Dragon Fruit is a mystery to me. I’ve had dragon fruit exactly once, and it was basically the living embodiment of “meh.” The texture was good, but the flavor was light and sort of pineapple-ish. It tasted like the version of a pineapple that lacroix would use, just to be one of the cool kids making fun of lacroix flavors. I’m relevant now, please love me. This is interesting though. I’ve never been a fan of Flavourart’s tropicals, but this is okay?
For what it’s worth, the dragon fruit here seems fairly accurate to my very limited experience with dragon fruit. It’s basically a lighter spin on pineapple with some hibiscus candy type notes. This manages to avoid being super floral or musky. Pretty straight ahead flavor with a bit of a riper note. Not aggressively funky or anything, seems like some of the same ripe tropical funk with a light sour note that you get with FLV Pink Guava.
The texture here is nice. It’s a fairly juicy flavor for me. I don’t think it’s quite as juicy as FA Pear, but it’s at least in contention. It’s also sweet but avoids the really heavy, flat candy sweetness of a white gummy bear, at least by itself. In some really cursory mixing, it does seem to impart a good amount of that juiciness into mixes.
You come for the labored introductions, but you stay for the C O N T E X T. Of the dragon fruits I’ve tried, this reminds me the most of Flavorah dragon fruit but better. Flavorah dragon fruit has that the same flavor profile in general, but it’s distinctly more floral and lacking the body I’m getting here. This is less white gummy bear than INW Dragon Fruit, but also a bit less thick and unctuous. TPA Dragon Fruit is not a flavor that occurs anywhere in nature and is basically a bunch of weird flavor modifying properties in a bottle. This does not taste like TPA Dragon Fruit.
At 2%, this is fine. Nothing too sharp or floral. Manageable touch of ripeness. The flavor seems a bit soft, but dragon fruit. At 4%, still nothing really making think it doesn’t belong this high. Flavor isn’t too aggressive, but it’s a bit more assertive. Texture is still fairly juicy. Ultimately, I’d call the mixing percentage on this fairly flexible. I’d go 1-2% as a juicy accent, or up to 5% as a primary flavor if you’re really into this and don’t have it competing with other fruit.
So, with all that said, I’m not sure exactly where to us this. If you wanted to actually taste it clearly, you’re going to have to keep the surroundings subtle AF. This has almost a hibiscus tea kind of vibe, and should pair really well with something like FLV Black Tea. You could probably sneak in a couple of lighter berry or apple accents without completely taking over, but it’s not really a flavor for taking center stage. Probably the most fun to use this would be to make a more candied pineapple flavor taste a bit more realistic. I’m thinking putting this behind some VT Sugarloaf Pineapple would help immensely at making it seem more like an actual pineapple. If it came down to it though, this would fit into most fruit mixes without really calling too much attention to itself. I could see it working really well for a more neutral body for a guava or mango. Stick it with some bananas or coconut or whatever. Tropical background noise with some extra juiciness. Sounds like a plan. Nothing too green, floral, or funky to keep it away from creams if that’s your thing.
Setup: Recoil w/ flavor barrel, Dual 12 wrap 24g 3.5mm SS316 @.32 ohms. 60w power, 450F temp limit. Full Cotton Wicks.
Testing: FlavourArt Dragon Fruit, 2 and 4%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 10 days.
Profile: Sweet lighter pineapple with some tropical ripeness and a juicy texture.
Off-Flavors: Not really. Not too floral, ripe, or candied. Seems pretty accurate to me.
Throat Hit: Light. Not as smooth as INW Dragonfruit, but nothing really harsh for me.
Percentage Recommendation:1-2% as a background in tropical mixes. 3-5% as a primary note, probably with tea or more subtle surrounding flavors.
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