We continue barreling headlong into the sheer depravity of coffee flavors. Next stop, Vape Train Coffee Milk Froth. It’s an interesting profile but the concentrate has some execution issues, mostly related to balance.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the coffee here feels similar to VT Arabica Coffee. The creamier components of this take off some of the darker overbrewed coffee edge, but it’s still waiting there, just slightly off-frame. There actually isn’t too much coffee in here at this point, but what it is here is done fairly well. Whether the cream is cutting it, or it’s just less, 4% of this feels like somewhere around the same amount of actual coffee as VT Arabica at 1%. It’s not skunky, at least at 4%. It’s light enough, and the cream is rich enough that it’s starting to get a little weird like coffee-breath rather than actual beverage coffee.
The milk froth here seems like a fairly fancy way of saying cream. It’s coffee and cream. Frothing milk pretty much just aerates it and makes it a little lighter, but I’m not really noticing that much in the way of a corresponding fluffiness to the texture. It also doesn’t really seem like a maltier, darker steamed milk flavor. To be completely fair, I’m not sure how much nuance you’d be able to pick up with that stronger coffee note hanging around, but why not go into things with unrealistic expectations?
The actual cream note is pretty good. It’s way too buttery for a milk though, and has a pretty deep richness to it. Something feels a bit sour here. At a month out, it doesn’t come across as overtly butyric, but I could see it being something to watch out for. It appears to be a straight cream, without any prominent vanilla notes or any other non-coffee or straight dairy flavor to it.
Again, this is a fairly developed flavor and I’m not entirely sure what to do with it besides adding maybe a bit of caramel or something similar. You probably don’t want to tempt fate with additional coffee and this has plenty of cream.
I actually the butter here, and not the coffee is going to be the limiting factor. While it’s not a bad buttery flavor, it clashes a bit with the coffee and it’s almost too rich. With the exception of the weirdos drinking yak butter coffee or whatever, I don’t really want something that rich next to a coffee flavor. I’d probably top out this by 3% and use it more of an accent where you need some coffee and a rich cream.
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 Coffee Milk Froth, 1 and 4%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 30 days.
Profile: Buttery cream with a darker coffee accent.
Off-Flavors: Not much on the usual coffee off-notes. Buttery note is a bit sour.
Throat Hit: Nah.
Percentage Recommendation: Probably at 3% or under, buttery clashes with the coffee up higher. Probably better as an accent, although some caramel added to this as a primary flavor wouldn’t be a bad thing.
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