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I'm not one that really likes tropical fruits. To me tropical fruit flavors are over the top in your face bold, and combined with a somewhat, for the most part, unpleasant texture it ends up being just too much for this landlubber. I was somewhat amazed that I embarked on this recipe given my relative dislike of this 'genre' of food. I received a bunch of flavors from Flavorah of which one was Pink Guava. The aroma of Pink Guava is so intriguing that I was driven to find a recipe for it. I proceeded to scour the Internet looking for Guava recipes. The result of my query ended on a Mango, Guava, and Strawberry smoothie recipe that also incorporated Bananas and Coconut Milk as a base.
Off I went trying to get this together, and the results are quite amazing IMHO. While you can SNV this recipe, after a three to five days steep the banana cream really starts to fill out as a base.
FLV Mango is just a great all around Mango flavor. It may not capture all of the true Mango essence, but for a smoothie it really does the job. FLV Pink Guava is such a unique and aromatic flavor. I did not want to wander into the Grapefruit territory so I kept it low in this recipe. I can't really taste Strawberry flavorings that well, so I chose FA Juicy Strawberry and FA Red Touch at a level that is providing a tart natural Strawberry back note behind the Mango and Guava - others may find a more pronounced Strawberry flavor in the mix - sorry about my Strawberry muted olfactories.
For the base I chose FLV Sweet Coconut for the Coconut Milk along with a little FLV Cream to bolster the fullness. For the Banana I had to go with VT Banana Custard. This is such a smooth natural Banana flavor. After the steep it provides a very nice natural Banana addition to the vape. I also added just a few drops of FLV Coconut which increases the depth and creaminess to the Coconut Milk base. I know it is somewhat expensive, but it is so good that you really need to have it in your arsenal. If you don't have it you can probably leave it out, but a very rich aspect will be lacking.
When I vape this the initial exhale is that full creamy Banana with a slight hint of Coconut, and then that wonderful Mango, Guava, Strawberry mix settles on the palate that lasts for quite some time. This is one of my favorite recipes. It it is very rich, and if I over do it my palate can get worn out due to the bold flavors involved. I will also add that nicotine will alter the vape of this recipe quite a bit. I find that running between 1.5 to 2 mg/ml of freebase nicotine is best. You might be able to push the level more with Nicotine salts.
For the most part this recipe is complete, but I reserve the right to maybe tweak the percentages a bit. I have vaped this in both a single coil RDA and an RTA (the RTA leans toward the creamy banana, and the RDA toward the Mango-Guava) with excellent results, try it and let me know what you think.
[Update] I've been waffling on the overall percentages of this recipe between two 'final' versions that I have. The first version of this recipe I posted is quite strong, and is possibly too much flavorings if used in an RDA. I thought it would tame down in the steep, but it did not. The second version I have of this recipe reduces most of the flavor percentages down by 25%, and I find it a lot smoother in an RDA without sacrificing too much flavor. I reduced the FLV Mango, VT Banana Custard, and the FA Strawberries from 2% to 1.5%, the FLV Sweat Coconut from 1.5% to 1.25%, and finally the FLV Cream from 1% to 0.75%. I left the FLV Pink Guava, FLV Coconut, and Sweetener as they were.
Photo by Alan Chen on Unsplash (Vignette added by me)
A much BETTER version of my $100 Strawberry Custard
FA Premium Custard is the most realistic custard on the market, hands down. Where CAP VC is oftentimes too eggy and weird tasting(though I enjoy the HELL out of it), FA's version is perfection. TFA Ethyl Maltol is used here because frankly, EM does a better job at not only sweetening custards, but also performs double duty by thickening custards.
Recommended steep: 7 days(but good fresh)
Recommended VG: 80%
Please don't use this recipe for commercial gain
Strawberry Milk (sure, it's a S&C, not very original but sometimes I enjoy going back to this old school profile)
*** EDIT *** For the folks who prefer CAP Sweet Strawberry, you can sub it in place of the FA Juicy Strawberry at same percentage for a brighter top note.
TPA Strawberry Ripe: the top note strawberry flavoring (new version).
FA Red Touch Strawberry / FA Juicy Strawberry: the Red Touch adds a slight jamminess while the Juicy Strawberry adds a bit more brightness to the top note strawberry - best used in small percentages in creams.
FA Cream Fresh / FLV Cream: this combo in equal parts is perfect for milk. The Cream Fresh provides the dairy notes and the FLV cream helps create a thicker body.
CAP Vanilla Whipped Cream: adds a light fluff and vanilla to the dairy body without compromising overall vape density.
FA Meringue: more dairy, sweetness and creaminess in a S&C... is it a bad thing?
FLV Sweetness: obviously optional but I find it best used low in this mix.
Steep & Enjoy.
I cant tell a lie. I am not very good at explaining myself or how flavors do or dont work together. So I will tell a story instead.
I told a more experienced mixer what I wanted to create. So she shot me a recipe. A pretty dam good one I might add. The first version was a little to strong for me but i like it enough to try and make it suitable for me. I tryed many versions and this one came out just right for me. Thank You!!!
A simple 3 flavor recipe that I enjoy in MTL tanks. Basically a strong licorice vape with a candy like strawberry undertone wafting through. I get the strawberry flavors on the initial exhale with the licorice filling in at the end of the vape and lingering on.
I tested several Licorice flavors before selecting TFA Absinthe. FlavorArt Black Touch was too light in flavor and when you increased the percentage it went floral. FlavorArt Anise had a nice Licorice flavor but too creamy and did not increase in flavor linearly. Jungle Flavors Aniseed also had a good Licorice note, but when increased I got hints of Play-Doh which was too distracting. Flavor West Black Licorice was very good, but too soft for what I was looking for. TFA Absinthe really hit the mark with a strong Licorice forward flavor. Flavor West Black Licorice would probably be a good substitute if you are looking for a softer Licorice note.
The Strawberry blend was my attempt at getting a candy like strawberry with a tad bit of realism added to it. I know TFA Strawberry is a polarizing flavor, but adding the FA Red Touch tended to round it out a bit, and I find it pretty enjoyable.
I usually vape this in either the Vandy Vape Berserker or Berserker Mini MTL tanks at a 12 mg Nic level for a nice experience. This might work in pod systems, but I don't have any to try it out with.
[update 2/9/2019] I was perusing through ELR and noticed a very similar recipe to this one called Absinthe Strawberry by thedescolada. It is 4% TFA Absinthe and 7% TFA Strawberry. I did not even know it existed when I formulate this recipe. I'm not sure I would have liked Absinthe Strawberry as I think there is just too much TFA Strawberry, but as always YMMV. Might have saved me some time and money testing Licorice flavors if I would have found it beforehand though LOL.