Plum flavors are relatively scarce in vaping. There doesn’t seem to be a whole bunch of traction on them besides for Inawera Plum and Smoked Plum, which have been reformulated, of course. Love you Inawera. I don’t have a whole bunch of plum experience outside of those aforementioned INW plums. This is pretty solid overall, if not as dark as the classic INW plums.
Real plums, or at least the plums I’ve had, share a whole lot of their flavor profile with other stone fruits. This kind of skips that. It’s like a distillation of the identifying characteristics of a plum rather than full plum experience. That’s not a knock, but you’re missing the juiciness and body of something like a fresh plum.
Sort of a result of that, this ends up coming across as more of an artificial flavor. I get some rainier cherry type of body with a slightly floral fig finish. There’s some depth and syrupy body here, but that finish dries out a bit and starts to leans towards something like TPA Cherry Blossom. It’s been a minute since I’ve had the source material, but it does seem pretty familiar from something like Japanese plum candy.
Vape Train usually hedges it’s bets on mixing percentages, so they suggest going all the way up to 10% as a standalone, but I don’t think that’s really going to work here. By 6% the finish on this is already fairly powdery and I’m picking up a hint of cherry off-note plastic. At 2% this is quite a bit more mellow. Not a super bold flavor, but it sidesteps that TPA Cherry Blossom effect for the most part. I’d probably go 2-3% with this as a realistic-ish plum flavor or as an accent with other stone fruit. If you wanted to play up that candy effect, 4-5% should work pretty well.
Because this has that candy edge, I’m not really sure it’s going to work all that well with tobaccos, which are sort of the forte of the INW Plums. I’d stay lighter and fresher with this. The candy thing is a no-brainer, but smaller accent percentages could bend around a darker apricot or peach flavor into resembling more of an actual plum. Alternatively, you might be able to work this into backing up a darker cherry flavor.
The biggest shame here is that I’m completely missing the flavor of blood. You promise me blood, I better get blood. 0/10. No stars.
That was a joke. This is pretty good.
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 Blood Plum, 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 7 days.
Profile: Dark, sweet plum with a drier candy finish.
Off-Flavors: Can get powdery at higher percentages. Good deal of cherry in here and picks up some plastic weirdness up high.
Throat Hit: Light to moderate. A bit of a bite, not as smooth as a good apricot but less throaty than most peach or cherry flavors.
Percentage Recommendation: 2-3% as an accent or lighter realistic plum. 4-5% as a drier plum candy flavor.
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