Blackberry Blossom

Blackberry Blossom, oh my! This flavor clearly is not what I was expecting. Let me say this really slow, go get a big bottle! Yes, thank you very much!

This is what I am talking about, the blossom!

First thoughts: omg not a blackberry blossom *whines* it’s going to be too floral, it will really and readily become overused flowery juice, abused and knocked around, something out of my league, and I just know it won’t taste good. How could you do this to me, Flavorah! Why a floral flavor now? Just why?! So let me take a few and tell you about my experience with what I have dubbed, “The blossom”.

First smell, straight from the bottle, itself: light, headedly flowery, alcohol*? definately floral, and thinking back, I have not messed with alot of florals in a a few years! How deep into this rabbit hole do I want to go? Gee..

First taste: Well now, how I decided to play with this new flavor, slowly! I took it to 1 drop .02 grams per 10ml.. nothing! Omg. I went to 2 drops .04 grams, barely tasting anything other than a hint. Bravely went to my 3 drops in 10ml or .06 grams, and well, it is getting there. Odd, normally I can taste most all of the Flavorah flavors by now. So here goes 4 drops in 10ml .08 grams, and what is this I taste? I get a hint of a berry, but sweet, hmm.. that’s about all. Bottle #5 with 5 drops .10 grams, the berry is still in hiding, okay, I am a big girl, I can do this! Maybe! It’s sweet, and really making me think about what it is I taste. Hints of, could it be.. sweeter! Not really a floral in the sense of flower floral, oh wow! Ok on to the next bottle, #6 with 6 drops .12 grams and Bob is my Uncle!

There is the beauty of working from low to high, flavor discovery! I still think the berry is hiding but it’s peeking out now, and definitely get a honey nectar experience! I can so a lot of potential with this flavor, used with persimmon (with or without spice) with papaya punch, guanabano, the lighter fruit group Flavorah only does so well! This flavor will truly have you thinking you have taste buds like the elves and fairies! It is light, would I push it any further? It really depends on the recipe and application. I could easy take this to 10 drops in 10mls or .20 grams or even 2% however, it you push this too far, you will end up with a “black chocolate cherry” -experience! 🙂

Keep this on the light side for best results!  *As for the “alcohol” smell I got, it is coming from the “floral” bits, as a smell of the blackberry blossom that is more like a new honey, than anything else. Do not take the top off when mixing this flavor, as it needs to be kept closed for the gasses to mingle with the liquid to develop fully. Otherwise, you are blowing and wasting this flavors potential.

No recipe yet, but I will revisit this post of mine, perhaps.. 😉

blackberry blossom

Custard

Custard, I swear Flavorah must have gotten this recipe straight from my mother, who got it from her great grandmother. Tastes just exactly how a good custard should be. Thick, but thin, rich decadent and omg so delish in anything I toss it at. This is what I would call the stove top method to creating a good custard.

How I tested it: from 2 bottle drops .04 grams in a 10ml, up to 8 drops .16 grams in a 10ml. Verdict, can really taste it at 2 drops, 8 drops is too much; for a blended recipe, from 2 drops to 6 drops will be your average, with 4 drops .08 grams or .8% usage in a recipe. I see a lot of folks using this flavor way too high, and by doing that, you will be missing out on the brown sugar, the nutmeg, the lower and middle notes in a lot of Flavorahs flavors.. so please be kind to yourself and try small amounts. It won’t hurt much to lower and test. 🙂

Recipe time!

 

Strawberry Custard 30ml

12 drops .24 grams Vanilla Custard
9 drops .18 grams Custard
2  drops .04 grams Alpine Strawberry
3  drops .06 grams Butterscotch
1 drops .02 grams Cookie

The Vanilla Custard is the start here for lush creamy thick and rich vanilla egg custard. The plain custard provides the topping to the mix, and lends more credibility. Alpine Strawberry here give the best sweet ripe and omg delish strawberry ever. It’s my fav one to work with. The cookie give the entire mix some texture, and hints of chocolate. It just works out together.. 🙂 Let this sit for a few days and remember, don’t hold me responsible for empty bottles!

