I don’t mean to complain about my lot in life, but flavor testing can be kind of dry work. The routine of “this is a pineapple, it tastes like pineapple” gets repetitive. Occasionally you stumble on some gems, but then you get stuck explaining why they are better than other available flavorings. Too much work! The flip side of that coin, is that sometimes you stumble into something truly horrifying. Thank you Inawera. This is bizarre and not great and I love you for it.
Welcome to the world of niche spicy flavors. They are generally from one of two camps, just a chemical spiciness or an attempt at an actual spicy profile. This is from the profile camp. As far as I can tell, it’s attempt at something like a hot sauce.
The chile is the leading component here, and it’s definitely aggressive. I’d say it’s a pretty generic chile, without much in the way identifying characteristics. It’s not really smokey, grassy, fresh, earthy, or particularly sweet. It’s probably more like like a red jalapeno or a cayenne pepper. Your straight from casting hot chile kind of flavor. And it’s executed well. Nothing chemical or really off to actual pepper here and the spice level seems like it’s about right for something called “Chili & Hot Spices.”
There also feels like something kind of like a garlic in here. It shows up more after that initial hit of chili wears off a bit and something savory peeks through a bit. This is definitely chili forward, but that extra bit of whatever on the back end reminds more of Sriracha than anything else. This doesn’t have the vinegar bite of something like a Tobasco.
The actual vape from this is predictably weird. It’s harsh, there is a monster throat hit, and most of the other things you’d expect with a heavy hit of spice. But beyond that it’s strangely waxy. It seems to leave a weird kind of film on your mouth.
Did I mention that this stuff is a nightmare in a bottle? Check out this separation. It’s glorious.
And those are some tenacious solids. Even after shaking, this basically looks like a waxy sludge. With all that said, it doesn’t seem to instantly burn on the coil? So that’s awesome. I actually like RF Sriracha a bit more for an actual hot sauce flavor, but as soon as it hits a coil it instantly burns and gunks. I’ll admit to have only vaped a couple of milliliters of this so far, but I haven’t ran into any massive gunking issues.
The other big problem I have with this is more a failing of the genre. Vaping spicy flavors feels like heartburn breath, and they seem to have this weird warm rancidity that’s a bit off-putting. I haven’t found anything spicy (beyond just capsicum style heat) that doesn’t have that issue.
Actually using this in a mix? Well, I’d probably recommend INW Shisha Chili. The one without the hot spices. That one is less waxy and a bit less jarring to vape. But if you have this, I’d suggest you keep it relatively low and use it an accent. At .5% it’s spicy but not like vaping pepper spray. If you absolutely need it spicier, I’d look somewhere else. At higher percentages that waxiness and heartburn thing gets incredibly weird and kind of gross before the spice becomes absolutely unbearable.
Setup: Recoil w/ flavor barrel, Dual 12 wrap 24g 3.5mm SS316 @.32 ohms. 60w power, 450F temp limit. Full Cotton Wicks.
Testing: Inawera Chili & Hot Spice, .5% and 2%, 60/40 VG/PG base, 15 day steep.
Profile: Spicy peppers with a bit of garlic. Sriracha, more or less.
Off-Flavors: Waxy as all hell. Gets rancid fairly quickly.
Throat Hit: Yes. It’s a chili.
Percentage Recommendation: Under .5% as an accent.
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