Democratizing “information” sounds great in theory, right? Among the great promises of the information age, we were told that everyone would have a voice. Trillions of dollars have been made giving people a platform to push their version of truth to an audience. (And yes, I get the irony.) We’ve created a neon hellscape of conflicting information and credulous rubes. VT Honeycomb is not a honey flavor.
Honeycomb is a specific kind of toffee, chemically leavened before setting so it ends up with a crisp, airy structure. I’m sure there is some sort of niche exception, but generally it doesn’t have added fat like a more traditional English toffee. Ideally you’d get some extra flavor with some added golden syrup, treacle, or honey… but it’s pretty much crispy, airy caramelized sugar. This is a pretty neat flavor, but I think it actually kind of misses the profile? It’s a bit more complex than you’d guess.
I get a fairly clear caramelized sugar. It’s a nice, light caramel flavor without any heavy burnt or scorched notes to it. Tastes more golden than amber. I maybe get a light hint of vanilla in there amongst the caramel notes, but it’s subtle and works to support rather than push the caramel around.
In addition, there is something richer going on here. I’d go so far as to call it slightly buttery. It actually reminds me quite a bit of the buttery overtones of Vape Train Golden Syrup, which is a good thing. If you squint hard enough, you could almost call it “flavored with honey” but it doesn’t have any of the floral notes or nuances of the good stuff. It does bring a fuller body to that caramelized sugar note overall.
Given the source material is supposed to be crunchy, this does have a bit of texture. There is initially a bit of almost waxy, buttery mouthfeel and some drier maltol–esque cotton candy effect on the backend. It doesn’t taste at all like a bakery really, but it has some of the same level of texture… which is certainly interesting. I’m not super familiar with the range of pyrazines, but this doesn’t seem to have any distinct Acetyl Pyrazine type of corn-chip bakery taste.
Regarding concentration, I don’t think this is one of the stronger vape train flavors. I can taste it at 2%, but it feels quite a bit better at 6%. Those caramel notes are maybe, just maybe getting a tad burnt and the texture is getting dry, but the flavor largely holds up and I do feel like there is quite a bit more texture. I’d call this linear up to about 5%. Usage rates are going to vary wildly based on application, but I could see using this at 1-2% to sweeten a dry bakery or 3-4% as a crunchy component up against a creamier base.
In conclusion, Vape Train Honeycomb is a land of contrasts.
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 Honeycomb, 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped forever.
Profile: Light to medium caramelized sugar with a light vanilla and some darker golden syrup type sweetness. Moderate buttery overtones with a richer mouthfeel and dry, crunchy backend.
Off-Flavors: Nothing unpleasant. Maybe a bit rich for the profile. Starts to taste a bit burnt at higher percentages.
Throat Hit: Light. Solo and at high percentages the back end has some maltol-ish dry cotton candy harshness.
Percentage Recommendation: Linear up to 5%. 1-2% for drier toffee sweetening in a recipe with a harder texture. 3-4% if you’re contrasting the texture up against a softer cream or custard base.
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