Cured Tobacco

Cured tobacco, at it’s finest. I immediately noticed, if I keep this one low, its a smooth, aged tobacco, almost fitting for a nice cigar or . I can spin this flavor so many different ways, all with different results. If I only use eh, 6 drops, or .12 grams in a blend, it comes off lightly as a finished hint of a deep tobacco, especially mixed with Arabian. If I want a fun playful type tobacco, I’d raise it up a bit more and add in some breads, creams, maybe some type of caramel, and perhaps some fruits. This flavor is really packed well and I know the experiments I have done with it, will be keeping a bottle around!

It’s been a bit since I posted any of my flavor reviews.. but I hope everyone knows, try these flavors out low first. We all taste things different, and there is no set way to mix. Yes I use these super low compared to most everyone else, but for me and a few others, this works. I again, have been using these flavors for a few years now, and every time I sit down and mix, I always come up with different styles and tastes. The secrets to this is your notes, your set up and your taste buds! Now onto the recipe I’d love to share!

 

Smoky RY4 30ml

12 drops .24 grams Caramel
9 drops .18 grams Cured Tobacco
9 drops .18 grams Orange Citrus
6 drops .12 grams Butterscotch
6 drops .12 grams Lime
6 drops .12 grams Beer Nuts
6 drops .12 grams Vanilla Pudding
3 drops .06 grams Cream

Now this, is something special.
Easy to vape any time of the day or night, and if you toss in a few drops (1-2) of bourbon, you have a mighty fine vape!

The citruses help to keep it from getting too thick dull and boring by breaking up how thick the caramel and butterscotch turns out, as well as lend a helping hand to the cured tobacco. The creams smooth things out and can be adjusted higher or even remove the cream from this recipe, if you’d like a rougher version.

Allow to sit for 2 days and then try it out. You will be surprised 😉

Cupcake Batter

Cupcake batter, I believe is one of the top sellers for our Flavorah! and no wonder, it is finger licking good!  From the time you take the top off and just sniff the bottle, I know that is when the flavor gets one hooked! Light fluffy or even a heavy cupcake batter, the things I can add into this flavor will make a grown man blush! 😛

Ok for my testing in yes, those famous 10ml bottles, I ran the gauntlet again from 2 drops .04 grams up to 8 drops .16 grams. Using only 2 drops, its extremely light, but you can begin to taste it after eh.. 2-3 days sit time. At this point, you could mix this in with other creams or even flv’s pound cake for a more richer cakey experience. Raising it up to the 4 drops, and after a few days sitting around, a good start to a rich cupcake batter, and thinking on that, you could build into your batter now with other add ins. Yeah, you guys thought I’d drop more secrets out, eh? I might.. keep reading! at 6 drops, to me in a 10ml bottle is on the verge of being obscene! I can see here if I push it further, I will get that funky chemical tail my tongue always seems to be picking up. I don’t think I will be trying it at the 8 drop amount.. not yet anyways, and the 8 drop bottle has a spot on my table when I am once again wanting to play with my batter! Now on to a good recipe:

Cuppy Cakes! 30ml

14 drops .28 grams Cupcake Batter
9 drops .18 grams Pound Cake
2 drops .04 grams Cookie
6 drops .12 grams Sweet coconut
6 drops .12 grams Butterscotch
6 drops. 12 grams Greek Yogurt

See how I did this, with the layering? the pound cake will help with the body, unless I slip in 1 drop .02 grams of either mango or banana. The cookie, lends more of a bready bit, but will fade into the cake batter, and give it that cakey cookie dough type. The sweet coconut, its like adding in coconut milk, sweet light and creamy, for a more liquid type taste; if you do not want it liquidy, then go ahead and use the coconut at 2 drops per 30ml. The butterscotch is a hidden treasure here, as you can tounge chase and if you didn’t mix this, you wouldn’t recognize the scotch part, as the greek yogurt adds in some of that tangy bit of battery dough.. 😉

