A fresh spiced cream with a sense of tobacco.
FA Soho: I adored this flavor and I’m so very glad it was added to the basket. Just the shove I needed to stop putting off looking into more tobacco flavors. Initially I really wanted to base the recipe around this, playing around with 7-10% to really make it noticeable, but overtime I found the pairings to be too delicate to strike through all that richness. Bringing it down to 4-5% made it a pleasant caramel presence but at these low percentages it needed some help to make it sing.
TFA Banana Cream: Also a crowd pleaser to those I supply liquid. The delicate realistic banana notes hidden behind a mound of cream were what I really wanted to push forward. Soho works its grips into the cream base, working along with bavarian to twist it into something of a spiced
TFA Bavarian Cream: I kept this low because of how delicate the banana was as well as the sheer amount of creaminess it already provided. It adds a bit of nice complexity to the earthy dessert that the Soho brings along.
FA Cookie: This was a special find. The relatively high acetyl pyrazine content helps the more realistic tobacco notes from the Soho come out early and really ride along with the length of the pull. The crispiness adds a nice contrast for the heavy cream to play against, and the relatively simple flavoring doesn’t come across much more than texturally.
CAP Yellow Cake: I put this in to add a little unctuousness to the mix. At 1% it asserts itself throughout, the moist cakiness blending with the creams and landing on the Cookie.
TFA Ripe Strawberry: A round one competitor makes an appearance. As much as I was conflicted about using this, just a touch helps add some more natural sweetness and it helps to coax the dainty banana out to the front a bit. The airy sweetness complements and lightens pretty much across the board.
A rich cider that shifts between juicy and tart.
The deep jammyness of TPA Strawberry as well as the cinnamon and light doughiness imparted by the CAP Cinnamon Danish Swirl combine with the juiciness of the FA Fuji to impart the feeling of a viscous sweet and spicy drink.
The FA Fuji and TPA Strawberry (Ripe) take over here along with some of the bolder notes from the TPA Dragonfruit. To me it ended up feeling like a far too juicy red apple, maybe edging upon a Honeycrisp variant.
Here the CAP Cinnamon Danish Swirl and FA Lemon Sicily really stand out adding a spicy tartness to the whole. The low level of FA Lemon Sicily helped to boost the fruits with something brighter to bounce off of and it blends beautifully into the cinnamon without giving any taste of lemon.
I started this process rather late so despite my lofty dreams of a perfect 6-ingredient brie en croute I had to shift into more of a shake and vape mentality. I learned early on that Cinnamon Danish Swirl was pretty heavy and while rich flavors are wonderful when done right, being able to finish a tank without gagging kind of trumped that.
In order to get the three flavors to play nice together quickly, as well as emphasize the TPA Strawberry (Ripe), I felt the TPA Strawberry and Dragonfruit were pretty essential for both their high triethyl citrate contents and the depth they would impart to the rather light FA Fuji.
As much as I wanted just these five to work together all the concoctions I came up with ended up rather straightforward and borderline cloying. I played with FA Meringue to help elevate the sweetness and tease the danish out of hiding but it ended up overemphasizing the richer aspects to the point of being cloying or simply not adding enough punch to the pot.
FA Torrone was the one I wanted to work the most in theory, and perhaps after a steep it would but while I found it delightful at first it quickly started taking things over even at .25%.
I settled on my dwindling supply of FA Lemon Sicily and it finally struck the balance I was looking for. I didn’t think it would make it so much like a cider but I suppose focusing so much on the basket makes for a bit of a forest:trees scenario.