Vanilla Cream” is a loosely defined genre. Most “vanillas” are the very least creamy, as in they have more body than just straight vanillin. Most of your big time vanillas have some kind of thicker, creamy base. The only straight vanillas, or vanillas that won’t really affect your texture that I’ve run into are Flavourart Vanilla Bourbon, Flavorah Vanilla Bean, and just basic Vanillin / Ethyl Vanillin. So Vanilla Cream is sort of functionally redundant. This is a solid entry in the canon though.
The vanilla here is pretty nice. It’s definitely on the brighter side. It’s not quite as fruity as some of the more nuanced bright vanillas, but it has a strong “frosting” type of commercial vanilla taste to it. Vape Train seems to have a largely consistent “Vanilla” through their line, and it’s pretty much the exact vanilla I’d expect. It doesn’t taste particularly deep or spicy or complex, but it’s a well executed brighter vanilla.
The cream component is a little more indistinct. I don’t tend to get a ton from creams, but this seems adequate. It isn’t as buttery as something like a full on cream flavor, but it does have some unctuous kind of richness to it. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of heavy dairy notes, for better or worse. I’m not getting anything butyric or sour, but it’s maybe lacking a bit on authenticity.
The texture and mouthfeel on this is functional. I wouldn’t call it super thick or creamy but it does have a bit of body. It’s not waxy like Inawera Shisha Vanilla, or T H I C C like Capella French Vanilla or a Vanilla Ice Cream flavor. It’s normal cream, essentially without anything weird or interesting going on. It’s sweet, but not frosting sweet. There is absolutely nothing wrong here.
I’m going to continue to be an ogre on my mixing percentages. This doesn’t really get good until higher percentages. All of the components are there at 2%, but it all feels flat. The cream is maybe a bit dry and not particularly rich. The vanilla is there, but fairly dull. You could use this at a lower percentage for an accent on top of another cream to add a bit of vanilla, but I really would aim higher. That vanilla perks up at 6%, and the cream is more fully realized and actually has some “stick” to it. If this is your whole cream component, I’d definitely go high. If this is your only vanilla component, I’d also go relatively high. I’ve mixed this up to 10%, and it’s honestly pretty good.
Here is where I betray my preference for maximalist mixing. I don’t really “get” vanilla creams. I’m definitely of the opinion that I’d rather have 2 more flexible components rather than a vanilla cream. If I want vanilla, I add vanilla. If I want a cream, I add a cream. While no part of this is anything but well done, It just seems a bit superfluous. The texture is okay, but it isn’t as novel and thick as something like CAP French Vanilla. The Vanilla is good, but isn’t as sweet and fruity as FA Madagascar Vanilla. If you pick this up, I don’t think you’ll have any problem figuring out where to use it. It will pair well with fruits, all though it seems a bit “wet” for pure bakery applications. You could throw it in a cream, but you’re going to have to want a vanilla accent in there and it won’t have any really breathtaking textural effects. I’m not slandering this flavor, it’s good. I just don’t understand the genre.
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 Vanilla Cream, 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 30+ days.
Profile: Bright, commercial vanilla and a moderately thick cream base without any pronounced dairy notes.
Off-Flavors: Nothing unpleasant at all. Tastes a bit more like “Cream” than cream.
Throat Hit: Smooth mouthfeel but I just get a bit of throat hit from this. It’s odd.
Percentage Recommendation:2-3% as a duller vanilla accent. 5-8% as a full vanilla cream component.
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