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Flavour Art Descriptions

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Source : Mama J’s Juice

Regarding percentages: For most of the FlavourArt flavors I describe here, 3% is a reasonable starting point for standalone use. Exceptions are noted right after the flavor name.

Important: Many flavorings settle into layers as they sit, and you can’t always tell by looking, so always shake flavorings right before you measure them out!

FA Almond:

Sweet-almond flavor, very much like almond extract. Use it in bakery vapes, just like you’d use almond extract when baking. Add a little FA Nut Mix for to make it taste more like raw almonds instead of extract. If you’re looking for bitter-almond flavor (like in amaretto), see FA Marzipan. This is not a roasted or toasted nut flavor.

Experiment with very tiny additions of FA Oak Wood and FA Black Fire if you’re after that flavor.

FA Anise:

FA Anise keeps the same flavor over an especially wide range of percentages compared to most FA flavors. This is bright, pure star-anise flavor with the characteristic sweet effect on the tongue when you inhale. For the sweet and cool effect without strong anise flavor, use 0.5% or less in your recipe. Makes fruits taste cool, bright, and sweeter at a fraction of a percent – or adds distinctive anise flavor over 1%. Adds bright notes to deep licorice-type vapes. Some like it to sweeten and lighten tobacco mixes. Try it at higher percentages with citrus fruits and/or mint flavors for a cooling vape on a hot day.

FA Apple:

This is a mild, realistic apple-juice flavor similar to Yellow Delicious apples. There are no tart notes; it’s mildly sweet. It never dominates a recipe, blends smoothly with other fruits, and can be used as a sweetener, especially in fruit blends. Add a little FA Amber or FA Brandy to further “bake” Apple.

When used with FA Walnut, Apple may taste unexpectedly strong. If you’re looking for bold, crisp, fresh-apple flavor, see FA Fuji.

FA Apple Pie:

This is tasty savory pie crust with a bit of FA’s Apple flavor, a little creaminess, and very little spice. Excellent crust flavor in pie recipes! The apple flavor is easily covered by other fruits – especially dark fruits and berries – so adding a small touch of Apple Pie to your other fruit can turn it into tasty pie. For classic American apple pie flavor, consider adding FA Apple, FA Fuji, and a cinnamon flavor at the very least.Using Apple Pie with a little Cookie makes a less savory, “fluffier” crust flavor; try a 2:1 ratio of Apple Pie: Cookie and use under 2% to add cobbler-type crust flavor to your recipe.

FA Apricot:

This is just like a fresh, juicy, perfectly-ripe apricot – excellent, realistic flavor with just the right level of natural sweetness. Apricot blends great with other fruits. Coconut accents it well. Makes excellent apricot brandy (mix with FA Brandy) and apricot rum (mix with FA Jamaican Rum), which can be used for cocktail-type vapes.Super in bakery recipes. To ‘bake’ the apricot flavor, add a tiny bit of Brandy or Jamaican Rum along with it, and perhaps a touch of Brown Sugar Extra (from The Flavor Apprentice).

FA Arctic Winter (Menthol Arctic):

Also called Menthol Arctic, this is just a menthol flavor. 0.5% adds a little cool menthol to a recipe. 1% or more adds clear menthol flavor. It seems the same as other menthols to me.

FA Banana:

Banana can be used at higher percents than many other FA fruits – up to 4-5% standalone is not unreasonable. This is most realistic, natural tasting banana flavoring you’ll find. Like a real banana, it’s not a bold flavor. This is yellow banana, not green, not brown, not strongly sweet. If you want realistic flavor of yellow banana, it’s perfect.Ideal in smoothie recipes.Add a tiny bit of FA Walnut to accentuate Banana.Other sweet flavors can give a “riper” banana flavor, but this is not a candy type.

FA Bergamot:

Totally accurate Bergamot flavor – the fragrant, bold, floral orange in Earl Grey tea. Add to FA Black Tea to make an Earl Grey flavor.Bergamot is also the key to orange liqueur flavor, especially Grand Marnier. Just add 0.5% Bergamot to FA Orange (and optionally Brandy and/or Mandarin) for various orange liqueur flavors.

FA Bilberry:

Stronger than most FA fruits, so keep it low for best results.This is fresh-picked Bilberry flavor – European blueberries. They are more flavorful, a bit « darker » and « wilder » tasting than cultivated American blueberries – and not as sweet. Bilberry is a very popular flavor in Europe, not too common in the U.S. Real blueberries taste bland and watery when compared to bilberries. Bilberry stands out in recipes. It will overpower weak fruit flavors, but it’s a perfect one to use with other dark fruits and berries, like Black Cherry, Pomegranate, and Blackcurrant.Use a very light touch (try 0.5% first) in bakery recipes to add blueberry flavor.Extra tasty with raspberry (many European candies use the two together); this combination is great with Black Tea.Try with FA Brandy for liqueur flavor. To make it taste more like an American blueberry, use plenty of sweet flavors with it, and consider adding creams.

FA Blackberry:

<1% !! warning, strong flavor!FlavourArt states this one of their strongest flavors. 1% standalone is very strong. This is a deep, full, complex, rich blackberry flavor. It is not especially sweet, not like pie filling. The background flavor is musky, like wild blackberries. If it tastes like soap or perfume to you, you are using too much. Consider making a 10% dilution to use as your flavoring – this makes it easy to use very small amounts.Fresh Cream is excellent to lighten the flavor, and plenty of other, sweeter flavors in a recipe will give the best results. Fans of berry tobacco might enjoy a tiny (0.1-0.25%) touch of Blackberry in the background for the dark, deep berry flavor.

FA Blackcurrant:

Here’s a gem, and a flavor no other brand does near as well. This is similar to a berry flavor with sweet and tart notes. It sweetens dark berry flavors; try it with Bilberry. It adds tartness to some berries; try it with Raspberry.

Small additions of Blackcurrant can be added to other fruit flavors for extra interest, without distracting too much. 

Black Cherry:

Here is the one for perfect cherry cola, oh yeah! (try 4% Cola with 2% Black Cherry).Black Cherry is a natural fruit flavor, not a candy flavor – but if you add it to very sweet flavors, you can coax cherry hard-candy flavor from it.Start very low (fraction of a percent) with Black Cherry if your mix uses milder flavors or it will completely overrun them. Great to sweeten other strong, dark fruits and berries, like Bilberry, Pomegranate, and Blackcurrant.Makes excellent cherry brandy (add a touch of FA’s Brandy) or cherry rum (mix with FA Jamaican Rum) to use in cocktail recipes.For baked fruit flavor in bakery mixes, try adding a touch of Brandy or Jamaican Rum along with it.Combines great with FA Almond for a bold cherry-almond addition to any recipe.If you’re looking to make a cherry tobacco, Black Cherry is probably the one you want (as opposed to Cherry).For light, subtle, or background cherry flavor, you might prefer FA Cherry. The two cherry flavors work well together, usually with more Cherry than Black Cherry for a balanced flavor.

FA Black Fire:

This is smoke flavor without tobacco notes. If you want to mimic the effect of actually smoking, you probably need this flavoring.Black Fire is most often used with tobaccos to add an authentic smokiness to the exhale. Get your tobacco recipe to your liking, then add Black Fire in small steps, just 0.25% or 0.5% at a time, for the realistic effect of real smoke on the exhale. It does not alter the tobacco flavors – just adds smokiness.If you use too much, you’ll taste hickory flavor.

FA Black Pepper:

This is worth getting just to satisfy your curiosity. It’s a warm spice flavor, certainly at-home in chai. If you vape tomato or cucumber flavors, well, try it with pepper. Some people pepper melon flavors, so that’s worth a try. There may be some tobacco blends that work with this warm spice, too.

FA Black Tea:

Tastes like a cup of plain, unsweetened black tea. Add your own lemon, mint, honey, cream, etc.  Note that Black Tea tastes stronger with less-pure nic base!  The better your nic quality, the MORE of this flavoring you will want to use for clear flavor. Start at 2% and work up.

