“ Brand: Savanna / Type: Liqueur „
I love a nice glass of Archers Peach Schnapps, but recently Tesco had a very good promotion on the 70cl bottles which led them to have run out on the day when I really fancied this delicious peachy beverage - after asking the Tesco guy hovering around the liqueur aisle whether they had any hidden in the stockroom he said no, but directed me to the Savanna branded peach schnapps and said this was a popular alternative. As it was only priced at £6.79 I decided to give it a try and popped a bottle in my trolley with a couple of cartons of pineapple juice, which is my preferred mixer for Archers so I presumed it would work equally well with Savanna.
The bottle is very similar to Archers; a little cheaper looking when you compare them side by side, but it's definitely not a bottle I'd be ashamed or embarrassed to have on show in my drinks cabinet. The pictures of peaches give you an idea of the flavour of the drink you're going to find in the bottle and although they're not wonderfully rendered the bottle does look decidedly fresh and summery.
Savanna Peach Schnapps has an ABV of 21.5%, which is surprisingly higher than the more expensive Archers which comes in at 18%. Usually these cheaper brands have a lower alcohol content than their more expensive counterparts so this was a pleasant surprise, although to be honest I don't really scrutinise my alcohol intake so this would never be a deciding factor for me.
Pouring it out I noticed immediately how thin the liquid is compared to the syrupy consistency of Archers, this I was actually pleased about as I adore the flavour of neat Archers but find the drinking experience a little 'claggy' so usually end up adding a mixer even if I don't really want one. The smell is pretty much identical to that of Archers, with a highly sweet smell that has the unmistakable and very delicious aroma of peaches. You can obviously smell the alcohol in it but this is a faint undertone that doesn't offend my nose at all; while I adore the taste of spirits and liqueurs I can't stomach the smell of those which have a noticeable alcohol smell, but this is pleasant as the rich peach aroma is so apparent.
The flavour is different though - not worse, just different. It's more robust than the delicate Archers and has a very vague synthetic flavour which I feel is coming from the peach taste, this probably sounds odd but I've been an Archers drinker for years so can pick out this 'unnatural' hint to the drink as well as a tiny bit of harshness that is apparent in Savanna but not in the pricier Archers. This one is just as easy to drink, although my initial hopes of finally finding a peach schnapps I could actually drink neat were dashed when I realised the flavour of this one just wasn't as moreish as the schnapps I'm used to. Once mixed with pineapple juice however the two drinks are practically indistinguishable from one another, the pineapple acting as a wonderful complimentary flavour and also taking away some of the intense sweetness of the drink. I don't find Savanna to be as sickly as Archers if I 'overdo' it, it's not the kind of drink I'd choose if I was on a mission to get drunk anyway as it's far too sweet and sugary but a few glasses in the evening is a nice way to relax.
You can use anything you fancy to mix with Savanna really, I prefer a fruity mixer to being out the warm summer flavour but don't think it goes particularly well with plain orange juice for some reason. Cranberry juice is a nice alternative but this can 'hide' the peach flavour if you drink too much, my sister mixes hers with a delicious coconut flavoured juice (maybe Rubicon, but don't quote me!) and that makes the drink extremely exotic tasting which in turn makes it feel like more of a treat than if mixed with a standard juice.
One thing I've noticed about Savanna is that it gives me an, ummm, upset stomach the following day if I drink too much of it and for that reason alone I tend to go steady with this particular drink. Presumably it's the sugar content and the large amount of juice I find myself drinking whenever I fancy a peachy drink.
Many of my reviews centre on the joys of student living and scrimping and saving trying to get by on a minute student loan and this one is no different! As most people will know, whether they go/went to university or not, that a big part of uni life is the social side and mainly drinking. My usual drink of choice if money were not an issue is Archer's peach snapps. It is a peach flavoured liquer which is normally mixed with lemonade but it can also be used as a single shot as I have often found in foreign countries after meals etc.
Archer's peach schnapps costs £11.99 from most major retailers which is quite expensive for a bottle of alcohol especially on a tight budget, this is where Savanna peach schnapps comes into play! Savanna peach shnapps is a bottle that I came across in my local Nisa store which is just like a big corner shop. I spotted the peach design on the bottle and took a closer look and realised that the description said it was a peach liquer drink for just £5.99. I decided to give it a try and save myself a couple of pounds!
The bottle is glass and is quite hazy but you can see the transparent liquid through the bottle. It is mainly covered by a big sticker with peach graphics and all the product information and ingredients list. It has a water tight lid and generally looks like any other bottle of alcohol nothing really stands out about it.
