I received my Copperhead from the contest. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised before even tasting the juice. The bubble envelope was the rip resistant kind that requires a pair of scissors to open. The bottles were in a baggie that had a tamper seal wrapped around it. Plus the seal had a more extensive warning about nicotine and included a warning for pregnant women. I found that to be very cool. That kind of responsibility can go a long way in helping our community. There was also a card with a nice little message and a bit about steeping the juice.
The icing on the cake? There was a handwritten note on the invoice congratulating me on my win. Plus they tossed in a tiny bottle of Absolute Apple for sampling. That was a shocker. I didn't buy my juice, they were giving it to me. Yet, they gave me a sample of another flavor to go with it. That is definitely above and beyond. I have a bottle of Jade Tiger somebody sent me. So, I was already interested in buying from M-E-L anyway. This pretty much sealed the deal.
The Copperhead had five days to steep in transit. So, I decided to try out half a cart worth. It is a winner. A musky tobacco with a slightly sweet honey note and the occasional appearance of a vanilla extract taste. It has some depth to it and doesn't taste like it relies on the usual "USA Blend" tobacco flavoring. It does taste like a synthetic, but it tastes almost like an oriental or latakia more than the usual cigarette blend simulation.
The big bonus is that the honey isn't rampaging through the flavor. It is a nice sideman, but it never tries to steal the show. If steeping helps move it along in a similar flavor fashion it will be my top synthetic tobacco so far. I can see myself definitely preferring it to Halo or Killer Juice at this point.
A touch of perique flavor in this would be nice. It might turn it a bit too hard core for those that enjoy it's mild manner though.