FA Brandy:

Very “boozy” right after mixing, even when used at a fraction of a percent – but subtler and more “bakery friendly” as it ages! Add to fruit flavors, just 0.25% to make them taste juicier, 0.5% for a ‘baked fruit’ effect, or 1-1.5% for tasty fruit liqueur flavors. Apricot Brandy and Black Cherry Brandy are superb made with FA flavorings. Perfect to ‘bake’ many fruit flavors, but especially FA’s Bilberry, Blackcurrant, and Apricot. Adds a gourmet touch to fruity bakery recipes – remember to let your mix age at least a day or two if you use it like this.With FA’s apple flavors (Apple, Apple Pie, Fuji), a light touch of Brandy (optional hints of Oakwood and/or spices) can give you the flavor of hard apple cider.

FA Butterscotch:

Stronger, sharper, and sweeter than FA Caramel, like butterscotch ice-cream topping. For bold caramel flavor in a recipe, Butterscotch (perhaps mellowed with a little Fresh Cream) stands out more distinctly than FA Caramel. Caramel blends in; Butterscotch pops.2% Butterscotch + 1% FA Brandy makes a Buttershots (butterscotch schnapps) type flavor, good as-is or in cocktail-type recipes. When combined with nut flavors, Vienna Cream, and optionally Jamaican Rum, some very rich, buttery flavor can develop over time.

 

FA Burley: 2%
This is a versatile, neutral, pleasant, “light brown” tobacco flavor, like air-dried burley tobacco. It’s an excellent blender, just like in actual tobacco blends. From accents under 0.5% to full-strength 2% or a bit more, only the strength of the flavor changes; no hidden notes emerge or vanish at different percentages. If you like the flavor of American cigarettes, you’ll like adding Burley to just about any tobacco vape recipe. Just 0.5% in a recipe makes it distinctly tobacco to me. It has earthy, spicy, and nutty notes in roughly equal measure. As it steeps, it’s smoother and slightly creamy. There is no caramel, licorice, vanilla, nothing sour, nothing “green” or grassy, nothing exotic. If you need the flavor of a plain, neutral tobacco leaf, reach for Burley.

 

FA Cam Blend Ultimate tobacco:

This has been sold under three different names over the years. FlavourArt’s current name is Cam Blend Ultimate, but some vendors still list it as CamBlend, CamT, or CamTel.This is sandlewood – aromatic, spicy, earth, woody sandalwood, especially right after mixing. The scent from the flavoring bottle is remarkably similar to sandlewood essential oil used in aromatherapy – or a stick of sandlewood incense. For tobacco flavor, it must be used at small amounts and MUST steep. It will make itself known in tobacco mixes even at 0.25%, mellowing and losing some of its perfume qualities as it ages.If you are looking for spicy, Turkish type tobacco from FlavourArt, see FA Desert Ship.

FA Cappuccino:

This is a mild coffee flavor with powerful cream, not sweet like a Starbucks. The cream flavor in Cappuccino often (and surprisingly) overpowers others flavors, so mixing with it can be a challenge. The cream flavor here is unlike any of FA’s others and can be extremely useful. Using Cappuccino as a creamy-coffee addition to sweeter flavors gives excellent result that you can not duplicate with other FA flavorings. Mix your other flavors, then add Cappuccino in small steps to avoid erasing the other flavors.

FA Caramel:

More like caramel ice-cream topping than a hard-candy flavor. It never tastes burnt or cracker-jacks-like. It is sweet, but less sweet than other brands.It will add rich caramel flavor to tobaccos without transforming the mix into a candy flavor.Mix FA Caramel with FA Butterscotch (and perhaps sweet, creamy flavors) for a candy-like caramel.

Adding nut flavors can produce buttery effects as a mix ages.

FA Cardamom:

No other company makes this spice flavor, and FA did it perfectly! This tastes just like sweet green cardamom powder (not black cardamom), a sweet spice related to ginger. It’s the distinctive flavor in real Indian chai. If you vape coconut, fruit flavors, chai/tea, or spiced bakery recipes, you need this flavor.Cardamom adds a great touch to many fruits. If you use coconut in any recipe, try it with Cardamom. They are a perfect pair; cardamom sweetens the flavor of FA Coconut, especially noticeable when you exhale. Of course you need Cardamom for authentic flavor in chai. It’s also used in many Indian desserts and Scandinavian cookies.Addd 0.25-0.5% Cardamom to a recipe for an exotic, sweet-spice touch. If you really can’t stand ginger, you should probably avoid Cardamom – but otherwise, give it a try.

FA Catalan Cream:

This is the flavor Spanish catalan cream custard made with the traditional flavors. It’s sharper and more complex than Vienna Cream. It is a sweet, creamy, vanilla, a little citrus (lemon-orange, if you taste carefully), a little darkcaramel, and a small touch of cinnamon-spice (which some can taste and some cannot). Vary your vaping power to taste the range of flavors here. It’s bold enough to stand up to even strong berry flavors and still be noticed.Catalan

Cream makes a complex vape all by itself. Tobacco fans can use it to smooth bold tobacco flavors while adding a hint of sharp vanilla-caramel-citrus; the bit of spice in Catalan Cream vanishes when mixed with strong tobaccos.

Excellent with fruity-bakery flavors.

 

FA Cherry:
This is a red, slightly tart, fresh cherry flavor – not a sweet dark cherry. Using 3% or more will remind some people of cherry candy or cough drops. If you want it to taste more like candy, try adding tiny amounts of FA Orange and/or FA Fuji. A little menthol gives you a proper cough drop. If FA Cherry reminds you of cough drops and you want fresh fruit flavor, consider adding an accent of Forest Mix (for more complexity), Black Cherry (for sweeter and darker cherry flavor), and/or Blackcurrant (for sweet-and-tart flavor). 
 
FA Cocoa and FA Chocolate:
If you’re familiar with cocoa manufacturing, think of FA Chocolate as chocolate liquor before the cocoa butter is added, and think of FA Cocoa as cocoa powder. The two flavorings are often used together as the beginning of a complete chocolate flavor. FA Chocolate can taste like Hershey’s syrup or chocolate liqueur, depending on the other flavorings you use with it. If you have chocolate extract in your kitchen, notice FA Chocolate smells just the same. When chocolate extract is used in cooking, it’s often used with cocoa powder – which is the flavor of FA Cocoa. 
 
When using Cocoa and Chocolate together, more Cocoa than Chocolate gives you darker chocolate flavor. For milk chocolate use more Chocolate and less Cocoa. The two together are still not a candy flavor – you’ll have to add milky/sweet/caramel notes with other flavorings. Acetyl pyrazine is a secret weapon for chocolate vapes, but it doesn’t have to be used in pure form. Flavorings like FA Cookie or TFA Cheesecake Graham can serve the same purpose while adding bakery or milky flavor. Many tobacco flavorings and most nut flavors contain acetyl pyrazine, if you’re interested in experimenting.
 
Like many other dark-colored flavorings, too much Cocoa can clog your wick/coil fairly quickly, and too much power will give you a burnt flavor. If you’re sub-ohming, beware. If you’re using more basic hardware, you’re in luck, because this is one amazing flavor at higher resistance. The higher quality your nicotine base is, the better Cocoa and Chocolate will taste. That’s true of most flavors, but the difference with these two can be drastic.
  

FA Cinnamon Ceylon:

This is superb bakery cinnamon flavor, more complex and true to the real spice than any other cinnamon flavoring. Although some people use it at crazy percentages for red-hot cinnamon candy – that’s not the best use of this one. In recipes with bakery-type cinnamon as a major flavor, FlavourArt is perfection – no others can match it. Like real cinnamon powder, this is not a very sweet flavor. It relies on the rest of your recipe for sweetness. Spiced apple pie, cookie flavors with cinnamon, spiced beverages, sweet bakery recipes – that’s where Cinnamon Ceylon really shines.

If you’ve been using TFA Cinnamon Spice, use FA Cinnamon Ceylon at the same percentage.