The smell of the liquer is quite powerful even when mixed with lemonade. It does really smell of peach but with an added kick which is obviously the alcohol. I usually have double measures of the peach schnapps purely to save me money when I hit the clubs as I won't need to buy drinks there! The taste is very strong in the lemonade but it is very pleasant.
I would really recommend this Savanna Peach Schnapps because it is just £5.99 and does not taste differently from Archer's Peach Schnapps at all. The alcohol percentage is 21.5% whereas Archers is just 20%.
My first experience with Savanna Peach Schnapps...... bought from one of the TESCO's from UK. Sweet smelling flavored...Savanna Peach Schnapps taste good with fruit juices. At first found the taste to be bit funny but latter it was good. I found it to be a smooth drink, as I could enjoy a drink even when I have to work. In other cases, if want to enjoy a drink then I cannot think of working as that gets bit heavy on my head. I was more than happy with SPC that even after or during working I can enjoy a drink simultaneously. Savanna Peach Schnapps is good and smooth drink.
When it comes to buying alcohol buying branded names can be fairly expensive. There are some types of alcohol that I wouldn't even consider buying cheap (vodka, gin etc) and there are others that I will always give a cheaper alternatives a go (generally lower alcohol content spirits like schnapps etc.) so when doing my shop I'm always looking for good cheaper alternatives. This is how I came across Savanna peach schnapps.
Savanna comes in a frosted bottle with a peach coloured lid and a couple of pictures of strange looking peaches on the front. The bottle describes the drink as an 'exciting peach flavoured schnapps drink' and it has an alcohol content of 17.5%. A 70cl bottle of Savanna peach schnapps costs around £6.00, where as the similar branded alternative, Archers costs around £12.00. Therefore buying Savanna is a huge saving. I bought this from Tesco and I'm not sure if it is a product exclusive to their stores.
On opening the bottle the peach smells very fake and in all honesty not particularly nice. However, when mixed with lemonade or fruit juice this smell definitely becomes more pleasant with more of a natural peachy smell. When I drink this with a mixer I can't tell any difference between this and Archers. In the past I'm sure I have been given much worse in clubs when they try and pass off the fake stuff as Archers. Personally I don't drink peach schnapps neat or over ice and if you do that's probably where you will notice the difference more as Savanna will probably have more of a harsh taste. I have had my bottle of Savanna open for a couple of months now and around the top there is a bit of a sugary crust which isn't too much of a problem as I find this happens with most schnapps drinks, branded or not.
I definitely recommend at least trying Savanna. If you use Archers regularly with a mixer then I doubt you will be able to taste the difference and if you use it with other drinks in cocktails it definitely won't make a difference. However, at around half the price of a bottle of Archers, you will definitely feel the difference in your purse!
Savanna Peach Schnapps is a peach schnapps similar to Archers, but for about half the price. A 70cl bottle of this will set you back just £5.99 which is pretty cheap for a bottle that size of 21.5% alcohol. A bottle of Archers peach schnapps, which is 20% alcohol, would set you back almost double at nearly £12 for a 70cl bottle! Is it worth paying that price to get the trusted brand Archers instead of getting this Savanna version? No.
Savanna is one of the nicest fruity spirits I've had in a long time. I had it neat the first time a tried it, splashed over a little ice. I wanted to see if I liked it before saying yes to a glass with a mixer. I thought it was really peachy, with a kick of sugar but also a really smooth, clean after taste. I like that the taste that lingers in my mouth is not a kick of alcohol, but a little twist of peach.
This is brilliant served cold with ice and a splash of lemonade. I'm sure you could experiment with fruit juices and things if you're more oc a cocktail person though. It says on the bottle to enjoy it chilled, so I take that to mean it likes being kept in the fridge, and that's where we've kept it.
You can get this from Tesco if you want to buy it. I have to agree with all the other's who've given this five stars - I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a cheaper alternative to the more expensive fruity spirits on the market.
~*~ Savanna Peach Schnapps ~*~
After years of sticking to the trusted, well known brand labels I recently decided to venture into the unknown territory of shops own, and so called 'rip-off' brands of these well known labels. My latest discovery is 'Savanna' peach schnapps - the cheaper version of Archers schnapps in the same flavour.
~*~ The bottle ~*~
The packaging of Savanna is pretty similar to that of Archers. It has the same large red lettering, although the brand name is written vertically as opposed to Archers horizontal lettering. The glass bottle even has the same frosted glass effect that Archers has. This makes it very easy to distinguish in the alcohol section of supermarkets, and you instantly recognise it as being a peach schnapps drink, making selection time as quick as possible - great stuff!
~*~ The content and comparison ~*~
Savanna alcohol percentage is 21.5% volume. Archers is 23% volume - a bit stronger, but not really a noticeable difference.
