If you are going to steal a recipe, I highly suggest you steal from your own group of friends. This was a recipe adapted from the Blueberry Champagne created by Developed, which was adapted from the unreleased recipe for Clericó by Developed. Not much to say for this mix. I decided to see how the the champagne layer we created would work with other fruits... I must have had Dave on my mind so I went with FLV Mango. Then I wanted to try it with FLV Pink Guava, but since I love them together I just mixed them up in the same batch. I'm a huge fan of Pink Guava and it adds a lot to the champagne layer without being noticeable. So here you go, play around and mix other fruits with it.
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Sweet black tea and coconut cream
While not the most ambitious profile to go tackle, this was one of my first public recipes posted and pulled from ATF. I felt the need to go back to it just to see how I would approach it now and I have to say with the help of newer flavors.
As much as I am not a fan of FLV Sweet Coconut, I do really love FA Coconut and how well they both blend into creams. When I think of recipes with creamy coconut in them I think of Leche de Coco by hashslingingslashur, so I went with them at the same ratio but turned down a bit. Although weak, TFA Sweet Tea is still my favorite for straight up black tea. I have been messing around with this combination with VT Sugar Cane for a few mixes and haven't been disappointed yet. VT Sugar Cane makes it a little darker, sweeter and even a little more earthy. After testing a lot of cream layers I decided to go with CAP NY Cheesecake and FA Bavarian Cream. Working with Folkart and Alfred on multiple recipes, there is no denying those fuckers are straight up, unapologetically crema bavarese crazy, and for good reason. I used NY Cheesecake to fill out some of the missing texture and weigh it down a little more, but I didn't expect it to add as much to the coconut layer like it does. I wish I had more to say about why that flavor works in here but somehow it does.
.25% CAP SS if needed... probably needed.
Honey Custard Tobacco
INW Gold for Pipe has a bit of metallic note that requires a bit of bending but the flavor itself is an incredible honey pipe tobacco that I've wanted to use for a while now. VT Golden Syrup brings that honey note found in Gold For Pipe forward, fills it out, and adds richness that was needed to blend both the honey and custard layer. OOO Creme Brulee is very toasted and creamy but lacked the true custard note which is where TFA Vanilla Custard comes in. I have struggled to find a custard that works well with tobaccos and overlooked TFA Vanilla Custard many times, but I find this to be my favorite custard in general for it's flexibility. FLV Fucking Native.. enough said. Anyone should know by now my love for FLV Native is beyond belief. It's an amazing dry tobacco that I've found hard not to put in any tobacco. If you don't have it, grab it, I love it. I really do love this mix with .6% FLV Virginia to add that light, spicy, golden tobacco flavor that really does fit with the honey profile... BUT with the help of Alfred Pudding going against my better judgement I went with FLV Kenutcky Blend at the same percentage because it adds that bold tobacco that provides a great balance of tobacco and custard.
This is the version I chose to release, if you like more custard than tobacco just bump the custard up to 1.5-2%. If you get pepper from TFA VC sub with FA Premium.
This recipe was no doubt inspired by Cardinal. It started of by me wanting to make a tobacco with similar notes without using Holy Holy RY4. The true holiness of this recipe is how amazing FLV Native is. This recipe is pretty flexible as long as you keep FLV Native and Red Burley at those percentages.
SUBS AND ADDITIONS:
Sub JF RY4 double with TFA at 4%
Optional .5% CAP Cappuccino
Optional .5% FLV Conn Shade
Optional whatever the fuck else you wanna have in an RY4.
Artwork by @alfredpudding
A dry, robust tobacco with hints of dried fruit, spices, and cocoa.
Connecticut Shade, Red Burley and Native work together to make a bold tobacco. Connecticut Shade is a leafy, dry tobacco wrapper that has some coffee and cocoa notes on the exhale but used to give a true cigar wrapper feel. Red Burley and Native are the tobaccos that fill that cigar. Red Burley brings depth to this tobacco layer, darkening it up and providing some nuttiness and cocoa. In my tobaccos I usually will use Cured, Native, or Kentucky depending on how much I need to dry it out. Native is the nice middle ground to dry it out and add some spiciness.
AM4A is a very nice tobacco that only gets more complex as it steeps. On it's own it is a spiced, woody aromatic tobacco with some dark dried fruits. I personally pick out some raisin, figs, and mostly dates in the background. I choose to use this flavor because it can be very different for most people and changes in many situations.
Milk & Honey is here to bring forward some of the richness of the tobaccos as well as smooth it out. .5% is a good place to start and if it is too dry than you can take it up as far as 1%.
This is great after 1 day, and then at 2 weeks it's even better. But if you leave it for 1 month you really get something special from the AM4A.
Floral, citrus, fruity. These are the notes you can find in many IPAs. This is a mix I created to pair, and enjoy with my favorite IPAs.
In culinary, pairing isn't to create exact profiles. Instead it's to focus on complementing each element to bring something else out. I didn't want a juice that taste like a bitter pine tree. I wanted something to bring contrast, and depth.
Honeysuckle- sweet and floral
Dragonfruit- lays into the citrus
Pear- fruity and juicy
Lemon Sicily & Juicy Lemon- tart and refreshing
Cactus & Sweet Tangerine- cuts through the hops. Forward, sharp, strong and bright