Now, if you can read in between the lines here.. and play with this recipe, you could turn out a omg melt your drip tip sugar cookie dough.. but… if you can’t, then might have to wait a bit, maybe I will drop it again somewhere! ~S

Cucumber

Cucumber! Alrighty, first let’s here what Flavorah has to say on this flavor:

A fresh and innovative flavor profile that vapes like a happy hours cocktail. Don’t bother turning up your pinky finger when you burn this…it’s not a light airy essence, it’s a good fresh and full hitting vegetal vape. Delightful with a cooling menthol, or can be happily blended with some fruits for a very condescending and upscale juice from the top shelf. Capital!

Now for mine. Cucumber, at least to me, is a very accurate name and yes, just like it’s namesake! The very first word of advise I will give is go slow. I attempted what I assumed would be the most awesomest (hehe!) melon cucumber juice ever, and boy was I so wrong!! You really need maybe 1 drop.02 grams in a 30ml, or even maybe 1 drop in 60ml! It is an in your face brilliant bold cucumber taste, fresh and if vape had crisp, yeah, could even put hairs on people’s chests! 🙂

I am very familiar with all the juicing and healthy drink blends so I didn’t give up, I just switched my flavors around and tried this one.

Alegro! 60ml

9 drops .18 grams Green Apple (yes no pic of the green, eh!!)
12 drops .24 grams Red Apple
9 drops .18 grams Lemon
1 drops .02 grams Cucumber
1 drops .02 grams Ginger
1 drops .02 grams Coconut

Now this one… it shines! Give it maybe a 3 day sit and play period and I will say, refreshing and just tasty..
I’d add in some cool menthol or some Ice, around 6 to 9 drops.. Perfect for hot sunny days out and about.
Had a few people stop and ask me what I was vaping on, and Alegro just suits this concoction of mine..
If you make it, please leave me some feedback! tks! ~S

 

 

Contests

Just a quick note about the contests I have thrown, giving out full flavor lines.

I want to say thank you to the team, Flavorah! for allowing me to run a few facebook contests off our fan page. The experience I gained from running the contests has been amazing. I really was surprised in each of the contests, the many people that have crossed my flavor path. I want to say thank you to those that entered, and I know we will be making a lot more fun and prizes along the way. This is my adventure, to try and reach out and to talk on my mixing experiences using Flavorah! and to share both the knowledge and mixing experiences. If you did not get to win, hang in, there will be more contests and chances. I do try to run them as fairly as I can, however I know my reach is awesome, this last one was well over 23k, and with that, I will say now, fb does have traffic issues. If you feel you matched all the requirements, please check those over a few times and make sure you ar eligible and met all that needs to be. Fb lag can be a very big challenge, especially with a lot of people competing for winner. I hope everyone can understand and I can appreciate those that did have patience with me. So a big thanks from me to you all!

Will I have a contest on site? Maybe later down this flavor road of ours. Never know! I know I have approached Flavorah with a few more ideas.

If you want, hang in.. the fun has only begun! ~S

Reaching taste buds

Reaching taste buds. What a topic, eh? Serious tho, this is something I think on constantly, along with how to reach out and help others understand what it is I do and maybe the reasoning and my way of logic towards mixing. Let’s get going!

Do not hold me responsible. Not for empty flavor bottles, juice bottles! Not for “I can’t taste this” or “omg it’s way too much for me”! Taste is after all, on the tongue of the taster! It’s also according to device and even how your coils use their ohms, the way they are wicked, as well as battery power! So on this note.. and this is for people wanting to learn to mix for others, not necessarily new mixers for personal taste, but it is something for everyone of us to think on.

If you are testing your flavors as solos, perhaps you should test for how equipment is used, as well. Let’s say Bobby Sue fell in love with the idea of tasting your blueberry yogurt, and you really want to turn out this juice, so she will like it. First.. my old saying, you are only as good as the flavors you mix with. Logic behind this is… knowing your manufacture, the lab where it comes from and how they design the flavors you work with. It is your place to understand how these chemicals interact, as it is you, the recipe creator that is designing the juices. A lot comes into play, as if you are a low ohm, high-watt user and Bobby Sue is a medium ohm low watt user, yes, to her your juice will taste different. 😉 (there goes the clones!)

