So, if Vape Train Hard Crack Toffee tastes burnt, what about a more standard take on toffee?
I usually associate “English Toffee” with the inclusion of chocolate and nuts on top of a base of crunchy toffee. As far as I can tell, this is just the toffee base layer. There is just a bit of cocoa overtone here, but it’s pretty common with most of the thicker, caramel or toffee flavors like Flavorwest Dulce de Leche and Flavorah Milk & Honey. I’m not getting anything really distinctly chocolate-ly enough to make me think that this is supposed to be anything but that straight toffee base.
Pretty well executed flavor though. Nice caramelized taste, without tasting burnt. Seems just dark enough to sell the profile without pushing it over into burnt sugar territory. Fairly rich and sticky without pushing towards some of the more cardboard-y off-notes you can sometimes pick up from softer caramel flavors. I’d even say it’s maybe a bit too sticky for English toffee? This feels soft enough that it’s trending toward a slightly darker version of a caramel chew.
You do get some distinct buttery taste here and an almost waxy mouthfeel. That mouthfeel feels slightly front-loaded. It could well be that my tastes buds are sort of broken, but I get a much richer burst of mouthfeel that seems to fall off a bit and fade toward the back. Not a deal-breaker, but the richness seams a bit peaky and this might benefit from mixing with a caramel or butterscotch that hits heavier down low and on the back-end to fully smooth out the vape. Sweetness level is good for a toffee. Candy sweet but not quite cloying.
As a function of having steeped almost forever, I did mix up a couple of more recent samples at the same 2 and 6%. At 2%, I get a fairly front-loaded toffee flavor that kind of tails off and dries off toward the backend. At 6% it seems to taste pretty similar but it is moderately fuller on the back end. It is starting to get maybe just slightly astringent at 6% even after a steep of 4-ish months. I’d call this fairly linear though, and I think the percentage is pretty wide open up until about 5%. I could see this being really effective in a creamier base, like custards or puddings where the overall richness would fill out the back end a bit and the stickier nature of the toffee wouldn’t clash. At accent percentages, it could easily work with tobaccos or bakeries.
Overall this is pretty solid if a bit soft, and probably worth looking into if you wanted another darker, toffee or even caramel option without any real glaring faults. This makes me a lot less sad than the hard crack toffee.
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 English Toffee, 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped forever.
Profile: Moderately dark, sticky toffee bordering on a caramel chew with some impressive buttery notes up front and a slightly waxy mouthfeel.
Off-Flavors: Fades and thins out a bit on the tail end of the exhale. Feels more sticky and soft than a harder toffee flavor.
Throat Hit: Not really. I’m getting a bit of throatiness at high percentages on that slightly dry tail end.
Percentage Recommendation: Seems linear up to about 5%. Really slight chemical and astringent note up higher solo, even after a pretty hefty steep. Use low (1-2%) for the caramel/toffee taste and a bit of richness. Use higher if you want more of the sticky texture and you have a creamier base to fill it out.
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