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      07.03.2014 18:11

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      I have been introduced to a very nice cocktail made with Aftershock: 1 part vodka plus 1 part aftershock, shake with lots of ice cubes in a shaker, put in a martini glass, then top up with lemonade and champagne. Very nice! It is called Bexley Boris Breezeblock, apparently, after the Mayor of London...

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      10.07.2013 12:52
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      Nasty stuff that resembles anti-freeze.

      In Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi wisely stated 'your eyes can deceive you, don't trust them', sometimes your visual senses are capable of stepping up to the mark and pointing out immediate danger to you. While eschewing first impressions and retaining a healthy skepticism can often stand you in good stead, oncoming traffic, crates marked 'Explosives', black and yellow animals... all of these should be immediately obvious as dangerous stuff not to be meddled with. I'd add Aftershock to that list.

      A liquid that looks like windscreen washer fluid just seems wrong to drink. Aftershock comes in lurid, day-glo colours of bright turquoise and electric blue and a hue of red that looks remarkably like the stuff the dentist gives you to swill out your numbed, bleeding mouth after heavy root work. This stuff first appeared around 15 years or so ago, and will forever be attached in my mind, along with songs by Cascada, sticky floors, and shrieking orange girls, of nights out that I'd reluctantly ended up on, wishing that I'd stayed in and hibernated instead.

      I'll admit to only trying this stuff a few times, and under duress at the insistence of people who, for some unfathomable reason, buy rounds of shots towards the end of a night and forcefully distribute them like they were cyanide capsules among SS officers, minutes before the fall of the Reichstag. I'm not sure that anyone has ever drunk this stuff when sober. Going anywhere near it would require any sane person to knacker their decision making process with at least 7 pints before even contemplating that drinking blue, flammable liquids to be a good idea.

      Despite my somewhat hazy recollection, this stuff deserves its name as it slaps you in the face and prickles the part of your consciousness that has been subdued at the point of this stuff turning up at last orders. Aftershock is grim. Really, really, grim. Distilled from goodness knows what (I doubt it's flavoured vodka, it's too medicinal to be that), it's more like mouthwash than anything else. Loaded with an unpleasant, pepper-minty heat that feels somewhat artificial, it numbs the entire mouth and anything other living cells it hits on the way down.

      Should you wish to buy this, it's usually on sale at Home Bargains for about £13-20 depending on the size, or you can find some sort of even cheaper knockoff 'liqueur' variant in any similar bargains store, next to the Lambrini and fake RedBull type 'energy' (read 'emetic') drinks. In grotty nightclubs a shot of this could cost up to £3, and student nights it's served in shots that are usually sold for a pound, which sounds cheap but isn't for what you get, since you could probably get the same effect gargling Listerine while smashing your head against a hand dryer in the bogs.

      Horrible stuff sold at regrettable venues. Avoid.

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        17.02.2013 15:06

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        Great tasting shot available in a plethora of flavours

        Being a full time student, it would not be hard to believe that I've had my fair share of shots!

        Aftershock is by far my favourite shot out there. It's percentage is 40% in strength (80 proof), so it's up there with the best of them. Although it is the same alcoholic percentage as other generic shots such as Sambuca and Taquila, it does not have the same harshness to it. The after taste (in my opinion) is actually quite nice...

        Aftershock comes in 5 flavours, which can all be distinguished by the colour of the bottle and are as follows.

        Spiced Berry - Black
        Electric Taste - Silver
        Fizzy Orange - Orange
        Hot Cinnamon - Red
        Cool Citrus - Blue

        There used to be a limited edition Orange bottle, which tasted of apple, but I think they no longer produce this. My favourite is the Red aftershock. There is a way to mix the Red, Blue and Black aftershock, which when poured in the right order, can make a traffic light aftershock. You may want to ask your local bartender for this!!

        Generally, a shot of the above will cost you between £2-£3 in a pub. If you opt to buy a bottle from the supermarket, you can pick up a 500ml bottle from around £15, which I think is quite reasonable.