FA Citrus Mix (Sicilian Mix):

FlavourArt describes this one simply and accurately: « orange, lemon, grapefruit and mandarin. » It’s a balanced blend of those FA flavors. If you have those FA flavors, you can absolutely duplicate Citrus Mix. Due to the grapefruit, it has the tartness of fresh-squeezed citrus juice. The grapefruit makes it taste fresher and livelier than other citrus mixes I’ve tried, which are usually just lemon and lime.It’s interesting enough to enjoy as a standalone flavor, especially if you like grapefruit. Small amounts added to dull fruit blends will brighten them and add interest.

FA Clove:

Somewhere between the flavor of clove oil and clove powder used in baking. It’s a strong one that does not fade much with time. As little as 0.25% will stand out in a chai-type spice mixture.  There is no added caramel, tobacco, vanilla, or other notes to it – just pure, simple clove.

FA Coconut:

This is creamy, realistic coconut flavor like raw coconut meat/milk or coconut cream. It’s the same level of sweetness as genuine coconut – not sugar-coated, not a candy flavor, not at all artificial tasting. It’s a great tropical touch for fruit blends, tobaccos, coffee, and bakery recipes. Mix with sweet candy flavors for candy bars. Excellent in cocktail-type vapes – just like coconut cream. When building a recipe, keep in mind that you taste Coconut as a lingering flavor at the end of an exhale. For dry coconut flavor, add FA Oakwood. They combine for a coconut-husk effect, like the paper-thin, light brown, inner shell of a coconut (a good combination for coconut tobaccos.) FA Cardamom is superb with Coconut. It adds an exotic spice touch and sweetens the exhale. They’re a classic pair. Have you noticed that all coconut flavorings produce a little extra vapor?

FA Coffee Espresso:

Strong flavor! Bold, true, never bitter, excellent coffee flavor! No skunk-like smell that many other coffee flavorings have, and it leaves no offensive vapor trail.If you love coffee and have given up on making a coffee vape, Espresso will make your day.For Starbucks-like coffees, start with your favorite cream, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, nuts, etc. Get that to your liking, then add 0.5-1% Espresso. Think of each 0.5% addition as an ‘espresso shot’ in a ventisized Starbucks drink.For a plain cup of blonde coffee, try 1-2% Espresso with 2% FA Fresh Cream.This is not sweetened coffee, but with high-VG, high-quality nicotine base, you will taste mild sweetness. High-quality nic makes Espresso smoother and tastier, but regardless of nic, this will still be the best coffee vape you’ve had.

FA Cola:

This is great Coke flavor. It requires NO steep at all and does not change flavor or ‘go flat’ over time. It’s a totally clear, uncolored flavoring that vapes extremely clean and tastes great by itself. It even gives you a bubbly, carbonated effect, easiest to notice if you use some PG in your nic base.4% FA Cola with 2% FA Black Cherry is the perfect Cherry Coke. For ice in your Coke, add a little TFA Koolada.

FA Cookie:  

Very versatile flavoring!This cookie flavoring has no diketone ingredients, which sets it apart from others. This is a very neutral, mildly sweet cookie base. There are no spices, vanilla, or other flavors to interfere with your additions. It can be used standalone (some like it that way), as a cookie base, or to add bakery effects to recipes. It adds rich, warm, mildly sweet, baked flavor. If you’re making a cookie recipe with bold flavors, start with 1.5 – 2% Cookie. Add Anise, Almond, perhaps a little Marzipan for a very traditional, crunchy Italian cookie flavor. Or add your favorite nuts and fruits flavor to that for biscotti variations (Cherry-Almond, Orange-Nut Mix, Lemon-Almond, etc.). Try with two widely-contrasting flavors, like Coconut-Bilberry. Including a hint of Anise in biscotti always adds an authentic Italian touch.For smooth, sweet, rich cookies, begin with 1-1.5% Cookie and 0.5% Vienna Cream, then add your flavors. For an even sweeter start, include a little Butterscotch – even <0.25% will sweeten enough to stand up to the boldest flavor additions (like Espresso, Hazelnut, Brandy, or strong spices).

FA Cuban Supreme:

There are many conflicting reviews online for this, so I’ll describe it in detail. I think people have posted reviews/ descriptions of some other brand’s Cuban flavor, or maybe FA Cigar Passion, on some of the pages I’ve seen. This is NOT a Cuban cigar flavor!

It’s a neutral, mild, true tobacco flavor. It’s not as bold as FA Virginia or Burley, but it’s more obviously a tobacco than MaxxBlend and 7 Leaves. It’s dry, woody, and smooth. You’ll taste no caramel, no anise or licorice, no honey, no cocoa, no strong spices, no fruit or nuts, no « black » flavor. It’s not at all ashy or « dirty » tasting. It’s absolutely never bitter or sour. It’s on the sweet side of neutral, but not strongly sweet (less sweet than 7 Leaves and MaxxBlend), even with VG nic base. It is mildly sweet on the tongue during a big inhale if you’re using 2% or higher. The predominant flavor is light brown, neutral, dry tobacco. The exhale is tobacco mingled with woody vanilla.

You’ll barely taste it at 1%; somewhere between 2-3% will satisfy most vapers. It does not change flavor to me as I change the percent – just changes strength – so it’s easy to use! Changing voltage alters the balance of dry-woody and tobacco-vanilla, but not drastically. No combination of different percent and/or voltage brings out any new or conflicting flavor notes.

Though Cuban Supreme is complex, interesting, and tasty enough to vape standalone, it also mixes perfectly with FA’s other basic tobacco flavors. Virginia adds moisture and a stronger ‘yellow’ tobacco flavor; Burley adds darker tobacco flavor; Desert Ship adds spiciness that Cuban Supreme completely lacks.

RY4 fans will like this with added 555-ish tobacco (or nut flavors), a bit of caramel, and perhaps more vanilla.

If you like honey flavor, add Cowboy or MaxxBlend.

If standalone 7 Leaves is too light for you, mix with Cuban Supreme for the ‘next step up’ in boldness – or skip a few steps and try Cuban Supreme standalone.

Cuban Supreme is perfect for mellowing wilder or harsher tobacco flavors. If you have tobacco flavors that are just too bold for you, you may like them as additions to Cuban Supreme.

If coconut tobacco sounds good to you, start with Cuban Supreme and maybe a hint of Burley. You’ll taste dry, woody-vanilla-coconut notes on the exhale. It’s a nice tropical touch but still a predominantly tobacco flavor. If you want to go a little exotic, add a tiny bit of FA Cardamom along with the Coconut. Excellent!

I asked several non-vapers about the vapor scent of plain Cuban Supreme. Under 2%, a direct vapor cloud to the face (their request, not my idea!) was apparently hard to identify but smelled ‘sweet’. When I used 2-2.5% flavoring, the majority smelled vanilla, just briefly. Nobody found it objectionable, and none believed it was tobacco, so it gets the non-vapers’ seal of approval.

If you’ve hesitated to make tobacco flavors or want to try just one FA tobacco, this is the one to start with. I think it’s the one FA tobacco that would appeal the widest audience. It’s obviously tobacco, neutral, excellent standalone, mixes perfectly with others, and I can’t imagine anyone would find it offensive when mixed between 2-3%.

FA Custard:

If you are looking for an American vanilla pudding flavor, also read about FA’s Vienna Cream, Catalan Cream, and all three FA Vanilla flavors.

FA Custard is a true basic custard flavor, not goopy vanilla pudding. Custard is made by cooking egg yolks, sugar, milk/cream, a little vanilla, and often a little lemon zest, into a thickened cream. FlavourArt is an Italian company, so they’ve included the light vanilla and lemon zest flavor as an Italian chef likely would. This is a bright, sweet, lightly creamy flavor.

So what to do with it? Some people enjoy it plain, anywhere from 2-5%, for the authentic flavor of real homemade custard (which does not taste like Jello instant vanilla pudding). Italians include custard in lots of desserts, so I take my ideas from real recipes. Here are my main uses:

Pour Custard over your favorite fruits. If you enjoy vaping fresh fruit flavors, you need this flavor. It works perfectly with all of FA’s fruit flavors to add sweet, creamy, bright flavor. Try your favorite fruit(s) with a hint of (1%) Custard for the simplest Italian dessert.

