Product Type: Archers Liqueur
Newest Review: ... It is quite thick and syrupy and it contains a lot of sugar. Unlike the copies of Archers, this doesn't have a harsh taste and the peach is... more
Archers - Peach
Member Name: Puggers
Archers - Peach
Advantages: Perhaps if you have a really sweet tooth.
Disadvantages: Absurdly, obscenely, crazily sweet.
There was a time - mercifully quite a brief one - in my misspent youth when I used to imbibe quite a lot of Archers. It's some years now since a drop's passed my lips, and I can't say that I miss it all that much. At the time, I hadn't really developed much of a tolerance for the tougher, harder spirits, and found this slipped down pretty easily. Plus, it was pretty cheap - always a factor for a student.
A peach-flavoured variety of Schnapps, Archers makes a pretty distinctive first impression - it's just so sweet. I mean, ludicrously sweet - it's far, far too sugary, so much so that the peach flavour is almost obscured. This could be pretty much any flavour - and there is a raspberry variety as well - and the taste would be more or less the same. Drunk neat, it's pretty intolerable. If you must, it needs sticking in the freezer for a while; at room temperature, it's putrid.
Served with a mixer, it's more tolerable - and it's pretty versatile, in its credit. With cranberry juice it works okay, the tartness of the juice setting off the super-sweetness somewhat. Likewise apple or orange juice can be paired with Archers to not-too-disastrous effect. Lemonade is another option, but the whole sweet-on-sweet combination is asking for a sugary armageddon, really.
All in all, I'm not about to recommend this. I was young and foolish, but it's not much excuse. Heed my lesson - steer clear. Or at least take an industrial vat of cranberry juice along to the pub with you.
Summary: Steer well clear.
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