I wouldn’t have figured that we’d be on such a journey exploring some of the Vape Train soda flavors, but here we are. Creaming soda is basically cream soda, but with a berry or red fruit flavor added. And this does that, at least in terms of taste. The vape is a bit wonky though, and that vanilla smothers most of the other stuff going on with a pervasive fluffy texture.
I’d definitely call this vanilla forward. Very bright, vanillin type of vanilla without anything really dark or spicy. Frosting or cheap ice cream style vanilla, which is probably a fit for most cream sodas, and doesn’t really drag anything off profile. The thing is, it’s fluffy. Fluffy like a marshmallow and that presents some problems trying to actually use this as a beverage flavor.
There is a nice berry note here. It’s not really realistic enough to nail it down a specific berry, but it does taste like it’s somewhere on the red side of the house. I’d probably just call it artificial raspberry and be done with it, but I’d believe currant or some kind of generic mixed berry style profile. That fluffier vanilla doesn’t give the berry too much breathing room in here, but it does show up mostly on the tail end of the exhale after that vanilla onslaught lets up a bit. What I can taste of it is fairly well executed, tasting artificial without tasting gross artificial and without much in the way of perfumey floral nonsense.
Texturally, this kind of does start off like a soda, which is promising. Inhale has some of that (starting to be familiar) vape train fizz effect and it kind of gets your hopes up. I lose that soda fizz and texture entirely on the exhale, and that marshmallow thing pops back up from the fluffy vanilla.
It’s hard to critique much here beyond that mouthfeel of that vanilla, and it’s enough to pull me out of a beverage profile for me. Could you get it back? Maybe. This would mix well with FLV Ginger Peach (which is kind of a cream soda flavor for whatever reason) and maybe some RF Soda Base for the right level of wateriness. I think this could also be interesting in an ice cream flavor, sort of in the utility roll of something like a vanilla swirl, used to cut back some buttery richness while reinforcing the vanilla in there and adding an interesting berry tinge.
Running through the percentages here, 1% tastes like a light vanilla or marshmallow flavor. 4% is a bit more fleshed out. The berry isn’t super prominent or anything, but I do pick it up here. That fluffiness from the vanilla is still pretty distracting. 8% feels a bit bitter, and if I had to guess it’s the berry note getting a bit floral. I’d top out at 6% as a primary flavor and about 3% as an accent.
So overall, not the most successful cultural outreach. Nothing here tastes bad, but that mouthfeel issue kills the profile for me, at least solo.
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 Creaming Soda, 1, 4 and 8%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 8 days.
Profile:Berry cream soda. Heavy vanilla, with the berry working mostly as an accent.
Off-Flavors: Vanilla is prominent and fluffy, Wipes out any beverage mouthfeel and steamrolls berry on exhale. Pushes a bit bitter at the high end.
Throat Hit: Nah. Smooth as could be.
Percentage Recommendation: 5-6% as a primary flavor, 2-3% as an accent.
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