Cheesecake

I have a feeling I could be here, stuck in the land of cheesecake for a very very long time! However, I can’t. Cooking dinner for my son and we haven’t had much time together, due to the sales and contest I have run.. so this will be the last one for tonight, I know!

At first, I really couldn’t get into this flavor, to me, it lacked the sharp, tangy cheesecake bits, we all love in the NY cheesecakes. It was more creamy than anything, but if you took it up too high, it’s like tasting just cheese. I have gone over and over, how I find my spots, and I hope it is starting to click now, use drops, go low and work high, be patient, and keep at it. If I need to add how I did it here with this flavor, I can on request. To actually build a good recipe with this flavor, I got to thinking, what will give this some oomph, some pizzazz, and really turn it out for the best, so with a little tinkering and a small sample of what this flavor can do for your mixes, let’s start off with..

Tiramisu Cheesecake 30ml

12 drops .24 grams Cheesecake
6 drops .12 grams Vanilla Pudding
6 drops .12 grams Cream
2 drops .04 grams Greek Yogurt
1 drops .02 grams Chocolate Deutsch
3 drops .06 grams Crunch cereal
3 drops .06 grams Cookie dough
1 drops .02 grams Coffee

The vanilla pudding and cream support the cheesecake without overloading it down in creaminess too heavy, and the yogurt makes the cheesecake just pop all over! the way I did the coffee and crusty bits make the tiramisu just all tasty. You might need to raise these amounts up if using a tank, but for a dripper, it’s a spot on taste! 🙂

Bonus!

cream cheese icing

Cream Cheese Icing *Stone* mix
10ml bottle
Use as a new flavor, running around 2-4 drops per 10ml

2.00 grams Cheesecake (Flavorah)
2.00 grams Cream (Flavorah)
1.00 grams Marshmallow (Flavorah)
2.00 grams Cotton Candy (Flavorah)
1.00 grams Greek Yogurt (Flavorah)
1.00 grams Vanilla Bean (Flavorah)
1.00 grams Sweetness (Flavorah)

I had someone ask me how to turn this into a stone, made adjustments. ~S.

Cavendish

Cavendish tobacco
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cavendish Tobacco refers to tobacco that has added flavoring, or which was possibly subjected to heavy pressure in order to produce a sweet taste with a moist texture. American, Dutch, and Danish varieties involve the addition of flavorings; while British Cavendish brings out the natural sugars in the tobacco through pressure applied during the preparation process.[1] Cavendish tobacco is named after Sir Thomas Cavendish.[2]
The varieties of tobacco leaves most commonly used to create Cavendish tobacco are Virginia, and Burley.
The flavorings include sugar, cherry, maple, honey, licorice, chocolate, coconut, rum, strawberry, vanilla, walnut and bourbon.

I added information from wikipedia so everyone can understand the flavor and the process used to make cavendish, and what will go with it. Now with this flavor, it’s best to stay light. I started at 2 drops .04 grams in a 10ml, I got a hairy almost tobacco like taste, with some sort of perfume, Patchouli and maybe a dried fruit effect? and with 4 drops .08 grams, the “hairy” taste is almost gone, but still not a real tobacco taste, with even more perfume type taste. It’s not a stogie/cigar! No way, not in the raw flavor form.  Will I take it higher, no, in fact, 3 drops .06 grams in a 30ml is better, less perfume, but tobacco hint is really light. This is better off as a background note, at least for me. So how to fix this flavor to turn out even better? Watch!

 

Dark Pipe 30ml

9 drops .18 grams Milk & Honey
6 drops .12 grams Blood Orange
6 drops .12 grams Red Burley
6 drops .12 grams Virginia
3 drops .06 grams Black Cherry
3 drops .06 grams Cavendish
3 drops .06 grams Maple Bar
2 drops .04 grams Lime

Dark Pipe, even tho the name sounds like this would become a heavy tobacco, it isn’t and cavendish is much better used in a blend than as a stand alone. with the support of the red burley and the virginia, it tames the cavendish down, but yet brings out the better dried floral and fruit effects. I enjoyed the blood orange and black cherry, but as yo can read above, you can add anything else to this. You will have to find your own spots, and at least for me, mine sat for about 2 weeks before I could adventure anywhere close to this “hairy” patchouli pipe tobacco 😛 Hope you enjoy my review and remember, less is more and in this case, less is better!

Caramel

Sticky, sweet and oh my gosh so good, caramel! I know this flavor and what all it can do, by experience. I see it being overused and abused, but I won’t go there, as it does depend on the recipe and who is mixing it at what level of mix experience they have. For me, it’s a smooth caramel, delicious in most things I add it to, either as a supporting flavor or a main, this flavor is fantastic!

