Flavors Pairing by Smell

My girlfriend’s daughter was the first person I handed down one of my devices to in hopes she could quit smoking with it. Yesterday was the first time she had been to my place and we had a fun little mixing session trying new things and playing around with flavor pairing while I ignored her mother :slightly_smiling:

One thing I noticed right away was she has a very keen sense of smell, unlike me. She started opening bottle after bottle. She held two flavors together and smelled them to see how they paired. Then she would add another, and another, and so on. She was quite good at coming up with rather complex recipes that really didn’t look too bad, and I saved a few of them to play with the next time she comes over to visit. I will share the two that we actually mixed here…

Triple Shot Express: This one came out very good. I was hesitant to mix such a recipe but I wanted her to learn so I said hell with it and mixed it as she had it laid out. All I did was research the percentages. And instead of teaching her to keep it simple I ended up feeling a bit humbled because I didn’t think I would like this as much as I do.

1% Cake Batter (CAP)
0.5% Cappuccino (FA)
3% Caramel (Original) (TPA)
2% Caramel Candy (TPA)
1.5% Cinnamon Danish Swirl (CAP)
0.4% Dark Bean (Coffee Espresso) (FA)
1% Hazelnut (TPA)
2% Marshmallow (TPA)
0.6% Mocha (Flavorah)
0.75% Sugar Cookie (CAP)
5% Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (TPA)
1% Whipped Cream (TPA)

Valentine Kisses : This one she said smelled like the little heart shaped candies when she held all the flavors together. When I vaped it the first time I was really surprised how much it tasted like them too.

2% Blueberry Muffin (Flavorah)
1% Mild Winter (Peppermint) (FA)
2% Peach (Flavorah)
2% Watermelon (Flavorah)
2% Wild Melon (Flavorah)

All in all, I was very impressed with the dozen or so recipes she came up with for having never mixed before. By the time we finished she had about 200 flavors on the table and had smelled and paired every one of them. I wish I would have gotten a pic of her smelling 15 bottles at one time.


Wow, both of those look very very good! It seems the coffee would be very strong in the triple shot express though ;D Otherwise - she could be a talented mixer :smiley: I like seeing peppermint - it’s a fairly hard flavor to fit into anything (other than making stuff pepperminty!) :smiley:


This is how i pair too its strange as it seems to work rather well for myself. I tried the shot glasses and water and just could not get it to work

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It’s actually not too bad. It may change after it steeps. But yeah, I can’t wait to mix with her again. I think she will be very good at coming up with recipes once she has an idea of the differences between how they smell and vape and how they steep.

I too do a lot of my pairing by smell. I can’t wait to get over this cold so I can start really diving into all my new flavors!
That’s really awesome that you were able to get her into it and came up with some good blends! I think I’ll give that first one a shot!


That’s awesome! I don’t know why I never thought to do this. I smell all my flavors to get an idea of what they’re like, but I never thought to smell them together to see how well they’d pair. I like it! :slightly_smiling:


I smell them as I combine them in the batch because the profile shifts as you add each flavor but I smelling them together b4 you mix is brilliant ! Don’t know y I haven’t done that before. Thanks !

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It was pretty damned amazing to see. That is why I took this blurry pic when she started smelling. She looked like she was sampling wine.

I was like “damn that’s cool”. She managed to get me off my butt and get all of my flavors put into dripper bottles too. I had like 30 flavors still in the glass bottles. She came up with a dozen or so recipes and every one of them was intriguing. The Valentine Kisses she originally had Graham Cracker in place of the Peppermint. I told her that was a very odd flavor to use there. But we tried it. It really wasn’t too bad and it too tasted like the valentine heart candy.

Speaking of glass bottles, I am keeping all of my glass bottles from Wizard Labs. I plan to pop a drip tip in them and eventually get all my flavors into glass bottles.

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I used to do something similar that I have gotten away from, but since I have so many new flavors I think it may be time to return. What I would do is put a drop on a paper towel and if I though something would be decent with it I would place a drop next to it and smell them. If it seemed a fit I would then put a drop of each on the same spot and smell that. Of course with smell being the main component of taste with our juices this works quite well for the most part. Where you run into challenges is with flavors that smell one way raw and another when steeped. But it’s a decent method, especially for inspiration.