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Eating an end of summer blue raspberry popsicle made me want to do some research on the flavor. None of the blue raspberry recipes or concentrates I've tried quite nail that fully saturated blue raspberry flavor.
I read all of the usual articles out there that give the history of the blue color after FD&C Red No. 2 was found to be carcinogenic. These articles also told the story of the rubus leucodermis, more commonly known as the "whitebark raspberry" or "blue raspberry". None of the articles actually delved deep enough to mention the actual aromas/flavors used in popsicle/candy making that make up the profile.....but one.
I spent some time balancing this and eating popsicles to try and get it right. I hope you all enjoy it. I got some serious brain freeze just for you.
The flavors I've used here are generally what the candy industry uses to concoct a blue raspberry. Pineapple, banana and cherry.
I chose INW Pineapple and CAP Golden Pineapple because it gives what I feel is a nice sweet balanced pineapple to build upon.
For the banana I knew I wanted something that was a good banana that would fit in the mix and work well with the other fruits. I arrived at HS after the other few bananas I tried stuck out like a runty whore in church.
INW Cherries was a no brainer. It's my favorite cherry and doesn't bring a bunch of medicinal baggage to try and mask. The problem I had was keeping it low enough so that it blended in like a sniper in a ghillie suit. My first few batches were very cherry forward and it stepped all over the pineapple/banana instead of working with it.
FA Oba Oba and CAP Hibiscus bring the sticky syrupy sweetness to the party.
You can add your preferred amount of whatever coolant you want if that's your thing. I left it out when developing the recipe so I could taste what was going on. WS-23 gives me heartburn much over 0.75% but would be my choice here.
A remix of DB Liquids Black Blossom Tea and my attempt at a Cherry Blossom Iced Tea. Don't be alarmed by the flavor percentage. The TFA I'm using here is super weak (especially Sweet Tea).
When ID10-T turned me onto TFA Sweet Tea I knew that I had the base for this remix. It's really weak and you can probably push it up to 15% solo. The generic watered down restaurant iced tea it pushes is light and doesn't bully a mix like FA Black Tea would here.
TFA Honeysuckle/Cherry Blossom brings the cherry with some floral brightness. The Honeysuckle pushes it a little sweeter and adds some depth to the florals. I tried it without the Honeysuckle but something just seemed to be missing.
CAP Hibiscus is here to add a bit of it's renowned sticky mouthfeel and add to the sweetness.
The small amount of FE Lemon brightens things up just a little bit and isn't really noticeable in the recipe. Can't have iced tea without just a little lemon.
INW Natural Mint adds just a touch of cool natural mint to the profile. It's sits way on top and is just noticeable.
Add coolant if you wish. I like this with just the mint. It's a pretty delicate vape even with the high flavor percentage.
Another Mixer's Club entry. This is uniquely delicious and possibly one of the best recipes I have ever created. The only problem with it is it needs citrus support because the FLV Lemonade will fade within 2 weeks. I will eventually update it and include detailed notes once I get the right support figured out that doesn't mess with the delicate balance of some crazy ingredients. I just wanted to go ahead and put it out there in the world.
Description: A ginger-lemonade spiked with gin with an exotic floral twist.
Little Bit of Paradise Tea
This citrus forward fruity black tea vape. I have been wanting spring to start here in NYC so while dealing with the snow outside, I was dreaming of sipping something like this on a hammock somewhere sunny and warm.
Hibiscus (CAP) 3% / Black Tea (FLV) 1.5%:
The tea is a lighter element to this mix. I like the Black Tea flavor tho its really close to a sweetened tea. I wanted to help back it up and make it blend better with some of the citrus elements found in Hibiscus.
Pink Guava (FLV) 1% / Pineapple (INW) 2% / Lychee (FE) 0.75%:
The Pink Guava is definitely the more dominate note. One of the things it boost this recipe to make it feel more like a tea is upping the astringent element drinking tea provides. Black Tea already does that some. I have been wanting to find a good recipe to use this Lychee flavor in for a while. Its an excellent lychee flavor. Its pretty strong even in lower % so be careful. Since this was a bit sweeter than I wanted, I then used Pineapple to add a nice tropical citrus. Came out delicious. The flavor will stick to your coils for a little bit.
I tried this right after mixing it and was pleasantly surprised how close it felt to drinking a tropical fruity tea. After a few days, it really blends together well and mellows out enough that it isnt as much of a guava punch to the tastebuds.
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Mango is my absolute favorite fruit and I love mixing with it and trying to find that perfect mango vape. If you are a fan of mango and looking for a great summertime recipe then give this beauty a mix.
I wanted to try something a bit different from my usual recipes and my new bottle of FLV Black Tea was sitting on the shelf looking lonely so I thought why not?
Id10-t tackled this profile quite a while ago with a simple and pretty tasty mango iced tea recipe, however, I felt it a bit too linear and a touch harsh on the throat. Not to mention FA Black Tea, although not horrible, leaves a lot to be desired.
I decided I wanted the mango part to be more along the lines of a nectar/puree, so I used a combo that I have really been digging lately, FLV Mango at 1% and SC Mango at 2% is low enough to let the other flavors shine through, yet provides a nice full mango nectar. If you don't have SC Mango yet, do yourself a favor and buy it! It is an amazing flavor and my current favorite. Its only downfall is that its susceptible to a bit of fading after a few days so it is best as a SnV. FLV Mango is there to bolster the SC and contribute some of its brighter citrusy top notes.
FLV Black Tea provides a nice sweet and mildly complex tea base and has become one of my new favorite flavors. 1.5% provides a good level of tea flavor to the recipe. Bump up to 2% if you would like the tea to be a bit more apparent.
CAP Hibiscus is another great flavor and it pairs very nicely with the mango, adding a nice twist to this recipe. 1.5% brings the flavor up enough to compliment the mango and black tea while providing a nice syrupy sweetness to the profile.
TFA Strawberry at 1% is mainly here to ensure this recipe is as smooth as silk. Also, strawberry is a wonderful pairing choice for mango and even at a fairly low 1% compliments the mango and hibiscus wonderfully.
I add 1.5-2% WS-23 30% but if that is too much please feel free to take it down to your preferred level.
I have really been digging Ricks Sugar Daddy sweetener since I started using it. In fact, I don't use anything else anymore because this stuff is amazing! It's about the same potency as TFA Sweetener so I don't believe 1% is absurd by any means but feel free to sub your preferred sweetener or remove it completely as the recipe is fairly sweet on its own.
I enjoy this recipe right off the shake but if you let it sit for a day or two, the tea and hibiscus will pop out a bit more as the mango fades slightly.
I really hope that some of you are able to mix this up ☺ It's a perfect vape for summertime cocktails on the patio or just lounging in the sun.