If you have a chance to meet up with a new flavor manufacture, the first thing is to always solo test. I can not stress this enough! Take the flavors as low as you can go, and then slowly raise them up up and up.. push them, as well as your equipment. Discover what they can do at your set up and then change your set up around. Bounce the flavors, bend them, make yourself understand exactly what these chemicals can and can’t do. Just do not fall into the traps of suggested use, or Johnny likes this at 13% so I must too, yet my biggies, a website says average use is 6%, all this does is let you know what others use these flavors at, own your own flavors, just like your tongue won’t be mine, and I can’t share my tastes with you, we are all different, and want this all to be done and over yesterday. Explore, discover, and then once you think you have that mastered, do it all over again! Yes.

As another discovery, those that like in your face flavorings at low ohms and high watts, when you do attempt to start low flavors, you will have issues tasting lower amounts of flavoring, as the higher amounts of flavorings will do your “buds” damage, and the low/weak flavorings will give your tongue trouble, until you raise it up higher. Make sense so far? Just like if Bobby Sue took a vape off a setup that is not like the way she likes it, of course, it will give her issues too.

What to do about this? go backwards.. raise your ohms up, lower your watts, in baby steps, just like with flavors you like as in your face, instead of using a particular flavor at 8%, step down to a 7.5% and then a 7%.. retrain your tongue, shake it up a bit! It works! and your pallet does adjust. It changes every 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months, and by the time 3 years hit, your mouth isn’t tasting what it was 3 years before. In fact, I bet for those long term vapers, you don’t even vape the same juice you did 3 years ago.. 😉 this is due to pallet change, that causes you to want other flavors. It is also what I blame on my own tongue, as I do not have an all day vape. I rarely vape the same juice even for more than half a day. I keep around 12 different juices on my desk and vape at least half of them all day.

What I am saying here is don’t stagnate, but think on what and how  you vape, think outside the box and what could improve your mixing skills. Think, before you “gift” any juices out, towards the people that will be trying them. Just think,  if you could make your recipes just so drool worthy, they will always want to come back for more! You also want to try things you normally do not do, just to give your mouth a “shock” to wake up your tastebuds so they can get back to working for you, instead of sitting on the side lines.

The other thing I have discovered, specially working with ultra concentrates like Flavorah, is again back to my zombies and flavor overuse is that these flavors of ours do change with the amounts used. Sometimes they appear to taste like what they are, but you might not notice notes go missing when overused, or it might mute out from the get go, or fade over time (another biggie for flavor overuse) so use these with all this in mind. I hope, again that these notes of mine help out.

I really would love some feedback on these ideas of mine, so please dont be shy.. leave me a comment below! 🙂 ~S

 

Crunch Cereal

Not sure what your favorite cereal is, but I like this Crunch Cereal. Recently someone asked for my marshmallow treat recipe, and I thought, what the heck, will have to try this one as a treat too, so stand by! I will say this first, some may be sensitive to the chemical makeup of this flavor. It does seem to have a compound note to it, that only a small proportion tastes and smells a cardboard, wet, and I can see where they get it. Even using one drop, doesn’t help. So keep this in mind, you might be in the majority that can enjoy this flavor to the max!

Testing again, 10ml bottles, 2 drops .04 grams up to 7 drops .14 grams this time, with the 2 drop bottle being a light cereal, generic tasting, almost crunchy. At 4 drops it is really a crunch cereal, lacking the berry blend. (Not hard to add those in, and really glad it is missing, leaves a lot to imagine new flavor recipes on!) and at 7 drops .14 grams is about where I want to leave this one. Almost too much cereal here, way too much.

