (with 12 and 18 mg/ml being more common than 11 and 16 mg/ml), but are close enough that they won’t make a practical difference for most purposes.
For PG/VG ratio, Alfaliquid offers an even 50/50 mix for all its juices. This might not be perfect for high-VG loving cloud-chasers, but for a just-switching smoker or flavor-chasing vapers, the blend is just right. It offers still-excellent vapor production without compromising throat hit, and the thinner consistency means it’ll work with most atomizer designs with no issues. Adding a higher-VG option would be an improvement for many vapers, though.
Alfaliquid Review: The Flavors
Milk Berry – Rating 4.5/5
Accuracy: This is a strawberry and milk e-juice, hitting on an almost unanimously popular flavor combination for vapers. The result is just what you’d expect. The strawberry is the dominant flavor note, well-captured and strong enough to come through with every puff without being overpowering. The milk notes aren’t as easy to pick up, but a light, creamy softness plays in the background of the flavor and helps take the edge off the sweetness of the strawberry.
Overall: This is an excellent e-liquid, offering a fruity sweetness underpinned with gentler, softer elements from the milk. The two flavors are perfectly-balanced, with the strawberry more prominent in the mix but not at the expense of the milk. This makes it a great all day vape juice, and makes it hard not to like. Perhaps adding another minor flavor component would have taken this to the next level, but it’s delicious anyway.
Noble Leaf – Rating 3.5/5
Accuracy: This is a tobacco e-juice with a difference, incorporating vanilla, nut, chocolate, popcorn and caramel notes, with the description pointing to Louis XIV’s appetite for rich, bold cuisine. The tobacco is definitely the primary flavor here, and while it does capture some of the character of the genuine article, it’s not the best tobacco replication out there. The other components play a supporting role, but provide a rich undercurrent with distinguishable nut, caramel and popcorn notes. The chocolate and vanilla aren’t easy to pick out, blending into the background of the mix.
Overall: This is a challenging flavor. On one hand, the complex mixture of tobacco with sweeter supporting elements evokes memories of Vaponaute’s Into the Wild. This makes it a great option for vapers looking for a unique tobacco flavor. However, the lower-quality tobacco does let it down a little, leaving a bit too much of a musty note and taking the focus away from the beautiful mélange of sweeter ingredients. It’s enjoyable, but not the best from Alfaliquid.
Carnival – Rating 4/5
Accuracy: This is described as “a sweet and sour medley of fruit, festivity, and nostalgia.” It features notes of banana, pineapple, pear, apple and Tutti Frutti. The result is a rich combination of different fruits, and picking individual elements out isn’t easy. However, the banana is probably the most prominent in the mix, and elements of pineapple come through clearly too. The pear and apple are detectable, but the candied sweetness of the Tutti Frutti is really what characterizes the flavor from this point onwards. It's a well-executed mixture of fruits with an almost sickly-sweet edge.
Overall: This is another great e-juice flavor from Alfaliquid, a perfect match for vapers with a sweet tooth. The combination of slightly alcoholic notes (which I’ve noticed in other banana e-juices too) and the sweetness of the Tutti Frutti makes it one you have to get used to, but if you can take the sweetness, it’s a stand-out flavor. Not an all-day vape, but a perfect juice for an occasional treat.