Do you like toffee flavors but have often complained that they aren’t burnt enough? Vape Train has you covered.
Hard crack, beyond being a super cool way to spend your weekend, is a reference to the arcane art of candy making. If you somehow manage to get your sugar saturated without it crystallizing, hard crack is the temperature stage around 300 farehnheit at which you add the butter that makes it toffee. I think it’s important to note that the sugar should not taste burnt when it hits hard crack, instead being lightly caramelized.
This is interesting. It’s like a pretty solid toffee flavor, that just has that burnt note added. The actual toffee is a bit buttery, and I am getting some wholly appropriate caramel notes. The mouthfeel is decent and it has a fairly appealing and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Maybe a bare hint of vanilla. It’s good so far. You then run right into the burnt note. It doesn’t necessarily even taste like burnt sugar, it’s just an added burnt note. It’s mystifying. I’m not saying that a darker edge to a toffee flavor would necessarily be a bad idea, but this is pretty overpowering and it pervades the flavor.
I wouldn’t call it an off-note so much as an unfortunate choice?
So, having established that maybe the lack of a burnt note wasn’t necessarily the thing missing from from most toffee flavors… can we talk about the burnt note a bit? It tastes like coffee. More accurately it tastes like a coffee flavor. The Achilles heel of most (all) coffee flavors is that they taste kind of like burnt popcorn to whatever varying degree. This has that same kind of burnt to it. So it’s like burnt coffee on top of toffee. Maybe that’s your thing?
Honestly, this is probably a skip from me, just because that toffee note is pretty well buried and that burnt coffee note is pretty easy to find somewhere else. If you are going to use it, Go low. It’s still burnt at 1%, but it’s pretty aggressive at 4%. I’d shoot for something like .25% if you really want to add a burnt coffee edge to something. Not a “dark caramel” edge, but burnt coffee. All the flavor bending in the world isn’t going to make this cohesively work to darken a caramel. When it doubt, maybe a tobacco thing?
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 Hard Crack Toffee, 1 and 4%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped forever.
Profile: Toffee, but burnt. Lightly buttery, with some darker caramel notes and a decent mouthfeel. But then burnt.
Off-Flavors: That burnt note tastes like a slightly skunky burnt popcorn note you’d get from coffee concentrates.
Throat Hit: I mean, it’s not harsh. Just burnt.
Percentage Recommendation: If you insist, start low at .25% and work up.
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