Product Type: Savanna Liqueur
Newest Review: ... they're not wonderfully rendered the bottle does look decidedly fresh and summery. Savanna Peach Schnapps has an ABV of 21.5%, which is su... more
Enjoying Archers on the cheap!
Savanna Peach Schnapps
Member Name: chrisandmark
Savanna Peach Schnapps
Advantages: A delicious drink when mixed with pineapple (or any fruit) juice, mega cheap compared to Archers
Disadvantages: Can give you a dicky tummy if you're not careful!
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.
Summary: A deliciously summery drink, half the price of Archers and just as good when mixed