No, this ejuice doesn't taste like cough syrup....We add a drop of lemon oil to make the flavor pop. Not many people have reviewed this eliquid, please feel free to do so. Cherry eliquid is really a beginner flavor for those who are unwilling to venture out of their comfort zone and try some other eliquid we carry. But if you are feeling adventurous, try adding a flavor to this and experiment a bit. Let us know what you think.