        Aftershock is a very strong drink so just be careful how man you consume. Drink responsibly people.

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        15.02.2013 12:33
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        drink responsibly ;)

        Aftershock is a liqueur drink that is usually used as a shot, though can be mixed with other drinks in cocktails and other concoctions. I do not usually like to drink shots, but when I do I usually pick up the Red Aftershock as I like the taste of cinnamon and also most of my friends enjoy it, so it is a shot that we can all enjoy together.

        Flavours Available
        You can buy a range of different flavours of Aftershock, these include:
        Red- Cinnamon
        Blue- Citrus
        Black- Spiced Berry
        Silver- Electric Taste
        Orange- Orange

        Taste
        I so far have only really tried the red and blue aftershock, I am not a fan of the blue one as I do not really like citrus flavoured drinks, but the red one actually is drinkable in my opinion. They both are very strong and have a real aftertaste of alcohol to them. The red one is strong cinnamon flavoured and tastes quite hot and almost burns your throat.
        I wouldn't say that this is the kind of drink that you could just sip at throughout the night or really enjoy on a quiet night in. It is more a shot with one purpose, to get you drunk. It is very easy to drink too much of this liqueur on a night out so it is important to keep your wits about you and not overdo it.
        Aftershock is 40% proof, so it is important that when drinking, you do so responsibly.

        Price and Availability
        You can buy a bottle of Aftershock in your local off-licence, a 500ml bottle will cost around £15-£20 depending on where you buy it. I would say that this is an ok price for this liqueur as a little goes a long way and it is a nice bottle of drink to bring to a party and share with others if you want to do shots.

        Overall
        I think that on occasion this is quite a nice shot to buy, I only ever have a few when I am out for a night out with friends, but usually we manage, in a joint attempt, to finish a bottle between us. I really like the cinnamon one, but am not a fan of citrus, so am not fussed on the blue one. I think that the other colours would be worth a try though too. I would recommend this to anyone who likes taking shots on a night out, but I would also advise that you drink it responsibly as the effects can take a while to kick in. Overall I would give this drink 4 out of 5 stars.

        *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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        07.02.2013 22:23
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        A popular shot with an initial sweet taste but a horrible after shock

        After Shock is the shot I drink the most when I am out. I think this is more to do with the fact that when you are in a group of people and someone goes to the bar to buy a round of shots After Shock is a safe bet as most people will drink it whereas lots of people won't drink shots of vodka or tequila. That's not to say that it is pleasant tasting as it isn't really and the name is definitely apt as it really does have quite the kick.

        After Shock now comes in a few different flavours including cinnamon, berry, orange and citrus but most people just usually ask for them by colour rather than flavour as they all taste pretty vile to be honest.

        No matter the flavour they all have an initial sweet taste which doesn't taste too bad when it is going down your throat but then within seconds the second wave of intense alcohol and burning starts. This only really lasts a few seconds but I always do find it to be quite intense.

        Because you only really drink this straight and as shots you can end up really drunk really quickly if you aren't careful. On an average night out I see people knocking these back left right and centre and it always makes me shudder because I remember the morning after effects from having too many of these on a night out and it isn't something I wish to relive.

        They contain 30% alcohol which when you are knocking back a few of these in a short space of time then the effects quickly get into your blood stream. They are a fun way to start a night with friends but I personally wouldn't want to keep drinking them the whole night.

        If your aim is to get drunk then of course just ignore what I have said as these will definitely do that for you.
        One of the plus points of After Shock at least in my town is that it is usually cheaper than other shots and most bars have these as shots for £1 each. You can also buy bottles of the stuff in off licences and some supermarkets but I can't imagine wanting to drink this at home and would only really drink it with friends on a night out.

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          06.02.2013 22:27
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          A very nasty shot that I never want to have again!

          Aftershock Liqueur

          Aftershock is a drink that I have not had in a good few years, but I can still taste it! I used to drink shots of this when I was out for one reason - to get merry, it was certainly not for the exquisite taste!

