Watson, by OPMH Project

Introduction

It’s been well over a year since my last eliquid review. There’s a combination of reasons for that, but the big one has been that I’ve been writing hardware reviews, news commentary, and other articles for Vape Magazine. I’m extremely proud of that, and I hope to continue to contribute to them for years to come.

But that’s not what you came here to read, so let’s get to it.

OPMH Project Says:

Sit back in your Italian leather wingback chair, inhale the aromas of rich mahogany and antique books that permeate your library, and enjoy the taste of Watson.  This fine, vanilla-infused tobacco blend resides somewhere between a hand-rolled cigar, and a classic vanilla pipe tobacco.

Testing Notes

Watson was tested in a TFV8 “Baby Beast” sporting a 0.4 ohm “V8-Q4” coil head powered at 60 watts on the SMOK AL85. The selected nicotine strength was 12mg.

(Author’s note: While 12mg is on the high end for a 0.4 ohm coil head, that’s a conscious choice on my part — the higher the nicotine, the fewer the puffs it takes to be satisfied. It’s my finding that that both saves battery life and stretches the juice out a little so I don’t go through it so fast.)

Presentation

The above image may give you a sense of the classy and understated nature of the label. That bottle holds 60ml of liquid, and arrives with a shrink-wrap collar to guard against tampering.

Underneath the name of the liquid is the company’s description of the flavor (as seen above). Rotating the bottle counterclockwise, we find the indication of 60ml. All the way at the left margin of the label, we find the ingredients list as well as the requisite nicotine warning.

Rotating the bottle clockwise, we are shown the “nioctine” level (yeah, they did have a little typo, at least in this batch of labels). Aside from that one triviality, though, the presentation is very, very good.

Performance

A quick preamble here: My past eliquid reviews were broken up into categories, specifically Appearance, Nose, Vapor, Throat hit, and Flavor. I think from this review forward, I’m going to dispense with the formality and just lay it all out in one go.

Cracking open the bottle, the scent I get from Watson is something I can only describe as sugar cookie with a sliver-thin hint of cinnamon. At first, I wasn’t sure I’d made a good purchase, because as a connoisseur of tobacco flavors… well… I like some tobacco in my tobacco.

Not to say that I don’t like dessert flavors, too; I just wasn’t picking up any tobacco in the scent of this liquid, and tobacco was what I was after when I bought it. So I was feeling a little bit irked when I filled up the Baby Beast with this stuff.

But the coil had already been primed, the tank was filled, so I fired it up to see whether the flavor would live up to the description, even if the scent didn’t quite. The first thing that got me was the throat hit, then the modest but thick cloud of vapor. Then the nicotine satisfaction set in.

I took another hit, because those first impressions were so nice that they’d actually distracted me from the flavor. This time, I got what the nose had led me to expect: on the inhale, sugar cookie, with an unexpected tint of caramel. But it was on the exhale that the tobacco spoke up. I can’t call it as pipe tobacco like OPMH does; to me, it’s closer to either an analogue cigarette tobacco or possibly a nutty “555” tobacco. It’s really hard to tell, because the tobacco is there — but just barely there.

Price & Availability

You can get Watson from MyVaporStore for $24.99 per 60ml bottle (plus shipping).

Summary

If you’re looking for a balls-to-the-wall robust tobacco with a little sweetness, Watson isn’t it. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a dessert flavor with a ghost of tobacco, you really can’t go wrong with Watson.

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