You spend so much time complaining about the lack of true boozy notes in vaping. The difficulty in really selling a cocktail effect in a mix. It seems like a sympathetic argument, just give me a legitimate alcohol concentrate and all of my dreams will come true. The lame will walk, the blind will see, I can finally make a mojito that doesn’t taste like a dessert. You ask for all of these things, in good faith, and Vape Train delivers. This happens. And it’s boozy. It’s really boozy.
Holy scotch. I mean, at the risk of sounding reductive, this is pretty much scotch. And I’m definitely going to sound reductive, because I was never a huge scotch drinker, so bear with me here. The actual vape experience is disconcertingly like the breath before and after drinking scotch neat. I realize something like this is going to fairly niche, but it’s probably one of the more realistic flavors I’ve tried. Seriously, if you get it, just smell the bottle and tell it doesn’t smell like your uncle’s breath at christmas. It’s uncanny.
Hard-hitting and smokey note right up front just fills your sinuses. It feels pretty accurate to a scotch, with something that tastes a lot more like peat than the oak from a bourbon. Right after that you get a big wave of hot alcohol. Whatever is here tastes like the right kind of grain mix. Some deeper malty notes, but not as sweet as something like the corn from bourbon.
Like the other Vape Train booze flavors, this ends up being top heavy. I feel like this has about as much going on in the body as their light rum, so it’s at least got something going on besides that heavy, boozy top note. It’s a bit swamped by all that peat and alcohol, but there is a lighter, vaguely sweet and slightly fruity body. If you wanted to be fancy, you call it a sherry cask aged fruit kind of flavor, but it’s pretty subdued. It’s not really a thicker, fuller vape, but I do taste less raw VG here than with their bourbon or vodka. It could still definitely use more body and is going to be a bit jarring and unsatisfying as a solo vape.
It’s hard to really call it an off-flavor, because I’ve got this with actual scotch too, but this has a sort of earthy finish that can be a bit off-putting. There’s something almost moldy on the backend of this, but again, it seems fairly accurate.
I’ve done a decent amount of playing around with this, and it’s proving to be a bit of a bully in mixes. It seems to just stand straight up in whatever recipe you’re trying to put it into. I’ve tried working it with tobaccos and in cocktails, and it’s always been the first thing to really pop in a mix, even at lower percentages.
Because of that aggressiveness and lack of satisfying body, I’ve been using this in an accent role. I’ve had the most success keeping this low so far, and if you don’t want to really get ran over by the scotch I’d stick around 1-1.5%. Even then it can get a bit aggressive, so expect to do a good deal of balancing your recipe to get this to work cohesively with literally anything else around it. My primary use so far has been layering this at 1% on top of relatively higher percentages of FA Whisky for the fruitier, fuller body. It’s getting dangerously close to being a satisfying scotch vape and I am deeply excited.
It doesn’t taste like real money scotch or anything, but this is super cool and probably worth picking up if you have any interest in the profile. This will definitely make you work for it, though.
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 Scotch Whiskey, 3% and 7%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped Apx 3 months.
Profile: Smokey, boozy scotch with an earthy finish. Mildly sweet, with a very light sherry cask style fruitiness.
Off-Flavors: Top heavy, base seems a bit thin. Earthier finish can get almost moldy and off-putting at higher percentages.
Throat Hit: Throaty, but booze, yo. Nothing that feels like it doesn’t belong here.
Percentage Recommendation: Seems a bit intense to enjoyably vape as a primary note and tends to stick out in mixes. I’d use around .5-1.5% as an accent for the authentic scotch bite in cocktails or more savory tobaccos.
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