Judging by the relative paucity of banana flavors that don’t taste like banana runts, banana flavors are hard? I feel like it’s less of an issue than something like cherry, where the options are actively offensive, but it’s still an ongoing concern. This probably deserves a podium finish for non candied banana flavors though.
The vape here leads with a very solid banana flavor. Is it 100% realistic? Probably not strictly, but it’s a whole lot closer than most of your other options. I do pick up some runt-ier overtones, but it’s got a good depth to it overall. It’s a bit too bright to really be a baked banana, and I wouldn’t call it quite as dark and realistic as the banana in TFA Banana Nut Bread, but it’s good. It’s a reasonably good facsimile of an actual banana, and that’s not nothing.
We’re probably diving too much into the semantics of concentrate naming conventions, but I’m not sure I’d call this a full “banana custard.” It feels more like the type of banana that may be in a custard. There really isn’t much custard to this, or at least not that I’m getting past that banana. There’s maybe a bit of creamier backend to this, but it doesn’t really stand out here. There’s a really mild eggy-ness, but I’m not getting anything that really suggests a very discrete custard note. There is quite a bit of vanilla in here, but it seems like it’s working pretty well. It’s not completely overwhelming but it is a little bit bright and that might be further diminishing some of the custard effect. Alternatively, it’s probably not wrong to say it could be a banana-flavored custard but it’s almost a warmer banana pudding (American style, which is kind of a custard but not, because naming conventions are weird and life has no meaning.) I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you’re expecting bananas AND custard this probably isn’t that.
It’s really hard to pick out anything like an off-note here unless you’re really trying to be difficult about the actual profile.
Testing the percentages here, this seems to benefit from a relatively heavy hand. At 2%, I’m getting some banana but it’s a little one dimensional. It’s not a bad banana, but those pudding/custard qualities are pretty mellow. It’s definitely banana in a custard here. At 6%, we’ve crossed over to the land of banana flavored custard. The vanilla seems a lot more prominent but I’m still missing a lot of those richer eggy-er notes.
The lack of a strong, discrete custard component here may actually end up contributing to the versatility of this flavor. I think, especially at 4% or under, this a pretty good straight banana flavor. It’s too bright for a baked banana, but it’s a more realistic take than the straight runts that you can get elsewhere. As a primary note, 6-10% can get you a banana flavored custard base, open to adding some bakery nonsense or whatever else to get to something like a banana cream pie.
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 Banana Custard, 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 21 days.
Profile: Fairly realistic but bright banana flavor with a moderate vanilla and some creamier, richer accents. Reminds me a lot of jello box-mix banana pudding.
Off-Flavors: More of a banana in a custard or banana flavored custard rather than bananas and custard, but nothing weird or unpleasant.
Throat Hit:Nah, not really.
Percentage Recommendation: 2-4% for a banana you’d use in a cream or custard. 6-8% as a banana flavored pudding or custard.
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