You can’t accuse Capella of false advertising here. A very solid take on a very specific profile.
The original CAP Green Apple is already one of the more solid candy green apple flavors out there. And the green apple in this concentrate doesn’t seem to stray too far from it. It’s the same flatter, heavier artificial green apple flavor. It’s not smooth, per se, but it sidesteps most of the dominant and harsh acetone notes that can show up in green apple flavors. Lightly chemical, but probably pretty manageable compared to the other available options. Green apple flavors also tend to have some lightly butryic barnyard funk to them, but again, this is very restrained compared to the competition. Mostly a clean, sweet, and heavy Jolly Rancher style green apple candy flavor. I will say, this is advertised as having some tartness to it, and maybe that’s a bit lacking. It doesn’t read as an especially tart take on a green apple candy, mostly just the standard level. That’s probably not a bad thing, because it’s smoother that way, but something to anticipate.
So, good green apple for a candy here. That’s good, but not exactly surprising. The “wow” factor is going to be the hard candy. Pour one out for all the mixers we’ve lost trying to make FW Hard Candy not garbage, but this works fairly well. It still has a bit of light chemical edge to it, but the actual textural components seem to be working pretty well. It has some of the warm, slobbery juiciness I’d associate with a hard candy flavor. I feel the same way about INW Raspberry Malina, I cannot vape that stuff without feeling like it’s a sucker that been in the mouth of someone else. It’s an oddly specific textural effect, but this is probably the best intentional use of it
The concentration here seems pretty in-line with Capella. I’d start at 5% for a primary flavor and probably stop short of 10%. I don’t think just the hard candy effect is going to be portable at low percentages, and you’re still fighting through the apple. So maybe not much of an accent.
The bigger question here is what to do with this? It’s a green apple, and it’s hard candy, and where are you going to really need both of those flavors? I’d argue that it would be possible to use this as a more generic green apple candy flavor, but CAP Green Apple already does that without that (wholly competent) hard candy style baggage. This concentrate might end up being a bit easier to work into candy applications where you want a “gummy” style texture. Like the whole subgenre of “sour straw” kind of flavors Realistically, the place where this is really going to shine is going to be a primary note in relatively simple mixes that feature a green apple hard candy note prominently. You could try to fold some extra candied fruit in here like strawberry and watermelon, but you’re still mostly going to get that jolly rancher. I will say, get you some FLV Sour Apple if you really want to push the tartness here. Just screwing around right now, but this concentrate and FLV Sour Apple seem to work really well together.
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 Green Apple Hard Candy, 3 and 8%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 7 days.
Profile: What it says on the bottle. Green Apple Hard Candy. Full Jolly Rancher.
Off-Flavors: Relatively light compared to other green apples, acetone. Relatively light compared to other hard candy flavors, chemical edge.
Throat Hit: Moderate, but not bad for green apple.
Percentage Recommendation: 6-8% as a primary note. You’re not going to be apple to dodge the apple at accent percentages, so maybe keep it primary.
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