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Yeah, why the F not !!!! I'm not sure what propelled me into picking up 17, but 17 I did. Mixing these now and will let them steep for at least a week, maybe a week and a half. ALL will be mixed at the percentages listed, and tested on none other than my beloved SteamCrave RDTA v.1, with dual vertical Kanthal 24 ga. single wrap coils, with dry burned coils and fresh KGD cotton before each test. Older flavors, so let's see how they fare after all these years.
Liquid Barn Single Flavor Tests
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**Banana (LB) 6% (3-13-21)** -- Let's kick off this 17 flavor run, with, the Nana. Most bananas typically fall into two categories, natural or artificial (runts candy). This one presented as an almost 40/60 split, with that being 40% natural, 60% artificial. Heavier on the runts candy, BUT, with some nicer mid notes favoring natural. Depending on what you are trying to create, you may prefer a more natural or artificial to suit your needs, and this one has both. I didn't get many high punchy notes from this one, and it was more centered around the mid, and low banana notes. At 6%, it didn't feel pushed, and I didn't get any off-putting notes. On the first vape, I thought "75% Banana", but wanted to continue vaping to pick out any other positives or negatives. Because it lived mostly in the mid and low profile regions, it had an almost creamy aspect to it, but not any added creams. Although leaning artificial, it wasn't off-putting or overwhelming, and could easily be used to build or accent a "runts" requirement. Sweetness was below mid-level, and this one would be a good baser/mixer to bolster any banana mix, wherein an all natural banana wasn't required. Felt solid at **7/10**.
**Belgian Waffle (LB) 7% (3-13-21)** -- Light, airy, and belgian were my initial thoughts on this one. Surprisingly light, and very airy @ 7%. I've seen comments that stated a weaker version of TPA's Belgian Waffle, and that's pretty close. The longer this one slept, the fuller it seemed to get, but even then, it was not an "In Your Face" waffle. Molasses and some bakery were present throughout the vape, with maybe some buttery notes, and a slight hint of maple syrup. Also some slight cinnamon notes could be had, but very low in the mix. Unsure if mixing this any higher would increase it's presence or not. Nothing off-putting, sweetness was lower than mid, but the lightness, and almost airy-ness of it, would make it harder to mix with, lest it get overpowered in the mix. It's hard to rate something on it's strength, as the profiles, nuances, and complexities are what really matter. For a fairly accurate BW, with some light butter, possible cinnamon (very light), and slight syrup, this one gets it done. Mixing with this will require special attention however, as it could easily be overcome. Another **7/10**.
**Coconut Milk (LB) 4% (3-13-21)** -- Let's face it, some Coconut's are terrible. Funky, oily, some are even greasy. The good news is here, no greasy's, and no oily's in this one. That's NEVER a bad start. Now, as far as the natural vs. candied/artificial, this one presented as almost 50/50 of each, leaning slightly towards the artificial/candied. It was not a dry, flaky coconut, but more of a (duh), creamed, somewhat milky combination. Sweetness was a tick above mid level, and overall the flavor felt pretty solid @ 4% without feeling overbearing or heavy handed. Continued vaping never pushed it into suntan lotion territory, but it DID have sort of a "twang" on the exhale. Having not tested LB's Lava Cake yet, I'm almost sure this one would pair nicely with it. As it stood, not a bad creamy coconut, that leaned artificial, with no overt greasy, or oily notes. No off-putting notes, except for a little twang on the tail end of the exhale, and that will be up to the individual whether or not thats a sparkle on the finish, or something else. Not sure if I'd call it a one-shotter, but surely it would excel in almost any need for a somewhat creamed coconut, that didn't require a 100% natural profile. All in, felt pretty good @ **7.5/10**.
**Cola Freeze (LB) 7.5% (3-13-21)** -- Wow, this MIGHT just be one of the BEST Cola flavors I've ever tried. Very authentic, with all the right accents, and proved to be a very convincing Cola. Everyone's tastes will vary, but to my tastes, it was more of an RC Cola, than a Coke or Pepsi, and that was fine, as I actually prefer RC Cola !!! About mid level sweet, with an almost fizzy end to it. No cooling that I could detect, and that was fine, as I'm not a big cooling fan. Felt nice at this testing weight, and was mid-level sweet, which was expected for a Cola. Emptied the tank on this one, and couldn't find any take-offs, or off-putting notes. A nicely convincing Cola, that was almost a spot on RC Cola for my tastes. **9/10**.
