A generous scoop of vanilla ice cream drowned with a shot of espresso and a trickle of chocolate...
Although my coffee base is strictly speaking not an espresso, I believe that this combination provides the full bodied coffee base which encapsulates the very best coffee has to offer. Until such time that someone creates a better coffee/espresso alternative, this will remain my go-to...
MF coffee, to me, is the pinnacle of all coffee concentrates and provides an authentic, robust coffee taste, boosted (pun intended) by a touch of FA Booster (tiramisu). I fell in love with this combo when I fist experienced Marietta by @RuntDastardly and have never looked back!
The Ice Cream
My go-to combo of LB VIC and HS FVIC is the perfect adornment to receive the dark, rich and smooth coffee shower. This combo combined the very best of CAP and TFA VBIC and unites them in a creamy, scrumptious union... Period.
MB Glamour chocolate is the final touch and it sweetens our ensemble just a tad... The cocoa notes in the chocolate compliments the natural cocoa notes in the coffee beautifully and balances the overall taste experience.
This baby requires at least a 2 week hibernation, more if possible, for the coffee to adequately meld with it's new friends...
MF Coffee - Not recommended but FA Dark Bean (espresso) at 0.5 or INW Coffee at 2% can be used as an suitable alternative
MB Glamour Chocolate - JF Milk Chocolate at the same %
An intensely creamy creme brûlée cheesecake - decadently rich & luscious.
Based on my custard stone and Tootall’s 3-2-1 Creme Brulee and follow up Yummy Classic, I present my interpretation of the doubly-delicious Yummy Classic on steroids, and then some!!
The moment I picked up INW Yes, We Cheesecake I knew that they created a winner. This is an immensely creamy, fresh out the oven, European style baked cheesecake which, I am certain, will be the new gold standard for Cheesecake flavours. Period.
This is a Philadelphia style cream cheese set atop a delishious, delicate graham style base, perfectly balanced.
The 3-2-1 Creme Brulee needs no introduction and combined with the Cheesecake, results in next level oral pleasure...
You can absolutely not substitute anything in this recipe with the exception of the Shisha Vanilla with your favorite vanilla.
This baby shines after 5 or 6 days, thanks to the wizardry at Inawera...
A fantastic chilled mixed berry mix - simple and delicious!
Another addition in my Icee range and one of my all time favourites! I have been enjoying this fantastically simple mix for months and it has become my go-to "palate cleanser". The fresh and vibrant mix of forest berries sits perfectly, with just the slightest touches to make it shine.
FA Forest Mix
I cannot say any more that has not already been said about this marvellous flavour. Bilberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackcurrant, and a lick of blackberry blended perfectly to provide a crisp, authentic and vibrant burst of unrivaled berry goodness.
The FA Cream provides some body & creaminess, allowing the berries to show their full potential.
WS23 cools everything down without detracting from the stars of show. Feel free to start the WS23 off at 0.25% and adjust up if required.
Sub WS23 with Koolada at your preferred % if preferred.
EDIT: 1% FA Marshmallow adds a little sweetness if that is your thing...
Allow the Forest mix to settled and blend with the creams for at least 3 days and your'e good to go!!
A rich & creamy vanilla ice cream drenched with homemade butterscotch sauce...
This took a few attempts but I think I cracked the butterscotch sauce here. I wanted that caramelized sugar element inherently present in traditional butterscotch which was lacking in the standard variations. I tried a few things including Brown Sugar, Creme Brulee, etc but, alas, none of those delivered.
I found inspiration in a simple, often used ingredient and it worked a charm!
FA & FW Butterscotch
Both of these these are magnificent butterscotch's and I simply could not choose one over another, so I used both! At 2% each, they compliment one another beautifully to provide that rich and sweet butter and sugar goodness associated with a real butterscotch.
FA Caramel boosts the butterscotch and provides the faux dark brown sugary element without being bitter or overpowering.
The ice cream come compliments of my go-to VIC = LB Vanilla Ice Cream. This baby combines the best of CAP and TPA VBIC without any pepper notes (I am unfortunately a pepper taster) and is a creamy, full, real vanilla ice cream. The ice cream is made more indulgent with the help of a smidgen of HS French Vanilla Ice Cream, which takes this from great to magnificent!
To take this over the edge, further indulgence is provided by FA Cream Fresh, because EVERYTHING tastes better with Cream. Seriously, this knocks the butterscotch into shape a bit and tones the mix to the perfect level of creaminess and sweetness.
Holy Vanilla is just heaven in a bottle and is used to amplify the vanilla in the ice cream base...
Give this baby at least 2 weeks to settle...
A refreshing passion fruit and lemonade cocktail.
Passion fruit and lemonade is a very popular drink in my neck of the woods, especially amongst the ladies...It's a refreshing all-year-round drink and goes from good to great with a generous splash of vodka! The traditional drink involves a double shot of passion fruit concentrate into a glass filled with ice and lemonade.
FA and FLV Passion fruit combined creates an authentic, sweet, tart and exotic passion fruit flavour second to none and is the main protagonist in this fantastic medley.
LA Lemonade is the main lemonade profile and is boosted by VT Fizzy Sherbet to create the slight fizziness which characterises a true lemonade. VT Fizzy Sherbet can be subbed with FW Rainbow Sherbet but it does not do as good a job as the Fizzy Sherbet.