 

Captain’s Treats 30ml

12 drops .24 grams Crunch Cereal
6 drops .12 grams Marshmallow Treats
3 drops .06 grams Red Raspberry
3 drops .06 grams Lime
6 drops .12 grams Blueberry
3 drops .06 grams Tangerine

This is the simple version of my Captain’s treats, and should get you to where you want to go with this. Let it sit for a few days, shaking well. The fruits do merge but yet stand out, and the cereal is the main notes. If you want more fruits and less cereal, just ease off the amount of cereal down to around 9 drops .18 grams. I wouldn’t raise the fruits, but that is just me. Do as you wish! Vape more!

Creme De Menthe

Straight from Ireland and bottled fresh, Creme De Menthe is perfect. It is a spot on, light, fluffy cream, with that chocolate taste you will never forget. I was raised on a lot of the mint creams from my Grandmother and she is the one that taught me an appreciation for not just the mints, but good chocolate, too! If you are looking for an authentic flavor, this is the one you need. If you are not a fan of creme de menthe, just let me know when you will send it to me! Will gladly take it off your hands! 🙂

 

When I first got a hold of this one, from the first smell, I wanted to down the entire bottle. Why not?! But let me break this down on my approach. Yes, back to those 10ml bottles, please!. First, I ran it from 2 drops .04 grams up to 8 drops .16 grams. Yes, please, thank you so very much, 8 drops! So on my discovery at 2 drops .04 grams, its there, very light in the background after a 12 hour sit time. eh.. not what I want! 4 drops .08 grams I can taste it rather well (again, 12 hour sit time, separate bottles!!) and start thinking on the recipe I want to share. Why is that so hard on my favorite flavors, to find sometime simple, but yet will make the flavors stand out, even tho they are simple recipes? Dunno! Anyways, at 6 drops .12 grams in 10mls, is just no! To me it turns funky, like a fake taste, made well, but the tell tell signs it wont be prettier if I keep it here. Then finally, at 8 drops .16 grams, yeah just no; so my best use is going to be between 3 drops and around 5 drops in a good recipe, for a 10ml.  Now onto the recipe..

Coffee Grasshopper 30ml

12 drops .24 grams Creme De Menthe
6 drops .12 grams Coffee
12 drops .24 grams Whipped cream

That simple! Refreshing, creamy taste, with the coffee in the background. Perfect for a summertime wet morning wake up call.
I do recommend at least a 2 day sit time, only so that the flavors can relax and mingle together. Just remember, shake and dont stir!

Cookies and Cream

Grab a spoon, dig in for Cookies and Cream, because this is one of my latest fascinations of flavors! Due to the fun things I discovered about this flavor mixed with others.. I wonder if I have anyone willing to explore this one and find out if I am right on spot! I can say it is a basic cookie and cream type, not exactly a dark oreo cookie bit.

Running this flavor at 4 drops .08 grams in 10mls gives me a good cream base with a hint of cookie, and if I raise it to 6 drops .12 grams, there it is, a delicious tasting flavor, while at 8 drops .16 grams its very heavy and just obnoxiously cookie and cream. I’d be leary of it at this amount for muting or chem trailing out on me.

Nana’s Cream Cookies 30ml

12 drops .24 grams Cookies and Cream
3 drops .06 grams Cookie
6 drops .12 grams Persimmon
9 drops .18 grams Cream
6 drops .12 grams Custard
4 drops .08 grams Vicious Vanillin
4 drops .08 grams Sour Pucker

If you thought oreos are addicting, you need to try this one.
the C&C is exactly like the cream inside the oreo, while the cookie is supporting the c&c, lending even more cookie to my recipe, so you get all the notes from both, tied together. The Persimmon lends sweetness, and it’s fruity hides away, while the custard top notes play with persimmon giving it a beautiful texture in your mouth. The vicious vanillin makes this a vanilla cookie and cream, while the sour, yes, sour pucker actually helps the c&c crumble apart, just like the oreo cookie does when you eat it.

Enjoy.. 😉

For those lacking in the VV and the SP, you can sub it out for just vanillin and sour, but it will not be the same.