Taking inspiration from an absolute wizard, Mr @alfredpudding, I decided to tackle a tobacco recipe that wasn't so much about capturing a specific flavor but instead about capturing a memory or a feeling. This boozy/smokey/chocolaty recipe is meant to capture the feeling, or foster some nostalgia for an evening sitting around a campfire sipping at a bottle of whiskey and maybe toasting a few s'mores.
Not quite so elegant a solution as the 3 piece masterwork that is Cabin, we've kind of got a lot of moving parts here so let's try to break them down.
SC Old Captain - Really the root of the recipe all started here, it's a tobacco alright, but really it's so incredibly chocolaty that I knew where I wanted to go with it the second I tasted it. It's still got a bit of tobacco behind it but pushed higher than the rest to really allow that chocolate to cut through into the final product
FA 7 Leaves Ultimate - It's dry and sorta spicy, almost bringing the smell of the forest or firewood with it.
FLV Red Burley & FLV Cured Tobacco - The tobacco base needed to be emboldened to keep up with the booze and chocolate so bringing in this combo was a suggestion courtesy of @NoWar, and it absolutely works without steamrolling everything else in the mix.
FA Irish Cream - Partially aiding Kentucky Bourbon and partially helping keep the recipe from drying out to the point of being more reminiscent of a desert than a campfire.
TFA Kentucky Bourbon - Booze, but with little focus on the burn and more on the flavor that lingers on your palate.
FA Vanilla Bourbon - Just a touch of vanilla to help the chocolate along.
TFA Toasted Marshmallow - Adding a bit of sweetness but, more importantly, just a hint of smoke to help really hammer the point home.
The concept is simple. Everything here that is not building the fruit body contains either Diacetyl, Acetyl Propionyl, and/or Acetoin. All those delicious DAAPy things that make creams and custards good. Past that it was all a matter of making the pun on pear skin work.
What we end up with is a nice rich custard with sweet bits of pear mixed in.
Increased pears by 0.5% and 1% for TFA and FA respectively. trying to push it enough to stand up to the cream.
Added 1% FA Fuji
It's a pretty straightforward proposition, right?
Fruit loops in milk. Common as it comes on the shelves of a vape shop, but it was one of the flavor profiles that made me switch to vaping and I had to take a crack at it. This is the end result. A recipe that I don't feel needs any steeping, but for those sensitive to the pledgy side of TFA fruit circles, 7-10 days aughta knock that out.
There's nothing groundbreaking about the flavors I used here, but a quick breakdown anyway:
TFA and CAP silver line fruit circles combine to make an overall more "full" fruit loops cereal base. CAP's offering doesn't bring the furniture polish with it and helps tame that aspect of TFA's.
FA meringue is the fast track to selling cereal milk. Thinning out the cream base and adding a touch of a toasted/grainy note to the cereals.
TFA Bavarian cream and vanilla swirl make up the rest of the cream base. Without the meringue this would be too thick, but the softening effect of vanilla swirl helps again to pare down the lemony sharpness of TFA's fruit rings and the overall combination is both tasty and well rounded without taking the recipe over.
The idea was pretty simple here, I absolutely loved clove cigarettes, but I didn't want to try to clone that experience per se. I was totally okay selling out the ash and bitter notes to just embrace the aromatics and the sweeter noted inherent to the clove, and the tobaccos I chose were meant to embrace and enhance that.
FLV Turkish is bringing along a bit of body and some complementary spices.
FLV Cured is bringing some aromatics and some tobacco authenticity
FA Soho is nutty, kind of sweet, and helps marry everything here together without aiming strictly at a "cigarette" tobacco recipe but something enjoyable and accessible.
This began as a simple idea to take @EdibleMalfunction's love of hops, @eyemakepizza's love of fizzy sherbet, and my penchant for Dragonfruit and to create a recipe together with those as our anchor points. On the face of it, it sounded like a bad idea, but it came together very quickly, and upon reflection it really makes perfect sense to me that these flavors blended together to make a truly brilliant sweet, lightly fruity, and refreshingly piney refreshing vape.
The recipe hinges on so many things going just right, but happily the balance was key to making this an honestly delicious mix.