Gelato is Italian, egg-based ice cream that begins with a cooked custard. Simply adding FA Custard to your favorite FA fresh fruit flavors will give you authentic Italian gelato flavor. 4% Grapefruit with 1% Custard makes grapefruit gelato, for example; 1% Bilberry with 2-3% Custard is bilberry gelato. The stronger the fruit flavor is, the higher the ratio of Custard to fruit. I haven’t found an FA fruit flavor that doesn’t taste GREAT as gelato.

Custard is not just for Italian desserts. If a (real food) recipe begins with egg yolks, milk/cream, and sugar stirred together over heat, then the vape equivalent needs FA Custard flavor. You’ll find it’s the beginning of many cooked candies, ice cream, cakes, pies/tarts, and numerous other (real) European and American dessert recipes.

A little FA Custard adds bright sweetness that also complements deeper, bolder flavors – like chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, maple, tobaccos (!), rum, and nuts. Whether you’re working on chocolate-rum mousse, butterscotch pudding, or even a smoother/brighter tobacco – any time you need bright-sweet-creaminess – FA Custard is one to try.

FA Fresh Cream:

One of FlavourArt’s most useful flavors. I think every DIY’er needs this one!It’s just fresh cream – no sweetener, no vanilla, no other flavors you might not want – and none of the chemical, plastic, or fake flavor that some other brands  have.Use it from less than 1% up to 2% in any recipe for creamier, smoother flavor. Excellent with coffees and other beverages, fruits, bakery flavors, mints, creamy desserts, the cream in cocktail recipes, even to mellow a harsh tobacco. Remember you other flavors must provide the sweetness. If FlavourArt has a single most-useful flavoring for all DIY’ers, this is it.

 

FA Fig:
Sweet, fresh figs. Fig tastes “riper” when accented with FA Apple (not Fuji) or FA Amber. At amounts under 1%, Fig makes a bright sweetener for bold fruit flavors.

 

FA Forest Mix:
A tasty mix of fresh berry flavors: bilberry (blueberry), raspberry, strawberry, blackcurrant, and a touch of blackberry, as far as I can tell. If you can have only one FA berry flavor, this is the one to pick. Don’t be afraid to add more of your favorite berry flavor to emphasize it in the mix. Or in a recipe with a single berry flavor, add 0.5% Forest Mix for some complex background notes.

 

FA Fuji:
Fresh, crisp apple flavor – exceptional fresh fruit flavor – one of FA’s very best flavors. Fuji is a prominent flavor that stands out in mixes more than FA Apple. If you want apple juice, mild baked apples, or apple sauce sweetness, you want Apple (instead of or in addition to Fuji). Fuji is between red and green apple flavor; it can be edged in either direction by other flavors in your recipe. 

 

FA Gin:

The very realistic aroma and flavor of actual gin (with the same distinct juniper flavor), especially right after mixing. 

It is a little bit sweet. This is an excellent addition to fruity vapes, even if you don’t drink alcohol. Adding 1% FA Gin makes light fruit flavors bright and summery; it adds spark to darker fruits and berries; it enhances all the citrus flavors.Use 2% or more Gin with fruits for vape-replicas of cocktails. Just look online at bartender recipes for inspiration (google ‘gin cocktails’ for a good start.)Combined with some fruits, even 2% Gin can give you a nonalcohol flavor. 2% Gin, 1% Lime Tahiti, 1% Cherry reminds me more of soda or tonic water than a mixed drink.

FA Ginger:

WARNING: This is listed here just to make it clear this is NOT for vaping. It’s flavored vegetable oil! Do not buy this unless you’re making stir-fry.

FA Glory:

A new (2015) tobacco blend. FA is after the NET crowd and Hangsen fans with this one. Old Dekang fans would call this a 555: nutty, fairly sweet, brown tobacco. Hangsen fans will compare Glory to Hangsen Highway, and might recognize some tobacco notes like in Hangsen Indian or Arabic (just the sweet tobacco part; Glory is not spicy). Hangsen fans, if you try just one FA tobacco, this is the one to pick. Glory lingers in your sinuses a while after you exhale, like NET tobaccos I’ve vaped. I wonder if there are natural tobacco extracts in Glory. It sure gives me that impression. Exhaled vapor did not offend non-vapers.

I didn’t get any startling flavor changes as it steeped – closed bottle, room temperature – for 4 days or after a long heat-steep. The nutty flavor became richer and the overall vape smoother. I get a rich, creamy undertone with my max-VG – savory, like the crust flavor in FA Apple Pie, but smoother – it took steeping for that to fully develop.

I began at 2.5% and moved down. At 2.5% it’s nutty, rich, bold, “brown” tobacco with dark caramel – sweet, but not dessert-like. Around 2% more nuances emerge. A hint of dark fruit? A little sour note borrowed from FA Toscano? Is that deep vanilla or butterscotch? The complexity will keep you guessing, especially as you vary your vaping power from low (creamiest) to higher (all kinds of interest). I was happiest at 1.75%, about the same strength I’d use FA Toscano or Cuban Supreme standalone. If you taste only nutty tobacco, you probably want to use LESS to taste the full flavor, or let it sit another day or two. (I’m mixing with VT’s “throat hit” nic in VG, with max-VG base).

Glory is going to quickly gain a BIG fan base and become one of the most popular FA tobacco flavors. Standalone Glory will be an adv for many tobacco vapers. I think of most FA tobaccos as ingredients for blends, but Glory needs nothing added to taste complete or realistic. Some might like a tiny bit of Black Fire for more “smoke” effect on the exhale. Some might like adding vanilla-caramel-butterscotch for milder tobacco flavor or to make it more dessert-like. Some might add FA Desert Ship for spice. Inawera fans will reach for their plum flavor or that ashy base. But you’re looking for a 555-type vape, just mix Glory at 2% and you’ll have an easily-mixed bottle of excellence.

FA Grape Concord:

Fresh-picked Concord dark grapes from the vine, bitter skin and all. Fresh Concord grapes are strongly flavored and aromatic, and so is this flavoring. This is not Welch’s juice, pop, or candy flavor – and it’s quite strong. 2% as the main flavor in recipe gives very bold grape flavor, and <1% still stands out. Mix with plenty of sweet flavors and/or keep below 1% Grape Concord for milder grape juice flavor. This can be a tricky one to mix with, but it really is the flavor of this particular grape variety right from the vine.

FA Grape White:

Tastes like a handful of white wine grapes plucked from the vine and eaten, skin and all. This is very useful for making the flavors of real fruit-juice blends. Look at the ingredients on a 100% juice blend, and you’re likely to see white grape juice in the listing. It does get a little aromatic around 2%, but add 1% or less to sweeten other fruits without adding much grape flavor. For a more neutral fruity sweetener, see FA Pear.

FA Grapefruit:

Yellow or perhaps pink grapefruit flavor – the whole fruit, not just the juice. This is not a sweet flavor, not a ruby-red grapefruit. It includes a bitter edge. If you like cocktail vapes, use it with Gin. FA Orange and Lemon Sicily are both sweeter and combine well with Grapefruit.

FA Green Tea:

This is a very earthy flavor that doesn’t appeal to me at all, like vaping garden soil with a bit of vegetation. I’ve found no use for it at all.FA makes such a perfect Black Tea that this Green Tea is a major disappointment in comparison.If you want good green tea flavor, I suggest TFA’s version.

FA Guava:

This seems especially strong to me, with an aromatic (ok, floral) effect that permeates other flavors. When you drink the original “red” Hawaiian Punch, there is a distinctive aromatic flavor as you finish a sip – that’s this flavor. I think it’s best used as the only aromatic touch in a blend of tropical fruits – and then at <1%.

