Avocado

The Avocado is rather interesting, as I really do not eat much, unless it is in guacamole! I did find this link that has started me on a few experiments. I must be brave and tinker with the avocado a bit more..

As a solo.. I ran this thru the paces I know, and I find it gets really intense used in higher amounts. It also has so many uses, more so than any other creamy type flavor that Flavorah has. Let me begin. I used my handy dandy 10ml set and started it off like this..

Avocado doesn’t appear to come out of the new bottle tip right. It takes more, so the specific gravity on Avocado is lighter than the rest of the flavors. I will have to pull my large scale out and double check, in case there is something wrong with my tip, or it could be the flavor.

At 4 drops or .02grams . its not really there.. barely can taste it.. uggg..

At 6 drops or .03 grams it is there, creamy with a hint of nut.. hmm.. but its not a “in your face” type deal.

At 8 drops or .4grams it is there.. right here is spot on Avocado.. in fact, it’s a bit much after a week.

You get the creamy almost nutty taste between 6-8 drops.. if I were to mix it higher, I’d run it at 5 drops per 10, mixed with other goodies, between 4-6 drops.. It really is a fantastic flavor that begs to be played with!

 

Black Tea

Black Tea is going to be a favorite, I can tell! On a sniff, it’s a good sturdy black tea and the ideas I can pick up with it, are many! Orange pekoe, strawberries, pears and other sweet fruits will be friends with this flavor. Comparable to a southern tea, without being too sweet, and there is no noticeable cooling with this flavor.

So far, I have used Black Tea in 10ml bottles at 2 drops or .04grams, 5 drops or .10grams, 7 drops .14grams and 10 drops .20grams

At 2 drops it was faint, and I admit, could hardly taste much at all.

At 5 drops, there it was, all waving at me! I got the tea, black, no fruits, no nothing, but pure tea, not exactly like Lipton’s but not shabby either. A pleasant surprise!

At 7 drops, it really got annoying, and my tongue was feeling all tea coated, sticky and just eh…

At 10 drops, it was back all liquidy smooth and to me, I felt like I was missing out on a few notes I picked up using the 5 drops..

This is why it took so long for this post, testing flavors out as solos, finding out how low to go and how high to work up; it does take time and the ability to pay attention to what your tongue tells you.

I feel this black tea will go with just about anything you can toss at it. it’s good and not too sweet, but if you plan on adding any sweetener, go slow and low, you wont need much. Fruits.. any and all fruits would love to take a swim in black tea! Creams, go light.. tooo much will drown out this beautiful flavor.. nuts, sure, add some in, and if you want a smooth vape, add some to tobacco and kick back.. 🙂

 

Eisai Tea

Eisai Tea otherwise known as Japanese Green Tea.. and right out the bottle, smells so delish! Green tea, with maybe some sort of fruity bit? A cooling sensation is present, but that is to be expected. 4 bottle drops from the new bottle give me .08 grams in a 10ml bottle, and it’s light.

Something I found on youtube:

Do you know how hard it is on writing about a flavor you have never tasted before?
Very! However I can say this is a thicker green tea, I can see it would be a bit more fibrous from the other green tea, as it does have a texture.  It’s very nice and if one of my fans could send me some haha! I would appreciate it.

I can see this as something to go with strawberries, blueberries and other fruits. Its sweet but tea tasting. As a solo, I can pick out an herb-y type foreground taste, and it’s really not bad at all, tasty! This could top cheesecakes and danishes would go beautiful.. maybe an apple cinnamon danish, with Eisai tea.. yes.. Pears would be a bit too much, maybe with the other green tea..

Kinako Soy

According to The Spruce link, “Kinako is one of many Japanese ingredients made from soybeans. It is dried, milled and roasted soy bean flour. It is golden tan in color and has a powdery texture similar to that of all purpose flour. It has a warm, toasted and nutty aroma, and its flavors are similarly nutty and slightly reminiscent of roasted peanuts.”

Ok, cool.. flour flavor lmao.. hmm.. what the heck! I did my standard 4 drops in 10ml and let it sit up 3 days.. and the weird thing is.. I am picking up the flour, and I get a powdered effect all inside my mouth. Very little roasted nut, so might try backing down and using 2 drop in 10ml.

