Profile: A nutty biscuit
For the biscuit part, my obvious go-to biscuit is here JF Biscuit. I decided that over INW Biscuit, as I find INW Biscuit to be just a tad too dry for what I wanted to achieve here.
To add a little pow-wow to the biscuit, I paired it up against a slight touch of AP, which helps the biscuit to feel a little bit more crunchy.
For the nuts, I went for my go-to FA Hazel Grove as I really enjoy the nuttiness it brings to the table and the slight taste of praline really works well in a nutty bakery type. I added in some WF Butter Pecan Pie to do a little dance with the hazelnut and it brings a warming creamy element to the mix along with some buttery and creamy notes, that goes really well with the biscuit.
Lastly, a finishing dash of FLV Cream and FA Carmel to add a further round touch, some rich mouthfeel and to help the warming touch.
Let it steep for a minimum of 2 weeks to get this recipe to reach its full potential.
Profile: Strawberry Milk
This recipe was specifically made for the episode of Noted: Old World Strawberries, which I participated in.
During all my tests of European strawberry brands, I bumped into MB Strawberry Milk, which happened to be exactly what I was looking for. So I made this the star of the show. It's from their M-line, which kinda makes it a one-shot that lacks something.
To me, it's more of a cream than an actual milk, but oh boy it does it well in that department.
To add little bit of roundness to it, I decided in TFA Vanilla Swirl which smoothens out the cream even further and adds just a touch of vanilla.
I have always loved my strawberry shakes and ice creams with some running gooey caramel. Of all my caramel choices I boiled it down to two: either VT Salted Caramel or FW Caramel (salted). Knowing both flavors well, my choice fell on FW Caramel (salted) as it is just a touch more sweet and gooey than VT Salted Caramel and I wanted this recipe to be sweet.
The MB Sweet Strawberry is there to help and boost this strawberry in MB Strawberry Milk, as Strawberry Milk has a tough time to distinguish both flavors and generally are just blended. I needed the strawberry to be a little bit more there and since I had just tried MB Sweet Strawberry and had it in my top 3 for noted as number 1, I figured it would be the perfect choice.
I consider this a very simple and easy recipe for beginners to get into mixing, as you won't have to worry too much about balancing the strawberries and cream thanks to the perfection MB Strawberry Milk really is.
Works perfectly fine as SnV, but if you leave it over night that FW Caramel (salted) really kicks into gear.
Profile: Biscuit with Bourbon Cream
When I was a young strapping lad, my favourite biscuit (and still is from time to time) was those with bourbon cream in them as a filling.
So I set sails to create something like it.
The biscuit itself is made using a combo of JF Biscuit as for the base, adding in ooo corn bread for flavor and texture and finalizing the flavor and texture with a notch of AP.
The cream itself I decided on FA Irish Cream backed up by FLV Bourbon and to add some thickness I added TFA Marshmallow and cream.
It's not too overpowering in either the bakery or the booze, but are balanced very well.
Both inhale and exhale gives you both bakery and booze and people say, that it does smell like a biscuit too.
I left it for about 7 days steep, to where I found it exactly as I wanted it, but it might turn better over time.
Profile: Sour melon candy!
This is my pod version, of the original My Melon Balls that I made.
It's not quite as strong as the original, as that one is made for high powered devices, but it works tremendously in a pod!
I took out the CAP Sweet Guava as the original has, as it didn't really come through in the pod at all.
I upped the melons and the powdered sugar a tad to boost them for the flavor in a low powered device, and at the same down taking the WF Sour Vall Candy SC down a little, to not dominate the melons too much.
All in all, this tastes amazing in a pod device!
Feel free to check out the original for high powered devices.
Profile: Yoghurt Drink with Matcha
I'm a giant fan of Lime Drink (http://alltheflavors.com/recipes/151335#lime_drink_by_maxsavage) made by @AlfredPudding and @SavageMax so much, so it inspired me to make this.
Compared to their original recipe, I adjusted the numbers for the VT Yoghurt Drink a little, to not overpower the FLV Eisai tea too much.
The idea of adding FLV Eisai to the original recipe came to me the day I first tried Eisai. I found it fitting so well, that I had to try and see if my nose was onto something good here.
The FLV Eisai tea adds a nice earthy Matcha flavor to the mix, that I find go super well with the remaining ingredients in this.
I fiddled around with the lime a little, tried a few different ones that I felt would perhaps go well with the Eisai, and I landed on VT Persian lime, as I find it to be a perfect mixture of sweet and zesty for the Eisai.
To add a finishing touch, I added a little vanilla into it, as I in the past have experienced with adding vanilla to the Lime Drink recipe and where I have tried a few, everywhere from FA Vanilla Bourbon, CAP French Vanilla, CAP Vanilla Custard, CAP Vanilla Whipped Cream, FLV Vanilla Pudding. But I finally settled on INW Shisha Vanilla, as I find it to give that nice vanilla top note that doesn't bully around so much.
I have tried to not stray too far off of the original recipe, but I think this what I have here is pretty enjoyable.
Give it 2 days steep for it all to blend in nicely, but works fine as SNV.
Profile: Danish puff pastry with vanilla pudding, powdered sugar and a little almond
Been through several version of this.
First few version I used CAP Cinnamon Danish Swirl, but it wasn't really I was looking for as the cinnamon note was way too heavy for what I was going for.
