According to legend, December 26th by @nowar is what Santa vapes after a long night of delivering Christmas presents. Well, this is what he vapes to get going. A play on the same profile, but starkly different than the original mix. Darker and sweeter, with more of the traditional RY4 notes than the original recipe.
Mixer's Club April 2021 Prompt: Get Adventurous.
From the minute I laid eyes on Isuamadog's recipe December 26th, I knew it was a profile I'd love. I mixed it up, waited out the steep with great anticipation, loaded up the atty, and BAM, LEAF EVERYWHERE. Doggo used FE RY4 at 4%, which is insanely leafy in its own right, AND added CT Shade at 1.25% on top of it. He likes that kinda stuff, but it's just not right for me. Try as I might, I couldn't make it through, and I gave up on it. Just recently, I was going back through my old batches on ATF and saw the recipe again. For no real reason, I figured I'd give it a shot at a remix. It really had nothing to do with this prompt at all, but it fits under the "correct an injustice" part of the prompt, and so here we are. This profile is great, and I'd consider it an injustice that it's not more accessible to bacco lovers everywhere.
I don't really have my usual detailed notes on this one, but really only because I subbed out his main tobacco with two far more approachable ones, and dropped the CT Shade closer to the average use rate. I also upped the WCP and CD just a touch to sweeten and meld it together. OSD RJ4 has fast become one of my favorite RY4 flavors, and I'd recommend it to just about everyone who likes the profile. Usually it needs a week steep minimum or it tastes like burnt caramel before it comes around, but something about this mix made it totally fine in 3 days. JF RY4x2 is also a favorite, and definitely cleaner than TPA RY4x2, so that was used here as well. I sent my first go around to the creator himself @nowar, and he loved it, so I called it a day at my first go around here. This is the first and last version, and I'm happy with it the way it is. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do.
Edit: After letting it steep, this is really way better after about 10 days. The baccos really round into shape and the caramel comes out to play from the RY4. I've increased the steep time, but this is worth it.
For anyone active in the DIY_Ejuice Discord, you know that the live mixing event where @humanpuck tricked @unappreciatedrobot and myself into mixing OOO Milky Undertones into a lemonade mix is a day that lives in infamy. In honor of that day, I offer my first Mixer's Club entry.
Challenge: Make a profile of your choosing, and then add an unexpected flavor to it.
Profile: Cherry Limeade, with milk
VG/PG: River Supply
V1: I got some new flavors in recently, one of which was INW Shisha Lime. When I decided on this profile, I knew it would be perfect for it. I started with the staple lemonade base of LA and FLV Lemonades, and lowered the percentages from Puck's Puckenade recipe so that the lime could have a chance to shine through (3% LA, 0.75% FLV). I used a combination of VT Persian Lime and INW Shisha Lime for the featured lime note, as it gave me the sweet lime I was looking for here, while still being bright in combination with the lemonade flavors (1.5% VT, 1.5% INW). I picked up HC Sour Cherry after watching Noted, and after a quick SFT and check back with that episode, I decided to use it here (.5%). For the piece de resistance, I had to find something that would fill the milk profile, and still let this recipe work. Brazilian limeades use sweetened condensed milk or coconut milk, and the closest I had to that was PUR Condensed Milk, so I went with that and hoped for the best (1%). The result of this mix was the right profile, but lacked the cherry backing I wanted, and the punch of the lime. It was also just a touch harsh.
V2: HC Sour Cherry is actually pretty sweet so it was the right choice. Getting the flavor there was just a matter of bringing it up a little bit, so I increased it from .50% to .75%. The lime flavor was almost there, but was just missing something. To get the punch without making it overly limey, I added .75% FLV Citrus Soda, with the idea that the slight fizziness would help it get the profile I was looking for. To keep it from tasting like too much lime, I dropped the INW Shisha Lime to 1.25%. To try and smooth the whole profile out a little bit, I increased the PUR Condensed Milk from 1% to 1.5%. These changes resulted in a better overall profile that was just about there, but the lime was a touch flat.
V3: One simple change, brought the INW Shisha Lime back to 1.5% to get the lime where I wanted. Once I did that, I thought it was right where I wanted to be.
I also added some WS23 after my final tastings, and I think it's a nice addition. I didn't put it in the recipe though as I wanted it to be your choice as to whether to add it and at what percentage. I hope you enjoy my first submission that only exists because of @humanpuck and the war crimes he commits on live mixing. Enjoy!
July's Challenge: Strip a recipe or idea down to the bare minimum, but still saturate it to the point of poignancy.
For this month's challenge, I took the idea quite literally. Sure, there's all sorts of crazy abstract stuff I could try, but that's not really my style, so I leave that to the pros. If you're on the sub, you know I'm fresh off tasting every RY4 I could find with @nowar. Plenty of them were serviceable, but none really hit the spot. What they did leave me wanting was a better representation of the profile, something I could sit down with and enjoy next to a nice scotch at night. I'm a huge fan of big, peated, smokey scotch, so a nice tobacco with caramel and vanilla would really be the perfect compliment for me. I really thought this one would be easier, as I knew exactly where I wanted to go with this. Boy was I wrong.
I could ramble on here about every version and change I made but neither you nor I have the time for that. Here's the thought process and the cliff notes: I love FA Soho, to the point that I could bathe in it. I wanted to use that as the base of the recipe because I thought it was perfect for this application. The other thing I really wanted to use was OSDIY Lucky Shot. I bought it after hearing about it on Noted, and have really just been procrastinating using it, so here was my chance. Given this month's challenge, I limited myself to those two and one other flavor for a total of 3 flavors max to get the job done.
I started out with FA Soho, OSDIY Lucky Shot, and INW Shisha Vanilla. Four different versions of that couldn't get me where I wanted to be so I subbed out the INW, and added TPA RY4x2 to bolster the tobacco. It did that, but I just didn't like how it played with the Soho and Lucky Shot, so I scrapped that idea too. 8 versions in and I decided to try one without the Lucky Shot. I threw that out, and went with Soho, FA Caramel, and INW Shisha Vanilla. Not bad, but it just wasn't there for me. I couldn't get my beloved Soho across the finish line, it just lacked the chops for this application and sometimes you've just gotta know when to hold em, and when to fold em. For those keeping score at home, we're on version 10. Out went the Soho and in came OSD RJ4, which has a more substantial tobacco note and a dark caramel flavor. This was a step in the right direction, but not there yet. Back out went the FA Caramel, and I brought back in the Lucky Shot. Now we were getting somewhere, but it lacked the poignancy that the challenge called for. I needed that third flavor to be something that could bring a lot to the table, and I landed on WF Vanilla Ruyan Custard. It had the flavor I wanted, plus a custard bonus to help smooth and meld it all together. From there, it was a few versions of playing with the percentages because I overestimated how much Lucky Shot I needed in the mix.
14 versions later, here we stand. I think it can be improved on yet, but I stand by this being limited to three flavors and I'm pretty happy with what these three were able to make. It's sweet and rich, with noticeable accents of all three profiles in an RY4, plus a touch of custard as a bonus. It does require a two week steep for that dark caramel in the OSDIY RJ4 to calm down and the custard to perk up, but once you get there, I think it's worth it.
With summer arriving faster than expected here, I found myself needing a summer vape in a hurry. Puckenade by @humanpuck is a fantastic lemonade base, good off the shake and just gets better as the FLV Lemonade develops. I wanted a little bit of fruit in there, so I added PUR Watermelon, which is a nice sweet watermelon, and CAP Sweet Guava for a nice tropical note. WS23 gives it the cooling sensation you want from a summer drink, and you're off to the races. Enjoy!