I still have yet to toy with a good recipe.. I have gotten the flour out of my mouth now.. thinking on a few things.. will report back once I have something working. Single flavor test at 2 drops from the new bottle, 10ml is much better.. I think this is comparable to the pastry zest. Might be a start for a good recipe, will see.

Here is the trick to the kinako soy, use with a form of bread/cookie/macaroon etc and the helper is Pastry Zest!

Blueberry Pancakes!
http://tjek.nu/r/kmMk

Green Tea

Green Tea, I am guessing is a generic green tea. I have yet to try it.. I do have it steeping atm, 4 bottle drops in 10ml.. After trying this one out, and I have now confirmed, this is as close to the official Lipton’s green tea. I see a lot of citrus going nice with this one.. creams, and neutral fruits.. be cautious that you do not drown out the green tea effects.

As far as usage, keep this one between .2 and .4% I find any higher and it starts to go zombie out at .6 and up.. and when it comes back it will lose a few notes. It really does not take much using Flavorah, at all! That is the beauty of these flavors as they are done just right.

Smell test, smells just like the American Green tea, like Lipton’s Green Tea. I bet again, fruits, creams and honey will go nicely with this. I did combine it with the Eisai Tea.. and it did not work out too swift..

Tastes.. Chill green tea, lightly sweetened. Nice!! I might have to play with some Alpine Strawberry and perhaps some White Chocolate, for candies.. Even a Blood Orange and pear will be good with this totally good tea.

Red Velvet

Red Velvet and that little girl’s smile! Oh wrong song! LoL.. but the cake is perfect! Let’s find out where the hole in the cake goes! 😛

Now this, let’s get your tongue ready and here I go.. I did not start this with a 1 drop, I did 2 drops .04 grams and immediately there is this cake taste in my mouth and nose. who ever said inhaling your food is wacky, is wrong!! 🙂 It is light so off to the 4 drops .08 grams .8%, and no here.. is the cake and the hints of a cream cheese icing, but you might want to keep the cake going, as with 6 drops .12 grams 1.2% the icing effect does fade out and the cake gets stronger, tastier. I’m doing 8 drops .16 grams or 1.8% and think this is where it needs to stop. It’s on that verge, that thin line, one tiny drop could push it too far for my liking. It’s thick, cake, dry, almost fake chocolate, just like the red velvet should be and I do believe Flavorah has a real winner here. If you don’t get a big bottle, it’s because I grabbed them all! 🙂

for add ons: cream cheese icing hack at the bottom of the page, I can see some chocolate deutch for a German Chocolate cake, some fruits like pineapple, orange, or even coffee to make it even darker.. bourbon for a boozy effect.. and your own spoon, I have mine tyvm!

Testing solo flavors

Testing solo flavors can be challenging! Only if you are unsure of a manufacture or a new flavor, you might find yourself wondering, how to come up with what kind of measurement.

First, lets chat on how:  volume (%) vs weight (g). Volume is pretty easy… measuring cups, syringes, oral measures, basically anything with linear markings. Weight is even easier, with a bonus with today’s digital scales.  While I just stated what the differences are, I won’t go much further into the technical, other than weight is more accurate and is the leading standard of measurement in most flavor labs.  This is what I hold to, and how I post my recipes here on site.

The #1 killer for me is not taking or losing my notes! I encourage everyone to document, record, keep track, how ever which way you want to, but do keep up with your notes in a safe manner. Remember, if it is online and on someone else’s site..  it’s easy to drop a database and those secret recipes are no longer hush hush! It is alright to post works in progress, but those recipes near and dear, keep them safe.

Drops! I do believe I have come full circle on the “drop” issue. Years ago, we were told, and even tho it does still hold true, not all drops are alike! I could pop up pretty images here of all different sized nipple tips, but it’s late tonight. I can say here with my flavors, and most other ultra concentrate companies, off we have in common, besides how strong our flavors are, is the tip! Yes I went there! flavorah’s tip size on their bottles is perfect. Each drop will weigh out to around .0178 and .0213 grams. To make it simple and with ease of use, without getting into specific gravitates etc., I do round mine up and down to a common number and it’s .02 grams per bottle drop. It’s really that easy! So you have choices here on if you want to just guess by using volume, or try to become as accurate as you can be. Oh the bonus, I did forget! Not much clean up, and no messy measuring tools! Your choice.