FA Hazelnut:

In my opinion, this is the single most accurate nut flavor that any manufacturer produces. It’s the flavor of hazelnuts without the papery brown skin. This is an excellent flavor to add to your chocolate candy bar recipes.FA Hazelnut carefully mixed with acetyl pyrazine (plus Caramel and other accents) can give the impression of peanut butter.In dessert and coffee recipes, even 0.25% can add sufficient hazelnut flavor for most vapers. It’s excellent for hazelnut coffee.If you’re looking to add nutty notes to tobacco, you might prefer FA Nut Mix instead of this distinctive hazelnut flavor.

FA Honey:

Extra-strong flavoring! This is sweet, realistic, excellent amber honey flavor – darker flavor than clover honey, lighter than buckwheat honey. It is not a floral or fruity, and it smells just like a bottle of honey (no tomcat smell like some other brands).It’s very strong and very sweet! Even 0.25% FA Honey can overwhelm a recipe. I suggest making a small bottle of 10% FA Honey to use as your flavoring bottle. Using 1% from that bottle gives you 0.1% flavoring – which is a ‘spoonful’ of honey flavor in a recipe.To reduce the sweetness, add a very tiny bit of FA Brandy along with it – a good trick when working with tobaccos.For a floral orange-blossom honey flavor, try a tiny addition of FA Neroli or Bergamot flavoring. For honey-almond flavor, see FA Torrone.

FA Irish Cream:

This is the flavor of Baileys Original Irish Cream liqueur – not the mint or other flavored versions – and does not have the flavor of added cream. This smells and tastes just like a bottle of the real liqueur, much tastier than other brands’ versions.It’s a delicious standalone vape, but as with the real liqueur, it’s also a great mixer. It’s excellent with coffee vapes, of course. If you like the flavored Baileys, you can make superb vape versions of all of them using this with other FA flavors. A little Irish Cream sweetens and makes bakery recipes more interesting. Using it with vanilla flavors tends to erase the chocolate flavor; add some chocolate/cocoa if you want that flavor to be more noticeable.

FA Jamaican Rum:

An excellent general sweetener and superb rum flavor. This is more sweet than it is boozy (think “butter rum” not “yo-ho-ho”).Many vapers enjoy it standalone.It mixes just like real rum for cocktails.Add other FA flavors to make your own flavored rums (apricot and coconut are excellent) and more complex cocktail vapes. Jamaican Rum can taste very dark, amber or golden – depending on the flavors you mix with. A little bit of Jamaican Rum in dark fruits and berries makes them taste warm and oven-baked.Try a little rum in your eggnog (Vienna Cream), pies, banana bread, and other bakery flavors. Rum and Cola is easy and tasty. It’s excellent to sweeten coffees, too.

FA Jasmine:

Jasmine is right at home with FA Black Tea. Use 2-3 parts of tea to 1 part Jasmine.

FA Joy

If you’re familiar with funnel cakes, imagine sugar-sprinkled funnel cakes sent on a trip through the cotton candy machine. That’s this flavor. I taste zero difference in this fresh-mixed and steeped for 4 days.

You’ll immediately recognize the cotton candy flavor as part of Joy. But FA’s is a big improvement over plain ethyl maltol. The more you vape it, the more impressive it gets. By adding the fried-sweet-bakery flavor (like funnel cakes) and a little super-sweet vanilla, FA has made this into a very appealing standalone vape. 3% in max-VG is sweet awesomeness; 2% is danged good; over 3% is cloying to me.

Most brands’ Cotton Candy flavors fade in sweetness at the end of an exhale or include a fake-chemical flavor right at the end. FA fixed all that in their version, so it’s sweet from the moment vapor hits your tongue all the way through the end of an exhale. This cotton candy is delicious all by itself, not just made to be a sweetener. Of course, that’s how I’ll try it next, as a sweetener. I expect Joy will show up as in ingredient in LOTS of sweet recipes. It’s sure to be in mine.

Everyone DIYer who likes sweet flavors needs this one. Vape it standalone, then add a touch of your favorite fruit (or spice – Cinnamon Ceylon is good with it), then see how it works in your recipes. Try it as a sweetener for strong fruit flavors and bakery recipes.

p.s. – I saw a description saying Joy has the flavors of apple, toffee, and popcorn. Nope! (and thank goodness) If you’ve had funnel cakes and had cotton candy, I think you’ll agree with my description.

p.p.s – yes, it makes Cinnamon Ceylon taste sweet, and it emphasizes subtle spice flavors in a recipe

FA Kiwi:

Authentic kiwi fruit flavor, with the sweet-and-tart flavor of fresh fruit. I’m most impressed that they got the sweetness level just right. I don’t recall ever reading negative comments about this flavor – it’s really good – if you like real kiwi! If you’re mixing this with FA Strawberry or Watermelon, use a very light hand with the Kiwi – it’s strong compared to the other FA fruit flavors that are commonly used with it.FA Marshmallow tames kiwi flavor while adding sweetness. A little Mad Fruit will give it appealing, zippy, sour flavor.

FA Lavender:

The aromatic, sweet, slightly camphor flavor of lavender plants. If you enjoy lavender tea, candies, or lemonade, this flavoring will make you happy.

FA Layton Blend:

This flavor tastes different at different percentages!  You will find wildly-conflicting descriptions of this flavor online, but hopefully these notes will help clarify why, and help you use Layton’s changing flavor to your advantage. Fine-tuning your percentage and vaping power is key with Layton Blend.

Layton is a complex tobacco flavor by itself – and it’s an agreeable mixer. The tobacco flavor is mild, smooth, not very ‘dark’, but definitely tobacco. The tobacco bit stays unchanged from under 1% to at least 5%. However, all the other flavor notes vary by percentage, with major flavor changes at 1%, 3%, and 5%.

Mixing less than 1% of Layton with other flavors adds a gentle, subtle coolness that’s very useful to brighten and smooth dark, spicy, or pipe-like flavors.

Under 1% standalone, you’ll taste fairly neutral, mild, smooth tobacco flavor, and little else.

Over 1% standalone gives you some distinct coolness. This isn’t a ‘menthol’ flavor note – just a neutral, cooling mint effect. Vaping at low power brings out a mystery-sweetness you’ll find difficult to identify under 2%. It isn’t honey or caramel, and there’s no spiciness to it.

Over 1% standalone, vaped at higher power, the mystery-sweetness becomes a hint of general fruitiness. The mild tobacco flavor remains constant and unchanged.

At 3% standalone, the sweet-coolness is accentuated and begins to taste like clove. It’s sweet on the tongue during inhale. The vague fruity notes become mixed citrus flavor. The mild tobacco background is still unchanged.

At 5% standalone, a bit of anise joins the clove. You get the sweetness of anise on your tongue, with sweet high notes of clove, and some mixed citrus. The tobacco background remains unchanged.

I suspect Layton may be among the most useful and versatile of FA’s tobaccos for blending. If a tobacco blend is too dark, heavy, spicy, or bold for you – try it with a little Layton.

FA Lemon Sicily:

This is Limoncello lemon liqueur, or an Italian ice flavor. It’s lemon flavoring that can be enjoyed all by itself – fresh, crisp, bright, a little sweet. It’s not candy-sweet, not sour or bitter, not harsh, not floral or chemical tasting. Add your favorite fruit flavor to 3-4% Lemon Sicily for flavored lemonade, maybe with a little TFA Koolada for the cool effect. Add 1% Lemon Sicily to fruity mixes to help separate the flavors and brighten the overall vape. Mixes perfectly with FA Custard for creamier, sweeter lemon flavor.

FA Licorice (aka Black Touch aka Licorice Flavor Plus):

Tastes like black licorice candy you get in Australia or southern Europe, made with molasses. This is not the salty or strong salmiak kind of licorice, and it’s not black jelly beans. There’s a little anise flavor in it, but for a brighter licorice flavor, add some FA Anise. Blackcurrant and other bold fruits can make this into fruity licorice flavors popular in Europe.

FA Lime Cold-Pressed:

FA has two lime flavors, quite different. This one is fresh, unsweetened lime juice -refreshing, tart, and realistic. If you’re making a limeade vape, start here.If you’re adding a little lime juice to a recipe, start with 0.5%. This is a prominent flavor in recipes; give it a day or two to age it will mellow substantially, especially used at small amounts.

