Ares has sent a reformulated version of their menthol additive, and I have spent the past several days trying it. I have found the new version to be noticeably stronger, although I still had to add significantly more additive to an e-liquid than recommended on the bottle for the desired effect.
Although I still can’t get the additive to produce enough the level of menthol that I like, it is a definite improvement, and I have raised the score on this review to reflect that.
Not too long ago, I had the misfortune of buying a large bottle Volcano Menthol Burst e-liquid that for some reason didn’t have any menthol in it. Although I could have simply returned it for another bottle, I held on to it because I discovered Ares Menthol Additive and had been waiting for an excuse to try it.
This tiny 3 ml bottle contains a menthol extract supposedly so high that you only need to add 1-2 drops per 10 ml of e-liquid to give it a menthol boost. Therefore, the bottle should last quite a while.
My mistake bottle of e-liquid gave me the perfect opportunity to test this menthol additive. I know exactly what Menthol Burst e-liquid should taste like because it is the one that I am currently using every day.
I decided to use the additive on the mistake bottle and compare it, using two different Inferno e-cigs (Review), with a good bottle. I concluded that if I could make the two bottles taste the same, then Ares menthol additive would be a perfect success.
The additive itself contains no nicotine, but adding just a few drops to a bottle of e-liquid should not dilute the nicotine concentration so much that you notice a difference.
Ares warns that the additive is so strong, you should never attempt to vape it straight. So, I added six drops to my 30 ml Menthol Burst bottle, shook it up and gave it a try. The result: I could taste menthol. Not as much as I would have liked, but it was there.
I decided to give the e-liquid and additive bottles some time to step before trying them again and picked them up about two weeks later. I didn’t notice a change, so I added another six drops to the bottle and tried it again. It was better! Now I could detect a fair amount of menthol, and I thought that impact on the flavor of the e-liquid was minimal.
So that’s the good news. If you want to convert a bottle of e-liquid to a menthol version of that flavor without changing it too considerably, Ares Menthol Additive does that.
Unfortunately, I also have some bad news. I am a bit of a menthol nut, which is why I love Volcanos Menthol Burst e-liquid so much. Out of all the e-liquids that claim to provide an intense menthol experience, Menthol Burst is the only one I’ve found that does it.
So, I kept using more and more of the menthol additive and found that there seems to be a limit to the perceptible menthol feeling that it can add to an e-liquid. I used 36 drops in all, and there doesn’t appear to be a difference in the flavor compared to the 12 drops that I initially added.
Although the additive worked, it didn’t work quite as well as I would have hoped because I wasn’t able to get the menthol level any higher.
So, Ares Menthol Additive is recommended with reservations. It will give an e-liquid a decent touch of menthol, but it won’t give it anything extreme.