3 Recipes & VA Duke II | Midweek Critique

YouTube player

DIY E-liquid Recipe Reviews:

Byakko – Apple Fritter

This recipe is Byakko’s first submission. The flavor is a simple apple “fritter” complete with all the cinnamon and spice necessary. The apple is subdued. It’s a lightly baked flavor, but its unmistakably “Fuji” tasting – which is tough when using FA Fuji. Then on the finish you’re greeted with a soft and mellow donut flavor that has a bit more flour and “uncooked dough” flavor than I hoped. It’s not a terrible note, it just softens the already soft recipe. And of course the use of CDS and Rich Cinnamon give us a nice splash of cinnamon sugar. The issue with this recipe is that it’s quite similar to all other CDS / Fuji / Rich Cinnamon recipes. I find it needs to really bring something unique to impress in this profile. It’s nicely balanced, there’s nothing really “wrong” with the flavor. It’s just a soft, boring, apple pie mix.

Final Score:

2.5 / 5

Dampflion – d0nc0rl30n3

This is another “first timer”. Doncorleone comes at us with an intriguing Mango Strawberry Yogurt mix, with a cooling finish. I really like this recipe. It’s hard, in my opinion, to mess up using FA Indian Mango. It packs such a nice flavor, and pairing it here with VTA Shisha Mango provides a vibrant mango note. Then you get a nice rich yogurty finish thanks to FLV Greek and Creamy Milky. I will say that the strawberry is a bit too light, and while present, could use a touch more support. The problem I have with this recipe is that its quite muddled. There is absolutely no stage, with all the flavors kind of slammed into the mids. This provides a “boring” flavor experience. A nice pleasant taste, but easily forgettable.

Recipe Score:

3 / 5

Event Horizons – Sturkrazee (WINNER)

[vcc-recipe-hook recipe=28120]

Finally we move to the winner, Sturkrazee’s Event Horizon. This is a licorice / anise / cooling type recipe for the small minority (like myself) who love these types of flavors. Instead of going the more traditional “berry” route – Sturkrazee decided to add Sweet Currant and Cherry. And I love it! I think the flavor profile works out really well. The absinthe hits you with that traditional licorice flavor that’s a bit sweeter than others, then the fruits come right behind, finished with a cooling mint. I love the sweetness of the currant mixed with the cherry – a very nice fruit base. It does however get very close to that “Robotussin” flavor, luckily the sweetness helps it not get there. My biggest critique is that it needs a bit more focus and I’d love to see it “darker”. I think it’s too sweet and too candied. But man is it tasty.

Recipe Score:

3.5 / 5


Make sure to tune into Midweek Critique LIVE every Wednesday at 5pm EST / 2pm PST on Youtube and Twitch. And if you want to send your recipe in for review, make sure to watch on Twitch and use the DIYorDIE streaming store to get your Critique Recipe badge!



Leave a Reply