Touching base with an old friend recently, he expressed his long love affair with Castle Long. It was an old profile that I hadn't visited in a very long time. Being who I am I couldn't resist a take on the old versions we've all tried and try to do something a bit bigger and a bit bolder with it.
The Coconut: While I'm fairly positive the original used TPA Coconut Extra, I feel like it goes too quickly to hand lotion without a ridiculously long steep, and it's just less forgiving. TPA Coconut Candy is creamier, sweeter, and frankly just better all around IMO. At 5% it's bold, bright, and doesn't fade behind the wall of other stuff we got going on here.
The Almond: It's two parts here, with TPA Toasted Almond leading the way, with some CAP Cereal 27 to back up the nutty background while also giving a faint bit of grain. The grain texture also serves to boost up the Red Oak in our Bourbon Layer
The Bourbon: TPA Kentucky Bourbon is still the most buildable bourbon on the market to me. At 2.5% it's plenty bold enough to come all the way through, with a little FA Whisky to give a fair bit of peaty bite to the top end. TPA Red Oak helps it hit those woody notes
The finisher: TPA Vanilla Swirl gives us a mild body at 1.5% and a fairly bright vanilla. Along with a healthy splash of TPA Brown Sugar we get a rounded sweetness without too much extra heavy background.
I hope you all enjoy this as much as I enjoyed creating it! Cheers!
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Our bakery base starts with FW Butter Rum and FA Apple Pie, adding a bit of grain from FW Hazelnut TPA Graham Cracker Clear.
A solid punch of bourbon with TPA Kentucky Bourbon at 2.5% ensures it will stand out after a steep.
A bit of extra sweetness from FW Butter Pecan.
A splash of VT Vanilla Buttercream Frosting to finish it off!
I've been lurking in the /r/DIY_Ejuice discord lately and watching folks talking about the 1,2,3 formula for simple recipes. I've been vaping this, or small variations of this for around 2 years pretty consistently. I don't need to spend a long time explaining how 1,2,3 works it's just a simple format for making easy pairings.
FA Raspberry: At 1% it's enough to come through the whole recipe, but without it's very prominent floral note taking over. You could easily use TPA (Sweet) Raspberry with slightly more, or INW Raspberry with half as much.
TPA Key Lime: At 2% it's a bit strong after the shake but it does suffer from some fading as is common in most citrus flavors. You could sub this with another lime fairly easily, but the ranges in potency are much wider in citrus flavors so use cautious judgement in choosing which ones.
FA Pear: at 3% this is really the main body of the flavor. It provides a juicy sweet centerpiece that carries both accompanying flavors easily without being forced out of the picture. I sometimes use an additional .5-1% of INW Pear if I'm really wanting a bit of extra flavor.
And that's it! Quick and easy. If you like bold lime you can vape this fresh, but I usually leave it a day or two to let the lime settle a bit.
Who doesn't love a huge plate of pancakes!
WF Crepe SC: This is a really clean, simple pastry/bakery flavor. It isn't heavy on maple like most pancake flavors currently available. It's very smooth, but lacks a slight bit of texture I wanted to hit pancakes. We boost the breadiness using FW Hazelnut at .5% to keep the actual hazelnut flavor to a minimum while accentuating the crepe flavor.
FW Blueberry: You could use any fruit you like on your pancakes here. Since our syrup flavor is not a maple flavor you have a lot of room for creativity. I chose FW Blueberry because it's good enough to stand on it's own without needing additional layers, making for a simpler recipe.
VT Golden Syrup: This is the real star of the show. It's thick, got a great sweetness to it, and it adds a beautiful butter texture that I don't think I've found anywhere else. It really reminds me of that bite from the middle of the pancake where the butter and syrup sat there together for awhile. There's no maple here, just gooey buttery sweetness that is really addicting.
FA Vanilla Classic: A nice vanilla finish is a welcome presence in nearly every bakery flavor, especially pancakes. This gives the whole recipe a bit of boost in softer sweetness and a bit of body to the overall profile.
The TEA: VT Jasmine Green Tea makes up the bulk of our tea base. It's got brilliant green notes and subtle Jasmine that are excellent on their own, but since they'll be mixed with some strong competitors I've decided to bulk that base up with a little FA Black Tea to boost the tannic/tea base and some additional Jasmine from FA to create a strong over all tea base. These 3 together in this combination make an excellent tea base with room for fruit or any other additives.
