This is mostly just a recipe to highlight what FLV Pucker does. The Kentucky has a nice, Robust Tobacco flavor, and the Classic Cigarette brings a bit of shag tobacco taste to me. Throw those two together, and you’ve got something interesting, but it’s missing a little something. This is the point where i would usually reach for the INW Dirty Neutral Base. But now there’s a new kid on the block. FLV Pucker isn’t going to give you that dirty ash taste, but it enhances those ashy notes in the Kentucky and Classic, and also adds a nice, full smoky exhale. The tart kick on the front of the exhale seems to amplify the taste of the Kentucky without altering it.
Pucker is some pretty cool stuff.
A clone of the juice that got me in to DIY. Didn't realize I didn't have this on ATF. Just dripped a little that I made a little over 3 months ago, and it ages just as well as the real deal. If you've ever had Indigo's juices, you probably loved them. I know I do. This was like my holy grail for DIY, and it didn't come together until I got FE Hongtashan. From all the research I've done trying to clone this, Hongtashan was the missing link. Once I tested it, everything fell right in to place.
A cigarette. Probably the closest I've gotten so far. It's funky, smoky, and dirty.
FLV Arabian- If you've struggled with this flavor like I have, make a 10% dilution and start playing with that at .5%. It's strong and funky, but once you find your comfort zone with it, it is a pretty interesting flavor to play with. It adds a musty, grassy, earthy taste. Not something you want in your face, but it's nice when hidden in the base.
FLV Classic Cigarette- FA Burley, but usable is how I like to describe it. Grassy notes, a bit of ash, and a pretty satisfying throat hit. It's strong as hell, and even at 1% it is going to be the star of your mix.
INW TA Cuban Cigar- one of my favorite additives to use in a cigarette mix. Taste wise it doesn't add a whole lot. There's a pleasant Tobacco Leaf taste, but I use it mostly to dry things up a bit. Never had a cigarette with really wet smoke, so I throw this in to give it a dry smoke feel.
INW DNB- no burning cigarette recipe is complete without it! At least in my opinion. Gimme all the dirty ash taste.
Adding 1% FA Polar Blast (or cooling agent of your choice) can turn this in to a nice Menthol cigarette. I've given some to someone that was struggling to give up Newports and he said it was crazy how accurate it was to a Newport. Hated menthols, so I can't say much about that. But if you liked menthols or you're trying to help someone quit menthols, give it a go!
The Tobacco Base: FLV Arabian, INW TA Virginia, TFA Red Oak. Arabian tobacco has probably been the trickiest tobacco I've ever tried to use. It was dominating mixes for me at .1%. I never completely gave up on it though because it has something that I really like about it. It's incredibly earthy, musky, and a bit acrid. Very authentic tasting. Just so fucking strong. Perfect here at .12%. The Virginia is also very earthy, but more of a grassy/hay type of thing. Along with the TFA Red Oak, it really blends with the Arabian nicely to complete the base.
The Pumpkin Spice: this recipe was a request, and when it was first requested I hit up the googles to see what pumpkin spice was all about. Found an essential oils recipe to make a pumpkin spice scent, so I just went with that. Ginger, cinnamon, clove, Cardamom, and nutmeg. All things I was already playing with for what I had planned to be a Christmas recipe. I wanted to use some other tobacco flavors to make up as much of the pumpkin spice profile as I could. Why? Because why not? Cinnamon I went with FE Hongtashan. It's got a very distinct Cinnamon note to it. It's a warm and dark flavor, which is perfect for the season. INW Falcon Eye is for the ginger. When I first tested this flavor, ginger jumped out at me. Not much tobacco, but that's ok. I just use it as a ginger flavor. NBD. Nutmeg I went with FLV Eggnog. It's got a nice spice taste that isn't too strong on the eggy part, so I think it works well here to give me the nutmeg I needed, and also help the Hongtashan with the cinnamon. It doesn't push it too far in to winter flavor territory (or at least I hope not.) The clove and cardamom kind of speak for themselves i think. I originally picked them both up for an Arrakis clone, and I've been fiddling with them quite a bit the last month. Very easy for them to get a little out of control, so I keep 'em low.
Bourbon, a fine calogne, and an earthy tobacco room note. Just like you walked in to a congressman's office to do some shady shit.
This is an all artificial version of an NET mix I was working on a while back, but it just wasn't coming together. The problem was most likely that I was using RF SC Bourbon, but I eventually just moved on to other things. Got some of these FLV in, and decided to give it another go.
Red Burley and Kentucky Blend make a really nice combo here to create an earthy, smoky tobacco with a bit of ash.
Bourbon and Wood Spice top off that bold Tobacco with a bit of manliness. There's a bit of oak in the bourbon, which plays really well with the Wood Spice, which tastes the way I wish I smelled. The actual bourbon part is quite nice as well. I'm not really a bourbon drinker, but if I were, I'd want it to taste like this. It's a fancy bourbon. It's got body, and it's thick. It's more than just a bourbon flavor, it beefs everything up and makes it all feel full in the mouth.
Heat is here to give it a little punch. It's not real noticeable, but you'll be able to tell it's there. It's not quite enough to turn the bourbon in to Hot Damn, but it's enough to feel.
