I think I’m starting to maybe wrap my head around what Vape Train means when they say base? I’d argue that the name would imply that these are bases, like foundations, meant to be easy DIY shortcuts. Again, this doesn’t really seem to be that. I feel like it’s more of an additive to modify the character of your own recipe base. With the biscuit base, it seemed to make bakeries a little drier and a little deeper. I’d put money on this being an additive to make your creams a little more milky and malty. It’s pretty cool.
Testing this as a solo flavor, it’s a little strange. There is a good deal of funk in here. It’s not a straight buytric rancidity, but it kind of circles around it. I’m pretty sure the steep has helped considerably, because it was honestly a bit off-putting fresh at 2% and pretty wild at 6%. It’s that same kind of not entirely unpleasant funk that a lot of the Vape Train cream and cream-adjacent flavors are carrying. It’s more milk than yogurt.
There’s a buttery note here, and at higher percentages it feels like almost like a popcorn flavor. It’s not off-putting, but it’s a bit weird. It’s not a huge issue mixed at low percentages, but it’s something that would really keep me from using this as a solo milkshake base. There’s a maltiness to this as well, helping that popcorn vibe along. The maltiness here is kind of secret sauce for the distinct “milkshake” taste. It’s the thing that people are trying to do when they add something like FW Hazelnut in their strawberry milk vapes. This captures this fairly well. Sort of interesting, I don’t pick up any really distinct vanilla… so this should be pretty neutral.
The texture here is smooth, and moderately dense. By itself, it probably isn’t the right density for a milkshake. It’s just a bit too thin. Nothing super harsh here, and at a lower percentages I wouldn’t really call out any off-flavors.
This is definitely working better as an additive, and that’s probably where I’d being using it. Adding 1% of this to 3% Flavourart Fresh Cream is actually pretty cool. It’s thickening it substantially, adding a malty tinge, and giving it a more defined dairy note without making it taste too rancid. That light buttery note is coming through but not dominating. Adding it to 4% Liquid Barn Vanilla Ice Cream, it’s thinning it out a bit and adding more of an actual milkshake effect. Again, you’ve got malt. Vanilla Ice Cream needs 0 help in the richness department, but it does seem to be adding some depth to the heavy acetyl propinyl mouthfeel there. As an additive, it seems to be pretty overbearing over that 1%. I’d probably be using this under 1%, unless you really want to get into some more intense dairy.
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 Milkshake Base, 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 26 days.
Profile: Malty cream base with some moderate funky dairy notes and a light buttery note. More of an additive than a milkshake base by itself.
Off-Flavors: Solo, it’s a bit too funky and the malt and butter starts to taste like popcorn.
Throat Hit: Nah. Smooth.
Percentage Recommendation: Use an additive to milkshake up ice cream flavors or to thicken cream bases. Probably under 1%.
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