Intrepid E-liquids: Mosaic Line
This review will actually be the first in a five post series on the liquid lines produced under the umbrella of Intrepid E-liquids. Those five lines are:
- Possession Liquids
- Steam Spot
- Vaper’s Grog
- Vaudeville Vaping Tonics
Each of lines lines consists of a minimum of four flavor offerings; hence, each line will have its own focused review. Another reason for this is that, although all are offered for sale under the Intrepid E-liquids brand, each line is distinct not only as regards to its theme but also is developed by different individuals.
Each of the following liquids was tested on a 0.3 ohm dual coil build of 26 gauge Kanthal A-1 wire wrapped around organic cotton wick in the Infinite CLT rebuildable dripping atomizer, which was powered by Vamped and Sony 18650 batteries inside the Smok Fury-S mechanical mod. (Look for reviews of the Infinite CLT and Smok Fury-S on these pages soon!)
Each of these liquids carries a 6mg nicotine strength; at this time, I have no concrete information on the PG/VG ratio of these liquids. I will, however, do my best to estimate that ration in the Appearance subsection of “Common Characteristics.”
The bottling of Mosaic liquids is, in some ways, quite minimal. Each liquid arrives in a 15ml bottle of clear glass. Each bottle features a twist top pipette style dripper, which is always much appreciated. There are, though, a couple of suggestions I would make to improve the bottling, and this is where I meet the first of them, which I’ll get to at the end of this section.
Moving down to the label, I find that it’s well laid out but relatively small in size. The name of the lineup is up top: Mosaic. Under that reads, “Premium Eliquid.” The label is dominated in the center by the background, which is visual art to go along with the name of the line.
At the bottom is the name of the specific flavor, and beneath that is an easy to read nicotine strength matrix — Mosaic comes only in zeromg, 3mg, and 6mg.
Now let’s move on to suggestions. If you’re wondering if I’ve skipped anything on the label, I didn’t — and that’s my first suggestion: maybe a little more information, at least the PG/VG ratio. I understand that, on a 15ml bottle sized label, space is at a premium. That one detail, though, is something vapers often find to be quite important, especially those who have developed a sensitivity to PG. My only other suggestion would be a transition to child resistant caps.
As always, any given lineup is going to have certain performance characteristics in common; these commonalities are almost always down to an identical PG/VG ratio, with the differences arising from the different flavor profiles.
One of the common characteristics all Mosaic liquids share is their thickness of appearance, as revealed in a seriously strong ripple pattern when the bottle is turned to the horizontal and rotated. This suggests a PG/VG ratio of between 50-70% VG.
This medium-high VG content level is reinforced by the visual vapor output of each of these liquids, which is substantial. On the other hand, I would not guess the PG to be under 30% due to the potent nose, flavor, and throat hit qualities of these liquids. Let’s move on to discover each of them individually now.
UPDATE: It’s been confirmed for me by the fellas at Intrepid: The Mosaic line are, indeed, 30% PG/70% VG liquids. Good guess, me!
Intrepid Eliquids Says: “Vanilla Root Beer Float Infused With Fine Bourbon.”
The hue of 360 is very nearly as light as champagne. You’ll want to keep a sharp eye on the fill line when filling clearomizers, carto-tanks, or RTAs with this liquid.
The nose here is strong on the root beer float — big molasses and anise there — and then a subtle oakiness and vanilla that definitely speak up about bourbon. It’s the root beer that leads the scent, though it doesn’t leave its friend bourbon behind.
Flavor carriage on the vapor from 360 is, like the nose, strong on root beer, light on bourbon — but the bourbon is by no means absent. Still, that oaky bourbon note isn’t going to translate as “smoke”, so you should have no worries when vaping this in mixed company.
The anise and oak notes of this flavor lend a little added “punch” to the throat hit on this liquid, though they don’t push it over the top into unpleasant territory. Even at 6mg, this liquid delivers a supremely satisfying throat hit.
While the bourbon element of this flavor fusion is passive compared to the root beer element, it really steps up on the palate.
The inhale is all root beer, and although it’s not the best root beer flavor I’ve had, it’s still quite good in its own right. But on the exhale, when the bourbon joins the root beer as a full partner, this rises to be something entirely its own and a really delicious treat.
One thing I should have mentioned earlier about the Mosaic line: each of these is a flavor very solidly and very specifically tailored to the adult palate. While sweet and refreshing, 360’s twist of adding the flavor of bourbon whiskey to root beer (one of my favorite mixers for the real thing, by the way) makes this a refreshing vape with a very adult twist.
End To End Burner
Intrepid Eliquids Says: “Key Lime Cheesecake Infused With Tequila.”
Golden hued, this one is going to be none too difficult to monitor as you fill your device of choice.
There is a lot going on with this one on the nose. It took me more than a few sniffs to figure out what I was picking up — and picking out — amongst the myriad notes at work here. The dominant notes are those of lime and agave, with a woody character and cheesecake tying for third.
Very, very nice.
This is one that people are going to be asking you about if you vape it near them; the flavor carriage is potent, but as with the nose, very difficult to identify or categorize beyond its overall dessert character. The scent does linger for a while, but with a scent like this, I think you and others around you will appreciate that.