I recommend making 10% dilutions of Heat and Wood Spice since they are pretty strong. A drop too much in a 30 ml could turn this in to hot cologne. Stay safe out there.
I liked this quite a bit fresh, and it just gets better as it ages. Wood Spice is a bit strong at first, but it calms down after a couple days.
A remix of sorts of my Native GOD recipe. Added some cantaloupe! Native GOD was originally created to be a tobacco base in an apricot tobacco I was working on, but I ended up going a different route with that one, but the base was good enough to stand alone. But now I have decided to fulfill its destiny and throw something fruity on top of it, and now it really shines.
The cantaloupe isn't very in your face, so if you want it a bit fruitier, bump that up a bit.
This tastes a lot more complex than it is. Am4a is a flavor that seems to give different vibes to everyone, and changes with each pull. Some get chocolate, I personally get more of a rum type of flavor from it with maybe a hint of chocolate. INW Tobacco C is a fairly complex flavor as well. It's a creamy, smooth tobacco, but tends to get a little lost in the mix, so I went a bit high with it, but it works. FLV Fig I have not played with much, but it is a really nice fig flavor that plays really well with the tobaccos here. INW Black for Pipe is here to give the tobaccos a little smoky boost, but also has a nice, dark fruit vibe that blends with the fig really well.
This one is pretty decent as a shake and vape, but that Am4a likes to change a bit as it steeps. So enjoy it fresh and watch it change as the weeks go by.
RY55: it's a little RY4 and a little 555 and a little bit more. It's tobacco, cocoa/chocolate, nuts, and vanilla.
The cocoa note here is coming from the FE MLB. It basically tastes like FE Real Cig with some dry, unsweetened cocoa. Kind of an ashy Tobacco as far as the FE tobaccos go. Not really DNB type of dirty, but it's decent. But this recipe is far from what I would consider "ashy." Cocoa note is most prevalent.
The nutty comes from the Hazelnut and Tobacco Symphony. CAP Hazelnut has been the only one I've used since I started mixing. I used it in my first diy adv, and never really bothered shopping around for a different one. It's rich and has a nice, full mouth feel, so I still use it. If it's not the best, feel free to sub. Tobacco Symphony is a wonderful nutty tobacco. It's a rich peanut type of nut with a nice mellow tobacco.
Vanilla for Pipe is decent enough as far as vanilla goes. I'm not a huge fan of vanillas these days in general, and CAP Vanilla Custard in particular. But again, feel free to sub for your favorite vanilla at what you feel is an appropriate strength.
I think the possibilities for an RY55 are just as endless as the possibilities for RY4, and it's always been a profile that I've been more interested in.
FE Captain: a very full flavor by itself. Hard to describe exactly what it tastes like. Almost bold cocoa notes with little dark fruit and coconut. But not strong at all on the coconut or fruit. One of my favorites from the ECX line. Great base to layer things on. Got around to ordering SC Old Captain, and I am 98% sure it is the same as FE Captain. I suspected as much, but now I have both and can confirm. So use either.
Tobacco Morning Rain: tobacco is kind of hard to detect here, but the citrus sweet cooling part of it is very obvious. In this recipe I'm using it mostly for the cooling sensation like Polar Blast or Koolada, but also to add a bit of brightness to the mix. The cooling seems to be a little different than Polar Blast, as I start to feel it about halfway through the inhale, as opposed to on the exhale with Polar Blast.
Flue Cured: just there to kind of sweeten things up a bit. Not a whole lot to say about it other than it's sweet.
This would have probably been a better recipe to make coming in to summer, but the seasons really have no impact on how I vape, so I ain't mad about it. I smoked Camel Lights all year round, so I vape whatever all year round. But if you're a seasonal type of person and this looks good to you, get it in before winter.
This one has had so many different iterations that it raises philosophical questions as to whether it's even the same thing it started as. But I think it's finally where I wanted it. I really wanted a bold Tobacco with chocolate and leather undertones. Originally, the chocolate came from INW French Pipe, but it was rather weak in the mix, so I started throwing in some FE tobaccos with it. Eventually, it became clear that it was better without.
FE Captain doesn't necessarily have a strong chocolate note to it, but it is very rich and has an almost chocolate feeling to it, if that makes sense.
The Western was the hardest part of this mix for me. My first test of the TFA version had a cough medicine taste to me, so I've always avoided using it. The first attempt at this profile I used INW Western, which also had a very offensive taste, but I was hoping that mixing it super low and steeping would help it. It did not. To the trash that mix went. Next up was FA Cowboy. It didn't have the cough medicine taste, but it also didn't have a good taste. On to v3 I went. I finally gave TFA Western another shot, and this time things went much better. Either something with my tastebuds changed, or I just had to find the right place for it. Either way, it provides a nice bit of leathery taste here, and also adds a bit of that chocolate nuance.
FLV Red Burley is in there to add a bit more tobacco and a little bit of earthiness for the Western and Captain to mix with. All together, it ends up a nice strong, bold tobacco flavor.
DNB and Black Fire in there just doin their thang. Adding a bit of smoke and ash to the mix. As far as steeping goes, the Black Fire will dominate the first couple of days, so bare minimum is about 4 days. Optimal is 2 weeks.
This sumbitch may have taken a few months to finally get it where I liked it, but I'm really happy with how it turned out.