This recipe is a steeper. It takes a good 3 to 4 weeks for FA Black Tea to steep out, and blend well into the bergamot flavor. The FLV teas are there to add just that little bit extra, you know that little bit of tea/earthy notes missing from FA Black's black tea. This to me is fairly close to drinking a cup of Bigalow's Earl Grey tea. If you prefer yours with a bit of cream, I'd suggest 0.5% of either FA's Fresh Cream or VTA's Milk Fresh. But since I can't taste creams all that well I went without it in this, even though I take my tea with a spot of cream when I drink it. You can also add sweetener if you like your tea sweet. Cooling is also an option pretty much whatever cooling flavor you like at whatever percentage preference you have.
Sure, sounds like a delicious food, but damnit we don't have any good bacon flavors in the flavoring market. So in an effort to add a hint of what might taste like bacon to a maple frosted donut, I added FA oak wood and FA Black Fire to add that smokey wood note to it. It works for a hint of bacon, more like donuts deep friend in bacon grease, rather than slices of bacon on it, but that was as close as I could get it. It does need a 2 to 3 week steep. It's not a shake and vape for me.
If you've ever had one of the Japanese candies, Mango Hi Chew, this is a very, very close replica of those candies. Sweet, slightly floral, juicy mango with hints of green notes and a touch of a melon note and the peach that rounds out and softens the mangos. Great shake and vape, steeps out into it's final state at about a week. Definite a good one to mix a big batch and vape as it steeps out.
My initial mix up of this week's recipe turned out poorly so I had to remix it without getting the benefit of a few weeks of steeping like the first version got. This has been steeping now for 8 days, and has turned out lovely and was actually pretty good off the shake, though the creamy flavors have started to shine through now that it has had a bit of steep time. I would say this needs about 2 weeks steeping, maybe 3 to be fully stabilized, but if you're a mix and shake vaper this will work, but maybe mix up a big bottle or a second batch to allow one to steep as well.
The ice cream layer in this recipe is made up of Delosi's Vanilla Cream and FA Vienna Cream. These creams are actually DAAP free, so I did have to use a few other ingredients to DAAP it up a bit for you DAAP lovers. The FLV Cream adds a bit of Diacetyl, and the WF Caramel Butter definitely has some level of DAAP in it that adds to the overall thickness of the ice cream flavor. The Caramel is meant to be mixed into the ice cream, as it is a caramel ice cream so there shouldn't be much in the way of separation in these layers, but should be blended all into one.
Aged Bourbon Cream is the drizzle that tops this ice cream, as I thought it would be something a bit different and contrasting to the caramel notes. And instead of adding yet another cream to add to the whipped cream layer, I just kind of ignored the whipped cream as I felt it would get lost in the ice cream notes. I used FA Nut Mix over the other types of nuts because I know this flavor gives a good slight nut note when used at a low percentage and it wouldn't overpower the other flavors making it a nut ice cream rather than just a topping. Since I had poor results trying to get a toffee pecan type of note in the first attempt, I just settled for a hint of nut to go in there.
It's Gin, it's lemon lime soda, it's melon balls.... Adjusted the recipe slightly since it's steeped. The gin seemed to fall back just a bit more than I wanted it too after it steeped so I added just a tad more, and the citrus soda also fell back a bit more than I wanted so I added a touch more of that. Lowered the sweetener a tad too as that popped out more than I wanted after it steeped.
Everything else in the recipe has stayed the same. I just ignored the cucumber element in this picture as to me it is just decoration and probably didn't add anything to the actual drink. lol Overall without the sweetener (a version I made for myself) I enjoy this quite a bit as a gin drinker myself. The alcohol notes are pretty subtle which in a soda drenched drink it wouldn't be slap you in the face alcoholic anyway. I'm sure VTA Botanical Gin or FA Gin could also be added into this if you want a little more of an alcohol note, but personally I didn't want that. While you could sub the FLV gin for FA gin, it will be a little less aromatic in terms of gin, and a little more alcoholic, and I'd probably turn up the percentage a tad with FA gin. VTA Botanical could also be subbed but I'd probably turn the percentage down a bit from the FLV amount as it's a tad more aromatic. FLV is just somewhere in between.
You can mix without sweetener and get a good result, but for more of an authentic soda type feel to it sweetener works better. I picked PUR over the other sweeteners because it is strong and not drying, so it doesn't take away from the wetness of the drink.
I've been experimenting with Blue Raspberry lately, and in one experiment had added VT Fizzy Sherbet to a batch, just to see what it did. It propped that blue note up with a vibrant brightness and gave a definite lemon note in the background. Thinking in terms of some of the water drop flavorings I use, I do enjoy a few of the fruit and lemonade flavors. But the lemon is behind the berry note, not the primary note. I found fizzy sherbet to do just this.
The RF Black Raspberry adds depth to the raspberry part of the Blue Raspberry, while WF Sour Blue raz candy provides a definite blue note and the sourness of it is mild but adds to the lemony note in the recipe.
Yes, there's 1.5% FW sweetener. Yes it's on purpose. No it doesn't mute the recipe in any negative ways. IF you are really against using any sucralose or are like me and can't use it, try a stevia sweetener at about 0.3% and let it steep. It will build in sweetness over time. If you don't want to use any sweetener, try adding in 1% to 3% of FA Juicy Strawberry...you could go as high as 5% with it if you really want sugar lips, but you also have to add a bit extra of the raspberries and just a little bit on the fizzy sherbet. So like up the fruit by 0.5% to 1% and the sherbet up by 0.25% to 0.5%...it should balance out and after a few mls you likely won't taste the strawberry flavor much at all, it will blend in with the rest of the berries and just be sweetness. But while the strawberry flavor will fade back into the background, it will leave behind sweetness that will require you to clean your coil off and recotton after every 80mls put through a coil. Aside from the chocolates, it's probably the dirtiest coil gunker FA makes (this is however far less gunk than sweetener or or sugary flavorings.)
If you like your e-liquid more commercial like, and the sweetener as suggested is not enough, just continue to increase it by 0.5% until the sweetness factor is right for you. Going much beyond 4% with FW or CAP sweetener or really any sweetener may result in more muting than you'd like, in which case you'd need to turn the flavors of the recipe up to compensate for the muting.
I have enjoyed this flavor in a pod and an RDA, adjusting the PG/VG according to device (higher pg for pods higher vg for RDAs)
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