Anxious to try these. I ordered the new Gelato Vaniglia and New York Cheesecake which were delivered today from BCF. Interesting that most are considering Gelato Vaniglia as vanilla gelato, but an internet search claims this as Sicilian Ice Cream. Nicotine River listed this as “Ice Cream.” HIC updated notes and calls this “Sweet, lightly creamy, fruity vanilla.” So I dunno, but will find out shortly an give my first impressions.
For FA flavors I have relied on HIC’s (Head In Clouds) notes for quite awhile. https://www.hicsmixes.com/notes-etc.html
HIC’s notes new FA
Quick descriptions for some of them, beginning with the two I’m most impressed with. Finally - FA makes creamy, sweet vanillas!
Crema Bavarese (Bavarian Cream): I’d happily vape this one standalone, which isn’t something I say about many FA flavors. They could have named this one Vanilla Custard. It’s smooth, creamy, lush, nicely sweet vanilla - you could say French vanilla. I’m so pleased there’s no sour/lemon note, no spice, no “bakery notes,” no caramel, no fruit - nothing but creamy (French?) vanilla. It’s tasty standalone, blends well with bold flavors as a main ingredient, and works GREAT as minor addition of creamy vanilla in recipes. In my opinion, this is #1 most useful of the bunch, and I think it’ll prove to be the most popular one.
Gelato Vaniglia (Vanilla Gelato): Sweet, lightly creamy, fruity vanilla. I swear I taste pear in this; it’s excellent with fruity mixes. It’s a brighter, sharper vanilla flavor than Crema Bavarese. It is tasty standalone, though I personally prefer Crema Bavarese for that. Also no sour/lemon flavor or spice here. If you like recipes with fruit+creamy vanilla, this should be your #1 choice of FA’s new flavors.
Maybe graham crackers are a uniquely American thing. I don’t think most Americans would identify FA Graham Crust as graham crackers in a blind taste test. I don’t think it will replace [insert your favorite graham cracker flavoring] for many people. Not a plain graham, not a honey graham, not a cinnamon graham, and not one of FA’s most concentrated flavors. BUT I have a feeling it’ll be a key flavoring for a narrow range of mixes. I’m not trying to be mysterious here; I just haven’t mixed enough with it to find its secrets.
NY Cheesecake - (even mixed with FA’s new Graham Crust) is not a replacement for TFA Cheesecake Graham Crust. It IS accurate cheesecake flavor - this kind: https://www.artandthekitchen.com/tall-and-creamy-new-york-cheesecake/. Note that recipe includes sour cream and a tiny bit of lemon. You can best get that mild “twang” when you vape this at higher power. Many will be tempted to start with NY Cheesecake and add to it. Mix the other way around for best results. Get your supporting flavors as the majority of the recipe, then gradually add NY Cheesecake (starting at 1-2%) to cheesecake-ify it. If you begin with it as the main ingredient, it’s easy to overpower subtle flavors & end up with an over-flavored mess. Best steeped, by the way!
Donut Glassato Cioccolato (Chocolate Donut). I clearly taste & smell elements of Nonna’s Cake and Breakfast Cereal (or perhaps it’s their new Graham Crust flavoring), but I have little more to say about this one yet. Okay, one thing. Just my opinion, but I think FA excels at creating authentic-tasting recipe elements rather than more complex blends like this. One more thing - shake well before use. It separates like FA Cocoa does.
Dragonfruit. I am not a fan of real dragonfruit or dragonfruit flavorings (which taste fermented to me), but FA has done a fine job making an accurate, authentic-tasting dragonfruit. It’s one of FA’s more concentrated fruit flavors