Belanov Raspberry Fusion
Perhaps the most peculiar drinks have tried and seemingly rare to find online. This Australian product is a wine based, flavoured vodka style drink which contains 100% Australian grapes. We picked it up at an incredibly low price (just $20!) which is amazingly less than $1 per percent of alcohol in the drink! It's also gluten free! Strange and cool at the same time! So while you struggle to find it, enjoy the review!
The scent of this beverage hovers somewhere between a lovely fresh bottle of cough syrup, straight from the pharmacy and a beautiful fresh cranberry juice, straight from the shelf of a Coles supermarket, but there's also a waft of raspberry hidden within the centre of the maelstrom of smells.
The taste, unfortunately, isn't quite as forthcoming, however there is literally no sense that there is alcohol in here. It tastes quite similar to taking some raspberry flavoured cough syrup, wincing at the taste and quickly washing it away with the taste of a your cranberry juice, straight from the bottle. Not bad, but definitely feels like it could use a mixer, just to strengthen the flavour, which seems to also feel a little bit watered down.
The Bar Test
It somehow doesn't really have any form of smell, which is quite a substantial jump from the shot, but not unheard of under bar test conditions. Remembering that you couldn't taste the alcohol in the shot, you can guarantee that this is not reminiscent of an alcohol and coke flavour combination at all. It is very different and unique, but somehow it still feels underwhelming. Once you pour the beverage beyond your lips, you are greeted with the flavour of raspberry and you find the flavours of just coke at the end, leaving you unsure of where the adventure was in between, but it isn't bad - just not great. Unlike other alcoholic beverages that we've tried and compared to being "flavour coke", this one doesn't quite find that mark, instead feeling more like coke built on the foundation of a raspberry cordial.
The main issue with this one is that it would be very hard to find in a bar, so it would be more of a home beverage, so it becomes more of a house party drink. It is great for house parties because of the exceptionally low price tag, but it lacks the alcoholic punch that you want and would take a little bit of drinking to get that party vibe flowing. It could, however, become a marvellous addition to cocktails in place of grenadine if you are looking for a softer, more watered down and less in your face feeling raspberry flavour that somehow adds alcohol to you cocktail.
- A little on the sweet side, but still somehow bitter and flowing with the flavours of cough syrup. Smells exactly the same as the shot.
- The smell is now neutralised, bit nicer to drink - tastes both sour and bitter at the same time, only rounded out by a sweet feel.
- Tastes kind of similar to a raspberry cocktail, but it is not quite hitting the mark. Not that much of a coke flavour.
- Just a raspberry kind of coke, little syrupy and quite watery. Not overly potent in any way.
$19.99 per 700ml bottle
Standard price at Thirsty Camel, prices may vary.