Disclaimer: This E-liquid was provided to me free of charge for the purpose of conducting a review. This fact notwithstanding, I will, as best I'm able, provide an honest, accurate and unbiased assessment of this product. Pertinent portions of this review are quoted from my review of Shoreline Vapes' Boardwalk. http://vapour-taster.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/boardwalk-by-shoreline-vapes.html Quoted passages are in italics.
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The Vape Goddess website describes Catalina as "a tropical infusion of fruits". http://www.vapegoddess.net/catalina/
Shoreline Vapes was founded by Orange County resident, Will Giddings, who worked with Kevin Drake and Meg Strouse at Drake's Vapes and Vape Goddess before launching his own label.
Shoreline Vapes currently offer a range of four juices. These are: Boardwalk ("A nostalgic fruity cotton candy blend"), Big Sur ("A fresh and enticing play on Strawberry Banana Yogurt Parfait"), Rincon ("A decadent swirl of homemade baked chocolate chip cookies and mint") and Catalina. Each liquid is available in a 30ml bottle with nicotine contents of 0, 6, 12, 18 and 24mg at US$15.00 per bottle. All liquids are mixed with a PG/VG ratio of 50/50.
The Shoreline Vapes range is available from Vape Goddess http://www.vapegoddess.net You might also find Shoreline Vapes at a Brick and Mortar store near you.
The bottle is a clear glass cylinder with a tapering neck towards the black plastic, non-childproof, screw-top cap. The label features a screen print (vector) style graphic and includes the following information: the brand/company name, the name of the juice, a two word description of the juice ("Tropical Infusion"), nicotine strength in mg, an ingredients list, a warning to keep away from children and pets and an advisory notice specifying "no sale to minors".
The liquid is a Pumpkin Orange. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shades_of_orange#Pumpkin The aroma issuing from the opened bottle is a saturated tropical fruitiness. It's remarkably like the fragrance associated with a cordial, candy or syrup but because it's devoid of any hint of artificiality it's highly suggestive of actual fruit. Subsequent whiffs suggest the rich acidity of oranges and mango with subtle traces of pineapple and kiwi fruit.
I've been vaping Catalina in an Igo-L atop my Provari running on an 18650 battery. I've built a single micro-coil with seven wraps of 28AWG (0.32mm) Kanthal wire around a sterilised cotton wick which reads 1.4ohms on the Provari. I've set voltage output to 3.8.
Firing the device and drawing the vapour into my mouth results in an immediate sensation of fine grained tingling or fizziness on the tip and forward edge of my tongue. Accompanying this is the awareness of a moderately intense, broadly sensed fruity flavour which tends toward the Rutaceae (Citrus) family. When I finish drawing vapour into my mouth, I chase it into my lungs with a breath of air. As I do this, the flavour unfurls and is revealed as a combination of Orange (or tangerine) and Mango with a whisper of Pineapple and perhaps, a trace of Kiwi Fruit. There's a slightly creamy quality to the vape which, within the context of these particular fruits, is suggestive of coconut. If there is coconut in the mix then it's a very small amount and beyond the merest suggestion of flavour lends the aforementioned creaminess to the quality of the vapour as it's experienced in the mouth. When I exhale, Orange/Tangerine nudges forward into consciousness as the primary flavour until it fades with a pleasant acidic tang during the aftertaste.
Throat hit is substantial at 18mg and vapour production is suitably impressive, especially on a new wick or when the wick has almost given up the last of its liquid.
Catalina is a successful blend of mango and orange/tangerine with hints of complimentary fruit flavours rendering it a refreshing mouthful of vapour. Apart from the flavours which are, in themselves, balanced nicely, the addition of sweetness and acidity is perfectly adjudged and contribute beautifully to what is a delicious vape.