UV Blue

(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.)

uv_blueFor 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.)

RonDiaz Spiced Rum

3_60240750_3I am a long time vodka fan but as any good connoisseur of alcohol, I’m trying to branch out into other areas. Although I’ve sampled Kraken Black Rum, I haven’t had much other Rum experience and don’t have a go-to brand. So I decided to try RonDiaz Spiced Rum. It’s a mid-ranged rum retailing about $15-20 for 750 ml.

When you first open the bottle the first thing you smell is vanilla. A LOT of vanilla. It’s not a bad smell, not overbearing like chemical vanilla flavoring. You also get a hint of spice. I guess I would call it allspice because it’s mostly nutmeg but definitely some other spices in the background.

I was looking forward to tasting it…

Unfortunately the smell and taste don’t match at all.

For spiced rum RonDiaz, only has two flavors, spice and burn. And the spice is not a warm mouth feel, it’s more spice overload. And the burn, well I expect some burn especially since RonDiaz Spiced Rum is 60 proof (30% alcohol by volume) which is higher than normal for rum (40 proof, 20% alcohol by volume) but there still should be flavor.

And that’s what was truly lacking.

The vanilla smell didn’t transfer at all into taste. I think the other spice dragged it down a dark alley and beat it to death.

I want to say someone out there will like it. Someone who likes the initial taste to smack you in the face and a lovely finish of alcohol burn and not much else. Charlie would call this a frat-boy rum. So they might like it, but it’s definitely not me.

(It smelled nice.)