Capella Silverline Tropical Fruit Punch
A PLAY IN THREE ACTS
I. GUARDED EXPECTATIONS
The SilverLine from Capella has been a really interesting experiment, if not entirely fruitful. Why not advertise that these are going to be cheaper, in-house formulations? Something that leverages capella’s vast experience at a better price point? The results have been decidedly mixed.
The stuff they’ve done well (Fruit Circles, 27 Fish, 27 Bears) has all been pretty drop and go popular profiles. And they are good. Probably best in class. They’ve had a bushel of mediocre nonsense though (Acai, Biscuit, Blackcurrant, Blueberry Extra) and a couple of outright disasters (Silverline Whipped Marshmallow is garbage.)
I don’t think the price point argument holds that much water, considering Silverline is still more expensive than TPA and FW (at least on the retail side.) So, launching yet more SilverLine flavors is sort of a modest event. I’ll pick them up, but I don’t have any really high hopes.
Tropical Fruit Punch, that seemed like the kind of profile they would actually do well with. It smelled awesome, which is a pretty good start.
II. THE PUNCH
Hawaiian punch, impossibly red and sweet enough to rot the teeth right out your face, looms large over vaping. Most flavoring companies have some attempt at capturing whatever signature blend of guava, pineapple, cherry and high fructose corn syrup passes for “Hawaiian Punch” flavor. Basically, the word “Hawaiian” signifies that that the concentrate will be aping that particular brand of diabetes without going full bore and opening up the flavor-house to legal action.
This starts off extremely promising. You get a fairly mellow juice base with a softer pineapple flavor like Capella’s golden pineapple. There is a very “red” guava inflection on top of it and manages to be sweet without being completely obnoxious. It’s downright pleasant really, which isn’t something these hawaiian punch type flavors are known for. There’s a distinct, juicy beverage type of mouthfeel as well. Overall it’s really nicely done. You start to get hints of a sweeter maraschino type cherry behind that candy guava flavor and then the trouble starts.
III. THE AFTERMATH
Once again, cherry destroys everything it touches. After that initial, life-affirming blast of wholly competent hawaiian punch the plastic comes sweeping in. That sweeter cherry note devolves into a blast of off-gassing plastic or benzene cherry off notes.
Did I really taste that, you think? Is life that cruel?
Taking a second drag of this in fairly rapid succession only serves to confirm the grow discontent.
You did, and it is.
While on the initial burst those cherry off-notes show up on the tail end, the subsequent vape is permeated by them. Not as gnarly as CAP Grenadine, but it’s the same vibe and it’s not going to shrink at any challenge to it’s existence. It’s probably enough for me to write this off entirely, but you are free to chase whatever utopian vision of covering up burning plastic moves you.
It’s not percentage dependent. At 3% this is a light flavor, but it’s still got those off notes. 8% is certainly more pronounced, and actually pretty solid on the punch flavor here, but those off-notes are vicious and unyielding.
I’ve been set up. Expert play, Capella.
You’ve created something beautiful with an ugly, fatal weakness.
CUT TO AN EXISTENTIAL VOID, AND ME SCREAMING DIRECTLY INTO IT.
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 Tropical Fruit Punch, 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 5 days.
Profile: Accurate, juicy red Hawaiian Punch… at least for a while.
Off-Flavors: Plastic cherry off-notes on the tail end. Fairly prominent, especially with continued vaping.
Throat Hit: Not bad at all until the cherry hits. After that, moderate?
Percentage Recommendation: Cherry off-notes are also going to be stalking you. Punch flavor here would be 6-8%. Lower percentages mean less off-notes though.
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