Zygo Energy Vodka Review
Zygo Peach-Flavored Vodka with Yerba Mate, Guarana, Taurine and D-Ribose
70 Proof (35% ABV)
Typical Price: $29.99 for 750ml
We've been walking on eggshells waiting for our bottle of Zygo vodka...jittery, on edge, a case of the shakes. We heard about the stuff a couple weeks ago, and it looked like the answer to our vodka prayers. A pre-mixed combination of vodka and caffeine, so we could mix it with whatever we wanted and not rely on energy drinks? Sign us up. Just add in the fact that that it's peach flavored, and it makes for an excellent addition to your breakfast regimen any day...or at least perfect for those nights when you need to stay up a few extra minutes before you pass out.
The Color: Bearable Lightness of Being
When we think of vodka, we think of a colorless, water-like liquid. Zygo offers more of a pale hue, kind of what you'd expect from a peach-flavored spirit - somewhere between the brightness of a liqueur and the clearness of vodka.
The Nose: Just Peachy
We knew going in that this stuff was flavored with peaches, but we weren't prepared for just how far into Georgia we'd be going. There was no alcoholic tang at all - straight up peaches, with a fruity smell that didn't strike us as too sweet.
The Taste: Real Peachez
When we drank it straight, it was a bit sweeter than we expected for a vodka, with a syrupy mouth feel. There was no alcohol taste to be found, really, and our first thought was that it would be great for shots, especially if chilled. That thought was reinforced when we tried it on ice, which took away some of the sweetness and made it completely sippable. All in all, the strong flavor reminded us of Orange V vodka - extremely fruity, but not overpowering, and damned tasty all around. [Editor's Note: There were a couple other flavors in there when we tasted it, but we couldn't quite place them - we've just been informed that Zygo contains "Mandarin Orange, Vanilla, and a touch of Juniper" on top of the peaches.]
The Verdict: Pretty Kickass
If we made it sound kind of wussy, with the talk of the peaches and light, don't take it wrong - we loved the stuff even though we tend toward liquors that make most people grimace (Jager anyone?). This is the kind of drink that's perfect for a long night of drinking, whether it's shots or mixing - just sweet enough for people who need it, just NOT sweet enough for everyone else. We recommend Zygo for benders that start at breakfast, rounds of shots while watching an extreme sporting event, or mixing a tasty cosmopolitan. Try to work it out so you can do all three at the same time - we imagine a fun game would be to drink half a bottle and see how long you can keep your eyes closed. OR - how about mixing peach vodka with SoCo, which is a peach bourbon? Thaaaat could make for a long night...
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Posted by Jake at June 13, 2006 6:35 AM