Now for finding out about your flavors. First, pick out a manufacture. Know where they “stand” in the flavor field. Are they a solo creator, or do they work with a major flavor house? Are they a private party, like myself working for a private lab, or do they have a field when they mainly use their flavors? Next, go on and snag a few flavors, take the plunge and pick things you personally would like to enjoy tasting. Stay with small sizes for now, so if you find you do not like the way they make strawberry, it wont be as big of a loss if you had gone bigger. Once you have it, then the next step is finding all your gear (scales, gloves, etc) and creating your “zone”.

Your “zone” area should be clean and neat, away from kids, pets, heat, dirt, etc., No electronics other than your scales (interference can happen).  The next step is finding out if you have a regular, super or ultra flavor. A general guide would be like this, using a 1 ounce bottle as example:

regular flavors(tfa/cap)      usage:  6g to  30g*
super flavors(FA)                usage:  .15g to  1.2g*
ultra flavors(NV/FLV/TS)    usage: .02g to . 1.2g*

*First, these are just general averages, second is my point is showing how these flavors do decrease, as the strength of the flavorings increase.  This is why I say, it pays to know your flavor maker! Moving along..

If you get a hold of Flavorah, and mind you, these are only my suggestions on my page, on my site.. this is how I recommend you to try these out. I realize not every one of us has resources to burn thru, nor have all sizes etc.. and you might find there might be a few flavors you will be tempted to “cut” or dilute. My views on dilutions.. don’t. Just no. Go larger and become better at accuracy. How I set mine up is I do what is called “runners” I run the flavors out in 10ml bottles, using 1 drop and building up. That averages out to around 15-20 10ml bottles holding 10ml, a total of 120ml per flavor run. I do 5 flavors at a time and I do not test all “strawberry” at one time. I stagger them with the 5 flavor varieties and jot my notes down.

Will I show images? No. Just like you value your privacy (or some do not) I do, and I have to abide by my lab’s rules as they wish to remain private.  I am sorry if I am letting anyone down, as that is not my intention, but I have to follow work rules, even tho this is my fan site for Flavorah, I am limited at showing off what I work with.

Your tastes matter, so does your choices in what and how you mix. I can only wish you lots of good luck!

Smoky.

Flavor Care, Take care of your flavors!

Here is my memo for today, on Flavor care.

Taken from one of my notes:

Every concentrated flavor is a mixture of raw materials, and every flavor blend can act differently. For example flavors that have a vanilla characteristic are going to have slightly different storage capabilities than fruit flavors. Here’s the reason : vanilla and caramel flavors are mostly made of large molecules like vanillin, ethyl vanillin , etc.; we call them compounds in a finished flavoring.

Whenever you open a bottle, it’s the lightest and smallest molecules that escape and reach your nose quickly. Over time when you open a bottle over and over again more and more proportion of these lighter molecules leave the bottle and eventually the character of the flavor will be changed. This doesn’t mean the flavors spoiled, it’s just different. So this is one piece of advice, if you are going to store a flavor for a long period of time, transfer the flavor to smaller bottles that will you will not have to open over and over again.

When a flavor is warm, like if it’s a hot day, when you open the bottle even more of the volatile molecules will escape, much more will escape than if the flavor was cool. This is true for all liquids, when liquids are heated the molecules are much more easily converted to their gaseous state. This is also the reason why you should not be “top off” on creating your juices, as they depend on the gases to help steep into your base mix.

HDPE plastic, is very resistant to interaction with the flavors.
However, even with HDPE plastic, I really wouldn’t recommend storing them for longer than a month or so.. It’s much better to store things long-term in glass, or PET bottles, and it is not a good idea at all to store the flavors with the plastic eyedropper caps on the bottles. The rubber that’s used with the eyedropper’s is extremely soft and interacts with the flavoring. Some Flavors can appear to eat into, and other flavors will demolish rubber dropper tops, depending on the compounds inside them.

I hope this helps in understanding how to manage your flavors, and as usual, any questions, just ask!