Vodka FX (Energy Cooler) – (New Zealand)

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  • My Rating: B-

Vodka FX (Energy Cooler), 7% ABV – 440ml, (New Zealand)

Ingredients: water, vodka, sugar, citric acid, GUARANA EXTRACT, sodium citrate, artificial flavour, GINSENG, colour, sodium benzoate.

  • Style: (Vodka) Cooler
  • Taste Profile: sugar rush -> fizzy Red Bull -> cloying/mild alcohol bitter finish
  • Where I got it : Select Liquor Store
  • How much: ~$4, sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to clubbers: yes

Visual: guarana + ginseng in a vodka drink just screams ENERGY doesn’t it? Lots of chemicals + guarana extract and ginseng in the can so it is advertised. Pours apple juice yellow (looks a lot like Red Bull) with no head and a few steady streams.

Nose: 99.9% almost identical to the infamous Red Bull candied cherry/bubble gum aroma. So this is pretty much a Red Bull-Vodka in a can.

Attack: sharp 10/10-dense sugars

Mid-palate: fizzy, Red Bull flavour (apple-cherry-pink bubblegum = 100% artificial)

Finish: residual sugars, medium cloying, mild alcohol bitter finish with a bit of sugar phlegm.

Summary: Mild heartburn after 10 minutes. Quite alert as if I had an actual Red Bull-Vodka. I can fully recommend this if you like Red Bull-Vodka; if you don’t then pass. I actually like RB+Vodka so I give it a B-.