A tart and funky citrus cheesecake filling flavor? It’s an odd combination of characteristics, although not wholly unpleasant.
I really like the actual cheesecake note here. It’s a bit funkier than the standard take, but I think it works pretty well. There isn’t a whole lot of nuance or depth to most cheesecake concentrates, and this has an actually cheesy funk to it. I know cream cheese isn’t exactly renowned for aggressive dairy notes, but most cheesecake concentrates completely ignore the idea that cheesecake is supposed to be something besides sweet. Cheesecake, when done right at least, has a savory tartness and light funky tang that really sets it apart from the rest of the sugar, sugar, and more sugar method of making dessert.
The funk, as it were, is kind of refreshing here. This has been steeped for a while, but I wouldn’t really call it too buytric or cheesy overall. It’s probably comparable to a slightly more mellow yogurt flavor, and I think it works well. I don’t really pick up the heavy vanilla that’s fairly common in cheesecake flavors, and there definitely isn’t anything like a crust to this.
But, with that said, there’s something awfully citrus here. It’s almost like a lemon and orange cheesecake filling flavor. Pretty aggressive tartness, especially at higher percentages. It’s actually a bit more specific than the generic tart note I’ve been getting from some of the Vape Train stuff. There are some actual softer orange and lemon kind of flavors in here. It’s not really a terpene heavy zest kind of flavor, more like a citrus juice. Maybe a bad pitcher of from concentrate orange juice with some extra water in it. I’m really not sure what to make of it, and it seems pretty firmly rooted in the flavor.
Beyond that errant citrus, I’m also not getting a crazy thick cheesecake base out of this, and that’s probably a less than desirable thing for a cheesecake concentrate. I’d call it just shy of the medium level thickness for a cream, so it’s probably a bit airier than desired.
Testing percentages here, I’m not sure there is a lot more actual cheesecake here at 6% than at 2%. What seems to be scaling up is mostly that citrus and tartness. Just because of that, I’d probably stay pretty low on this unless you’re specifically looking for something like a key lime cheesecake. My best guess on how to use this would be as an accent for a fruit cheesecake to both brighten the fruit a bit and add some funky depth to the cheese cake filling. Probably around 1-2%. But overall, this one is a bit weird.
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 Cheesecake, 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 25 days.
Profile: Cheesecake filling, relatively heavy on some cheesy funk and with a pretty pronounced citrus flavor.
Off-Flavors: That citrus isn’t unpleasant, but limits utility. Probably a bit funky if you’re super sensitive to those kind of notes.
Throat Hit: Light. For as tart as this can feel, it’s not especially harsh.
Percentage Recommendation: More of an additive for cheesy depth to a fruit cheesecake profile. I’d be around 1-2%. Maybe higher if you wanted to make an actual citrus cheesecake.
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