With the year rapidly drawing to a close, I thought it apt to post our favourite recipes published in 2018. Some of these have stayed on from my mid-year list and some sadly fell off... The influx of a magnitude of new and exciting flavours and flavour houses in 2018 was truly remarkable and probably one of the best years for local DIY'ers ever! Our world class vendors made it possible for us to finally mix some iconic recipes, create our own masterpieces and hone our mixing skills. We are now truly part of (and in some respects ahead of) the rest of the world and we can mix just about any recipe out there. This was also the year of one shots and nic salts but DIY stayed strong and continued to grow and improve. I have restrained myself to 5 recipes only: Yummy Classic This is absolutely spectacular and a must for custard fans! It's an adaptation of Tootall's OG 3-2-1- Creme brulee with the addition of one of the best new flavours of the year = INW Coconut Cookies. I realise that most will not be able to make it as it calls for a smidgen of the discontinued INW Waffle. I have made it without the waffle and it is still good. By warned = make at least 100ml of this at a time as it just vanishes!!! Buttermilk Pie Another bakery stunner which improves drastically with a good steep. 2 weeks minimum steep here but the wait is worth it... It is a rich and rewarding buttermilk pie and has been in my rotation since it was published in May. 007 Cola A true masterpiece bar none... This represents the pinnacle in DIY and a top contender for recipe of the year. This perfectly creates a cola profile without using cola. It tastes like a Wilson's Toffee to the tee and is absolutely spectacular. Kawayan A brilliant and complex fruit SNV using 3 star ingredients. RuntDastardly describes this perfectly: "Inhale is juicy, full and sweet, exhale is like spinning a color wheel until it all blurs into some pleasing, blue-green, undiscovered hue" Looped (Looper Clone/Remix) Published back in January, this set the pace for 2018 and still the only cereal vape I will touch. A brilliant lesson on how to extract maximum flavour to create a full & complex experience.