Butterscotch Flavours for DIY

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Butterscotch Flavours, Uses and pairings

Much like caramel, butterscotch is a wonderful flavour to incorporate into our diy recipes. Butterscotch is essentially caramel made with brown sugar, and with an increased buttery note. Due to the sugar content we must be cautious with percentages, as sugars can easily darken and gunk up coils.

Butterscotch concentrates come in three variants-

  • A sweet hard cracked candy
  • A creamy, buttery version
  • Anything in between

Personally, I don’t bother with the hard cracked version, I find that cream and butter are far more versatile, being suitable for dessert, bakery and tobaccos; my office desk often has a bottle of something with butterscotch and or caramel. 

Common Butterscotch Uses

For the most part, butterscotch and caramels share similar applications, often being interchangeable. This is certainly true for many dessert and bakery recipes, however, when it comes to tobacco vapes, I generally prefer caramels and or a blend including low percentages of butterscotch.

Here are my favourite uses for butterscotch-

  • Vanilla, Toffee & Coffee Ice creams
  • Cakes-Cupcake-frosting
  • Custards
Pairing Examples

Like so many concentrates, I often use butterscotch as an additive or enhancer for a complimentary or contrasting flavour. Sometimes I combine a lighter caramel like FlavourArts, with a low percentage (0.5-0.75%) of FW butterscotch Ripple, just to bring forth the buttery notes.

As caramel and butterscotch share similar pairings, see our post on caramels

Recommended Concentrates & Diketones

There are a few additional butterscotch flavours that aren’t really that great, so I’ve omitted them. One thing you must understand about a good butterscotch, and that’s the richer buttery type, is that they often contain custard notes- diketones, such as Diacetyl, Acetoin or Acetyl Propionyl. 

This is the only means to get that true rich, buttery taste. For those concerned about these ingredients, please see our post on Diacetyl, diketones and custard notes

The following butterscotch flavours should cover your needs and are highly recommended.

Flavor West Butterscotch Ripple

Steeped for 1 week
Mixed at 5%
Recommended percentages- 
Solo Vape-4-8%
(Image credit: flavourexpress.com)
Safety Data Sheet

As a vape, vanilla ice cream never tasted better than with butterscotch, or even blended with a splash of caramel; this is especially true when using FW butterscotch ripple, my go-to for dessert recipes. Just order some and you’ll thank me later.


A super creamy, rich and buttery butterscotch, just the way it’s supposed to be.  I could see some wanting this as a solo vape, perhaps their only butterscotch. However, I’d suggest adding FlavourArts version, and or a softer caramel as this allows greater control and versatility.

Flavour Description – Notes

A Creamy butterscotch ice cream with vanilla and brown sugar notes. Sweet and rich but not overly, a wonderful balance of ingredients. 

My Favourite Pairings

  • FW & TFA Vanilla Bean Ice Creams 
  • TFA Vanilla Bean Gelato with FA Fresh Cream & TFA French Vanilla
  • FA Caramel & FLV Smoked Butterscotch
  • FA Mixed Nuts & TFA Pistachio
  • Juice Factory Espresso super concentrate
  • FLV Vanilla Custard – not TFA
  • TFA Vanilla Swirl

Butterscotch can compliment so many flavours, although I’d avoid lighter fruits. For me, this really shines when mixed with ice cream and or vanilla flavours. One of the best from Flavor West.

Contains Acetoin – 1.074%

FlavourArt Butterscotch

Steeped for 1 week
Mixed at 2%
Recommended percentages- 
Solo Vape-1-2.5%
Safety Data Sheet

This is really a fairly light butterscotch, yet It’s more potent and sweeter than FA caramel and makes for a great blender. I would consider this along with flavour west’s offering above to be essential for butterscotch lovers.


A soft authentic butterscotch that’s the most useful of the bunch, especially if wanting a light butterscotch note, or to use it as an additive. 

Flavour Description – Notes

A Creamy butterscotch ice cream topping-sauce flavour with vanilla and brown sugar notes. Sweet and rich but not overly, a wonderful balance of ingredients. 

