Halo Kringle’s Curse
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Where flavorings are concerned, the term “peppermint” can mean different things to different people. People accustomed to breath mints and candy canes think of peppermint as as strong flavor with plenty of cooling menthol, while mint tea lovers think of peppermint as more mild and herbal. With its over the top peppermint flavor and a healthy helping of menthol, Halo’s new Kringle’s Curse e-liquid falls into the first category.
Tasting Kringle’s Curse, my immediate reaction was that it had quite a bit of menthol — so much, in fact, that the powerful throat hit normally present in Halo’s 18 mg e-liquids was masked a bit. Once the coolness of the menthol began to fade, though, the slight ache in my lungs reminded me that I was vaping some powerful stuff. I did a quick A-B test against Volcano Menthol Burst to see if I had a new “super menthol” champion on my hands, but it turns out that Kringle’s Curse actually has significantly less menthol than Volcano’s offering. Volcano remains king of the super menthols for now.
Halo’s approach to a peppermint e-liquid is really quite nice. It’s definitely the strongest tasting of any peppermint e-liquid I’ve had to date, and I think that Halo may have utilized a bit of natural peppermint oil or extract in addition to the powerful artificial “candy cane” flavor. Although it isn’t a dead ringer for mint tea like Virgin Vapor’s Peppermint Chill, I really don’t think that’s what Halo was going for with Kringle’s Curse. It also lacks the horrible chemical flavor that I’ve tasted in some mint e-liquids.
Kringle’s Curse has a bit in common with CoolMist, another menthol/mint blend from Halo. However, while CoolMist is very sweet and mild, Kringle’s Curse is less sweet and more intense. I think it’s the better of the two.