A Riot of Flavours or Just a Demonstration of Good Marketing?

As the number of e-liquids on the market grows companies are looking for an edge and an angle to tempt us discerning vapers into buying their wares.

The Riot Squad range has ‘anarchy’ and ‘rap’ as its marketing message hoping to appeal I guess to the younger generation.

After seeing the Riot Squad ‘crew’ perform live at the recent Vaper Expo I have henceforth been known to my ‘homies’ as Gangsta Grandad.

So to receive a ‘swag-bag’ from the ‘guys’ filled with not only 8 mouth-watering sounding e-liquids – but also a couple of Riot Squad official t-shirts – beanies – badge – a sticker AND a bandana – this old wrapper [is that how you spell it?] was delighted.Riot Squad E Liquid Review

Sadly I cannot carry off the beanie hat looking more like Benny from Crossroads [younger folk Google it] than a cool dude and the t-shirts came in small and large.

Given I’m 6ft1 and touching 18 stone [ok 19] – sadly they don’t fit.

However the bandana looks great on my best mate Ruby the black lab – and now no-one messes with this Gangsta Labrador on our regular walks ☺

Anyway enough of me getting down with kids and ruining what little [if any] street cred I have in my ‘hood and let’s get to the important bit.

Do I predict the Riot Squad e-liquid collective will be massive?

Let’s do the all-important taste test.

All e-liquids were 3mg 70/30 PG/VG. All e-liquids are UK made and Diacetyl free, so big thumbs up on that point.

Flavours were tested on fresh Aspire Cleito and Aspire Atlantis Evo coil heads. Both tanks of which are very familiar to me.

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Grapple and Slapcurrant

They say:

riot squad grapple and slapcurrant

Slamming flavours of pummelled apple and whacking blackcurrant. Expect a bash from this one!

I say:

The first Riot Squad juice and definitely the best of the bunch for me – a fruity e-liquid blend that was just sweet enough and a very nice all day vape.

If fruity flavours are your thing this is definitely one for the short list.

Strawberry Scream

They say:

riot squad stawberry screamA sweet outrage that will wreak havoc on your taste buds, like no other creamy strawberry candy has ever done…

I say:

Think summer fresh strawberries floating in a puddle of ice cold fresh cream and you’ll get an idea – however the only screaming I did was ‘where’s the strawberry’.

This particular juice was far too sweet for me and I was left wanting more of the strawberry flavour to rear it’s head.

Pink Grenade

They say:

riot-squad-pink-grenadePowerful explosive flavours of lemon with a hint of luscious violent strawberry to shatter your senses…

I say:

I’m getting a kind of sweet lemon cordial flavour on the inhale for sure but the ‘violent’ strawberry is more ‘slightly annoyed strawberry’ in that I can just about taste it but I want more.

 

Tropical Fury

They say:

riot squad tropical furyThe powerful flavours of the tropics unleashed on your taste buds.

A powerful mix of bashed tropical fruit combined to deliver a tangy, intense vape with sparkly, warm after taste, an exotic blast of flavours…

I say:

I adore fruit flavoured e-liquids, however, with Tropical Fury my taste buds tried hard to differentiate between the flavours becoming confused and a touch furious.

Grapefruit seemed to be the only flavour I was picking up.

If, however, you like tangy grapefruit this is one for you.

Cola Cooler

They say:

riot squad mock cola coolerLet cola chaos reign. A virtuous cola gone mad, with a sweet underlying flavour and a pow of menthol…

I say:

It has to be said, I dislike menthol e-liquid. And since reading that colas can have an adverse effect on a man’s nether regions I’ve gone off cola too.

Sadly this e-liquid tasted too much like a sickly over sweet peppermint cordial to me.

Menthol Molotov

They say:

riot squad fruity mentholA tropical fruit menthol attack to sabotage your senses and vandalise your taste buds…Just light the rag!

I say:

Back to menthol and I have to say my taste buds certainly were vandalized to the extent I thought I was tasting far too sweet mouthwash.

Not for me. Again, I’m not a menthol fan so keep that in mind.

If you are a menthol e-liquid lover though you may well enjoy this one.

Smashed Apple Pie

They say:

riot squad smashed apple pieAn apple pie gone rogue. Deliciously delinquent flavours of busted butter crust, hot apple and a hint of wicked vanilla…

I say:

Not sure what a rogue apple pie should taste of but this is a very sweet dessert e-liquid.

I’m getting a smidgen of tangy apple and the merest hint of buttery pastry but the whole thing gets lost with a far too large dollop of vanilla.