For zestier Key lime flavor, or in cocktail vapes for juice-and-a-twist, try Lime Cold-Pressed with a little Lime Tahiti added.

FA Lime Tahiti / Distilled:

This is a sharper lime flavor than Cold-Pressed, both of which mellow as they age. This is the muddled lime in a mixed drink, or a twist of zesty peel in your limeade. When fresh-mixed (especially with plenty of PG), it’s zesty, eye-opening, in-your-face lime, with a bit of bitterness.If you’re mixing with this, consider 0.5% or less – Lime Tahiti can dominate other flavors even at 1%.Use Tahiti with Cold-Pressed for Key lime flavor. No other brand gets real lime juice (« cold press ») and zest (« Tahiti / distilled) as accurately as FlavourArt. If you like lime, get both.If you just a limeade, get Lime Cold-Pressed instead.

FA Liquid Amber (Amber):

Very useful for baked fruit and cider flavor. Think of it as a way to slightly ferment the other flavors. One FA vendor describes the standalone flavor well: « Warm and smooth flavor with a hint of fresh fruit and a delicate sourness in the aftertaste. » At 3% standalone, it gives a hint of (apple? pear? something fruity), a bit of sweetness you taste in the far back of your throat, and undertones of sour, like the background warmth and sourness of slightly-hard cider.

Add 0.5-1% Liquid Amber to apple flavors for basic apple cider. If you use mostly Liquid Amber plus a touch of Pear, Apple, Cherry, Apricot… – the fruit flavor will come through well. It becomes pear- (apple-…) flavored Amber.

That is similar to adding FA Brandy to fruit, but it’s a much smoother effect. If you don’t have FA Brandy, or if Brandy is too strong for you, Liquid Amber makes a fine substitute. Liquid Amber can also boost mild anise and licorice notes in tobacco blends.

FA Lychee:

Sweet, sweet tropical fruit flavor. It similar in flavor to dragonfruit and can make an interesting substitute or partner for it (usually requires much less!)  Try Lychee under 1% as a sweetener with an exotic fruit flavor. Lychee tastes sweet late in an exhale, which makes it especially useful; most sweet flavors don’t linger like Lychee.

FA Mandarin:

Like a fresh mandarin tangerine, not the canned ones floating in bland syrup. If you prefer a ‘Cutie’ to a navel orange, you’ll like this flavor. It mixes great with Fresh Cream, Vanilla Classic, Vanilla Tahiti, and/or Custard to make Creamsicle type flavors. Try it in place of Orange or as an accent for Orange in any recipe to add interest. It will sometimes taste like orange zest if used as a tiny accent for other citrus flavors.

FA Mango:

Realistic flavor of  mangos, and a little bit stronger than most FA fruits. This is not especially sweet; it has a the acidic edge of a mango that’s barely ripe. Sweet fruits like Orange or Peach help “ripen” the flavor. Mango combines well with all the other tropical fruits, but consider using just 0.5% Mango if you want the other flavors to be identifiable.

FA Maple Syrup:

Excellent flavor of sweet maple syrup, ideal for touch of Maple Syrup in fancy coffee recipes, some bakery recipes, and candies. Excellent in cookie recipes. If mixing with bold flavors, adding 0.25% Maple Syrup or less can act as a sweetener.If you have a major sweet tooth, try Maple Syrup with some Caramel and Fresh Cream. Adding a very tiny bit of FA Honey makes the most flavorful, sweetest honey-maple vape ever, with no weird artificial-sweetener aftertaste. It’s so sweet, you might want to brush your teeth after vaping that.If you’re looking to make a maple tobacco or mix with boozy flavors, be aware this is a syrup flavor that will sweeten the recipe, and start with just 0.5% Maple Syrup.

FA Orange:

Common orange juice flavor. There are no strange chemical notes or aftertastes that many other brands have – just plain orange. It’s not as dull as juice made from concentrate, but not as snappy as real, fresh-squeezed juice. It’s not a knockout great flavor on its own, but it is the best orange for blending. The FA version is easy to mix with and works perfectly as orange juice in cocktail recipes. Adding a little Lemon Sicily will give brighter flavor; mixing in some Mandarin will add interest; Bergamot adds a bitter aromatic edge found in Grand Marnier orange liqueur. If you need vanilla with FA Orange, FA Vanilla Classic is the ideal choice.Unlike some other brands’ orange flavors, FA Orange and Mandarin will not melt your plastic droppers and syringes. Both flavorings will separate if they sit a while. The most flavorful part sinks, so be sure to always give these a good shake before measuring!

FA Mangosteen:

An excellent match for the flavor of fresh mangosteen, which is very hard to find in the U.S. If you ever have the chance to try fresh mangosteen – do it! It’s called ‘Queen of the Fruits’ for good reason.Fresh mangosteen is incredibly sweet. Though this flavoring is one of FlavourArt’s sweetest, it doesn’t quite match the sweetness of the fresh fruit. To maximize the sweetness use maximum VG and very clean nicotine.  A clean coil is essential for this delicate flavor. I think hardware that produces a cooler vapor gives the best mangosteen flavor.

FA Mangosteen is delicate, juicy, mild, and exotic. It has notes of a ripe Seckel pear (with similar sweetness), fresh white peach, some hints of mild orange, and at times something similar to sweetened pineapple. (It has nothing in common with mangos, despite the name.) I think fans of dragonfruit would especially like this flavor.As you go from 2+% a floral note will develop.

 

FA Marzipan:
Don’t pass this one by, even if you don’t like marzipan candy. It’s the flavor of sugar-glazed bitter almonds, reminiscent of the distinctive almond flavor in amaretto liqueur (but not a boozy flavoring). Additions of 0.5% or less complement and sharpen stone fruit flavors like apricot, peach, and cherry. Marzipan is a powerful sweetener that adds superb nuttiness to bakery vapes – try it with FA Apple Pie for a sweet treat. If you’re looking for mild almond extract flavor, see FA Almond instead. 

 

FA Melon Cantaloupe:

This is the flavor and sweetness level of ripe cantaloupe – just the orange part. There is no ‘green’ or rind flavor to this. It’s an excellent flavor match for the fresh fruit and a bold flavor.

FA Meringue:

Since mid-2014 or so, new batches of this flavor taste like well-baked, caramelized meringue from the top of a meringue pie. (It was previously like crisp, airy, white meringue cookies that dissolve in your mouth).  Beware mixing Meringue with subtle fruit flavors, which it can overwhelm. In recipes with nut flavors, strong spices, and some coffee recipes, Meringue is an ideal sweetener.

FA Nut Mix:

This is not quite as potent as Hazelnut, but it’s still quite strong. It’s a little sweeter than Hazelnut, especially if you exhale sharply. The slower you exhale, the drier it tastes. Try and you’ll see what I mean.Hazelnut and walnut are here, perhaps with a little almond. A combination of FA Hazelnut and FA Walnut tastes similar to Nut Mix. This is the right FA nut for nutty tobaccos.Nut Mix is easier to mix with than plain Hazelnut and more interesting than plain Walnut. Try it in candy bar recipes with butterscotch, caramel, cocoa, chocolate, nougat, a little fresh cream. It’s awesome in Torrone, very authentic Italian candy flavor. A little Maple Syrup or very small amount of FA Honey make great sweeteners for it. If you like nuts, you’ll use this often. If you strongly dislike hazelnuts, skip it.

FA Oakwood:

This is not a tobacco flavor, though vendors often classify it as one. Oakwood is one of FA’s darker-colored flavorings, but the flavor is mild, and it doesn’t clog coils. The taste is dry, mild wood. This is fresh, raw wood – not charred or charcoal, not smoke. There is no pine, hickory, mesquite, or cedar aroma – just plain mild oak.This is surprisingly good as a standalone flavor at 3%, gives the impression of standing in a lumberyard or starting a woodworking project. Try it for a break from tobacco or sweet flavors; it’s very pleasant.