Throat hit here is both competent and quick in coming. It doesn’t knock my socks off, but neither does it leave me wanting.
I mentioned some time ago in a previous post that I’m not a big tequila drinker; that said, the tequila element of End To End Burner is either a reproduction of a tequila better than any I’ve ever had, or the fellas behind Mosaic took some liberties to create a tequila-like flavor that’s actually better tasting than the real thing.
That’s my way of saying that, very much to my surprise, I really like the flavor of this vape. The Key Lime in the Key Lime cheesecake stands shoulder to shoulder with tangy Agave as the dominant pair of notes on the inhale, while the exhale brings out a faint woody character that completes the tequila infusion.
This is a more citrus-based expression than 3BO but, like 3BO, is something I could easily envision myself enjoying on a sunny fall or spring afternoon beside the pool.
Intrepid Eliquids Says: “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Infused With Orange Cognac.”
Fat Cap is, by a shade, the darkest in hue of the Mosaic line. This one’s going to be easy-peasy to keep an eye on while you drip or fill your device of choice.
Peanut butter and orange are both easily detectable on the nose, with the peanut butter just edging out the orange on potency — but only just.
With nary a tobacco or even woody note to this vape, you should be able to enjoy Fat Cap worry free in mixed company or public spaces.
Improbably, the throat hit on this one feels markedly more powerful than on any other liquid in this lineup. I can’t explain why that would be — the PG/VG ratio is the same, the nicotine strength is the same — but whatever the cause is, I get a whomp of a throat hit with every puff of this one. I like it!
There are many flavors that I could think up and try to tell you that they wouldn’t go together. Until I tried it, the combination of peanut butter and orange would have been one of them.
The inhale and exhale alike balance the strong, smooth, and savory taste of real peanut butter with the bright citrus note of ripe orange — I don’t detect the cognac, personally — and these two flavors are so distinct and yet so complimentary to one another that I had a hard time putting this one down to write the review.
I won’t hesitate to say that I love this one. Unexpected? You bet it was unexpected. But this is one of the very best peanut-butter-inclusive flavor fusions I’ve ever tried. Strong and savory on the peanut butter, just like it should be, but the twist of adding orange just blows me away. Very strongly recommended.
Intrepid Eliquids Says: “Fig Pudding Infused With Irish Whiskey.”
Phase 2 is a medium to light gold in hue.
Irish whisky is very dominant on the nose — when I first cracked this open and took a sniff, I was instantly reminded of a whisky with only a hint of peat and oak, only just enough to make it distinctly Irish in character.
There’s fig there, too, but the two flavors’ characters are so completely complimentary to one another that, if you took a whiff without being told what to expect, you would almost certainly say whisky, but would almost certainly not guess fig.
The flavor carriage here might — or might not — be considered welcome by non-smokers/non-vapers. Vape this one with discretion in mixed company — it’s going to be a love it or hate it scent. Personally, I love it — but I’m just the one guy.
Throat hit on Phase 2 is fully satisfactory — all the power, no harshness, with a sensation more like a “fill” than a “smack.” Extended vape sessions with this one is quite comfortable.
The flavor on this is where the fig really comes into the picture — real, semi-sweet, and somehow “dark”, the fig here is very organic and authentic, and as it does in the nose, amplifies the Irish whisky nature of this vape. Flavor is consistent from the inhale through the exhale and into the medium finish.
Most of the Mosaic line I would personally classify as being summertime-focused vapes — not Phase 2. This is one I’d sit down with while sipping a Guinness or similarly heavy, creamy and bitter stout.
Intrepid Eliquids Says: “Pineapple Upside Down Cake Infused With Rum.”
Dark gold in hue, this one is easy filling.
The nose is vivid and potent with the bright citrus tang of pineapple riding with the dark sweetness of spiced rum, just what the description led me to expect.
I can’t think of a single reason why anybody, be they smoker, nonsmoker, vaper, or nonvaper, would complain about the flavor carriage from this vape — it’s distinctly tropical and smells great.
That pineapple essence really amplified the throat hit here — a very solid, just-slightly-abrupt kick right where you want it.
Everything that the nose promises, and more. The inhale is all about the rum with the pineapple as a bright topnote. On the exhale, it’s more of the same, gliding smoothly into a long finish.
Although summer is finally leaving us behind here in Arizona, I’ll be wanting to have this on hand when the unmerciful yellow devil in the sky is cooking us all again. In the mean time, this is still a refreshing tropical-minded flavor that I enjoy completely. Big thumbs up on this one!
I’m waiting on word from Intrepid E-liquids regarding pricing and availability at this time. As soon as that information becomes available, I’ll have a supplementary post available to update you, Dear Reader.
UPDATE! Mosaic Premium Eliquids are available for online order through their Facebook page at a cost of $12 per 15ml bottle. That’s a very friendly price for some truly excellent vape.
Recommendation & Conclusion
This lineup is all about the synergy between drinks and desserts — it’s almost as if these fellas read my post, “Will It Blend: Vape And Drink Pairings” and then set out to expand on what I wrote there. (They didn’t, of course, even I’m not egotistical to believe they did!)
But these flavors, though of a theme, are all incredibly creative and expertly done. I definitely give the Mosaic line my recommendation for must-try dessert vapes.