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          The Aftershock liqueur is produced in Canada by Jim Beam Brands who make a wide variety (and much much nicer!) spirits such as Jim Beam, Pinnacle Vodka and Knob Creek. Aftershock was first marketed in 1997 and is intended to be a shot drink. There are a number of different flavours available, of which I have only tried two - the Red, Hot Cinnamon and the Blue, Cool Citrus. Other more recent additions include Spiced Berry, Electric Taste and Fizzy Orange. The names all suggest something quite light, tasty and exciting, but from my experience they really aren't.

          Blue Aftershock - Cool Citrus

          I am not a big fan of cinnamon so avoided the red one as much as possible, for some silly reason I used to buy shots of the blue Aftershock given the choice of the two. The bottle is very recognisable being a rectangular shaped thick glass that is somewhat frosted and slightly see through so that you can see the toxic coloured drink inside.

          The blue aftershock is a bright blue liquid and almost neon looking with the light going through it. The liqueur itself is quite thick and syrupy which might make you think that it is a sweet drink, but unfortunately it is not. The blue is called the cool citrus flavour, which to me would suggest something a bit fruity. This is in fact a slightly peppermint flavoured shot rather than citrus and tastes extremely clinical I find. It also burns your throat and leaves a very nasty and lingering taste in your mouth; a hangover with this in your gut is awful.

          I have to say this drink does the job of waking you up and getting some alcohol into your system quickly, which is why I used to have one. I personally don't find many shots or shorts pleasant to drink apart from very sweet and low percentage drinks such as tequila rose or apple sours. However if you like a good strong shot of something horrid this is the drink for you. Another thing that you will find with all of these Aftershock liqueurs is that they really smell horrible, I think this adds to the bad taste experience as you can smell a bottle opened a mile away. They are also incrediable sticky, which is very unpleasant.

          As stated this is meant to be drunk as a shot and would not go well with a mixer, there are some cocktails that use Aftershock but I really wouldn't drink this again unless I had no other option.

          This comes in a 700 ml bottle and is 30 % ABV and a bottle will cost you around the £20 mark in supermarkets and wine/spirit stores. Generally this is purchased in single 25 ml measures in bars and clubs and will cost you upwards of £1 for 1 shot depending on where you drink. I really can't say anything good about this drink apart from it not being as bad as the red one!!

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            05.02.2013 10:44
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            YUCK!

            Back when I was a student we used to drink pretty much whatever was cheapest, and whatever got us drunk the fastest! But there was one drink I used to avoid - yes, even as a student, even if it was super cheap, I hated it so much that I refused to drink it.

            That drink is Aftershock Liqueur in Hot Cinnamon.

            Aftershock, in the aforementioned flavour, comes in a square glass bottle which is clear, showing us the thick gooey red (violently red!) liquid inside. A 70cl bottle will cost around £17 depending on where you buy it, it is readily available in all supermarkets and off licences, as well as available by the shot in most pubs and clubs, at around £3 a shot, again depending on offers.

            Aftershock is available in 5 flavours and each is a different colour.

            Hot Cinnamon - Red
            Cool Citrus - Blue
            Spiced Berry - Black
            Electric Taste - Silver
            Fizzy Orange - Orange

            All of them are 30% proof - when I was a student it was 40% but in 2009 it was lowered, probably because 40% is insane and students were throwing up in the street and stealing road traffic cones (not that I was.. ahem) (and not that it will stop them..!)

            There used to be a green one 'Thermal Bite' but this was discontinued in 2009, probably because it tasted like toothpaste and it gave people horrendous heartburn.

            The Hot Cinnamon flavour pours out of the bottle in a very thick and gloopy way, this is a very sticky drink, and doing a shot of it coats your mouth with a rather unplesant film of goo. I wouldn't mind if it tasted OK but it tastes to me absolutely vile. I mean, I like cinnamon, there's nothing nicer than a pineapple done on the BBQ with a liberal coating of cinnamon, but this stuff blows the roof of your mouth off, and not in a nice way. It literally leaves you choking! There is no way to mix this to make it less pungent and less of a kick to the tastebuds.. for me, it's just far, far, far too strong.

