Feijoa. Exotic. Mysterious. Who wants to read my flavor notes on a profile I’ve never actually tasted? Not being familiar with actual fruit, this vapes like a really interesting under-ripe pear.
Did you know there is a youtube channel dedicated entirely to weird fruit reviews? Well, now you do. All of my knowledge of how this should taste is being fueled by google, and as such I’m mostly going to sidestep the realism question. Seems like “pineapple guava” is a pretty common nickname, but I wouldn’t really call either of those out tasting this blind. Vape Train lists notes of “pineapple, banana, mint, strawberry and guava,” and that seems less than helpful.
The closest analogue to what I’m tasting here seems like an under-ripe tropical bartlett pear? There seems to be some kind of relatively sweet apple flavor right down the middle here. It’s that indistinct “Juicy Juice” type of netural fruit base taste that fruit juice manufacturers use to claim “100% juice on the bottle.” All of the accents here are pretty bonkers though.
I get a fairly heavy astringency from this, and I think that’s where the under-ripe pear comparisons really come in for me. There’s a fairly interesting tannic mouthfeel and tartness to this. It actually seems to have a bit of an odd drying effect in my mouth. I wouldn’t say it’s pronounced enough to make this unpleasant to vape, but it’s a pretty pronounced and strangely realistic under-ripe fruit astringency.
The tartness here is where I get most of the “tropical” notes, There’s a juicy pineapple or passion fruit kind of acidity in here. It maybe gets a bit intense and harsh next to that astringency, but it’s a fairly pleasant accent. It definitely does have bit of bite to it though. I’m not sure it’s a strawberry, but I am getting some lighter berry accents fading out and in depending on how saturated my wicks are as well.
Texturally, that astringency makes this vape a bit odd. That juicier apple and tarter tropical base is warm, sticky, juicy, and sweet, but that astringency makes this a bit hard to chain vape. This seems to increasingly harsh as I vape it as the tartness and astringency kind of build up.
At 1% with a long steep, this is kind of indistinct and money. I mostly get tart sweet apple, but it’s thin and harsh. At 4% this is substantially more put together. The juicier parts of this are fairly lush, and the astringency is sort of an interesting accent without completely dominating the vape experience. At 8%, the flavor here is largely fine, but it’s getting too astringent for me and fairly difficult to vape. I’d stay around 2% for an accent, and maybe 4% as a primary flavor.
With not knowing if this is an accurate enough Apollo Feijoa, it’s a bit hard to brainstorm profiles based on real life examples. Just going off the fruit notes in here, this would make a really interesting accent to juicy neutral base like CAP Fuji Apple or FA Pear, and should perk those flatter flavors and actually make them seem a bit more realistic. Actually, saying that, this is starting to remind me a lot of TPA Quince, and that’s one of it’s better applications. Beyond that apple or pear trick, It’d be hard to find fruits this really wouldn’t go with in an accent role. The astringency here is going to make bakery or cream mixes a bit dicey unless you want a more realistic kind of smoothie effect. That astringency is going to make this a bit harder to work with as the star of a mix and expect to do a whole lot of balancing.
Setup: Recoil w/ flavor barrel, Dual 12 wrap 24g 3.5mm SS316 @.32 ohms. 60w power, 450F temp limit. Full Cotton Wicks.
Testing: Vape Train Apollo Feijoa, 1, 4 and 8%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped apx. 2 months.
Profile: Juicy deep pear and tart tropical accents, with an astringent underripe mouthfeel.
Off-Flavors: I can’t speak to accuracy, but nothing chemical or unpleasant. The astringency here can get a bit overbearing.
Throat Hit: Moderate to heavy. It could be worse, but the tartness has a real bite and the drying from the astringency seems to exacerbate things over time.
Percentage Recommendation: Good accent for pears or apples, but should work with most fruits without calling attention to itself around 2%. I’d start at 4% and work up for a primary flavor, watching for that astringency.
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