First Impressions: Mountain Oak Vapor “Smoky Mountain 555”

Obligatory Preamble:

I tested this juice on the iTaste VV V3 running the Smoktech RDA with a hand-built coil of 2.6 ohms at 10 watts. The juice itself is of 24mg strength.

This is my first taste of a non-NET tobacco flavor from Mountain Oak Vapors. Now, “555” is actually a type of tobacco flavor in eliquids, and quite a few vendors have their own versions. Previous to Smoky Mountain 555, my only other foray into the 555 type was Halo Prime 15. (Get it? 15=5+5+5? Hey, I didn’t come up with it…)

Anyway, let’s get right down to it.

Appearance:

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As you can see in the photo, this juice is a pleasant amber color. In some light it edges lighter, toward the color of wheat, but it’s easy to see and easy to fill a clearo with.

Nose:

This is first impressions, remember, so we’ll see how this changes. (Yes, that’s a disclaimer.) Right now, what I get is almonds, grass and pine needles. Not picking up a whole lot of tobacco on the nose.

Vapor:

Vapor is good. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Throat Hit:

Solid, but it takes a little longer than MOVs naturally extracted tobacco liquids to make its appearance. From a juice like Southern Gentleman or Apache, the TH drops the hammer just about instantly; with Smoky Mountain 555, it comes on a little more slowly, but it gets there.

Flavor:

Again, early days yet. Right now, what I get is that same thing that comes across as pine in the nose, but it’s not pine on the inhale; it’s more in line with that grassy, earthy flavor. There’s a spice I can’t identify by name; it’s not cinnamon, but I’m associating it with cinnamon, for some reason. Maybe nutmeg. The tobacco that’s missing on the nose at the moment does come through, but it’s very mellow, with the other flavors holding it in the background.

Overall:

While I wouldn’t compare this favorably to Halo’s Prime 15 right now, I sense great potential in this juice to surpass its competitor after 1-2 weeks of steeping. But even right now, it’s a very pleasant and satisfying vape, and I expect great things from it after it’s had its due shelf time.

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