The theme for mixer's club was Duets. I decided to take my love for Cardinal and try to see if I could get more tobacco out of it. My problem with Cardinal was always that it was just never enough tobacco flavor. So I decided to try it with Brigade 2506 by @ChemicalBurnVictim as like a peanut butter and jelly tobacco blend.
The results were strange. I first just lifted the holy holy grail ry4 and mixed it with BFP and TA CC. That wasn't working so I added back in everything on both recipes until I had a straight mash up of the two. For one tester, I just threw in some Am4a on a whim at 1%. for some reason that mix worked better than the others. The two recipes needed a bridge to pull them together and I'm guessing that the slightly creamy Am4a was able to bridge that gap between the caramelly HHG and the darker brigade flavorings.
Based on feedback from @ID10-T, I experimented with the levels of Am4a to get it right. I sent him some samples to try with Am4a at 0/0.3/0.5/0.7/0.9% His feedback being that the Am4a stood out too prominently at 1.0 and I was inclined to agree. Testing at various levels we both agreed that 0.5/0.7 were indistinguishable.
So, here it is at the 11th hour as Holy Holy Grail Ry4 v1 fades into diy history... Sacrilege (Amped brigade 2506)
- I do like the 0.9 version as well. It leans more to that creamy bacco side than a mash-up and you can try that out too if you like more bacco and dont mind the distraction.
- just want to take a moment to thank the Mixer's club for encouragement and feedback and to ID10-T for helping me to get the levels perfect and trying out some samples to nail it down.
This is a great upgrade from its predecessor. Cool Menthol with TPA Western leaves an almost bitter aftertaste. It'll work for a couple of dollars, but for a couple more you can get some better flavors and still get that leathery note with a fuller more pleasant experience.
I upgraded the mint to INW Natural Mint stolen from Arctic Queen by @Fear. Added Cured to mitigate some of the Western off notes and add that body it does so well. It fills out the middle nicely. Added that 1% Native as per @MaxSavage and you have a solid 123 tobacco base that has the leather from western in the right place and a softer mint with enough body and flavor.
Slightly reminds me of a Nat Sherman hint of mint with that sweet coming from the mint rather than the tobacco. but dont quote me on that!
Most people get into tobaccos for the first time through ry4's. Wanting to make that leap forward into heavier tobaccos and have an easy way to move forward? Vanilla for pipe is a woody vanillaish light pipe flavor. By itself, it needs a little help to make the Ry4 profile. A little more caramel comes with FA Caramel which most people have in their collection of flavors. Boosting the vanilla notes is INW Vanilla Shisha. This is meant as a starting point for variations.
FA Caramel is a strong solid sweet caramel. Going lighter with it, you'll get maybe some RY3 ish ness. Swapping it out with some other caramels can produce a variety of results. None taste as solidly delightful to me as FA caramel which can hold up solidly when this is built off of with additional flavors.
INW Vanilla Shisha is also my preferred vanilla here. I tried Holy Holy sometimes at 1+% but i feel it gets lost in the mix when other things are added so I stopped trying. Also it's been reformulated, so there's that.
Vanilla for Pipe - I use this here anywhere between 1-2% depending on whether I add other notes or not. If I am to use the mix for a ry4 prominent profile, I will probably go VFP 1.5 and boost the dark tobaccos with Black or Dark for Pipe 0.5% to balance out lighter notes added to it, deepen the the tobacco notes, add complexity. FLV Red Burley added low can add some tobacco body and nutty notes while not making it a tobacco prominent mix and only increases in the bacco feel as you take it higher. FLV native is another additive to boost the tobacco notes here with success.
Vapeable off the shake but thin, weak, and doesn't get fleshed out until starting at Day 10. Day 14 is the minimum for me before I think it has started to mature. Full potential at 1 month especially if you've added complex flavors.
Please comment any tips, mods, subs, or suggestions.
An attempt at a ginger rum lime drink built around TPA Ginger Ale. Not the best way to go since ginger ale has a heavy vanilla cream going on that is not hidden at this high a percentage. It's good, but a cleaner ginger drink built around FLV Ginger is probably in the future... until then, here is a solid balanced drink that gives you an excuse to use your Gingers
Stixx mixx tobaccos are (to me) lovely yet soft and delicate in flavor. They somehow manage to defy description as well. The flavors are smooth at even higher percentages and whenever I complain about the 'lack of flavor' and switch to other brands, I am always struck by how heavy handed they seem to me. If you are considering trying a NET, I like this mix.
