Something so weird and so delicious. This is my version of a commercial profile that I find absolutely disgusting. I knew that I could make the profile delicious.
Candied yams with a smidgen of cinnamon, drizzled in strawberry syrup with a bit of marshmallows and cookie.
I tried a few Yams and they were all mostly nasty with horrible off notes to me. FLV was pretty good but it tasted really raw and starchy but wasn't disgusting and no off notes. I knew that I needed something to warm it up and sort of cook it so using Rich cinnamon used super low achieved that first try. The Capella Sugar Cookie helps it out a bit here as the generic bakery kind of slides under as a base and fill it out. Sugar Cookie may not be the best but it's a phenomenal tool when used to build a bakery base.
I shamelessly stole ID10-T's marshmallow idea from a lucky charms cereal and it fit very well here. FLV Marshmallow and FLV Whipped Cream.
Then I tested strawberries in pairs. About 6 different iterations. RF, TFA Ripe, JF Sweet, INW Shisha, and then Capella released Ripe Strawberries. I was looking for something Ripe and syrupy kind of generic sweet red berry sauce that blended in. Shisha because... yeah... it's straight strawberry syrup. Capella because it brings that fairly authentic sweetened macerated strawberry thing. I love this new flavor.
Balance was the trickiest part once I nailed down the ingredients.. I wanted something slightly separated that started with sweet cooked yams and finished with the berries and nuances to keep you wanting to come back to it. If you mix it up please leave a review if you're a member and able to. If you want to play with subs, the cookie and strawberries leave some wiggle room for tweaking to your favorites. The yam, marshmallow, whipped cream, and rich cinnamon are not able to be substituted. That candied yam base is a thing of beauty.
Hibbadoray shared a strawberry watermelon recipe idea for pod systems with me and a few others on Facebook. I decided to try it and play with the percentages and make some additions to improve upon it. This is a really great recipe for pods. The flavor punches through and doesn't hide at all.
Alpine Strawberry is a really potent strawberry that even strawberry non-tasters will be able to enjoy. It drives that berry base layer and gives a solid foundation to the mix. I know it's expensive but a bottle will last a very long time because of it's potency. Splurge and treat yourself.
Watermelon Candy brings the bold watermelon to the party and strongly pushes everything towards a candy profile. It's here to bring a punch and not a whimper.
Cactus brings the juiciness and the rind notes of the watermelon. I've used it relatively high here because it plays so well with both the strawberry and watermelon. It gives the much needed juiciness that keeps this a candy profile and reinforces the rind note of the candy watermelon to push it just a bit more towards the authentic side.
Super Sweet/Cotton Candy is here to sweeten up the mix. After all we're looking for a candy profile. The Ethyl Maltol in the Cotton Candy helps to round off the harsh notes that I get from just about every watermelon. It's used low so we don't go muting everything we've built.
I wanted a nice warm, subtly spiced apple cider. I could drink those little cider packets by the gallon during the winter. I find that most "jug" cider has a metallic taste so I usually prefer the packets unless I open up the wallet for the really good pressed cider.
Hangsen Apple Mix is my new favorite concentrate for apple cider mixes. It's a little artificial so I add some crisp authentic apple with FA Fuji. The liquid amber turns them both a little more towards cooked and adds some depth and warmth.
TFA Brown Sugar is here to mingle with the inherent darkness in Liquid Amber and turn it a bit sweet and slightly caramelized.
The obvious choice for cinnamon is the king, FLV Rich Cinnamon. I use it super low here so it doesn't take over the mix and just accents it.
The Apple Mix, Fuji and Rich Cinnamon together can go a bit in the dry direction so I'm boosting the juiciness with FA Pear. It also adds just a little depth to the apple.
I like a little orange zest simmered with my warm spiced apple cider. It brightens up the apples and accents the cinnamon really well. I chose FW Tangerine because it's a subtle sweet tangerine that doesn't bully other flavors. It does the job of brightening this mix without being obvious.
This is good shake and vape but give it an overnight steep to get really saturated flavor.
Eating an end of summer blue raspberry popsicle made me want to do some research on the flavor. None of the blue raspberry recipes or concentrates I've tried quite nail that fully saturated blue raspberry flavor.
I read all of the usual articles out there that give the history of the blue color after FD&C Red No. 2 was found to be carcinogenic. These articles also told the story of the rubus leucodermis, more commonly known as the "whitebark raspberry" or "blue raspberry". None of the articles actually delved deep enough to mention the actual aromas/flavors used in popsicle/candy making that make up the profile.....but one.
I spent some time balancing this and eating popsicles to try and get it right. I hope you all enjoy it. I got some serious brain freeze just for you.
