Let me start off by saying I've never had Smax Pony on Acid. This is what I imagine the flavor to be like when reading the profile. This is candied strawberries, raspberries, and pineapples mixed with a citrus, vanilla cream.
I'm enjoying this quite a bit fresh . . . it's tart, sweet, and creamy.
America's Horse with No Name has nothing to do with this mix other than the title. If I had to nail down a musical inspiration for this it would be Oh Sees - Smote Reverser
Inspiration: For my birthday/Valentine's Day, my wife and I went to a Southern/Indian fusion restaurant in Nashville, Chauhan Ale and Masala House. We ordered the Masala Dabba and Tandoori appetizer, which features fresh naan and a selection of chutneys (the pickled mango was divine) and butters. It was all great, but one of the standouts was a cinnamon, sugar, and rose butter. The marriage of rose, cinnamon, and butter was a revelation.
I knew that as a recipe I wanted it to have a starch element. I did not have any ideas for naan (aside from using Shyndo's bread stone . . . but sliced white bread is not naan), so I opted for a rice pudding type note. Upon further research I discovered that there was an Indian rice pudding with rose called gulab phirni. I set about trying to recreate that experience in vape form.
The butter is made up of a small part FA Butter and WF Buttercream frosting . . . the actual butter in the appetizer was quite sweet, so I used the WF to boost the FA and bring some sweetness to it. FA is extremely true to form but is DAAP heavy, and I din't want to overdo it too much.
The cinnamon is a combination of CAP Cinnamon Sugar with FLV RIch Cinnamon . . . the CAP serves to soften the bite of the FLV without taking away from the cinnamon spice itself. The CAP Cinnamon Sugar adds to the sweetness, as well. 0.4% Rich Cinnamon can be quite heavy, but it plays so nicely with the rose at this level.
The rose is the only one I own INW Dzika Róża - Wild Rose. I'm excited for the release of FLV Rose Essence to remix this recipe, but, for now, this is what I've got and it works. I may pick up FA Rose when the FLV drops and try this out with each.
The rice pudding is a combination I have used in the past FE Sweet Rice, VT Rice Base, and FLV Vanilla Pudding. FE is closer to a jasmine rice, where VT is more like basmati rice, in my opinion. The two serve the starchy purpose that I intended, with the Vanilla Pudding mixing them into a glutinous pudding.
Look, if you read this far, it's safe to say your interest is piqued. This in not a vape everybody is looking for . . . maybe nobody aside from myself . . . but the buttery mixture of rose, cinnamon, and sugar is truly delightful. It's not an ADV by any stretch of the imagination, but it serves as a welcome break from the norm.
An RY4 mix I've been working with folded into Alfred Pudding's Cheesecake layer. I keep coming back to this, and it doesn't get old. Tasty as hell off the shake and only gets better given time. For me, this reaches ADV status . . . from pairing it with coffee in the morning, to accompanying a sip of whiskey at night, and everything in between.
This is a sweet, robust RY4 tobacco slathered in vanilla-laced caramel backed up by the velvet-smooth cream of cheesecake . . . I'm in my happy place.
Listening to this amazing Deftones Mix throughout concept, creation, and testing. The colors/visuals at about the 4min 15sec mark is what sparked the idea.
So, I didn't have everything for MaxSavage's Golden Boy, but it sounded delicious. Therefore, I mixed his idea with my Long Gone Lonesome Blues (minus the blueberries and lemon), adding what I had that was "all things golden." Thus, Stay Gold, Ponyboy was born . . . I thought I would share. I've been vaping it all week on the ride to and from work and felt like it was ready to share . . . not to mention, after a long week, I've had a few and have been listening to Dinosuar Jr's You're Living All Over Me and Sonic Youth's Sister on repeat . . . 1987 was a truly a golden year for music. I'm feeling my oats.
This is a dessert tobacco . . . a creamy, golden dessert tobacco.
Rationale behind the marriage of rosemary, vanilla, and lemon: From time to time, my wife will simmer a pot of vanilla extract, slices of lemons, and sprigs of rosemary with water to scent the house. It is a delicious smelling aroma . . . and apparently, one of the scents that Williams-Sonoma uses to scent their stores (hence the name). I've always been enthralled by the scent and thought it might make for an interesting vape. Recently, she bought a cool mist aromatherapy diffuser and got amber vanilla, lemon, and rosemary scents to use in it. I found myself drawn to it. The amber vanilla added an almost bakery type aroma to the mixture, and I decided to get some rosemary concentrate to try my hand at this flavor. I got into DIY to scratch the itch for flavors that I could not readily buy . . . and this is something I've been wanting to try for quite some time.
I wanted vanilla to be dominant with lemon and rosemary falling in line behind it. This was not originally intended to be a custard, but I felt lacking the body of a custard really affected this and made it fall flat rather quickly. I knew I wanted it to have that same full-bodied flavor that I was getting from the aroma, so it needed that thick mouth-feel that only a custard can provide. This also helped add to the richness that I was getting from the aroma my wife concocts . . . when she boils water, lemons, rosemary, and vanilla, the scents come together to equal something much greater than the sum of their parts (I suspect it is due to the ingredients slowly cooking in the simmering pot).
