@RickCressler You’re actually explaining it pretty good. I know when I first started out, I bought a crap ton of CAP flavors, didn’t know what I wanted to mix, picked out flavors I thought I liked. Shortly thereafter I found that I kept getting an “off note” from CAP Vanilla Custard, French Vanilla and a few others. Hated it, because I LOVE Custards, and Vanilla, but was just something with those CAP (Capella) flavors for me, and not everyone else. I started buying more, and different brands, and found others I could use. I am ACTUALLY currently RE-TESTING the CAP flavors (with new fresh bottles, not my years old bottles) to see if my tastes have changed.
Everyone’s tastes are different, so I may get NO black pepper from TPA Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, but you might. It’s all about nailing down what tastes good to YOU. Granted, there ARE some Super Sucky Flavors that everyone agrees are terrible, but those will be the exception, not the rule.
What WILL help out everyone on ELR to answer your question better, is to list the specific manufacturer / brand of the flavor, and the exact flavor name. Your taste may never change, but your mixing, taste testing, and verbalizing skills WILL improve. Remember that a blueberry from ONE brand can and will be VERY different from a different blueberry brand, so giving us the brand, like Capella, The Flavors Apprentice, Flavorah, FlavorArt, Inawera helps us out a lot to help you back.