Juniper Gin can be a bully, the piney notes are in full force with this flavor, so keeping it low was integral to success, especially while pairing it with the Yakima Hops.
Yakima Hops was an obligate inclusion when combining our individual interests into a single recipe, we didn't keep it near so low as the gin as we did want the crisp hoppy notes to be a major factor in the recipe.
Fizzy Sherbet again an obligate inclusion, but one that brings a citrus bent to things and helped steer the decision toward using FW Blood Orange to round out the citrus compliment to our crisp gin and hops combo.
FW Blood Orange was chosen because it complements the sherbet's citrus notes while avoiding the conventional trappings of a Gin and Tonic. Adding a bit more sweetness and an undercurrent of orange that helps carry the body of the recipe.
INW Pitaya is my compulsory pick, but we toned down the usage to 1% to avoid leaning too heavily on the inherent weirdness of INW's pitaya and just let the sweet, sort of strange fruit notes stand among the pillars of the recipe to accent the brilliance of other flavors rather than as a focal point.
Everything comes together to create a recipe unlike anything else I've vaped to date, crisp, refreshing, inherently sweet, and a true melding of our individual tastes to make something none of us might have ever chased down without the others.
I took a purely conceptual route here, which is probably best when discussing the how's and why's of making a monster into a vape. That said, it really did turn into a monster in its own right.
WF SC Starfruit - the face of our titular demigorgon. Pretty, and tasty, fruit for the face of a hideous beast.
FA Blood Orange - The monster is, or should be, just about consistently soaked in the blood of its various victims, so a tasty bit of citrus from blood orange made as much sense as anything to me.
INW Shisha Strawberry & FA Red Touch - Syrupy red strawberries working in lock step with the blood orange to really sell the viscous "blood" aspect.
FW Waffle & LB Belgian Waffle - I sort of struggled to give this mix a bit of body at first, thinking on it for quite a while before it dawned on me: Eleven fucking LOVES Eggos. While this is not exactly an eggo, what it actually ends up as is a lightly cinnamon spiced waffle strong enough to stand up to the heavy fruit syrup piled upon it.
The Candy/Jammy Wizard is really just blending the fruits together into a cohesive whole, but at the same time "Wizard" does fit the motif of a fantastical scenario.
A Co-worker put me up to this. His "favorite juice of all time" is called the Strawberry by Drip wich. Traditionally commercial juice, and cloning aren't really my thing, but I agreed to take a crack at the profile. I've no desire to actually clone the original, but the profile was at least potentially tasty so, why the hell not?
The Ice cream base here is shamelessly stolen from @eyemakepizza. I know it's not going to be the one in a commercial juice, but I wanted to make this decadent without falling into oversweet, and the ben and jerry's esque rich creamy concoction the pizza man put together is perfect for that.
The waffle base is pretty straightforward, both TFA belgian and FW waffle have holes in their overall profile. neither is quite right on their own, but by their powers combined you end up with a pretty accurate and tasty rendition of a lightly vanilla'd and slightly maple'd up waffle. maybe not as fluffy as a real Belgian waffle, but for the purposes of a breakfast treat being used as a sandwich around some ice cream and strawberry syrup it works quite well.
The strawberry combo is simple, INW shisha strawberry is a syrupy mess, strongly reminiscent in my mind of nestle's strawberry syrup. To boost that up, and give it a bit of body without venturing off into a full on strawberry Red touch works quite well to bring some balance to the whole ordeal.
A half baked attempt at a crepe that rides the border between a sweet breakfast and dessert.
The idea came together when staring at the list of new flavors coming in and decided to jump right in on something since just about everything was recommended rather highly.
The Peanut butter, Hazelnut, and caramel toffee combine to make a much more authentic peanut butter flavor than I had initially expected, but the faults of each individual flavor fall to the wayside and produce a harmonious mess that would make Peter Pan jealous.
Banana creme provides a really nice rich and creamy banana flavor to the mix. Not a cooked banana per se, but not the raw banana slices you'd get from PUR banana either.
Cinnamon danish swirl does what it does best and adds a little bit of sweet cinnamon to the mix. the amount of richness and body of the other flavors ensures that this doesn't overwhelm the mix.
the crepe is a delightfully effective soft bakery note to hold it all together, just like it would at the breakfast table.