How I found my spots, is the same as all the rest. I grabbed up about (5) 10ml bottles and went thru my drops, 2 drops .02 grams, 4 drops .08 grams, 6 drops .12 grams and 8 drops .16 grams. I let these sit for about 3 days, shaking them every few hours; no other steeping tricks. The 2 drops was a very light caramel, and can see that being used as a sweetener at that level. Going to 4 drops, I got a good caramel type, not quiet as a solo, but then I rarely see caramel used as an only flavor, but it is possible it has been. at 6 drops, it starts to get really thick, way too much in my face type, with a taste on it that reminds me of burnt bits, def overdoing it there at 6 drops! So then I went 8 drops, and I just knew i’d be in trouble, but no I was not, not as bad as I thought, and it brings me again, back to my article flavor pushing zombies.

So this brings up, less is more than you really think, especially using it at more than needed. If you ever noticed, those full in your face flavor type juices going bad faster, if you keep a light to moderate hand making juice, it will last longer, and you will enjoy it better. You can retrain your tastebuds. YES! If you do a slow step down, like you would do with your nicotine intake. It is possible, and please do not give up, just practice more! Now how about a good recipe?

Caramel Coffee Brulee 30ml

12 drops .24 grams Caramel
9 drops .18 grams Vanilla Custard
3 drops .06 grams Vanilla Pudding
3 drops .06 grams Cinnamon Crunch
1 drops .02 grams Coffee

Creamy, rich, smooth and oh so good! You might want to let this sit around for a few days to mingle and play. Go big so you won’t run out of this one too fast! 😛

Edit: if you want more cinnamon/pumpkin spice/ginger then increase the recipe to at least 60ml, if not 120ml. Use 1-2 drops per 60ml for pumpkin spice, 1-2 drops per 120ml for more cinnamon.. If you’d like, sub out either or the creams for some good Irish cream, or Cream de Menthe! 🙂

Cantaloupe

Cool and refreshing, cantaloupe is one of my very favorites and holds a big spot in taste for me! As far as melon flavors, and depending on how you use this one, with or without mango, both have a way of adding body and a fabulous texture, along with great realistic tastes, if you keep it all within a best used range!

I had at one time a really good recipe called Beach Cone. It was an orange ice cream cone, like the kind you can get at the beach, with the hard shell type coating and the waffle cone taste, unbelievable. The secret is this, cantaloupe! I know its hard to believe that an orange ice cream can have a cantaloupe flavor in it, but this lent a good texture to the ice cream and bonded with the oranges I added in for the soft serve orange ice cream! I bet it would even work out with peaches!

I remember running tests on this one, as it was the next flavor I fell for, right after alpine strawberry! I ran at least 5 bottles of it, ranging from 1 drop .02 grams, 3 drops .06 grams, 6 drops .12 grams and 9 drops .18 grams, in a 10ml bottle. The first drop, very faint mellon, not really distinguishable as a cantaloupe, per say, but as a light mellon I wanted more! I snagged the 6 drops then, and omg.. juicy flavor just really to tickle my tongue and the ideas I had! I think I had cleared up my area, and even tho I labeled my bottles, a few weeks later I grabbed one (not looking, I always seem to try out things without reading what I did first!) and I went into shock! The recipe I had created, even tho it was a one try omg everyone has to have it, this amount I had used, was like a burnt mellon ready for the recycle bin! Do not think on pushing this flavor, it almost turned me off using it too high! Grateful it didn’t, as I have a bunch of  my recipes with “loupes” in them now. I make sure to keep a big bottle around these days.

Mixed up Cantaloupes 30ml

12 drops .24 grams Cantaloupe
6 drops .12 grams Strawberry
6 drops .12 grams Cream
6 drops .12 grams Greek Yogurt
3 drops .06 grams Acai
3 drops .06 grams Blueberry
3 drops .06 grams Basil
3 drops .06 grams Lime

Cool, refreshing with a hint of spice (from the basil, do not be afraid to use this flavor, it lends character to an otherwise ordinary fruit blend!)  I let this sit up for a few days, then add in some cool menthol to chill it a bit more, maybe 4-6 drops .08=.10 grams.. Try it out and let me know what you think! 🙂

Candy Roll

There are many secrets to candy roll!  Only if you have run your testing on it, will you find out, but let me help you along the way. Flavorah says it is a sweet fruit base note to use with fruits and berries. It imparts the flavor of a rolled candy like Smarties or Sweetarts that can be an excellent canvas for other fruit. Yes, this is true, it can taste like a smartie or sweet tart, but it puts the “shiny sugar-ish taste on things like a lifesaver, or a werther’s butterscotch or caramel roll, too. It can make banana runts, as well! (see my banana recipe!) haha!! Candy Roll really can be fun to play with!

I will not break this flavor down, I will however, leave it up to you to discover it’s secrets!

 

Fruit Roll UPs 30ml

6 drops .12 grams Blood Orange**
3 drops .06 grams Candy Roll
3 drops .06 grams Cotton Candy
3 drops .06 grams Marshmallow

Simple fruit roll up. You can sub the fruit out for things like grape, apple, banana, etc.. You can try it out after an over night sit, but it does get even better after a few days. If you need to increase the flavors, only try 1 drop per all of the flavors at a time. do not exceed 12 drops per flavor, as this can and will go funky on you!
(floral), especially candy roll!

