Yeah that V2 was before they started putting scratch codes on them. I thought the same when I got it, but found plenty of people who had the same result from V2. The checks on the artwork (colors/fonts) of the baggie or asking at the shop I got it from didn't lean toward clone product either. The only thing I've used that came close to that V2 was the beige-ish muji pads on here, and even those let go of the nasty break in taste faster. For what it's worth, some people can't taste it... I'm not one of those people.