Ginger flavors are, by and large, fairly similar. It’s the familiar curse of spice flavors. Flavor houses really have to do something weird or extremely well to get some distance between their concentrate and the competition. This is getting really close to interesting though, and it may the closest to a fresh ginger flavor that I’ve tried.
That relative freshness thing is a fairly big deal with a ginger flavor. It’s not spot-on raw ginger, but it’s closer than the other options. I still get a bit of the mustiness that you’ll get from dry spices, but it’s less pronounced than the other options. Like a musty accent as opposed to the whole flavor like Hangsen or Flavorwest ginger.
There is something a bit sweeter and vegetal going on. I’m not sure if I’m tasting it or it’s a handy comparison, but I maybe get a little carrot here? Whatever is going on it is managing to bring some texture and body to the ginger flavor that doesn’t feel like a candy. I’m not going to call it a juicy flavor, but it’s certainly less dry than most of the other gingers.
And as a ginger, it’s fairly spicy. It’s that back of the throat spice thump to it and it’s fairly prominent. But hey, a more raw take on ginger would have that kind of spice to it. It’s maybe a bit throatier than some of the other ginger options but I think it helps sell that “fresh”-ish ginger.
Percentage use for spice flavors is pretty darn subjective, but this is normal “potent” and not dilution-level potent. It’s always a good idea to start low and work up, but you can probably get away with starting at .5%. I can’t imagine going over 2% but you do you.
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 Ginger Root, 1 and 4%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 14 days.
Profile: Fresh-ish ginger root. Less bakery dry than most other gingers and with a spicy, throat hit.
Off-Flavors: Still a bit musty for fresh ginger, but headed in the right direction.
Throat Hit: Yeah, but it’s a spice.
Percentage Recommendation: Start low, work up. Probably not going to kill you at .5%.
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