First, props to Capella. Lean into the candy. I dig it. Most watermelon flavors have some degree of candy to them already, but I think this is a different kind of candy watermelon. The more common version is probably a Jolly Rancher, or hard candy type watermelon. Sweet, flat, and red in general, they don’t really attempt any simulacrum of a rind note. You run into the occasional tarter take, like Purilum Watermelon, but in general it’s kind of a hegemony of artificial watermelon. This bucks that, largely. Lest we bury the lede, this tastes like Watermelon Bubblicious.
I do get a flat candy watermelon base, but it’s dry. It’s not that juicy hard candy. It’s more of a taffy or yes, watermelon bubblegum, type of flavor. There’s also a candy watermelon rind bordering on cucumber kind of flavor. That’s the defining characteristic of watermelon bubblicious, and they’ve apparently nailed it. It’s harder to describe than to just call back to the gum, but it’s the interesting part of this concentrate.
Is it perfect? Probably not. It’s a bit harsh and dry for me, and I don’t think it’s a steeping or percentage issue here. It’ll probably calm down a bit more, but as it stands it does have some bitter chemical strangeness on the back end. But that seems authentic? It definitely tastes artificial, if not particularly pleasant. You’ll probably need to drag in some extra texture to ameliorate some of that thinness. I realize I’m a Vanilla Swirl stan, but it really would help here. The texture bump and maltol muting are going to work really well to sell the watermelon bubblicious vibe. You could make an argument that you’d want to use a bubblegum flavor or whatever, but all of the bubblegum flavors taste distinctly pink. Why muddy the profile? Give in, and swirl it up. All swirl everything.
The potency here seems to be largely in line with other Capella concentrates, 5% is probably what you need to party. Testing this at 3%, it feels a little wispy and harsh. At 8% it’s starting to get a bit perfumey. I’d ballpark this at 5-6% as a primary flavor. I’d be cautious using this an accent, I don’t think it will actually work all that well anywhere if you aren’t going for a big, dumb, glorious, and fake watermelon flavor.
Just proclaiming this tastes like Watermelon Bubblicious is going to have an effect on a large subset of the vaping population. Nostalgia is a hell of a drug, and something that tastes exactly like a gum from the collective murky past of vapers is going to cause every cloud bro, everywhere, to go full mast. I say this not as a slight, but just recognizing where the market is here. So to those excited that this tastes like a mostly defunct brand of watermelon bubblegum for children, I salute you. I’m one of you.
Setup: Recoil w/ flavor barrel, Dual 12 wrap 24g 3.5mm SS316 @.32 ohms. 60w power, 450F temp limit. Full Cotton Wicks.
Testing: Capella Silverline Candied Watermelon, 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 5 days.
Profile: Watermelon Bubblicious. Drier candy watermelon complete with bizarre candied rind note. Pretty unmistakable.
Off-Flavors: Dry with an artificial, slightly chemical finish.
Throat Hit: Moderate. Kind of harsh by itself, and gets dry for me.
Percentage Recommendation: 5-6% as a primary note but you must tame and thicken it. Not really an accent kind of flavor.
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