Honduran Liguero from SM: "a great, smooth shag flavor. Lighly sweet, and very very smooth. Excellent standalone, or with dark berries"
So I decided to try it with FLV Acai. It blends in nicely. The strange funkiness of Acai doesn't show through here but the slight berry with chocolate notes blends in perfectly. The softness of the NET leaves room for the chocolatey hints to be forward enough without making it seem like a dessert tobacco and the berry aspect gets fuller from the natural sweetness of the tobacco. ADV for me. Nothing legendary, but a solid mix for me. If you are looking for ideas, I hope this helps.
This has been in the rotation since I started mixing. It is my go to for a leathery menthol quickie. It's dirty and tough and can be improved greatly by using 'better' flavors, i'm certain. However this is the intro to mixing version that I enjoy even today with better flavors abounding. If you want a more rounded out base, add some body. Lately, I've been adding HS magic mix with some success. DNB for ash. I can vape this just fine.
Edit 7/9/19: lowered the cool menthol to 0.5 to avoid some bitterness. not the best menthol here. maybe even sub for arctic winter or whatever works for you. I must have had like no taste at all when I came off the smokes. This is what i could taste. It's very aggressive at 1.
My take on an Arnold Palmer updated with a smoother mix and less angst. While originally created as a concept mix, I did actually enjoy it. This is an updated version largely improved and yet different from original in many profound ways. It is a reimagining of life after being focused on problems, this here is the solution.
INW Plum/FA BC - Not very many recipes use Plum, but I loved its dryness, yet it was just a hair short of full. Plum to me is a bit thin at 1 and at 2 it's at it's limit. I wanted to give it a deeper fruity vibe and sweeten it up so I went with FA Black Cherry, and a touch of FW Sweetener.
FA Black Tea/VT Lemonade Clear/VT Sour lemon - This combo was used to create a lighter tea feel and a less sweet lemonade base to fit the dryness of the fruit. FA BT can probably be bumped up a bit if you want more tea out of it or maybe add a support with something less intense/more forgiving.
FLV Yakima Hops/Pink Guava/INW Cactus - This adds some very slight funk to the whole mix that at these low levels adds just a hint of tropical funk and wetness. It folds under the rest quite nicely to me.
FA Polar blast - I also mix this with Polar Blast at 0.4%,
My entry for mixer's club from the reddit diy ejuice for dec '18. I was surprised by the reception that was positive. This is still a work in progress because I feel like there's still some places I'd like to take this especially based on the feedback I got.
FA Gin & Blackcurrant. This started right out of the box with a pairing of FA Gin and Black Currant. If you want a simple berry cocktail, I'd try FA gin at 2% with Black currant at 1%. I enjoyed this for some time because I felt the citrus notes gave me a grapefruit-y feel and I decided to pursue that in adding the next layers. To me, this has been my base start for all my gin drinks. FA Gin is described as juniper heavy and booze light. I love it. i bumped it up to 3% here because at 2% with the other flavors it just wasn't shining through enough. In simpler mixes, I always keep it at 2%.
CAP Mixed berry & TPA DragonFruit - This was added to give a nondescript boost to the berry flavor in the profile and add a touch of sweetness. DF was added because the whole thing got too dry. You could probably swap the MB with different fruits for a change and DF out with whatever you prefer to use to add juiciness. I went with tried and true and it worked fine enough I didn't feel the need to uncover those rocks.
CAP Sweet Guava - added to boost the grapefruit notes, sweetness and to play off the berries. I think it worked well here and probably wouldn't swap it out, myself. It maybe wasn't as successful in boosting the grapefruit notes as it was in just making this a more rounded vape.
INW Lemon Mix & FA Lime Tahity CP - This ratio (0.25:0.5) is my standard lemon/lime wedge for drinks. It's aggressive and lasts through a steep, (though the lime fades more for me). This is swappable in my opinion. DIY, baby.
Coolant - I felt Polar blast worked well here. Adjust to taste.
Variant: Adding 2-3% VT Botanical Gin and lowering FA Gin to 2% makes this a much boozier vape. Adding 2% VT tonic water for a more realistic cocktail taste but without that effervescent pop.
Enjoy and leave feedback/suggestions as you like. It's always appreciated.
As fall sweeps in, apple is my go to comfort vape. Exploring an apple base, my favorite is clearly Fuji and LA at 2:1 ratio. When other flavors are layered, I find that tweaking needs to happen to boost the apple and how the flavors play so I decided to play with some different bases to keep it simple. One experiment came to be a nice subtle balance for me with the addition of Bourbon. I never did try it with any others and you may find that they work better, differently and more to your liking. Here's a nice, simple, light vape that allows room for growth and play. Enjoy! (Fuji needs 3 days min to meld with the LA and settle IMO. I had this from then to after a two month steep and enjoyed it as it mellowed. YMMV)