0g of fat per serving for either Archers or Savanna - this doesn't mean their not fattening though so be careful! There are approximately 72 calories per 1oz serving of both Savanna and Archers, according to the information I have been able to find online. Most people underestimate how many calories there are in alcohol, it's surprising how the calories start to add up! If your watching your weight, a shot of archers with diet lemonade is the best way to go - don't make the mistake of thinking your being a bit healthier by having pure fruit juice as these can add up to as much as 90 extra calories a serving!
There are 6.6g of carbohydrates per serving for each of the brands, so those of you on the Atkins or something similar may want to bear that in mind whilst making your selections. There are also 6.5g sugar per serving, which is quite high.
~*~ Price ~*~
A 70cl bottle of Savanna will set you back £6.09 at Tesco. The same sized bottle will set you back £11.29 at Tesco. Archers is generally priced around the £12 mark for 70cl in supermarkets, sometimes more, so basically your getting the same amount for half the price by selecting Savanna instead of Archers - meaning you can buy twice as much! (Just don't blame the headache on me....)
Tesco also have a brilliant offer on at the moment - two bottles of Savanna / Cococabana Coconut Liquer (Malibu) or Soiree Coffee liquer (mix and match if you want) for £10! What a bargain! This offer finishes on 27th August so make sure you get down to your local Tesco before then!
~*~ The taste ~*~
Savanna is a very sweet liquer - the taste of peach is very noticeable. I'm a big Archers fan and I could not tell the difference between the two at all, which is great as it will save me a lot of money!
The taste of Savanna (like Archers) can get quite sickly after a while. I find that if I have it as my drink of choice for a few nights in a row (if I go out a few nights in a row!) I start to go off it a bit, so I tend to mix things up a bit and only have it every once in a while. Overall, Savanna makes a nice, refreshing drink perfect for summer BBQ's!
Be careful whilst drinking this liquer - the alcohol content is quite high and it's easy to forget that you are drinking something alcoholic - until you stand up! The alcohol volume in Savanna is about double what you'd find in a glass of wine, so decrease the amount you drink in proportion to that.
~*~ The combinations... ~*~
I wouldn't advise drinking this straight, although it would certainly get you on your way to being drunk a whole lot quicker, if that is your aim! I usually mix Savanna with diet lemonade with a slice of fresh lemon on the side. It is a perfect summer time drink, and the slice of lemon makes it that little bit special.
One of the most interesting schnapps mixers I found whilst searching the internet for inspiration was the 'Schnapp Bomb' recipe. For this, all you need is the bottle of schnapps, and one bag of sugar. To combine, pour the bottle of schnapps into a saucepan, heat until it is hot but not boiling. Then, gradually add the sugar until saturation point, and serve in shot glasses whilst still hot. I have never heard of this before and from the amount of sugar I don't think I would recommend it - but I'd love to hear if any of you have tried it?!
Other, more usual Archers mixers include fruit juices and tonic water. I think lemonade is probably the most popular choice, and what it goes best with.
For a great cocktail, combine peach schnapps, vodka, orange juice and cranberry juice for 'Sex on the Beach', my all time favourite summer cocktail. I don't usually like vodka but you can't taste it when it's all mixed together so don't let that ingredient put you off.
~*~ The verdict ~*~
I would recommend Savanna to all Archers fans! There really isn't a noticeable difference between the two, and the bottle is half the price! Ok, you face looking like a bit of a cheapskate if you turn up to a party with a bottle of 'Savanna', but I'm sure people will get over it! After trying Savanna, I would never purchase full priced Archers again as I feel like it's money being thrown down the drain.
Definitely worth a try - and if you can grab two bottles for £10 from Tesco, even more reason to do so!
****savanna peach schapps****
**Picking this brand**
I have to admit the first thing that encouraged me to buy this was the cheap price. At about 6.99 a bottle it is around £9 cheaper than the leading brand (same size).
The bottle has a cloudy white look to it .Savanna is written down the way in red/ orange writing and peach schapps is written in orange There are orange circles on the bottle which i think are meant to be peaches ,but the drawings not that great .
*Volume/How is it compared to leading brand ?**
The bottle states the product has 21.5% vol. Im not sure how this compares to the leading brand as i dont have a bottle handy.
In my opinion they taste similar and if i had been given both i wouldnt have been able to say which was which. Then again its not my number one drink so maybe if you only drunk this you would think there was a big difference.
The bottle suggests enjoy over crushed ice or blended with fruit juice, lemonade or tonic water. enjoy chilled.I think it goes nice with lemonade or in a mixer with gin and pimms-then again i will drink pretty much anything ;-)