(Now that the site is up and running, DJ Skunkie and I are going back and listening to the past episodes of the shows, so we can transcribe the reviews and segments. This is the first review I did.)
For more years than I care to admit, I was a die-hard Stolichnaya fan. My grandfather drank it, my father drank it, and I drank it. Family tradition, you could say. But, one evening while watching Derrick’s live stream, he mentioned a flavored vodka (until then, I prefered making my own) called UV Blue.
I don’t remember exactly what he said, but a thought hit me, and I figured I’d look into it next time I was at my liquor store. Which I did. It met my first criteria right off the bat: Affordability. The price of Stoli was climbing ever higher at the time (thanks to a container ship sinking a couple of months earlier), and this vodka was just $7.99 for a litre as opposed to the $24/litre for my beloved standard.
So I bought it (along with a bottle of “plain” UV), and brought it home where it sat on the shelf until I finished off my back stock.
Now we get to the actual “review” part. When you open the bottle of UV Blue, you get the barest hint of “blue raspberry.” Yes, the neon blue Spluree, Slush Puppie, Icee, whatever your local version is, fake raspberry smell. And this is one time that I can say I don’t mind a chemical smell in an alcoholic beverage. Because in this case, it fits. Blue Raspberry is SUPPOSED to smell and taste artificial, as anyone who grew up in the 80’s knows all too well.
The color comes out quite vividly, but not as “electric blue” as much as a “sky blue.”
And then there’s the taste. Yes, compared to other flavors of UV, there is a slight harsh alcohol burn, but I believe that’s just a side effect of the “artificial flavors” that are a deep-seated part of any blue raspberry flavored product. Again, anyone who grew up in the 80’s knows exactly what I mean.
If you go back and look at all my reviews, you’ll see that UV products always get comparatively high scores. And as I always say, that’s not due to any “deals” or collusion. UV makes a damn good product fairly consistently across the board. And UV Blue is a good example of this.
(Not my favorite flavor, but it’s still damn good.)