I used to be addicted to this stuff before I started DIY. Took me a while to track down the cigar / tobacco element they use in the original. Finally got my hands on SC Cohiba and had a revelatory moment. Still not 100% sure if it's as simple as this, but if they're using anything else, I'd bet my house it's another SC tobacco. (They are not, let me repeat, they ARE NOT using any FA or Inawera or TFA tobaccos with variations of the word Cuban in their names. I found this out the hard way by testing out these abominations. Take my word for it and save your money.)
That said, this really hits all the main notes in the original. It's a simple but satisfying profile that keeps me interested for weeks on end.
If you want to replicate the Silver version, adding 0.25-0.35% FA Honey to this mix will get you very close. (I think they're using SC Black Mile or another SC tobacco alongside Cohiba for added spice in the Silver, but I'm not 100% sure on that, which is why I've not yet released my official remix.)
This works off the shake, but obviously benefits from a 7-14 day steep, and gets better from there, as CAP VC matures.
Adapted directly from this wonderful recipe by orangetree.
I love the original, but cannot stomach FW Butter Pecan, for some reason unbeknownst to me. So I made a few changes, and paired things back a little.
Profile: A delicious dessert from Austria. Vanilla bean ice cream dumpling with apricot filling, rolled in grated, roasted and slightly caramelised hazelnuts.
Inspired by Lilt. I came up with this last autumn, when I wanted summer back in my life, but it’s taken a fair few iterations to get it balanced.
The Aurora is here to add a little carbonated zing to the profile. You could alternatively sub in FW Pink Champagne around 1% for a similar effect, but I like the brightness that Aurora brings here.
Everything else should be self-explanatory. The pineapples offer the main base, playing off the tart grapefruit from Inawera.
It’s good off the shake, but I recommend giving it 4 days for everything to settle together.
Profile is fresh buttery pancakes with maple syrup, whipped cream & fresh strawberries.
Cake batter, Vanilla Cupcake & Waffle (Belgian) make up our pancake base here. Waffle brings our maple syrup and Vanilla cupcake adds some light fluffiness to the base.
Golden Butter butters things up and Whipped Cream emulsifies and adds some extra airiness to the vape, creating some nice breathing space for Sweet Strawberry to punch through.
I prefer this with a little extra sweetener, but do whatever works for you.
Pancakes with lemon juice and sugar. Just like I used to have them when I was a kid.
NCM's cake batter base from Batter Up works wonders for the pancakes here. INW Biscuit is here to add a little crispness to the edges, and INW Waffle is used very sparingly (0.1% of a 10% dilution) to add just a subtle hint of fried dough.
Dark tobacco with licorice
Little more needs to be said. I came up with this a few years ago, but have since modified it to fit more recent tastes.
This is amazing after a 30 day steep. It's good straight away, but really improves with time.
I used to smoke Gauloises tobacco rolled in licorice papers, and since I started vaping, I've been wanting to replicate this for the days I'm really craving my old habit. This is the closest I've come.
Image by Brian McSwain from The Florida Heartland