Hey, long weekend down and now I’m back to the grind. I’m going to be testing some Vape Train custards and we’re starting with their Warm Custard. W A R M. Who knows why they stuck that adjective on there, but whatever. I’m not sure this is going to really replace your favorite custard or anything, but this is a solid take on a pretty straight-forward vanilla custard profile.
Clear custard flavor to this. I usually associate that warmer, eggy flavor with a solid custard and it’s definitely here. Nothing to really complain about here, seems pretty accurate to the egg level in a richer custard and it feels pretty spot-on. There’s also a dairy component in here and I think it tastes just vaguely sour, at least at 3 weeks. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it butyric or even a yogurt style tang, but maybe just sour enough to come across as a milk rather than heavier cream flavor. I don’t think it’s nearly enough to pull the concentrate off-profile, but it’s kind of an odd nuance.
Vape Train calls this “a very universal custard without vanilla,” but it sure tastes like there is some vanilla in here. It could very well be flavor association, but I do pick up a pretty accurate and non-overbearing custard vanilla. It’s a darker, vanilla bean type of vanilla rather than something super bright and frosting-ish, but I’m pretty sure it exists? It’s less vanilla than CAP Vanilla Custard and it seems wholly appropriate for this kind of profile.
I don’t really taste any kind of spice in here, but I feel some? If that makes sense. There’s a light bitterness and bite to the tail end of the exhale here. It’s not completely overbearing, but it’s just enough to make me think that maybe I should be tasting some spice? It almost seems like the spice in FlavourArt Catalan Cream without the actual cinnamon flavor there.
I’m willing to say this tastes good. It seems like a wholly competent custard taste. So that’s cool. The part that is a little dicier is how it vapes. It’s a bit thin. For all of the crimes that CAP Vanilla Custard commits, it’s definitely T H I C C. This really isn’t. It’s thicker than a lighter cream like Flavourart Fresh Cream, but it’s probably not as thick as most of the whipped cream flavors out there.
It’s a bummer that Vape Train doesn’t have DAAP testing up on their site, because if this was DAAP free I’d say it was pretty excellent given the competition there.
Testing percentages here, I don’t really think 6% is anything like a ceiling for this flavor. 2% is honestly a bit disappointing. I’m getting a shot of that vanilla custard flavor, but the vape is pretty thin and underwhelming. That light sourness in there is also a bit jarring. At 6%, this is better but could still stand to be thicker. I like where the actual custard flavor is here but it falls down a bit in texture. Vape Train suggest up to 10% as a standalone, and it’s probably not wrong. I’d probably be around 8% with this as a primary custard flavor or base, and maybe 3-4% as an accent.
I’m not the biggest custard devotee, but as previously stated I don’t know if this going to replace your vanilla custard of choice. It’s definitely workable in those traditional custard profiles, but it’s hard to figure out where I’d use this as a single flavor custard base where I wouldn’t use another, especially given the price point relative to concentration. I would think you’d get more mileage using this like a french vanilla flavor, mostly for those eggy notes.
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 Warm Custard, 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 21 days.
Profile: Eggy, french vanilla style custard. Full flavored but maybe a bit thin.
Off-Flavors: Light milky sourness to the dairy. Maybe some kind of slightly bitter spice note?
Throat Hit: Light. Not completely smooth, but nothing to really complain about.
Percentage Recommendation: Around 8% as a custard base. 3-4% if you just want some eggy vanilla notes.
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