Let the passion fruit settle for a day or so and enjoy!!
A refreshing blend of stunning summer drupes, celebrating the sweet and juicy magnificence of stone fruit.
"A stone fruit, also called a drupe, is a fruit with a large "stone" inside. The stone is sometimes called the seed, but that is a mistake, as the seed is inside the stone. The stones can also be called a pit. Examples of stone fruits are peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, and cherries."
FA Peach white and INW Peach blends perfectly to provide our peach layer. Combined, they provide an authentic, juicy, drip-down-your-chin peach - skin, stone and flesh all in one!
TPA Nectarine is a fabulous, true, nectarine flavor and, if used correctly, translates nectarine in vape form perfectly. Just a touch is necessary to compliment the peach layer = any more and it becomes florally.
INW Smoked plum brings an intriguing sweet and sour element with a touch of smokiness to keep the juice interesting and balanced.
FA Apricot provides the fresh, juicy and ripe apricot flavor with that slight tang to balance the overall sweetness. Be careful with this one as it can overpower a mix in an instant.
FA Cherryl imparts the cherry stone fruit layer and boosts the sweetness of the mix with it's inherent natural sweetness. Again, just a tad is all it takes...
FA Cream provides a bit of mouthfeel to the overall mix and blends all the fruits together wonderfully!
Feel free to add a touch of WS-23, etc if you prefer a chilled version.
This baby needs at least 5 days (7 days better) for the fruits to meld together and smooth the floral edges.
A scrumptious, rich chocolate tart layered with fresh, juicy slices of pear.
Lava Cake does a magnificent job in emulating a decent chocolate tart, albeit not the most sophisticated torte known to man. That's where FA Cookie and JF Biscuit comes in... Combined with FA Marshmallow, they coax the life out of the Lava Cake and make it shine, and then some!
A bit of added texture and this baby transforms into a something its creators, I imagine, intended. I tested Lava Cake at 3% and 4% but found that, at highher levels, it overpowered the delicate pear notes. 2.5% works a treat but if you want the increase the chocolate, feel free to up it by a % or 2.
The pear layer is compliments of my trusty pear duo, which, when combined, delivers and unbelievably realistic, fresh pear flavor.
I upped the ratios of the pear to punch through the chocolate base and show themselves in all their glory... The pear sits beautifully atop the rich chocolate tart and balances the sweet and cocoa notes with its inherent, slightly astringent, notes.
Give this baby a good week to settle and enjoy!
A decadent orange cheesecake spritzed with a wedge of fresh orange.
I have enjoyed Coop's Kiwi "Cheesecake" for a very long time and wanted to combine the "cheesecake" base with something else. As I am not a strawberry fan, I tried a couple of fruit variants and finally settled on Orange. I used the original base and simply subbed with FW Blood Orange. Although this basic sub turned out well, I tweaked it slightly to my liking, improving the overall vape experience vastly.
FW Blood Orange is the undisputed king of oranges ant takes it rightful place as the star of the show here. HOWEVER it needed a little help to punch through the "cheesecake". In walks INW Shisha Orange... Just a smidgen is all that it takes to lift the orange profile, yet maintaining that unmissable, deep, Blood Orange flavor.
The faux cheesecake is enhanced by a dash of cream and a smidgen of vanilla, which helps to fit the profile better. This simple adaptation works very well and lifts the original just so without detracting from its roots.
This does not need a very long steep and is good to go after 3 days.
An eclectic blend of RED heroes creating a mezmerising taste sensation.
INW Rhubarb is what it says on the label... This is an eerily authentic rhubarb in a bottle and encapsulates the distinctive sour & fruity rhubarb taste perfectly. It's sharpness and slight sweet notes lends itself perfectly as a pairing with strawberry.
RF strawberry brings an authentic, fresh strawberry, burst to blend beautifully with TFA Strawberry. Combined, they create a magical union of RED.
I tried various combinations of strawberry but settled on a real strawberry taste rather than than the popular and unrealistic strawberry notes.
As raspberry can overpower a recipe in an instant, I opted for Sweet raspberry to bring the sweet, slightly tangy raspberry feel, boosted by the authenticity of FA Berryl. The wateriness inherently present in Sweet strawberry lends itself perfectly here as it tames some of the stonger flavours, especially the Rhubarb. I tried both FA Raspberry in INW Raspberry and felt that Berryl was less aggressive and sat much better here to create the final RED layer.
FA Cream fresh adds a slight creaminess and binds our RED trio, whilst providing a subtle mouthfeel to make the mix more harmonious.
Give this baby 5 days or so for the Rhubarb to settle and allow the REDness to shine!!
A thick and creamy light mango milk saluting the splendour of mango...
FA Costarica Special balances the sweetness of the solid mango base by bringing a slight acidic vibrancy to the ripe mango mix, resulting in a realistic, not overly sweet, mango blend. The authenticity of a perfectly ripe mango is perfectly encapsulated by this daring threesome.
I employed my tried and trusted cream base here which adds additional texture and mouth feel and sits beautifully to provide a decadently creamy base for the mango to shine upon.
I find mangoes come into their own after a good 2 weeks, so don't rush this one - it just gets better and better...