FlavourArt obviously intends this as an additive to tobacco blends, but Oakwood also adds an « Oak Barrel aged » effect to other recipes and alcohol-flavors like Whiskey and Brandy. Use about half as much Oakwood as the boozy flavor, but don’t be afraid to go as high as equal amounts of this mild flavor. Remember fruit ciders are often barrelaged, too.With tobacco blends, a little Oakwood adds overall dryness; more produces the woody flavor. Don’t be afraid to add 1% Oakwood to a recipe, and work up from there.

Add it to recipes containing coconut to get the flavor of the papery, light brown ‘skin’ inside a coconut shell. Try Oakwood with your favorite vanilla, too. The raw wood flavor adds an agreeable, rustic effect. For smoke flavor, look at FA Black Fire instead (or along with Oakwood).

FA ORYental 4:

This is less strong than most of FA’s other tobaccos. I do not detect any big flavor changes between 2-4%.

This is absolutely NOT similar to other flavors with « RY » in the name. It might have been better named « Asian Bitter Herbs. » That’s not entirely accurate, but it’s a whole lot closer RY4.

If you’ve used MaxxBlend, you will taste similar light cigarette flavor on the inhale, but drier and without the sweetness of MaxxBlend. THEN comes the distinctive part of ORYental 4 – the exhale.The exhale is a blast of Asian flavors and sensations, all detected in your nose. If you vape this with a plugged nose, you will not detect any flavors described in this paragraph. The overall effect is bitter-sour and herbal. If you’re familiar with bitter melon, this will remind you strongly of that. If you’ve been in a traditional Chinese medicine shop with all the herbs in glass bottles behind the counter, ORYental 4’s exhale will remind you of a deep breath in that shop. For those unfamiliar with those scents, think of the bitter-sour effect of sniffing rice wine vinegar seasoned with dried dill and perhaps some cilantro, though less sharp. This is not an unpleasant bitter-sour-herbal effect, especially if you’re looking for an exotic tobacco flavor. There is a constant light background flavor of mild cigarette tobacco thoughout the exhale, and a bit of smokiness reminiscent of Dark Fire, but they’re faint behind the bitter-sour-herbal main flavors.

If you’re mixing any pickled vegetable recipes (hey, people vape all kinds of flavors), this would be a great addition. In fact, if this were named « Dill Pickles » I would have believed it. But then I would have wondered why it includes the tobacco notes and dry smoke flavor.Anyone searching for a way to create marijuana-flavored vapes ought to have this in their collection. The herbal part of this could prove very useful in that pursuit.

FA Papaya:

Another accurate representation of fresh fruit, this is the flavor of the smaller, more common variety. Lime is a great contrast. Chefs sometimes pair it with Black Pepper (go ahead). In equal amounts with FA Pineapple, it’s the start of excellent, sweet, tropical fruit juice blends.

FA Peach is sweet, mild, juicy, yellow peaches. Using very high percentages of Peach can oddly reduce the flavor intensity. If you are one of the people who find FA Peach just not strong enough, try adding a little FA White Peach. White Peach boosts the flavor intensity and allows you to use less total flavoring. The flavor combination is excellent – very authentic fresh peaches.Small additions of FA Pear can also amplify peach flavors.Peach tastes

“baked” if you use it with TFA Brown Sugar, FA Liquid Amber, or small amounts of boozy flavors. Cinnamon Ceylon is the spice flavor for Peach.FA Marzipan boosts the intensity of Peach well in bakery recipes.

FA Pear:

Fresh pear flavor, sweet and a little creamy. Pear can be used as an alternative to Sucralose-type sweeteners, especially nice with less-sweet fruit flavors and bakery recipes.

FA Peppermint:

This is the true flavor of peppermint, mildly sweet (not as sweet as a candy cane), mildly cool, and a little bit creamy. There is no hint of spearmint, menthol, or vanilla. Because it’s such a clean peppermint flavor, it’s easy to work with, excellent standalone flavor, and the most useful peppermint flavoring I know.

If you want a cold blast, add Koolada (by The Flavor Apprentice) a little menthol. I like to add a bit of FA Anise for a different twist on the cool effect.

If you are looking for a standalone, candy-cane sweet peppermint try Flavor West Candy Cane (at much higher percents) – for every other use, FA is ideal.

FA Pineapple:

The flavor of fresh pineapple juice, not as sweet as canned juice or the core in the center of the fruit. This is a love/ hate flavor! Some people think it’s unbearable, like onions or rubber. It seems most do not taste that, but if you’re one of the unfortunate ones, there is no way to cover that perception. Assuming it is agreeable to you, try it with equal amounts of FA Papaya for extra tropical sweetness – the pair make a great base for all kinds of tropical blends.

FA Pomegranate:

Like fresh pomegranate, this is both sweet and tart, with a hint of the bitterness of the actual fruit. This is a very authentic flavor that will stand out in most recipes. It blends well with all the dark fruit and berry flavors. Orange makes a good sweetener. Lime and Coconut contrast well.

FA Raspberry (Berryl):

This is a little stronger than most FA flavors, and it tends to make itself noticed in recipes, so go light with it. Even 0.5% can stand out in a recipe with mild flavors, and 2% will overwhelm most recipes. This is a natural berry flavor with mostly sweet and a little fresh-tart flavor. It is not candy-sweet, but it’s easily made into candy flavors when used with sweeter flavors. A really excellent pairing for fresh berry flavor is FA Blackcurrant. Equal amounts of the two make the beginning of popular European candies.

FA Rose:

It’s not popular in American treats, but Europeans who like rose candies will be pleased with this flavoring. 

FA Spearmint

This is true spearmint flavor, little bit sweet, a little bit creamy. There’s no menthol, peppermint, or vanilla – just spearmint, the same flavor as Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum.Try 2% Spearmint with 2% FA Peppermint to match Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum.  If you want mint in your tea, Spearmint is the one.If you want a cold blast, add a little TFA Koolada or menthol.

FA Storm : wildly different results at 2-3%

I mixed this at 3% and let it steep (capped, room temp) a few days, taking notes along the way. THEN I read FA’s description, « warm, dark, spicy Tobacco flavour with a hint of sweetness » (FA’s UK site) and « dark spicy

Tobacco » (Italian site). Not remotely like what I tasted; couldn’t be MORE different! I found a German description (translated: « herbal tobacco ») that agreed with my opinion. It turns out we’re ALL correct – depending on how much you use. Like FA Layton Blend, this is a chameleon flavor.

At 3% I tasted a 50/50 mix of grassy Virginia tobacco and a camphor-like herbal blend. The grassy Virginia flavor tastes and ages just like FA Virginia, mellowing with age – FA’s Virginia is distinctive, hard to miss it. The herbal blend changed little during steeping. Flavors I noted include balsam, eucalyptus, clove, a little menthol, with perhaps tiny bits of cedar, juniper, cardamom, ylang-ylang. It made special note of the dry-woody effect and lack of sweetness (just very mildly sweet) — odd to experience with flavors like cardamom, which we expect to taste sweet. I called it sharp, medicinal, camphor-like. I made a note to try it with citrus flavors, or add to Kretek-like flavoring for the clove high notes and herbal flavor, or add to dull menthol blends for something unique.

At 2% it’s incredibly different! (I diluted my steeped 3% mix) Now it’s a dark and spicy tobacco. How is this even possible? There are nearly none of the flavors you taste at 3%. Grassy flavor is now darker tobacco – but a mild tobacco mix. The herbal blend is now a milder version of the spices in many Camel-like « Desert Ship » flavors. It’s distinctly bright-sweet-spicy on the inhale, with a warm spice blend and brown tobaccos. The one flavor I tasted at both 3% and 2% is clove.

So now I must start over with just 2% and see how that tastes before it steeps.  Figured this incomplete set of notes could be really useful anyway. Reviews and opinions on Storm are going to conflict with each other, I predict. At least now we’ll know why.

