Offcial flavor Note
Five Pawns is fairly new vendor to the boutique/gourmet e-liquid marketplace, yet they have already made a point of placing themselves in the super premium niche, a difficult position for any vendor, let alone one who has only been around a short time in an already crowded field.
While I’ve sampled a few of their juices already, I was not in a particular hurry to get to the bottle of Absolute Pin. I knew it had a black licorice/anise note to it and had assumed it was just another vendor taking a stab at capturing some of the immense success enjoyed by Mad Murdock and his legendary Pluid. Nevertheless, the bottle came up and it was time, so with a freshly charged battery in the ProVari and a brand new atomizer in hand, I sat down to begin spending some quality time with Absolute Pin.
I was immediately taken aback at the flavors coming from the juice, not at all what I had been anticipating. While there is a decent hit of anise/absinthe, particularly on the back end and finish, there is quite a bit more going on here as well, and none of it bears even a passing resemblance to the glowing green juice with the cult-like status. The vape opens with the sweet taste of caramel and cinnamon lending the profile an immediate rich, baked flavor, not dissimilar to apple pie, minus the apples of course.
The exhale brings with it mild hints of Irish Cream (a complex flavor profile unto itself), and almost immediately, the caramel begins to take on a deeper, molasses-like tone which combines with the next flavor, the previously mentioned anise, to create the flavor of a very authentic high quality black licorice that completes the exhale and remains a strong player in the finish.
Mind you, none of these flavors are particularly potent on their own, but they meld together, layered one on top of the other, to create an extraordinarily clean, and oddly refreshing vape. While this is probably one of the more unconventional liquids I’ve reviewed, particularly when viewing the flavor components on paper, the vape is richly satisfying with all of the individual elements nicely clicking into place to provide a deep, intense profile offset by the overall clean, lively nature of the liquid.
The sweet spot on this juice is fairly wide, tasting good at almost any wattage along the normal vaping spectrum, but I preferred it a bit over 9.5w or 4.9v on a 2.5Ω atomizer which provides a graceful blending of flavors, a smooth mild throat hit, and plentiful clouds. As one would expect, a juice of this quality has no issues standing up to the more extreme wattage of a mechanical mod with rebuildable dripper. I ran this one thru a Bagga mod (by Wu-Tang) topped with an IGO-W (dual 1/16” intakes) set-up with dual twisted 28ga Kanthal coils (.6Ω) on 2mm Ekowool. Flavor, throat hit, and vapor production all reap considerable gains from the increased wattage and this juice becomes even more impressive.