            Some of the other Aftershock flavours though by no means my preferred drink of choice are just about bearable, but the Hot Cinnamon flavour is just absolutely vile, vile to the point where if someone gave me a free bottle of it, I'd chuck it in the bin, it's just not worth drinking and suffering, and I wouldn't want to inflict that drinking misery on anyone by giving it as a gift!

            Overall I can only award it one star out of five, unfortunately, because it really isn't that nice at all, in fact it's the worst alcoholic drink I've tried, and I've tried a lot! If you do want to buy a bottle of Aftershock, Citrus and Orange are the two preferred ones but they're still only the best of a bad bunch.

            I can't recommend the Cool Citrus flavour at all - for me, it's a total waste of money.

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              25.06.2012 22:55

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              Disgusting stuff!

              Aftershock reminds me of the first night at university, throwing up all over the university bar. My newly made friends had to stay up all night and make sure I was still breathing. I was still being sick the following afternoon! Even the smell of it makes me feel ill now.

              It's a horrible blue or red liquid - I think they may make a green one as well. I've had the blue and the red and they really are disgusting! Most shots do at least try to taste nice but I just can't imagine anyone actually enjoying the taste of aftershock!

              The blue is apparently supposed to be minty and the red based on cinnamon - now I like mint and I like cinnamon but aftershock does not taste like them - it tastes foul! I suppose the blue one does taste like the mouth wash that you get at the dentists but who wants to drink that?!

              It is quite likely that if you drink a lot of aftershock in a night that you won't remember a thing the next day and won't feel normal again for a good few days!

              Apart from that - it's great stuff!

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              19.05.2012 18:09
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              I bought a couple of bottles of something called Aftershock from our local cheap shop. I had seen this around in supermarkets for a while but always thought it was far too expensive at £17 for a 500ml bottle. However, the cheapy cheap shop was 'giving it away' at a tenner a bottle. I bought two of them. I bought a bright red one called Hot Cinnamon and another one which is a mouthwash blue colour and called Cool Citrus.

              The bottle shapes of these drinks is a strange looking square shape, which I find reminds me of bottles of Listerine, though you can't really mix them up as one of them is 40% proof !! Me and my dear other half have tried both of the varieties and I have to say I prefer the Hot Cinnamon to the Cool Citrus, though my other half says it's the other way around.

              These are great drinks for that one off occasion when you just need a 'quick shot' of something severely alcoholic. I have tried mixing them with ice and other mixer drinks such as soda, and even heated up the hot cinnamon variety over a low heat, as I thought it would 'make do' instead of mulled wine. The taste of them both knocks you socks off but if I had to say which tasted the most potent out of the two it would have to be the hot cinnamon - the Cool Citrus is still strong (very strong) but I just don't get that same 'hit' somehow.

              There are also other varieties in the range, including Spiced Berry, Fizzy Orange and Electric Taste, but I have yet to sample these ones - I am still working my way through the two I have. They are the sort of drink that I like to drink FAST and it hits me right at the back of the throat. I would say NEVER mix these Aftershock drinks with other alcohol - not if you want to live to tell the tale!

              I'm a big bloke, but the night I was drinking Aftershocks with lager, red bull and fortified red wine, I thought was going to be the last night of my life! I have never suffered a hangover so bad in all my life - and I have had my fair share of those.

              Overall, it's a fun drink. I love the vivid colours and the classy looking shaped bottles. It's a 'young' drink and not for the sophisticated. Good stuff though and I certainly recommend giving it a try.

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                17.05.2012 10:23
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                Only for those who seek the land of the drunk......

                7 years on....I still have nightmares. About that night of Aftershocks in a Belfast hotel. The taste of the Hot Cinnamon flavour is still lingering and the smell of it still invokes intense flashbacks. This was the first time, as a 21 year old, I came across this brand. I dove on in head first, foolishly thinking I could take the little red monster and be fine. I was not!