FA Strawberry (Red Touch):

You must shake this flavoring well before using it, or you’ll get very faint flavor. This is another example of the realism of FA’s fruit flavors. It has none of the fermented qualities of other brands’ ripe-strawberry flavors (though FA Amber can add that if you want). Try Strawberry with Lemon Sicily (either 3% each or 4% each) for a great strawberry lemonade – no other flavors needed.

FA Tiramisu (Booster):

might try a little lower first

Tiramisu (rightfully) has a reputation as one of FlavourArt’s best flavorings. This is the bold flavor of strong coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, creamy mascarpone, and a little vanilla cake. It’s not at all a mild flavor, and it’s just lightly sweet. Many people enjoy this as a standalone flavor, usually at 3% or lower.

For milder, sweeter tiramisu, use 1-1.5% Tiramisu with Vienna Cream, Fresh Cream, perhaps some fruits (raspberry! strawberry! apricot!), maybe Caramel, etc. Or make a boozy version with Irish Cream or Rum.

Tiramisu makes great coffee and mocha vapes! Just get all your cream, caramel, nut, vanilla, and other flavors to your liking, then add 0.5-1% Tiramisu to make a Starbucks-like beverage flavor. It add milder coffee flavor than FA Espresso – plus dark chocolate and a bit of vanilla cake — with just a drop or two.

If you like milder coffee or mocha flavors, try Tiramisu in any recipe that uses FA Espresso. Keep the percentage the same. Of course add a little Chocolate and/or Cocoa if you want mostly chocolate with just a hint of coffee flavor.

update 4/2015: Just want to add a note here about nic base. Tiramisu (and FA’s other coffee and chocolate flavors) can taste quite different with various brands of nic base! The « spicier » (generally cheaper) your nic base, the stronger and rougher these flavors taste. I use VapersTek nic with all coffees and chocolates now to get smoother vapes. If you’re a fan of coffee or chocolate flavors, I highly recommend trying some VT. Most people notice a pretty drastic difference.

FA Torrone:

Home run and one of FA’s best flavors! This is the chewy, sweet, white, Italian ‘nougat’, not the rock-hard kind, not American candy-bar nougat. It’s sweet but not cloying, the flavor of almond, citrus, honey nougat.Tasty standalone or with a little Marshmallow to keep the candy flavor with less bold almond.Even if you do not like actual torrone, this might appeal to you for fruit+nut recipes. Use 2-3% Torrone and add 1-2 fruit or nut flavors. Mandarin-walnut torrone is an excellent combination – mild, sweet, juicy, complex, tasty enough to vape for hours on end. Other combos I recommend, all with FA flavorings: Black Cherry-Pistachio, Honey Almond (go super light on the honey), Cherry-Almond, Nut Mix, Hazelnut-Orange, Mango-Walnut.Torrone can be used as a tasty sweetener in recipes. It adds sweetness with almond-honey-citrus (orange?) flavor that complements fruits especially well.

FA Tutti Frutti (Blenderize):

Mixed at 3% all by itself, this is the flavor of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Gum.

FA Vienna Cream:

Probably the richest, creamiest, no-diketone sweet cream out there. It’s sweet and creamy with a hint of vanilla when used 3-4% or less. Over 3-4% will give you a sharp flavor that few find appealing.

This tastes similar to the filling in Boston cream pie. Vienna Cream is closer to what most Americans consider custard than FA’s Custard flavor is.If you add a little nutmeg flavor (rum optional) it’s excellent eggnog.

Vienna Cream is a good start for ice cream flavors.It blends perfectly with and smooths out bakery recipes. It tames the strong flavors of FA Tiramisu, for example, and makes FA Cookie ‘softer’ and sweeter.

FA Vanilla Classic, Vanilla Tahiti, and Vanilla Bourbon:

FlavourArt’s three vanilla flavors are best discussed as a group. All are roughly the same strength. All are useful as standalone flavors and in recipes. All are vanilla extract type flavors, not sweetened or custard flavors – though they have the natural sweetness and slight creaminess you expect from vanilla. All are ideal for different uses. They are quite different flavors; it’s like having 3 distinctly different gourmet vanilla extracts in your kitchen.

Vanilla Classic is closest of the three to vanilla extract flavor sold in the U.S., comparable in flavor to Mexican vanilla extract. This is the vanilla flavor Americans know from vanilla ice cream, cake, and popular cookies. Although it’s excellent vanilla, many people get only this one — and miss out by never trying the other two.

Vanilla Tahiti is the flavor of Tahitian vanilla extract. It’s a bright vanilla flavor with light fruitiness, just like real Tahitian vanilla extract. Some people may detect a note of almond/cherry. This is the sweetest of FA’s vanillas. It’s usually the best one to choose with fresh fruit flavors, especially mild fruits. Bold or ‘dark’ flavors can overwhelm it, so it’s best used either with light fruit flavors or in recipes that include vanilla as a main ingredient. It’s just as strongly-flavored as the others when vaped standalone, but it’s more easily lost if used as an accent.

Vanilla Bourbon is richer, darker, bolder vanilla – the flavor of Madagascar vanilla extract. This is NOT the flavor of bourbon alcohol! Although it can be a little too prominent for light fruit flavors, Vanilla Bourbon adds excellent bold vanilla flavor to just about anything else. It’s more complex than Vanilla Classic and more versatile than Vanilla Tahiti. Vanilla Bourbon is often the best choice in coffees, dark tobaccos, dark fruits, rich bakery flavors, and as a noticeable hint of vanilla in most complex recipes.

If you’re adding vanilla to light fruits, go with Vanilla Tahiti first. If you’re duplicating vanilla-flavored American foods, you need Vanilla Classic. For bold vanilla flavor, start with Vanilla Bourbon.

But don’t stop there! Often times a mix of two or all three will be ideal. You’ll make better recipes if you have all three to work with.Try each standalone to get a good idea of each flavor before using them in recipes.  FA Walnut

This tastes like raw English walnuts, not sharper black walnut flavor. There is no bitterness; it’s only slightly sweet. This is a mild flavor that blends easily and adds a rich, ‘moist’ effect to recipes. It can contribute to buttery notes when used with creams and caramel.Walnut is the ideal nut flavor for bakery and candy mixes that need a general ‘nuttiness’ without identifiable nut flavor.It doesn’t ‘clash’ with other flavors like more distinctive nut flavors can.Excellent for adding richness, nut flavor, and moisture to tobaccos.

FA Watermelon (Red Summer):

There are few neutral opinions on this flavor – most either love it or can’t use it at all. As with most FA fruits, this is very realistic flavor of fresh fruit, including the seeds and rind. It is not very sweet – nothing like the candy watermelon flavors of other brands. It’s reasonable to use anything up to 4-5% for strong flavor, but if you want extra sweetness, try using it with sweeter FA fruits rather than resorting to Sucralose sweeteners.

FA Whisky:

Tastes like Irish whisky, not sweet like American bourbon. This has quite a kick, especially immediately after mixing. It does mellow substantially as it steeps. Add a little FA Oak Wood if you want a barrel-aged effect. A really tasty accent for many fruit mixes, whether you add just enough for interest, or more for a cocktail flavor.

FA White Peach:

 One of FA’s most accurate and distinctive fruit flavors. It’s the flavor and sweetness of a fresh, ripe, white peach. White Peach can taste a little sharp starting around 3%, so if you want stronger White Peach flavor without that edge, use it along with some FA Peach. White Peach is a more delicate, complex flavor than plain Peach – but FA’s White Peach flavoring is more concentrated than Peach. For cocktail recipes, White Peach is ideal with FA Gin, Brandy, and Whiskey, or spiced with FA Cardamom. If you use peach flavor only occasionally or want just one, I recommend FA White Peach, but fans of the flavor should have both.

 

FA Zen Garden:
This herbal blend is primarily basil-oregano, but varying power and percentage can bring out different accents. At 2-3% you’ll taste mostly basil and oregano, plus a little rosemary, perhaps sage and thyme. As you increase your power a sweet background note emerges. By 5% rosemary is more noticeable, and spearmint emerges, especially with higher power. As you increase your percentage and power, spearmint gets even stronger. Non-vapers say the vapor trail smells like pizza.


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