With this flavor, Vape Train promises “a unique blend of cinnamon, aniseed, brown sugar and Madagascar vanilla bean pod flavours that will become a game changer for any bakery styled e-liquid recipe.” That certainly sounds promising. Any kind of spice blend is hard to really pick apart, but I’m not sure I’m getting that. Or more accurately, “yes, but clove.”
There is no clove listed in here, but it’s either in there or something is functioning like a hell of a clove analogue. The clove itself is pretty solid, all things considered. It’s a warm, drier bakery-style clove. Not quite as dry and robust as Flavorah Clove, but from the same family. It suffers from the same quick flavor satiation problem that most clove flavors do, it starts to fade out fairly quickly. There’s also some topical numbing to it. It leaves a bit of a dead spot in the flavor, but that’s preferable to a clove that starts turning sour like Flavourart Clove.
Beyond that clove, there is a fair amount of cinnamon in here. Not as dry and rich as Flavorah Rich Cinnamon. I’m getting a clear bakery cinnamon, but without a lot of powdery body. Seems like a fairly true cinnamon flavor. It actually reminds quite a bit of Flavorah Fire Cinnamon, with that accurate spice note without the accompanying body. No odd savory or curry notes like Flavourart Cinnamon and cleaner and clearer than the Capella or Flavor Apprentice bakery cinnamon’s I’ve tried.
All of the intriguing parts of this concentrate are buried pretty far down in the mix.
They talk about aniseed, but I’m not picking any of that over the clove and cinnamon. This is where I claim some kind of ignorance because I’m not 100% familiar with how aniseed in a baked good would work out but I’m not picking up much of licorice kind of edge over the clearer euganol type clove apocalypse.
I can smell the vanilla in the room note more than I can actually taste it. It smells fine, but if there is supposed to be a prominent vanilla note to this it’s hung up on the shoals of clove. I get some flashes of a more mellow vanilla here or there, and it should show up a little more in a mix.
And the brown sugar. It could work. Again, there’s a warmth here I’d associate more with a bakery clove than brown sugar but it’s all about how you spin it. Some darker molasses do stick out. I’m going to call it brown sugar. There’s a bit of texture this beyond a normal bakery or holiday spice flavor, i’m thinking it’s a combination of the brown sugar and the vanilla. Whatever is going on, it’s not unwelcome.
This is a pretty solid interpretation of a bakery spice overall, but whatever is giving me clove here is pretty overbearing. I think this would be a whole lot more interesting without it, but we’re talking some cultural bias here. I can’t think of too many bakeries that would have a prominent clove or even aniseed kind of flavor to them. I’m still more of a fan of rolling my own spice mixes but this wouldn’t be a bad choice if you want to make it easy and can handle the clove. Concentration testing, this is vapeable at 4%, but you probably shouldn’t do that. It pays to use a light hand with spice notes in general, but I do think you could start at a fairly standard .25% and work up.
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 Bakery Spice, 1 and 4%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 31 days.
Profile: Bakery clove and cinnamon with some brown sugar and vanilla accents.
Off-Flavors: Clove is pretty overbearing and not in the description. I don’t pick up any of the promised aniseed.
Throat Hit: Yeah, but it’s a spice.
Percentage Recommendation: Like with most spice flavors, start low and work up. Not going to kill you at .25% though.
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