Mint forward butter mint. Kind of a niche concentrate, but this pretty close for someone looking for a butter mint concentrate.
This is a repost of legacy review, originally posted on the DIY_eJuice subreddit.
Setup: Recoil w/ flavor barrel, Dual 15 wrap 26g 3mm Nifethal 70 coils @.18 ohms. 60w power, 450F temp limit. Full Cotton Wicks.
Testing: Purilum Butter Mint, 4 and 8%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 21 days.
Flavor Description: The peppermint here is definitely a fit for the profile. It’s a thinner peppermint oil type flavor that manages to avoid completely tasting like a candy cane. None of that thick hard candy sweetness and warmth. Starts out a bit more aggressive and almost boozy, but steeps into a softer peppermint. Heavy mentholation with a pretty intense cooling, even after a steep.
There’s also a some of that butter mint body here. Seems like the body is lagging a bit behind the mint here though, and you have to get sort of acclimated to that more intense cooling before it really starts to come out. Chalky, moderately thick body. Maybe a bit more altoid than a richer buttermint, but some of that buttery smoothness does come and out. The butter here is mostly in the texture, without any heavy dairy notes to really clash against that aggressive mentholation.
Overall the texture here is good. The mint mostly stays put in the top notes and the base has a decent thickness to it. Not a ton of sweetness, but enough to carry the profile. Fairly accurate overall with a steep.
Off-flavors: Cooling starts out pretty aggressive, but otherwise right on profile. Slight bitterness to the peppermint at higher percentages.
Throat Hit: There’s a heavy mentholation so a bit, but that’s kind of the point. Nothing harsh beyond that.
Percentage testing: At 4% this leads with the mint. Softer peppermint, moderate mentholation. Still doesn’t taste a candy cane. Thicker base is a little light against that peppermint. Very light buttery smoothness.
At 8% I’m getting a pretty heavy-handed mentholation. Tastes just a bit sharp and bitter, even after a steep. Body is a lot more present after the cooling settles in. Richer base, with a buttery smoothness.
This is probably going to be fairly subjective, based on your fondness for cooling. I dig cold, so I’d probably use at around that 8% solo, and maybe 4% as an accent, but trying this as a S&V at 1%, it does seem like it scales pretty well if a bit mint forward… so fairly versatile in terms of percentage use.
Uses & Pairings: I like this quite a bit as a solo flavor at 8%, but I dig heavy cooling. I’d go closer to 4-5% if you’re not a menthol fiend.
This could maybe use just a bit more body to stand up that heavy cooling. Probably not a bad idea to fill it out with a drier marshmallow like FA.
Outside of a solo flavor, this could be a useful peppermint to use in applications where you want both a non candy cane type peppermint and some of that thicker body. Not buttery enough to really clash in beverage profiles like coffees. Could be useful in peppermint bakeries or with something like a peppermint bark.
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