Sub Lime

They say:

Subversive flavours of sweet acidic lime and lemon that will mess up your senses and leave you with a sour after taste…

I say:

This juice just didn’t do it for me at all. The flavour came across more like an undiluted lime cordial.

Final Verdict

I was looking forward to trying the Riot Squad juice line. Yeah… The Vape Expo showing was definitely over the top but was all a bit of fun.

I was hoping the juices would shine through all the hype though.

For me, it just seemed to be a case of ‘over branding’ an e-liquid and not getting the all-important taste spot on.

It’s as if the flavourings have decided to rebel and join together in a confused riot, which in turn does indeed cause a form of anarchy on your taste buds but not in a good way.

One redeeming feature is the vapor production which was exceptional.

Remember, e-liquid reviews are subjective so maybe the Riot Squad e-liquid collective might be exactly what you’re looking to vape whilst being ‘kettled’ on your next demo.

But sadly the only ‘kettling’ I partake in these days is when making a nice cup of tea.

I urge you to check out other Riot Squad e liquid reviews on Youtube and around the web to get other vapers views. This is just one mans personal experience.

If you have tried Riot Squad E Liquid we would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Grapple and Slapcurrant
Strawberry Scream
Tropical Fury
Cola Cooler
Menthol Molotov
Smashed Apple Pie
Sub Lime
Clouds
Neil H
I began vaping over 7 years ago and found it easy to give up a 40 per day roll-up habit! DTL: Lost Vape DNA75C BF - Dead Rabbit SQ - MTL: JacVapour Sandstorm DNA 75 + Savour RTA...Beater set-up Lost Vape DNA 250c and Reload RTA I'm a former journalist and now a sort of writer and author.. I'm an Army veteran - adore dogs and never happier than with a good book on a beach.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Not the first time I’ve been called tasteless and doubt it will be the last 🙂
    The flavours simply didn’t do it for me – glad they work for you.
    As to ‘flavour profiles’ it would be a very boring world if we were all pigeon holed – but if Jonny decides that’s a ‘thing’ then I’d go along with it 🙂
    Cheers!

  2. Thanks Johnny, I think I’m becoming a bit of a vape snob!

    Seriously haven’t found anything like it yet, I also attended one of the vape nights hosted by riot squad and had a chance to try their new flavour! I have no idea whether I guessed correctly but I know I can’t wait to vape it soon!

    I fell in love with grapple and slapcurrant initially and begged my local store to get them in! Now they have them and none of us have ever looked back!

    That’s a good shout maybe it would make sense to have reviewers flavour preferences on their profile and then get people with different prefrences to review it. That way I could match my preference to the reviewers and get a good idea of what il enjoy too?

    Thanks for the reply guys!

    Stay loyal to the coils!!

  3. I think you should have someone who can appreciate good flavours doing the review. I’m personally not the biggest fan of dessert flavours but I can apprectiate when it’s been done well by an e liquid company like the smashed apple pie!

    Literally tastes better than the food, the way the flavour builds and progresses is awesome sugary apples followed by pie crust then comes the vanilla cream and finally a touch of cinnamon!

    I don’t know how these guys did that but it blew my mind it’s like the flavour has a delivery method!! The riot squad range for me has been awesome, I’ve used nearly every one just the strawberry scream left.

    I found the menthols were underlying and actually helped to bring forward many of the flavour profile that you might not notice if it hadn’t had the menthol.

    Cola cooler is the most unique flavour I have tried to date, not one to be missed.

    All in all the range has incredibly clean juice whether you run a tank or a rda, it’s not too sweet or sickly and is really moreish if you get the chance try them and be a part of the riot! I’m so excited to see what these guys do next!

    • Hey Jay, thanks for stopping by.

      I hear what you are saying but Neil has tried A LOT of juice flavours from many different brands over the past 5/6 years. He can also appreciate flavours even when they are not to his personal tastes. But as it always is with e-juice it’s a Marmite thing. He only told it how HE found it at the time. Doesn’t mean he is right or indeed wrong.

      But this is the reason we have comment system, so you guys can also leave your view on things. Looks like you got on very well with the Riot Squad flavours which is great.

      We appreciate you letting people know how you got on with the range!

  4. I brought a bottle of tropical fury from riot squad and am using a cloud beast I am getting a strong taste of grape fruit and some small othere flavors but that dose not bother me much as I love the flaver I will give you nine out of ten and can not wait to taste the other flavers

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