I’m officially going to lobby to switch the naming conventions of some of these Vape Train concentrates. I’m proposing, officially, the switch of the Vape Train bases to the super sexy marketing name of ”Inflections, by Vape Train.” If you pick this up expecting a full chocolate flavor, you may be a bit bummed. This is not that. It’s more a chocolate tinge in a bottle. And it is clear, so there is that.
It is not a groundbreaking chocolate experience. It feels a lot like the sort of dry, artificial chocolate note that’s fairly common from in vaping. Given the choice between dry and artificial chocolate and the kind of plastic, gunky, burning disaster that some of the other fuller chocolate choices come across as, it’s probably a smart choice? If you’ve tried TPA Double Chocolate Clear, you’re pretty familiar with what we are talking about. It’s a bit chalky instead of the TPA’s tootsie roll vibe, but it’s kind of a thin candy “chocolate” flavor instead of anything resembling an actual real ass chocolate with cocoa butter and stuff.
But how clear is this Chocolate Base (Clear)? It is very clear. It is transparent. This bodes well for coil gunk and cotton destruction. Granted, I’ve only blown through about 20ml of this stuff so far, but I’m not noticing any distinct burnt notes from coil gunk or even the muting of flavor that really comes with cotton wicks getting too crunchy. But, there really isn’t much chocolate here, and at the kind of concentrations you’d need to mimic the overall level of chocolate I don’t think that adding something like TPA Double Chocolate Clear is going to add a substantial amount of gunk. If you’re dedicated to DIY’ing chocolate juices for your expensive-ass-coil-using sub-ohm tank though, the marginal difference may be enough to put you over the edge.
There’s a reason I won’t shut the hell up about TPA Double Chocolate Clear in this review, it’s the closest analogue for this flavor that I know of. I think the use is going to be pretty similar. You don’t reach for this kind of chocolate when you need a strong, rich chocolate flavor. You use it more when you need a chocolate modifier. Think of the difference between a bar of a chocolate and chocolate milk. You’re looking for an application where you want to make a chocolate version of something rather than something with chocolate, if that makes any sense.
Using this to back up chocolates makes a whole let less sense. The part of the chocolate that brings isn’t usually the part missing from chocolate flavors. Concentration-wise, it gets a little weird above 3%? Those more artificial chocolate notes get a bit plastic-y. But this works, and it’s clear. Hella clear.
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 Chocolate Base (Clear), 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 30+ days.
Profile: Think TPA Double Chocolate Clear but a bit drier and slightly less like a tootsie roll. Artificial chocolate flavor without the cocoa butter body. Milk chocolate level of darkness, if not the richness.
Off-Flavors: Thin, a little plastic. Pretty clearly artificial.
Throat Hit: Nah.
Percentage Recommendation: Gets pretty plastic above 3%. Probably keep it under that to make an existing thing into a chocolate flavored version of said thing.
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