Note: if you are aiming for a sweet tart effect, you might want to try adding in some cream or other dairy, along with the new Pucker flavor, to this recipe.

Butterscotch

Flavorah’s butterscotch is just as it sounds, all buttery with a background of thick rich and deep scotchy sweetness! This is def a “helper” flavor, as no matter what amount you use this in, it will shine as well as assist other flavors!

If you take it from my range, 2 drops .04 grams in 10mls, you will get a spun sugary, buttery taste. Raise it up a bit, at 4 drops .08 grams, the buttery comes out to play well, and at 6 drops .12 grams, this flavor just shines. Raise it up again to 8 drops .16 grams and it only gets thicker, with mouthfeel as well as with sweetness. I have noticed, there are spots in using this flavor that will cause different effects, like muting out, or mutations after a long sit time of 3-4 weeks. If you are noticing anything like this, back down on your amounts, and the flavor will last a longer period of time.

Butterscotch Pudding 30ml

9 drops .18 grams Butterscotch
6 drops .12 grams Marshmallow
6 drops .12 grams Vanilla Pudding
3 drops .06 grams White Chocolate

Will keep my pudding recipe simple here, but it is easy to get carried away with the flavors! You should let this sit for at least a few days, to let the flavors mingle and party. It is a thick rich butterscotch pudding with hints of white chocolate running around and teasing your tongue! If this is too light for you, increase by 1 extra drop per flavor, do not exceed more than 3 extra drops per flavor, as your wait time will increase, as well as the risk of muting out later. Enjoy! 🙂

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!

Bubble Gum

Bubble gum, so much fun! The things you can do with this particular flavor still amuses me and gives me giggles! Not sure if everyone is aware, but with this one, you can use this as the flavor, as a sweetener, as a “body feel” and even to give support to other flavors, it is a multi use flavor, for sure! It all depends on how you use it, how light, how heavy, so in the end, it’s up to you on usage! I tend to use this more with fruits but when you add a cream to the fruit mix, it will turn out even better!

Because this is a high concentrated flavor, let me tell you how I tested this one out. Running again on drops and 10ml bottles, 3 drops .06 grams will give you a hint of flavor in a tank, dripper, you will pick up the taste at this point. At 6 drops .12 grams, it is more like a hubba bubba type, at 9 drops .18 grams, it has a good taste and feel, but with a chemtrail attached!! Keep it low! Respect the bubble!! 🙂

Pink Bubble Gum

9 drops .18 grams Bubble Gum
3 drops .06 grams Cotton Candy
3 drops .06 grams Marshmallow
6 drops .12 grams Strawberry
6 drops .12 grams Watermelon
3 drops .06 grams Raspberry

Ready after a all night sit in, it’s really a pink vape! the bubble gum is front and center, the fruits support bubble gum and the cotton candy and marshmallow lend sweetness and mouthfeel. It’s one of my fun vapes, and I love to share it when out and about.. If you try it, let me know what you think of this. I like to watch expressions when people taste this, and I can’t help laughing when they do.. Why chew, when you can vape! 😛

Brie Cheese

Should I be scared of this flavor, brie cheese? From Flavorah! They say: “Soft creamy spreadable brie cheese with low mold. Surprising flavor profile is very vapable, and quite compelling for people who need something new that is not another custard-yogurt-berry parfait.  However, you will have trouble with this flavor if you vape it stand-alone.  It is an excellent base pairing with cream, milk, and or greek yogurt.  Fruits like rhubarb, coconut, and nuts like pralines or a FLV cheesecake if you want to add a crust.”

Naw.. I am not scared, I did a few samples, just to judge how this flavor will work, and I can say.. please, test out your flavors solo, even with a description like this, you need to know how a flavor will lay, or work with others, on your own. Without doing this, how will you know if your flavors go “south” or might cause issues, etc.. ? I started at 3 drops .06 grams for a 10ml and 6 drops .12 grams 10ml.. at 3 drops, I pick up a creamy twangy milky bit.. and at 6 drops I start to pick up a cheese. I had to let this sit for a couple days until I was comfortable with the idea of vaping this, but for giggles the last one was 9 drops .18grams and oh wow!! funky sour cheese bits with a twangy milky?? cotton and coil change out, for sure!! So with this now.. I made a few recipes, one I can share!

Fan Girl Dream Steam

6 drops .12 grams Brie Cheese
6 drops .12 grams Cheesecake
6 drops .12 grams Coconut
6 drops .12 grams Macaroon
3 drops .06 grams Sweetness
3 drops .06 grams Basil
2 drops .03 grams Praline
3 drops .06 grams Yogurt
1 drops .02 grams Alpine Strawberry

Dream Steam has sat around for about a week, but I see this bottle going down real fast and will be putting it on for remix. It’s fantastic going with my coffee, the strawberry is more like a strawberry sugary effect, the milky cheese part, isn’t too strong, it’s had a chance to lay back, along with the nuts and cheesecake just make this fantastic and the basil is here as a spiced cool touch.. I am really enjoying the taste.. Top shelf here! <3 ha! So, if you mix this and enjoy it.. let me know your thoughts!