Soft winter wheat, distilled 3000 times using triple pure certified diamonds and old cheesecloth. The popular conception of the perfect vodka. Magic alcohol that you can add to whatever to make you drunk without any real commitment. Because really, who wants to actually enjoy your alcohol when you can go from zero to throwing up for the price of a bottle of pinnacle birthday cake vodka? But vodka itself can be pretty cool. There’s a balance between alcohol heat, sweetness, and texture that’s sort of fascinating. I don’t know how this intro really fits in, but Vape Train made a vodka flavor.
So, how do you make a vodka flavor then? If you’re vape train, apparently pretty well. Right off the bat, you get a fairly accurate cheap vodka heat. It’s legitimately boozy, and hits a lot like the vodka from a screwdriver that’s poured way too strong. It’s thinner and just seems to float on top of the rest of vape. Spooky accurate though. It runs a bit toward isopropyl alcohol, but it’s a pretty convincing stand-in for an actual booze.
There isn’t a whole lot more here than that hotter booze note. There’s maybe a bit of a lemon peel kind of astringency, but it honestly slides into that more aggressive booze without calling much attention to itself. Even at 7%, I was still tasting some raw vg here in the actual body of the flavor.
I have found, in mixing with this, it basically just stays right on top of a recipe. If you’ve ever mixed a vodka coke with cheap vodka, it’s that same kind of separation where it’s basically whatever you’re mixing with, and then a punch of booze on top. I’d think it sort of limits the utility? It doesn’t make things taste like a cohesive cocktail so much as just adds a boozy bite. But it’s legit boozy, which is a pretty big step forward.
Because of that kind of additive boozy effect, the usage percentage here is pretty wide open. It basically depends on how much of that hot boozy note you want on top of your recipe. As someone who actually enjoys that in a mix, I didn’t find this offensively strong at 7%, but it was probably overkill. 3% seemed maybe just a bit weak for the kind of cocktails I used to pour. I’d probably go closer to 4%, but you might want to just start low and work up. 2% would probably be fairly safe, and you can always just add more.
As a fun bonus to completely losing the plot for a couple of months, I’ve had samples of this stuff steeping approximately forever. This kind of boozy top note usually vanishes a bit with a steep, so this was like a science experiment and not just creeping apathy and exhaustion finally overwhelming me. I can say, that after at least 3 months, this does seems to settle down a bit. You lose some of that hot alcohol booziness, but it doesn’t disappear all the way, so that’s cool. I don’t remember a huge fall-off between 1 week and 1 month though, and that’s a pretty prime DIY steeping envelope.
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 Russian Vodka, 3% and 7%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped Apx 3 months.
Profile: Cheaper vodka. Mostly raw alcohol top notes and boozy heat. Light lemon but not much else. No real flavor underneath that top note.
Off-Flavors: Runs towards rubbing alcohol. Sits on top of mixes and doesn’t seem to blend all that well into profiles.
Throat Hit: Throaty, but that’s kind of the point. Not as harsh as a vodka concentrate could be.
Percentage Recommendation: Fairly linear and entirely dependent on how much booze you want. I’d start at 2% and work up.
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