Capella Tart Cherry

This feels like a trap. You’ve got the harsh, muting properties of “sours” along with the fraught plastic hellscape of aerosolized cherry flavorings. I was pretty apprehensive about this flavor but I think, on balance, it’s not bad?

The product image has the cherry profile pretty well nailed. It feels like a primarily candy cherry flavor with some darker black cherry type of medicinal notes. There is also splash of almost green brightness floating around in here, but for the most part it’s recognizable as a “cherry.” It definitely skews toward that “wild cherry” type of candy flavor.

It’s a fairly light cherry flavor though, and even at 6% I’m struggling to get something that really feels full. I don’t know if it’s a function of the acids in here, but the front of the vape feels pretty under-saturated with cherry flavor with it coming on a bit more fully at the back. Par for the course with cherry flavors, I do get some plastic-y weirdness, especially with extended vaping. The cherry here doesn’t have some of the benzene and off-gassing plastic intensity of some of the worst offenders (shout out to Capella Grenadine), but it’s definitely still there. If you’re looking for plastic, you’ll definitely find it but I’d put it up there with something like Flavorwest Wild Cherry in terms of relative un-awfulness with regards to the cherry component here.

This simultaneously feels a bit more sour and less harsh than the tangy orange. It feels like a slightly different type of “sour” formulation. It’s more acidic than the tangy orange, and the tactile sensation from spitback feels more like straight lemon juice. The SDS has citric acid in there, so it isn’t too surprising but it’s not reinventing the “sour” game. Still a nightmare on coils, still a pretty harsh vape experience.

This isn’t joining my beloved TPA Cherry Extract as a cherry flavor from a major manufacturer that doesn’t taste sort of awful, but it could end up being a useful tool in the right places. The acid and the plastic makes this a bit hard to recommend as a primary flavor, but you could probably sneak 1-2% as an accent into fruity or candy juices. Citric acid mutes with a steep though, so I’d probably keep it pretty short steeping or just overflavor the hell out of the juice around it.

Setup: Recoil w/ flavor barrel, Dual 12 wrap 24g 3.5mm SS316 @.32 ohms. 60w power, 450F temp limit. Full Cotton Wicks.

Testing: Capella Tart Cherry, 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 2 weeks

Profile: “Wild Cherry” style candy flavor, with some tarter and medicinal black cherry notes. Intense bright acidity that translates into some actual tartness / sour type effects.

Off-Flavors: Intermittent “green” flavor, but that’s pretty minor. That medicinal gets plastic with extended vaping. Pretty heavy acidic bite.

Throat Hit: It’s definitely there. Solo, this is fairly harsh with a healthy thump to it.

Percentage Recommendation: 1-2% as an accent to provide some contrast to big, heavy fruity or candy flavors. Higher percentages are going to be harsh and a bit plastic-y.

Other Resources:

The Product Page:

https://www.capellaflavors.com/tart-cherry-flavor-concentrate-13ml.html

“All The Flavors” Page:

https://alltheflavors.com/flavors/capella-tart-cherry

“e-Liquid Recipes” Page:

http://e-liquid-recipes.com/flavor/271082

I paid for this.

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