Carbonation in vaping, maybe with the exception of chocolate that doesn’t kind of suck or a cherry flavor that isn’t a waking nightmare, is basically El Dorado. Many brave explorers, myself included, have started down the path and turned back battered, broken, and profoundly cynical about the entire concept. But, hey, this has fizzy in the title. And people are using it. On a scale of 1 to 10, how contrarian will I make this review? How’s that that for an intro?
So, sherbet, if you’re not American, is apparently “is a fizzy powder sweet, usually eaten by dipping a lollipop or liquorice, or licking it on a finger.” That’s what wikipedia says so it’s probably right. This has some pixie-stick looking neon tubes in the product photo, so I’m guess it’s not the profoundly mediocre dairy desert that is American sherbert. I am much more excited for this than another underwhelming sherbet flavor.
So yeah, it’s a candy. Primary flavor profile here is a lemon with some twinges of lime. You might even call it “lemon-lime.” Not coincidentally it tastes a whole like CAP Lemon Lime, which is probably a good thing. That lemon lime profile is pretty close to 7UP specifically, so that could be fun. Definitely candy sweet, and seems to have quite a bit in common with the couple sherbet lemon flavors I’ve tried. Closest lemon analogue with domestically available stuff is JF Juicy Lemon, although the lemon sicilies truly aren’t that far off the mark.
Sweet, powdery back end to this. It tastes artificial, with a light bitterness and maybe just the barest hint on anise on the back end. Finish seems pretty darn appropriate to the profile. Doesn’t really taste “chemical” in a bad way, so much as an authentic way. That back end gets out of control at higher percentages, but it’s pretty workable when you keep it low.
“But what of Fizz?” you ask, eyes gleaming with naive hope. It’s not bad. It’s probably about as fizzy as something like FW Pink Champagne, so kind of. Best as anyone can tell so far, a sharp flavor and cooling is about as close you’re going to get to a fizz or carbonation effect and this delivers that sharper citrus bite and that interesting slightly bitter finish. This has it’s own flavor, for sure, but if your mix can handle some candy lemon-lime then it isn’t a bad additive if you plan to grope blindly toward carbonation. Some extra cooling is going to go long a way toward making that fizz effect, so add in some ws-23 or something. In those kind of applications I’d keep it low, as it definitely has it’s own flavor and taking this higher actually seems to dry out a vape quite a bit. Try it around 1%, and it’s like adding a splash of 7UP to a flat drink instead of magically carbonating it… but that’s still pretty good considering what we have to work with here. Will probably be a little less obtrusive in hyper sweet beverage mixes, as it’s sweet and candied enough that it’s going to run over more delicate cocktail profiles.
Using this a more central part of a mix, it works a lot like a more citrus heavy version of something like TPA or FW Sweet and Tart, and you should be able to use it in a very similar way. It works pretty well up against candy bases, whether it’s that CAP Jelly Candy nonsense or a taffy type base. Also does does some really interesting things up against big, bright candy fruit flavors if the mix can handle some extra dryness. This gets a bit unworkable for me up above 4%, but it’s pretty fun to mess around with. Seems pretty custom built to work with candy citrus flavors like FLV Lime or CAP Lemon Sicily. Watch the throat hit basically, but get weird with some candy mixes.
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 Fizzy Sherbet, 1, 4 and 8%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 10 days.
Profile: 7UP and pixie sticks. Bright Lemon-lime flavored candy with a sweet, powdery, and yeah… a bit fizzy… back end.
Off-Flavors: Get’s a bit bitter and flat at higher percentages. Tends to make things taste artificial, but pixie-sticks, yo.
Throat Hit: Moderate. Not too bad as an additive but ramps up quickly. I’m thinking the throat hit kind of helps the fizzy effect though, so I’m not actually complaining. Just watch it if you have a sensitive throat.
Percentage Recommendation: I’d keep it around 1% as an additive and try to stay under about 4% if you’re actually going for a candy profile.
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