                Aftershock is sold in almost every bar up and down the country and is widely available, although expensive, in large bottles in supermarkets and off licences. Its lethal to say the least. I cannot even suggest when the best time to drink this would be...drink it during a night out and it will tip you over the edge, drink it at the start of the night and it will get you on the way to happy land quicker aor use it as a nightcap at your peril. This is strong stuff and a drink only to be consumed if your only intention is to get completely and utterly wasted!

                At 40% proof it is as lethal as strong vodka but the very fact that this is infused with flavours and other elements to make it flow like pop, it means trouble. If you are drinking it in shot form you will feel the kick and no matter how you try to dilute it in a cocktail or mixer the dominant flavours of Aftershock will win through.

                The Hot cinnamon flavour is best described by its name. This is the red aftershock that is perhaps the least popular and least well sold of the brands. It burns the tounge with immediate effect and the back of the throat warms up nicely. Don't get me wrong it is nice to drink but the taste will linger all night and you will have a horrible sickly feeling the morning after. Everytime you burp the day after this is what you will taste.

                The Blue variety is probably the least potent in terms of taste alone. Spice Berry, but it really is not very spicy. It is much easier to drink, the taste doesn't last as long and it has the same effect.

                I cannot comment on other flavours apart from the black one which is rather disgusting and seems thicker and more crammed with power than the rest.

                Either way whatever the occasion Aftershock will serve the purpose of tipping you over the edge, inducing a hangover and getting you drunk. If that is your aim, Aftershock is the game!

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                  24.11.2011 21:15
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                  Delicious yumminess.

                  Aftershock is one of those nasty drinks that is just absolutely delicious and gives you that kick that you sometimes are really looking for. There are several flavours (namely Hot Cinnamon, Cool Citrus, Spiced Berry, Electric Taste and Fizzy Orange) and I have tried the Hot Cinnamon and the Spiced Berry - both of which are equally good.

                  The Aftershock comes in a square shaped glass transparent slightly frosted bottle with a screw top lid. The name "Aftershock" is emblazoned on the side of the bottle and it's very distinctive. What is equally distinctive is the bright colours of the liquor (which you can see through the bottle), some of which looks like mouth wash. The Hot Cinnamon is a bright red and the Spiced Berry is a dark black. The colours are very distinctive and are part of the fun element of the drink.

                  This drink is strong and is equal to other spirits such as vodka at 40% proof - but because of the intense flavours, I think not only does it make the drink taste stronger, but also, strangely, more drinkable. I'm happy to drink this both in a cocktail, or neat - and actually, unlike most spirits, I actually prefer to drink this in a shot rather than with a mixer. This is lethal stuff though, and once you start, you can be pretty certain a hangover is going to be your friend in the morning.

                  I like both flavours I have tried. Both are spicy and quite hot - and quite a unique flavour. The cinnamon version is probably the most spicy and actually burns your mouth as you drink it (in a nice way!) and it leaves you with that wow factor that really lets you know that you've taken a hit. The berry one, on the other hand, reminds me of a very very strong cold mulled wine. Having said that, a friend of mine did heat some and mixed it with some heated red wine and it was absolutely delicious and I think I'll be doing that myself this Christmas.

                  This probably is one of my favourite drinks and it's also fairly reasonable, with a 500ml bottle costing about £17 from Asda. Believe me, you won't need too much of it!

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                    13.11.2011 21:26
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                    A great drink, when drank in moderation!

                    I remember going out when I was younger and the club would serve drinks at £1 each during the 8 o'clock - 9 o'clock happy hour... Ahhh the memories!
                    I used to buy a load of AfterShock shots in a variety of flavours, my favourite one being the discontinued Thermal Bite which was an aniseed flavour.

                    The other flavours include ~
                    Hot Cinnamon - Red
                    Cool Citrus - Blue
                    Spiced Berry - Black
                    Electric Taste - Silver
                    Fizzy Orange - Orange

                    I have tried all apart from the Fizzy Orange and I must admit, these shot's are not for the faint hearted! They are incredibly strong in taste and as it hit's the back of your throat your face will turn into a terrible grimace!
                    At 40% the alcohol content is very high and and the name is not just a name, it does ring true!
                    Drinking these will get you really rather drunk and I would never recommend that anyone try drinking a whole bottle in one sitting!

