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July's Challenge: Strip a recipe or idea down to the bare minimum, but still saturate it to the point of poignancy.
For this month's challenge, I took the idea quite literally. Sure, there's all sorts of crazy abstract stuff I could try, but that's not really my style, so I leave that to the pros. If you're on the sub, you know I'm fresh off tasting every RY4 I could find with @nowar. Plenty of them were serviceable, but none really hit the spot. What they did leave me wanting was a better representation of the profile, something I could sit down with and enjoy next to a nice scotch at night. I'm a huge fan of big, peated, smokey scotch, so a nice tobacco with caramel and vanilla would really be the perfect compliment for me. I really thought this one would be easier, as I knew exactly where I wanted to go with this. Boy was I wrong.
I could ramble on here about every version and change I made but neither you nor I have the time for that. Here's the thought process and the cliff notes: I love FA Soho, to the point that I could bathe in it. I wanted to use that as the base of the recipe because I thought it was perfect for this application. The other thing I really wanted to use was OSDIY Lucky Shot. I bought it after hearing about it on Noted, and have really just been procrastinating using it, so here was my chance. Given this month's challenge, I limited myself to those two and one other flavor for a total of 3 flavors max to get the job done.
I started out with FA Soho, OSDIY Lucky Shot, and INW Shisha Vanilla. Four different versions of that couldn't get me where I wanted to be so I subbed out the INW, and added TPA RY4x2 to bolster the tobacco. It did that, but I just didn't like how it played with the Soho and Lucky Shot, so I scrapped that idea too. 8 versions in and I decided to try one without the Lucky Shot. I threw that out, and went with Soho, FA Caramel, and INW Shisha Vanilla. Not bad, but it just wasn't there for me. I couldn't get my beloved Soho across the finish line, it just lacked the chops for this application and sometimes you've just gotta know when to hold em, and when to fold em. For those keeping score at home, we're on version 10. Out went the Soho and in came OSD RJ4, which has a more substantial tobacco note and a dark caramel flavor. This was a step in the right direction, but not there yet. Back out went the FA Caramel, and I brought back in the Lucky Shot. Now we were getting somewhere, but it lacked the poignancy that the challenge called for. I needed that third flavor to be something that could bring a lot to the table, and I landed on WF Vanilla Ruyan Custard. It had the flavor I wanted, plus a custard bonus to help smooth and meld it all together. From there, it was a few versions of playing with the percentages because I overestimated how much Lucky Shot I needed in the mix.
14 versions later, here we stand. I think it can be improved on yet, but I stand by this being limited to three flavors and I'm pretty happy with what these three were able to make. It's sweet and rich, with noticeable accents of all three profiles in an RY4, plus a touch of custard as a bonus. It does require a two week steep for that dark caramel in the OSDIY RJ4 to calm down and the custard to perk up, but once you get there, I think it's worth it.
Super simple recipe.
If you don't have OSDIY Lucky Shot get it - it's delicious! When I tasted it I immediately thought it was everything WF Butter Pecan Pie was missing. A bakery type crust and some dark gooey-ness. Lucky Shot is basically a one shot and already pretty complex, so I wanted to keep the mix simple. I've been looking to make a bourbon pecan recipe for a while and TFA Kentucky Bourbon fits so well in this mix.
This recipe is easy to alter the percentages and customise to your own tastes.
Give it at least 3 days steep.
If you mix it I hope you enjoy it!
Sometimes you have to indulge in the small pleasures of life, and when the world tells you that they've put you in a category, just go with it. After all, being a basic white B*tch isn't always a bad thing.
Brought out my Lotta Latte and Lucky Shot which makes a GREAT coffee vape, tossed in some Yam and Eggnog for the best dang Pumpkin Spice Latte you could ever want. I can't vape cinnamon so I used the eggnog for the nutmeg. If you can vape cinnamon .25 cinnamon ceylon would seriously kick this up to a better spice level.
Lotta Latte and Lucky shot on their own make a great caramel latte. The edition of Eggnog and Yam (and yes I know it's a yam but it's a great Pumpkin flavor at .75%) turns this into a great pumpkin spice with a pumpkin you can actually taste. This is super sweet and delicious at 45 watts in a tank, no idea if this will work for an RDA because I don't use them.
Brown betty a la mode, a caramel apple brown betty pie with vanilla ice cream.
I approached this recipe by layering the profile into the separate components: fruit, pastry, caramel sauce and ice cream. I tried very hard to keep the number of ingredients to a minimum. Perhaps I need a more diverse stash?
Fruit: I wanted a sweet, sticky cooked apple component without it being too bright; I used apple fuji and apple pie together with a touch of pear and dragonfruit to mellow it down.
Pastry: I decided that the notes I wanted for the sweet pastry/crumble could be achieved with sugar cookie and Graham cracker. I used Graham cheesecake to add a sweetness to it, and the wafer in the lucky shot creates a bridge to the next layer.
Caramel sauce: the caramel in the lucky shot is rounded out by english toffee and dulce de leche. I was thinking of a thick, sweet caramel sauce or even custard to this part, which is helped by the Devon cream and custard premium.
Vanilla ice cream: I wanted to get a feeling of a melting scoop of ice cream sat on top of the pie. TPA VBIC does the job very nicely together with the Devon cream and custard. The marshmallow rounds it all out with a rich sweetness.
I am sure that plenty of subs could be made for just as successful a recipe. I would be interested to hear about them.
Give it a mix, steep for at least a week (I would suggest 3 actually) and let me know what you think!
Creams, recipe Mixing with me Mates in Wednesday night.
Delicious creamy Butter Pecan Ice Cream sandwiched between 2 Graham Wafers, Drizzled with a creamy caramel/ butterscotch.
Lucky Shot by osdiy is an amazing concentrate, it is really considered a one-shot. It is like a French Vanilla Mousse Pie in a Graham Cracker crust with caramel. This is very Graham Cracker forward.
butter Pecan Ice cream by OOO is more like a oven roasted Pecan. It has a delicious taste.
French Vanilla Ice Cream by Hangsen is a great creamy, buttery French vanilla with Caramel notes.
Creme Brulee by OOO gives a slight burnt caramelized note, this helps the Graham Cracker in the Lucky Shot.
Profile: A sweet tobacco infused with a warm dark caramel cookie. Very simple and versatile recipe.
OSDIY Luck Shot / TPA RY4 Double - This two combined create a warm
tobacco swetness and infuse a dark caramel richness to the cookie component.
FA Cookie / TPA Graham Cracker (Clear) - To raise the graininess and to complement the body of the cookie.
FW Butterscotch - Just to bring more of the caramel aspect. Can be swapped with FA Butterscotch, it makes a similar role.