The Melon: FLV Wild Melon is a brilliant melon mix that never dissapoints. The downside to it is that when you take it up to 1-2% it starts to overpower more delicate flavors like our jasmine. So I've left it down at .5% and boosted the sour/melon notes with FLV Sour Apple. You could likely use FA Fuji here in it's place if you don't have FLV Sour Apple, but I really like the way FLV Sour Apple interacts with FLV Wild Melon. Over all you get a sweet, mixed melon overtone to the tea base.
Sweetener: Sucralose works here if you don't keep Erythritol handy, but the earthy sweetness of Erythritol works incredibly well with tea. It's a fair bit weaker than traditional sucralose, so I've settled at 2% here to keep things nice and sweet.
FLV Root Beer: This Root Beer nails all the top notes just perfectly. A perfect blend of wintergreen, anise, and hints of sarsaparilla. It's a bit thin tasting, so it needs a little help with depth. We get that much needed help from FLV Vanilla Bean and FLV Caramel.
FLV Vanilla Bean: This has some elements similar to FLV Cream, but a bit more tame and a lot less dairy. Those dairy notes are replaced by a soft vanilla overtone that shows up just enough to keep the root beer authentic.
FLV Caramel: Our dark, syrupy sweetness. We don't need much here, at .5% it barely shows through at all. Lower than .25% it wasn't present enough, and at .5% it's almost too much. Wanting to balance the higher % of caramel, I added a tiny bit of FLV Lime to brighten up the back end and finish the recipe.
FLV Lime: It took just a few drops to turn this around and make a perfect bright soda finish.
FLV Ginger: My first test at .25% this didn't show up quite enough. .75% was too high for my taste and it started to wash out the more delicate notes in the Root Beer. Dialed back to .4% it seems to sit just right. Present, but not overly so.
I may come back and tinker with this, but I'm pretty happy with where it is right now.
As summer weather hits it's peak here, I like to have a nice bright tobacco to relax after a hot day. This recipe is sure to carry you well into colder weather, as fall approaches in the coming months.
The FLV Red Burley and FLV Cured Tobacco is a proven tobacco base that's malleable enough to fit nearly any full bodied tobacco blend. FLV Kentucky Blend adds bright and spicy top notes to the base, and FLV Lovage helps tame any dry notes and adds a moist pipe blend type finish.
Top if all off with a bright bourbon from TPA Kentucky Bourbon and you have a tobacco blend that's sure to please. Enjoy!
As mentioned in a recent episode of Noted.
DIYFS Holy Vanilla and FA Cream Fresh put up a heavy vanilla base that's plenty creamy without coming across as eggy or too much like a custard. This creates a great framework to add florals as you like.
FA Lavender and FA Violet: These two all star florals are present to boost the lavender and violet notes in INW Purple Rain.
INW Purple Rain: Holy shit. This stuff is awesome, even standalone. A bright vanilla, with lavender and violet intertwined perfectly. At 1.5% it's the star of the show, and for good reason.
The goal of this recipe was to mimic Violet Pastille candies, which I think it excels at.
This is my favorite tobacco recipe last year. It’s a “grown up” tobacco so the sweet notes take a back seat to a smooth strong tobacco, with woody type highlights, and a sweet whiskey base.
Starting in at 7% FA Soho this mild RY4 type is lightly sweet and ultra smooth. With some delicate caramel and vanilla backnotes, with a rich and smooth tobacco forward flavor this is a perfect base to build our relaxing “seat by the fire” type of tobacco vape.
TFA Kentucky Bourbon at 2.5% and FA Whiskey at .75% gives us a deep, boozey whiskey base. Sweet, but not too sweet. It is supported by the sweeter notes in FA Soho and Oba Oba.
FA Oakwood at 1% leaves a deep cedar, woody note. A touch on the dry side, it’s counteracted by the creamy notes in FA Soho and FA Oba Oba.
FA Oba Oba at 2%. My secret weapon in bold tobaccos. Not creamy per se, and really more similar to marshmallow candy. Being sort of generically fruity and non invasive it gives our tobacco and whiskey base some more body and dense mouthfeel, floating our tobacco in a thick mouthfeel that’s creamy without having any dairy tones.
A dash of MTS Vape Wizard goes a long way to smooth over any stray harsh notes from tobacco and whiskey, but it isn’t super necessary. The vape will still be smooth without it if you don’t have it.
A bright, hoppy pineapple with hints of pink grapefruit.
FLV Pineapple is a super clean, straight forward pineapple flavor. Accented by the FLV Jackfruit you get a little more juiciness and some super ripe fruit forward. This helps to balance the hops at such a high %. Hints of grapefruit provided by the always lovely FLV Pink Guava.