                    To purchase a bottle of this will set you back by around £18 - £20.

                    The bottles are square in shape with a longer round neck, they have a slightly frosted top which goes into clear glass at the bottom through which you can see the colour of the drink inside. Except for the Black one which has a completely black glass bottle.

                    These drinks are meant for social gatherings and should be enjoyed responsibly.

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                    09.05.2010 20:39

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                    just have question should after shock go in freezer drank it years ago and can't remember if i did

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                    Better quality than some similar style shot drinks, actually does taste OK!

                    Aftershock is a Canadian liqueur with a fairly thick consistency, which comes in a variety of colours and flavours. It tends to be drunk as a single shot and is widely available in bars, supermarkets and off licences, with the red and blue varieties the most commonly seen and the first on the market in the UK.

                    The different flavours are:

                    Red - Hot Cinnamon
                    Blue - Citrus
                    Green - Aniseed
                    Black - Cranberry
                    Silver - Apple and Red Bull

                    I have tried the red, blue and green varieties.

                    The red version (Cinnamon) has an extremely strong smell and it does taste just like it smells! It is quite a harsh cinnamon taste but is easily recognisable for the flavour it is. It is a very hot liqueur and will burn your throat as it goes down - it was a favourite of mine when I was going to be singing karaoke as (a) it gets you piddled and (b) it eases a sore throat! You can also feel it hit your stomach, it is a very odd feeling. When it was first released in the UK - some years ago now when I was younger and slightly more reckless! - people would compete in the pub to see how long you could hold a shot of this Aftershock in your mouth for, it really is quite a "hot" drink.

                    I actually admit to liking the flavour of the red Aftershock as it is very cinnamony albeit slightly artificial.

                    The blue I found less pleasant, it is billed as citrus but again it does taste a bit artificial and it doesn't work with a fruitier taste, neither really does the heat of the drink.

                    The green is a really strong aniseed flavour in the vein of Pernod but as a syrupy shot. This is not a million miles away from the taste of the red, if you like one you will like the other.

                    The drink used to be pretty strong, being 40% alcohol, but I believe that due to concerns over binge drinking this has been reduced to 30%.

                    It can be drunk on its own as a shot (my preferred option) or mixed in a cocktail - personally I find that the thick consistency of the drink doesn't make it a particularly good mix in a cocktail and it wouldn't be to my tastes but it is not uncommon to see them on the menu at a bar.

                    One final point, if you have a sore throat this does a pretty good job of settling it down!!!

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                      Expensive but alright

                      After Shock is an incredibly strong tasting alcoholic beverage (it's not just a clever name) that I fondly remember drinking as a younger man, and finding the taste absolutely repellant! It has a taste and smell unlike any other drink, and whilst it's no stronger than the likes of Vodka or Whiskey, it has a smell that you can catch a whiff of from a mile away, and may well deter you before you even put it to your lips. Therefore, I recommend trying to avoid the smell until you've let this drink slide down your throat, allowing you to enjoy(?) the burning sensation.

                      That said, it's pretty pricey for what is a relatively small bottle compared to other drinks - clubs tend to charge £2 for a shot, and even in supermarkets, it'll tend to set you back close to £20. There are also three flavours, but I recommend sticking with the "red" one, as it has the most pungent and bearable flavour, whereas the others are something of an effort to keep down the first time you try them.

                      It's not exactly something I want to drink all the time, but it's fine occasionally. I just don't think it has a nice enough taste to justify its extortionate price.

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                    Aftershock is a liqueur drink produced in Canada by Jim Beam Brands and distributed by Munson Shaw Co. of Deerfield, Illinois. It has a thick, syrupy consistency and is available in five varieties: Red (Hot & Cool Cinnamon), Blue (Deep Cool Citrus), Black (Cranberry), Silver (Apple), and Green (Thermal Bite Aniseed).