How Many Different Flavor Notes in Your E-Juice Should Be That Noticeable?
There is really nothing quite like that first hit of a particularly delicious e-juice with a flavor profile you spent a considerable amount of time selecting. Most e-liquids on the market offer rich and nuanced flavor profiles that mimic the tastes of our favorite treats, like apple pies with buttery crusts, sweet and sour candies with bold fruity notes and velvety custards with just the right amounts of vanilla, egg yolks and cream.
But sometimes you may notice that a vape juice does not actually have the complexity you thought it would.
What You Should Taste When Vaping
Of course, no two e-liquids taste alike. But, generally speaking, all vape juices should have a smooth flavor profile with nuances that come through. Ideally, the flavor notes should be so well blended together that nothing sticks out like a sore thumb, so to speak.
When the Flavor is Muddy
Sometimes, a complex flavor profile ends up tasting muddy, which means that you don’t really get any particular flavor coming through, but rather a mess of individual flavor notes that, when vaped together, have no distinctive flavor profile to speak of. This is usually the result of a company adding too many flavor notes into one e-liquid. Just like using too many paint colors at once, using too many flavor notes at once can end up backfiring.
When the Flavor is One-Dimensional
Other times, a flavor seems one-dimensional. For instance, let’s say you are looking for a flavor inspired by a lemon bar. But all that you get is tart lemon, without any of the other notes present. This is likely because the company simply did not get the levels of each flavor component right.
Your Palate Matters
Sometimes, it is your palate that’s not allowing you to enjoy a number of flavor notes at once. Our palates consist of 10,000 taste buds that are capable of perceiving taste. However, some of us have less developed palates than others. If you are not used to tasting such complexity from your e-liquids, it may take time for your palate to “mature” to be able to perceive each individual flavor note. Oftentimes, the palate does mature the more it is exposed to nuanced tastes.
Why Your Vaping Setup Can Make a Difference
There’s also a technological component to how many flavor notes we taste when vaping. Your vaping setup can play a big role in how you perceive the taste of your e-juice. We know that different output levels bring out different qualities in an e-liquid flavor, just like cooking food to different temperatures can alter the way in which we perceive each flavor note.
If you feel like your vape juice is lacking in complexity, consider adjusting the wattage or temperature to see if you perceive different flavor notes once the output level has been adjusted.
Quick E-Juice Flavor Thoughts
In an ideal vaping world, all e-liquids boast mouthwatering yet well-blended complexity that keeps the palate both satisfied and excited. But sometimes certain factors can cause us to perceive fewer flavor notes in a vape juice than we’d like. If you feel like your e-liquid’s flavor profile is lacking in nuance, consider your vaping setup as well as the quality of the e-juice itself, and recognize that you may just need some time to develop your palate.