Hey, another sort of interesting vape train lemonade, this time with the “clear” addendum. I’d call that mostly confusing, as I don’t really associate lemonade flavors with being especially unclear, but whatever. According to Vape Train the profile here is “a sweet lemonade flavour that’s similar to a Sprite Lemonade without the zesty citrus tang found in say a lemon squash.” So that helps, I guess?
Further googling suggest the existence of some mythical lemon soda type of drink rather than a still rustic-ish combination of cloudy lemon juice, sugar, and water. I’ve even found visual evidence of this drink.
Multiple mentions of “sprite but without the lime” are out there but this basically just seems like sprite. I do get a relatively clear lemon flavor that’s still running toward candy but there’s another tarter, neutral citrus flavor in here as well. I suppose that could be something like a lemon juice, but it really does seem similar to the lime part of sprite. The actual citrus mix seems fairly similar to the citrus in Vape Train’s Fizzy Sherbet, but the balance seems a bit more weighted toward that lime-ish part and less of the sherbet lemon. I mean, ultimately we’re splitting hairs here, and it probably tastes more like some house brand lemon-lime soda, but I’m not fully willing to commit to calling this just a lemon flavor. I have my integrity.
Much like their normal lemonade flavor, I do get some fizz out of this. It’s pulling the same trick that the Fizzy Sherbet and Lemonade are, with a slightly strange lightly bitter back end that is somehow metaphysically evoking carbonation. It’s a neat trick, and the more of these flavors I vape, the more impressive it’s seeming. This is probably the least carbonated out of the 3 concentrates, with markedly less fizz than the normal lemonade and maybe about half of the fizzy sherbet. The nice bonus to that is that this isn’t as aggressively odd at higher percentages, and is probably going to have a wider workable range.
The other problem with making a citrus that isn’t just a candy lemon flavor is that they tend to F A D E. Granted, I’ve only had this steeping for a week, but comparing it to a freshly mixed sample that tartness has started to fall off a bit and that candy lemon base has pushed closer to the front. Percentage-wise, this reads a bit weak to me. 8% doesn’t really seem overwhelming after a week. I’d probably be around 6-8% as a primary flavor, or 3-4% as an accent.
With all these sweet fizzy citruses, I feel like I’m repeating myself when I talk about possible applications. Yes, this would be an interesting base for the lemonade. I still think it could use a bit of lemonade reinforcement, but it’ll add a cool light fizz that’s only going to be more prominent if you add some cooling. i’d stick to the fizzy sherbet or normal lemonade for candy applications though, as both of those punch a bit harder in terms of flavor and have a harder fizz effect. Cocktail or beverage vapes? Sure, why not. My usual caveat about making sure that the profile fits is a bit deadened from the other fizzy citruses, just because this does feel a bit more easygoing. But yeah, make sure you actually want lemon in there.
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 Lemonade Clear, 1, 4 and 8%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 7 days.
Profile: Lemon (and lime?) soda. More like sprite than anything else, with a light fizz to it.
Off-Flavors: Lemon runs a bit candied, and that lime probably shouldn’t be here? I can’t really speak to profile accuracy.
Throat Hit: Light to moderate, really not that bad for a citrus and what is there works with the light fizz.
Percentage Recommendation: Not too aggressive for a citrus flavor, really. I’d use around 6-8% as a primary note, or maybe 3-4% as an accent.
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