The flavors I've used here are generally what the candy industry uses to concoct a blue raspberry. Pineapple, banana and cherry.
I chose INW Pineapple and CAP Golden Pineapple because it gives what I feel is a nice sweet balanced pineapple to build upon.
For the banana I knew I wanted something that was a good banana that would fit in the mix and work well with the other fruits. I arrived at HS after the other few bananas I tried stuck out like a runty whore in church.
INW Cherries was a no brainer. It's my favorite cherry and doesn't bring a bunch of medicinal baggage to try and mask. The problem I had was keeping it low enough so that it blended in like a sniper in a ghillie suit. My first few batches were very cherry forward and it stepped all over the pineapple/banana instead of working with it.
FA Oba Oba and CAP Hibiscus bring the sticky syrupy sweetness to the party.
You can add your preferred amount of whatever coolant you want if that's your thing. I left it out when developing the recipe so I could taste what was going on. WS-23 gives me heartburn much over 0.75% but would be my choice here.
My nuts in your coffee RY4.
I wanted a nutty sweet dessert type RY4 that was similar to my PB Cardinal mix that didn't blacken coils so quickly. I love Holy Holy Grail and FLV tobaccos but they kill coils and cotton pretty quickly.
JF RY4 Double is a great base to build upon. It's very caramel/vanilla forward and just needs a boost here and there. I chose to boost the tobacoo with INW Vanilla for Pipe which is a nice tobacco forward flavor that pushes the tobacco notes a bit more to the front. It won't show up in the mix for about a week, but when it does this mix starts to shine.
FA Caramel and INW Shisha Vanilla are here to boost those accent notes in the VFP and RY4D a bit more forward and make the mix sweeter with more depth of vanilla/caramel. These 2 bring help without bringing a ton of baggage or off notes and work with the tobaccos instead of clashing with them.
FLV Peanut Butter was chosen for the nut notes because it doesn't fade as much and we don't really need a perfect peanut butter here. We just want the nutty notes and pyrazines that it has to offer. I added FW Hazelnut for it's creaminess. It helps keep the PB from being dry and adds some creaminess to the vanilla/caramel notes and rounds out the nutty profile nicely.
I wanted a coffee accent because Holy Holy Grail RY4 has some coffee notes that I love. Coffee flavors are all lacking in my opinion and I felt that this choice was one that would make or break this mix. I chose SC Cappuccino because it adds a bit to the creaminess of the hazelnut and stays away from that burnt popcorn note if you keep it low. Its a relatively dark concentrate, but it's still kind to coils/cotton. Some may be sensitive to the burnt popcorn off note and I would recommend adjusting this ingredient to your liking if you want more/less.
I spent a lot of time balancing this recipe and checking it after a steep. This is, of course, for my palate. If you find that yours is different feel free to tinker with the percentages a bit. This won't need sweetener. The chosen concentrates do all the sweetening it needs. If you mix this up please leave a review or some feedback. All opinions are welcome!
This is good after about a 7 day steep. It's phenomenal after a month though
I was finishing up a PB&J sandwich one day and took a vape of Cardinal. That when I had a peanutiphany. We have a chocolate Cardinal thanks to ID10-T. There needed to be a PB Cardinal.
The obvious choice is TFA DX Peanut Butter, but I give it a helping hand (to not fade so much) with a touch of FLV Peanut Butter. The FW Hazelnut adds a little creaminess and complexity to the PB part.
I vape Cardinal right away even through the fade and reappear dance of the FLV tobaccos. I enjoy that red burley so much fresh. Then after a week I'll let it sit for a week until they get over their shyness.
A remix of DB Liquids Black Blossom Tea and my attempt at a Cherry Blossom Iced Tea. Don't be alarmed by the flavor percentage. The TFA I'm using here is super weak (especially Sweet Tea).
When ID10-T turned me onto TFA Sweet Tea I knew that I had the base for this remix. It's really weak and you can probably push it up to 15% solo. The generic watered down restaurant iced tea it pushes is light and doesn't bully a mix like FA Black Tea would here.
TFA Honeysuckle/Cherry Blossom brings the cherry with some floral brightness. The Honeysuckle pushes it a little sweeter and adds some depth to the florals. I tried it without the Honeysuckle but something just seemed to be missing.
CAP Hibiscus is here to add a bit of it's renowned sticky mouthfeel and add to the sweetness.
The small amount of FE Lemon brightens things up just a little bit and isn't really noticeable in the recipe. Can't have iced tea without just a little lemon.
INW Natural Mint adds just a touch of cool natural mint to the profile. It's sits way on top and is just noticeable.
Add coolant if you wish. I like this with just the mint. It's a pretty delicate vape even with the high flavor percentage.