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Well here we are again. I swore I would never work on this damn recipe again but I had a breakthrough after making a totally unrelated juice. I was using Vanilla Bean Gelato and smelled that missing element of Duchess I had been looking for. Who knew? I have made over 45 batches of clones to get here and took a very long break but finally feel confident to post this. Try it out and let me know what you think. I think you will agree that this is the closest clone we have ever got to the original. Have any comments, suggestions or think something is off? Leave comments down below. Thanks and enjoy.
FW Butterscotch Natural- I tried the natural version and non- natural but cant make up my mind which is best. With that said, other brands were not the sweet buttery flavor I was looking for . It is potent stuff so no more than 2% is needed. It becomes more buttery as it steeps and it settles after a week or so.
FW Tres Leche- This is the back end of the cream and gives it just a slight sour flavor like the original. I tried milk or other similar flavors but they just don't work and I believe there is reason it is in the description.
FW Graham Cracker- A big thank you goes out to Wayne Walker for this one. Yellow cake never hit the mark right and this cannot be subbed for any from Capellas or TPA. They are just to different. It is the needed bakery aspect of the cake and seems to work in this setting. The more I play with this, the more I think 1% is too high. after a steep it really comes to the front and 0>5% is more likely to be on point.
FW Hazelnut- I tried them all and this fits the best. There is most definitely hazelnut in the original and 1.5% after a steep seems to fit well. Again, subbing it for another just wont be the same.
TPA Vanilla Bean Gelato- This is the star of the show. I cant understate how much you cant sub this out. The whole backbone of the recipe falls on it and I have tried different % but after a steep this fell right into place. Its very sweet and in my opinion removes any need for a sweetener in this recipe. The eggyness mixed with the butterscotch is perfect and seems to have a slight coconut essence about it that I can taste in the original. This was the Holy grail in the recipe that I could never put my finger on.
Cap Vanilla Custard- I think we all knew this was in there but add too much and it takes away from the Gelato. 2% seems to keep it from taking over but still has a strong presence. As always it takes a little while for it to come to the party. After a week you can expect it to play.
FA Vape Wizard- This is to thicken and funny enough it brings the color to the original. Its not a deal breaker but I feel it adds to the experience. It is roughly 1 drop per 10ml of juice.
FW French Vanilla- I have tried every Vanilla out there except for holy Vanilla as I cannot seem to get it in Canada. Its softer than the others and compliments the creams in the recipe but wont overtake the recipe. I have had success with CAP French Vanilla but found less after taste with the FW version.
TPA Marshmallow- This adds volume and fluffiness to the recipe and I'm certain its in the reserve version of duchess but not in the original.
CAP Super Sweet- if you must add sweetener I would use this but no more than 0.25%. The original isn't very sweet compared to other commercial juices. I personally leave it out but go nuts.
Well there you have it. Try it and let me know what you guys think. I always promised I would re-post my Duchess after I felt I got it right...I just didn't think it was gonna be a year later. Mix it at 70VG/30PG to get the original consistency and give it a week to steep. With that said, taste it right away and let me know your thoughts. I'm dying to hear feedback. Even after a shake and vape you will see it is on track but falls into place after the steep. I hope this helps someone who went through the same hell I did.
Every time remix month comes about, I like to go after that elusive eliquid that had previously escaped me. After numerous attempts from the community to get a Duchess remix, I finally feel like this is worth releasing to the public. This is a few years in the making and I like to give credit to Method aka Mr. Hardwick for laying the foundation and getting us to this point.
In Duchess Reserve the thing that always had me baffled was the cookie aspect, I lowered the butter pecan to .25%, and it’s critical to not overpour because it can take over fast! And added in some graham cracker to round out the cookie notes.
Also the cakey aspect, I feel like the cake batter dip combined with tres leches covers that pretty well, and adds some sweetness, cake batter dip may have just been the missing link. I went back and forth with TFA vanilla custard, FW, and Cap VC, to me the Cap version was closer to the original in every aspect. Looking back to the time this eliquid came out, I could easily see them exclusively using FW and just getting the Cap Vanilla Custard from a vendor and buying that one concentrate in bulk. At that time, Cap VC was king and still is to this day. Especially after a good steep.
With that being said I do need to move on from this chase, and I’m happy to do so now since I really do think we’re damn close. Here I present my final version of the Duchess Reserve for #remixmonth.
Rumblepup Steam Elixir's Cielo is a ridiculously good juice. It is a Cuban-inspired Tres Leches with pear and orange. This is really just a shadow of what the original brings to the table. It was a flavor that I could not put down. Rumblepup's entire line is unique, tropical deliciousness. This was the standout, in my opinion.
I tried to balance the fruit and creams to make a suitable remix that hit similar notes to the original . . . but, by all means, go grab a bottle of this from Rumblepup. I doubt you will regret it. He is an extremely mindful mixer and, as far as I know, does not use sweeteners in his juice.
A fluffy cupcake drenched in condensed milk
Recipe created for the (FW) Tres Leches FlavorBook Entry
This is a buttery bread/tres leches recipe
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Cheeba Steeba and I have been working together to bring you another great recipe. This mix was inspired by a simple, real life desert I make in the summertime with cake, cream cheese, sugar, and peaches. The breakdown:
FA Apricot - This adds another dimension to the peach flavor to give it a little more complexity
FW Yellow Cake - is the main cake note in the desert
LA Cream Cheese Icing - is the cream cheese and sugar mixture that gets baked into the dessert
FA Liquid Amber - This flavor adds the much needed baked note to the peaches
CAP Sugar Cookie - yellow cake needed some help and cap sugar cookie works with yc perfectly to add some body and weight to the cake portion without making it too dry.
FLV Peach - is the main peach note, this is a great peach flavor, not nearly as harsh as some peach flavors can be, this makes the recipe vape-able right after a mix.
FW Tres Leches - The hardest part of this mix was making a wet cake, and tres leches does a wonderful job of giving the cake a bit more weight while adding some creamy goodness to help the custard and cream cheese icing out
FLV Vanilla Custard - this flavor is used to add some depth to the cream cheese icing and make it thicker and creamier.
You can vape this mix right after a shake but the whole thing comes together better after a few days to a week.
I started trying this one out January of 2016, a recent forum post reminded me to go back to a bottle that's been steeping a few months.
It's not 100% "duchess reserve" yet but it's on it's way & really damn close.
I added the butter pecan & meringue after a suggestion from Mike Peifer (MrColdOne), so he deserves some of the credit for bringing this recipe even closer to completion.
TFA Vanilla Custard also works well here at 4% instead of the cappella.
This is optional, since people are enjoying the current version, any further changes will be published as a new recipe.
This one really needs a good steep to come together.
Development notes on my blog post here: