Let’s kill the elephant in this room, right now. This seems a whole lot more pleasant than VT Swiss Chocolate. This flavor effectively bodies that mess, right out the gate. Still a bit dry, still mostly cocoa, but this one might end up being workable.
Like most darker chocolate flavors, this is a lot closer to cocoa powder than your fair-trade organic 70%+ Cacao dark chocolate bar. The actual cocoa flavor feels distinctly Hershey’s, without much depth. More of a bittersweet chocolate, without much sweetness backing it up. I pick up maybe some extra vanilla hanging out in here, but it’s not too distracting. The texture is kind of powdery and dry though, without even the more restrained thicker creamy aspects of dark chocolate.
The off flavors here aren’t particularly vicious, so that’s nice. It’s been over a month, probably enough time to let the most aggressive type of butyric flavors steep off, but I do still get a bit of sourness to this. Not nearly enough to call it vomit-ish, but it does operate in that same traditional Hershey’s sour chocolate universe. There’s also a bit of a band-aid taste going on, but again, it’s probably manageable. It’s not overwhelming at 6% and that’s definitely on the high end of the required concentration for this kind of flavor.
And now the coil gore report: It isn’t awful? It’s a couple steps ahead of TPA Double Chocolate Clear, but doesn’t reach the heights (depths) of FlavourArt Cocoa or VT Swiss Chocolate. I’d call it about equivalent with Hangsen Australian Chocolate. It’s a darker flavor, but it seems to be fairly thin and relatively free of any really aggressive particulates that really gunk. I’m about 15ml through it, and I’ve got some crispier wicks, but it’s not that bad for a cocoa-heavy flavor.
Ultimately, this an option for a dark chocolate accent as long as you’re mostly looking for cocoa. The cocoa isn’t a rich to me as HS Australian Chocolate, but it’s probably somewhere in the ballpark. That light sourness would be the biggest thing to watch out for in most mixes, because chocolate is never really going to taste right and the plastic here really isn’t awful. Trying this at 2% is mostly giving me what I’d expect. Some not-particularly punchy cocoa that’s mostly competent. 6% is , in fact, getting a bit funky, dry, and weird. I’d probably stay under about 3% overall.
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 Dark Chocolate, 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 30+ days.
Profile: Drier cocoa flavor more than a dark chocolate bar. A bit of a creamier backend, somewhere, but cocoa is out front.
Off-Flavors: Mild wick/coil devastation. Gets plastic-y at higher percentages. Some almost butryic sourness.
Throat Hit: Light enough. Nothing undue. Dryness is an issue.
Percentage Recommendation: 3% and under would probably be a good compromise before you run into coil gore and off-flavors.
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