Variations on a theme. This is a remix of my first shared recipe. This mix seems much more cohesive with flavors layering and settling in together instead of on top of one another. The lemon is a bit more prominent with the rosemary blending in and acting as an earthy accent. This is perfectly sweet without any added sweetener. All in all, I feel like this mix better represents the original scent that inspired it. I used Wayne's combination of FW Butter Cream and French Vanilla with TFA Meringue from his Maple Vanilla. I kept Holy Vanilla and Shisha Rosemary from the original recipe. I used FE Lemon and INW Lemon Cake for the lemon layer and used FA Custard Premium for the custard layer. I used OOO Vanilla Marshmallow to blend the layers together and for its extra hint of vanilla and mouthfeel.
Mixed 60vg/40pg . . . works as a SNV but give it a day and it shines. Enjoy!
This is Black Phillip's softer, more gentle, younger brother. The shift to fall weather, the Halloween season, and the arrival of FLV Smoked Butterscotch necessitated the creation of this remix.
This is a smoky, fall custard. In place of FA Black Fire, I used the much more forgiving FLV Smoked Butterscotch. The result is a butterscotch custard kissed by tobacco and smoke. Works as a SNV, but give it a few days and the flavors really come together. Enjoy.
Someone on Facebook shared a recipe for Bourbon Graham Cracker Candy, and my interest was piqued.
I decide to try and layer different concentrates to get the bourbon, graham, and pecan parts of the recipe. I adore FW Butter Pecan and Graham Cracker but wanted to see if I could boost them both a bit using OOO Butter Pecan and CAP Graham Cracker (which has a light bakery cinnamon note that plays well with the butter pecan and bourbon) respectively. I did the same with TFA Kentucky Bourbon and VT Bourbon . . . a proven pairing that works.
I used DIYFS Holy Holy Grail to boost the caramelized syrup of the two Butter Pecans (it is, in my opinion, a stellar caramel, and the touch of tobacco brings a nutty, earthy accent to help, both, the graham and the pecan aspects). Having attempted a graham forward recipe in the past, I wanted to round out the edges with a creamy custard, turning to the buttery, smooth FA Custard Premium to achieve that feat.
Mixed it 60vg/40pg and enjoyed it last night with several sips of whiskey . . . it was also an excellent complement to coffee this morning. After a full week with 5th graders, whose minds are still firmly fixed on summer-mode, it was a much needed respite from the chaos. Enjoy!
Quick recipe drop before school this morning . . . caramel-pistachio pudding RY4.
FW Salted Caramel and TFA Pistachio bring the nutty, caramel top notes that intertwine with the Jungle Flavors RY4 Double. It's pretty amazing how much the Salted Caramel stands out against the rest of the flavors.
VT Pudding Base brings more of a spongey cake type of pudding note (typical of what the Brits refer to as a pudding). This is made more creamy and luscious by the pairing with FLV Vanilla Pudding, which is what is more commonly considered pudding in the States. The addition of DIYFS Holy Vanilla boosts the FLV Vanilla Pudding's smooth, creamy pudding.
I was not a fan of this as a SNV, but, after letting it sit for 5 days, I came back to it and found it to be quite tasty. As per usual, mixed it 60vg/40pg.
Sweet rice cooked in coconut milk with pineapple and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
This arose as a result of mashing up hashslingingslashur's Leche de Coco and ID10-T's If You Like Piña Coladas for my wife (long story short: she decided to pursue her Master's Degree while teaching full-time and was feeling the urge to smoke again. So I got her a vape with zero nic to puff on while she is writing, and it has satisfied that urge.). I let her poke around ATF, and she liked the way both of those sounded. I remixed them into one recipe, and every time I fill up her tank I'll take a few pulls off of it. I've also been intermittently working on a pineapple upside down cake. The two ideas began to coalesce into one, and I began thinking about how coconut milk and pineapple would go with a rice base. I did some quick research that led me to a Mexican dish that had all of that with cinnamon sprinkled on top.
I took part of my rice pudding base from Thrice Pudding Twice, threw a little bit of Leche de Coco and If You Like Piña Coladas at it, added a touch of FLV Rich Cinnamon, and mixed it all up 60vg/40pg. Off the shake, it is pretty darn good. It's a sweet rice cooked in coconut cream with a touch of pineapple baked in and sprinkled with cinnamon. Enjoy!
I've gone through about 40mL of this over the last week or so. Again, I'm just riffing on Fear's Cardinal . . . instead, here I'm trying to build it from similar components (some of which I used because I accidentally ordered 60mL of Digestive Biscuit from Chef's a while back and have been itching to use it something). I tried to create a ramped up RY4 similar to Holy Grail . . .then added some more tobacco. I used JF RY4 Double instead of TFA RY4 Double . . . VT Coffee Milk Froth instead of DIYFS Cafe Napoleon . . . butterscotch instead of caramel . . . threw some extra vanilla, graham crackers, and biscuits at her to round her out.
What I got was a smooth ADV worthy RY4 . . . from that first cup of joe to some late night sips . . . this recipe can carry you through. She's not the Cardinal . . . but she is classy on the outside and downright filthy on the inside. Enjoy!