**Cream (LB) 4.5% (3-14-21)** -- Creams and Milks are the bane of my testing experience. They can be hard to quantify, and fully root out in a SFT, as many times, their effect, can really be felt IN a mix, not solo'd, BUT, test we shall. This presented as a somewhat sweet-ish vape, and was fairly non-descript. It wasn't loaded with creamery or milky notes, BUT, had a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Confused ?? Good. It had some similarities to a sweetened condensed milk, but without the overt milk notes. Nothing greasy or off-putting, and to fully realize it, it would have to be mixed in a recipe. As a solo, it was a surprisingly good vape. All in, as a mixer, with the mouthfeel provided, and some sweetened creamy aspects, this one should work well as a creamy baser/mixer. Nicely placed at a **6.8/10**.
**Fresh Cream (LB) 6% (3-14-21)** -- Alright, FRESH on the heels of testing LB's Cream, onto their Fresh Cream. This flavor is VERY similar to their Cream, but, with MO CREAM. Go figure, right ? This one presented almost identical to the aforementioned Cream, fairly non-descript, mid-level sweet flavor, with fairly good mouthfeel. This one differed from the Cream, with some more "creamery" elements thrown in. Not as in your face as some other MFG's creams, but it did step up the creamy game a bit. Still good mouthfeel, and ultimately, this one will be fleshed out when mixing with it. Still no off-putting notes, and felt nice @ 6%, and to my palate, will have to rate it higher than the Cream, for the increased creaminess **7.8/10**.
**Green Apple (LB) 4% (3-14-21)** -- Whew, this one packed a punch at 4% right out of the gate. I'm not a huge green apple fan, but I have a friend/client who is, and I've spent a great deal of time trying to dial it in. This one did scream Granny Smith, and it did so with a nice dose of tart and sweet on the inhale, with a nice sweet green apple on the exhale. The interesting thing is, the sour/tart didn't carry all the way to the finish. Interesting. At 4%, it appears to be one of the stronger flavors from LB, and despite not hitting the ceiling, could probably be dropped to 2.5-3.0 % depending on your needs. It did favor a more artificial but did have some natural notes. Nothing off-putting or chemical, which can be common in some GA's from other MFG's. Something's telling me that this COULD pair nicely with LB's own Sour Gummy. As a whole, it presented as a nice sweet, tour, hint of sour green apple. Nicely done, and felt good at **8.75/10**.
**Lava Cake (LB) 6% (3-14-21)** -- This one smelled really good in the bottle, and was waiting to get to it. Obvious similarities to another MFG's Chocolate Cake not withstanding, this one actually tasted very convincing. What I didn't get was a deep, dark chocolate, or any choco icing, but I did get a nice mid, and mid-dark chocolate cake. It did taste more like a boxed store bought cake, but a somewhat fluffy one at that. Although I didn't get any BandAids (sometimes common in some chocolates), it felt like it was leaning towards that direction, but not actually landing there. Because of that, I had no issues with the chocolate, and the cake portion was convincingly real, and paired nicely with the choco. At 6% I didn't get any strange notes, but I could see this one going sideways if pushed too high. This one almost screamed for some coconut, vanilla ice cream, or a touch of Medicine Flower Dark Chocolate to dress it up. Sure the cake could have been expanded on, and the richness, and fullness of the choco could be more fully flushed out, but on it's own, not bad, not bad at all. **8.0/10**.
**Orange Banana (LB) 9% (3-18-21)** -- I vaped this one over a period of days, just to make sure I was getting it. My initial thoughts were, "Orange peel oil". NOW, I don't mean it has oil in it, just the overlying profile. I could get some banana in there, but I had to work to get it. The orange/citrus/peel notes were actually quite good, BUT, due to the very low banana in the mix, as a medley the nana would have to be boosted, or orange cut for a better melding. The banana that I could get tasted ripe, and good, just a little too low for any real impact. Didn't feel heavy at this weight, and sweetness was below mid-level, and no off-putting notes. Be advised if you like orange, this one did almost have the peel/oil aspect(s) to it, which for me was great, but your palate will dictate that for you. All in, only real take offs would be for the low banana levels. Felt fair @ **6.5/10**.