My Favourite Pairings

Many are the same as the above butterscotch ripple, although I often mix the two together using low percentages of the ripple. This is my go-to butterscotch when I need a softer, less buttery concentrate.

Flavorah Smoked Butterscotch

Steeped for 1 week
Mixed at 1.5%
Recommended percentages- 
Solo Vape-1-2%
Safety Data Sheet

This is certainly an interesting flavour, perhaps not as versatile as the others due to the smokey aspect, but it’s excellent in tobaccos and coffees. In smaller percentages, it’s worthwhile exploring various dessert mixes too. Unique, yet a very useful flavour.


Due to the smoked aspect, and the fact that it’s a great butterscotch to start with, I find it most useful for my tobacco and coffee mixes. It also works really well with bakery flavours, as long as percentages are kept below 2%, probably more like 1 or 1.5.

Flavour Description – Notes

A clean smoked woody flavour with no ash. Sweet, soft yet buttery taste that has wonderful dark sugary notes. It’s somewhere between a regular butterscotch and a candy variety. There’s a sense of warmth here too that stems from the smoke. 

My Favourite Pairings

Tobaccos – Makes a great RY4 type mix. Coffee vapes work wonderfully here but keep percentages fairly low, and try to work in some creams also. Ice creams can do with small percentages of smoked butterscotch too. Many pairings are similar to above. Other examples are-

  • FLV Cream & FA Fresh Cream
  • FA Cookie & INW Biscuit
  • FLV Cookie Dough & CAP Cake Batter
  • FW Pie Crust & FA Apple Pie
  • FA Fuji (Apple) & Purilum Country Apple
  • FA Coconut – Excellent for various tobaccos and coffees
More pairing ideas are listed below. This is such a great concentrate and well worth experimenting with. So, see what you can come up with.
Tips on using Butterscotch

As with all flavours, there are numerous ways to maximise the use of butterscotch. We can mix common complimentary flavours such as banana, cheesecake, peanut butter or coffee, or get a little creative and infuse some charred oak.

Above are some of my favourite concentrate pairings and or additives for butterscotch. At times, I’ll blend various butterscotch and caramel flavours such as FA Caramel and FW Salted Caramel.

Here’s a brief on some of these complimentary and contrasting flavours-

  • FA Oakwood imparts an oak barrel taste, not strong but dry. Great for tobaccos and desserts
  • FLV Bourbon is a sweet charred oak with a subtle whiskey bourbon note. An excellent additive
  • FA Jamaican Rum is an absolute must try for tobaccos, darker fruits and desserts like custards
  • FA Fuji is one of the better apples and it’s excellent with a little rum, caramel and butterscotch
  • FLV Coconut is a must. One of the best ways to impart some coconut and adds a rich cream

Some general thoughts-tips on Butterscotch use

  • Long steeps are not always necessary, generally no more than a week, based on other flavours
  • Cinnamon, clove and nutmeg are great pairings if used in moderation
  • Creams can play an important role. Try FA Fresh Cream, Vienna Cream and FLV Cream
  • Be cautious on the percentages of additional buttery and or sugar notes. Clogs coils
  • Marshmallow can work well with butterscotch, although I generally go with caramel
  • Don’t neglect alcohols such as Kahlua, Irish Cream,  Brandy, Bourbon and Whiskey
  • Be sure to try a blend of butterscotch and caramel with tobaccos, especially non-aromatic

As butterscotch and caramels share similar properties, see Tips for using caramels 

If you have a favourite pairing, or some tips I haven’t mentioned, please let us know.

From The Table,

It’s all about the juice..

How I Test Flavour Concentrates

All flavours are tested using an RDA – Vandy Vape Pulse 22
Fused Claptons – 2x27g TM N80 and 1x40g N80 
Tested at 25 & 35 watts using Native Wicks Platinum Blend cotton.

All flavours are mixed in a 50-50 blend of PG & VG. Zero nicotine.
Generally steeped for 2 weeks.

Flavour Notes are based on aroma, the 5 ml water test and vaping. 
See our post on Testing Flavours

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