I traditional danish "spandauer" doesn't have any cinnamon in it at all, so my idea for making the pastry with it got scrapped.
I kept in VT Croissant that has been there from the start, but I felt it didn't really hold up on it's own. So I introduced WF Croissant SC to back it up. At 1% I feel it does the job backing up the 3% VT Croissant.
For the pudding I have tried a few custards such as FA Custard and Custard Prem. CAP Vanilla Custard was at the table at some point too, all in some variations with FLV Vanilla Pudding.
Sadly, no matter the combination I did, I just felt it was too overpowering, so for my final version, I decided to just stick it with FLV Vanilla Pudding.
The almond just serves as an accent for topping and so does the OOO Powdered Sugar.
It's a simple recipe, but I quite like it despite the simplicity it has.
I feel this is best after about 12 days, but very enjoyable after just 7.
Profile: Black tea with lemon and a dash of honey
So I wanted to make an asian inspired tea!
I equipped myself with FLV Eisai and FA Black Tea for the base of the tea - I feel they each bring components that truly go very well for an asian style tea.
For my fruits I might have taken the slightly safe and maybe obvious choice using lemon, but to accomplish my mission to make this tasty, it just couldn't be different.
CAP Lemon Lime just has a flavor that goes well in beverages. I see it mostly for sodas, but in my head it would fit perfect for a tea as well. To make the tea more fluent and combat the dryness FA Black Tea brings, I figured FLV Lemonade would play a good supporting role in the mix, both for flavor and texture.
I hadn't actually planned on adding honey into this, but I felt I needed something sweet to dance both with the dark flavor tea has and the citrus. I looked over what I had in my stash. Considered this and and that, but fell on VT Golden Syrup.
I discovered that when you combine VT Golden Syrup and FLV Eisai, it gives off a very nice lightly floral and almost fresh off of the beehive honey taste, in addition to the accent of green tea. Very delicious!
FLV Eisai brings some nice earthy and floral flavors to this mix, that to me makes this very authentic.
INW Cactus is there to make everything just a little more juicy and nice.
This flavor tastes exactly like the brand "Oishi Black Lemon tea" which is an asian tea - just without all the sugar.
Let it steep for a few days - 2-3 I'd say. Works alright as SnV, but the tea is a tad too strong at that point.
I hope you'll enjoy this mix!
Profile: Peach Cream Pie
Worked a bit on this for a while, trying to balance the peaches.
Problem with WF Peach Pie & Cream is, that it's really just peach & cream - no pie! So to construct a light pie, I used 1% AP, 1% FA Apple Pie and a little INW Biscuit for some texture.
FLV Cream at 0.75% are there to boost the creaminess.
I felt JF Honey Peach would work well with WF Peach Pie & Cream to add some sweetness to the mix.
FA Custard is used here as a filler for the pie itself.
Best after steeping a week.
Profile: Black licorice and dark berry candy - flavor of my childhood.
Was a bit up and down with this one to get the licorice balanced correctly. Goal was to get some anise and some salmiak but not too much of either.
First version contained 2.5% FA Black Touch and 1% CAP Licorice - Too much anise and too little (none really) salmiak.
So I took FA Black Touch down .5% and added that .5% to the CAP Licorice - great success!
Next up was to balance the berries.
First version I used 1% FLV boysenberry, 0.5% FA Blackcurrant and 2% WF Sour Blue Raspberry Candy.
The Sour Blue Raspberry Candy added some good taste, but sadly brought along some perfume as well, which I didn't care much for.
After talking it over with @nowar - who suggested CAP Jelly Candy (lots and lots of credit to him for that), Sour Blue Raspberry Candy was scrapped in favor.
Second version - now with @nowar onboard, we felt the berries lacked a little, so we added another .25% to the FLV Boysenberry and struck gold!
Powdered sugar is mainly there to help the FLV Boysenberry with the taste of candy.
CAP Super Sweet does not need an explanation why its there.
To me this taste just like my childhood, where to @nowar this taste like adulthood - thought that was a funny little quote to have in.
Where I come from, a mixture of black licorice and berries is not unheard of - in fact, it's very common and kids do enjoy that flavor a lot.
Please do enjoy!
Profile: Melon candy!
I recently picked up a few candy flavors that I wanted to work with, to cover some ground in that area as well.
The best way for me to start working with candy, was to find a fruit profile that I really enjoy and in this case, that would be melons.
Choices of flavors:
For the melon, I landed pretty securely on FLV Wild Melon, as it gives a great bunch of melons in one single concentrate.
But I felt it needed a little extra, so I tossed in FLV Watermelon as well as a booster.
Further I wanted to bolster the sweetness of the melons and at the same time start adding in the candy effect to the fruits. Here my choice fell on CAP Sweet Guava.
While Sweet Guava on its own can be very weak, it does have some awesome abilities to both sweeten up other fruits and add some nice exotic top notes.
To make the candy a candy, but not sugary disgustingly sweet candy my choices fell on OOO Powdered Sugar and WF Sour Ball Candy.
Those two always works out great in a combo. The powdered sugar adds a great sugary accent, that you just cannot get out of a sweetener, where the Sour Ball Candy adds the texture of a sort of chewy candy and brings a little sourness.
All in all, I'm pretty satisfied.
It's good right off the rip, but I suggest you leave it for half a day.
The WF Sour Ball Candy and Powdered sugar needs a few hours to really blend in well with the fruits to make it shine.