I purchased my first bottle of WOW Waffle a little over a year ago and didn't touch it until fairly recently because I fell off the wagon and went back to analogs right after it arrived in the mail. I quit analogs on May 15 of this year and began vaping again that day, and after the very first vape of Waffle from a tank I was in love. It had an amazing buttery taste with just a little bit of maple flavor. I couldn't get enough, so I ordered two more 30ml bottles.
As soon as I opened my vapemail with the newer bottles in early June I noticed some big differences. The color of the juice is completely different; the first bottle of juice I purchased was a light brown color, and the newer juice is red; it also has a much thinner consistency. The newer juice smells similar to the older bottle (which I still have, even though there are only a few drips left in it) but it is extremely subtle, and tastes absolutely nothing like the first 30ml I bought. I can't even explain what it tastes like, as it's like nothing I've tasted before and it's not pleasant at all.
I'm not sure why, but it just isn't even close to the same. I tried steeping the bottles for a week with the caps off, shaking them every day vigorously, and didn't notice any change at all. I tried steeping in the same fashion for another week and again nothing changed. Now I'm not sure what to do because I can't stand the flavor. Is there a chance that leaving these new bottles in a cool dark location for a year will change the flavor to what it's supposed to taste like? It will be wonderful if I fill a tank from these new bottles a year from now and it tastes like it is meant to taste, but buying juice a year in advance just isn't practical. (And I miss my Waffle!!)
It's not an issue with my taste buds changing, because I went from the old juice to the new in the same day and noticed the drastic flavor difference immediately. I also tried a completely new tank with a new carto and it tastes just as bad.
For the record I'm using Diamond XL batteries with a 3.5ml tank and a 1.5ohm dual coil cartomizer (the same setup I used before with amazing results).
Really I'm just wondering if anyone who has been vaping Waffle for a while has noticed a difference in the juice. For reference, the new bottles have a printed production date of May 30, 2013.
Thanks in advance for any advice you all can lend.