Newest Review: ... it just has a very distinctive taste. Its difficult to describe the taste as it is one I know only as 'WKD Blue', but having tried other ... more
It doesn't make me feel blue!
Member Name: chrisandmark
Advantages: Tastes lovely, is an inoffensive little drink
Disadvantages: Not natural in the slightest, leaves me with a pounding headache if I drink too much
When I have a drink I tend to go for spirits or liqueurs, I also have to 'fancy' something before I'll drink it so often have lots of half empty (or half full, depending on your outlook) bottles of decent quality booze to choose from. Sometimes, however, I fancy something lighter and then I'll have a mooch through the alcopops in the off-licence - usually opting for one of the lurid coloured WKD flavours, and more often than not it'll be the blue one.
WKD is a sparkling drink with an ABV of 4.5%, which is on a par with other alcopops. It's a blended down vodka but this particular flavour doesn't have any kind of vodka kick, it's dangerously pop-like actually as I find I can quaff it so quickly that even this relatively weak drink can leave me feeling a little tipsy!
The flavour is great; it has a generalised fruity taste which is sweet and very pleasant, this drink always reminds me of bubblegum in a vague kind of way in a similar way that Aussie shampoo does (the smell that is, not the taste!). I find it's a nice alternative to my usual heavier spirits and quite often during the past summer I'd choose WKD due to the fact that it's so nicely refreshing on a warm summers evening. It's hard to explain the taste of the blue version, simply because it doesn't really taste of any specific food - it's just a sweet fruity flavour which is inoffensive but a bit 'samey' if you happen to drink quite a few glasses of it. Despite the fact that I enjoy it I find it's quite a dull drink after a while; for this reason I tend to buy the small individual sized bottles rather than the larger screw top ones which hold around three glasses worth. It also has the ability to go flat within a few short minutes so you need to get it down you as quickly as possible, once the bubbles have gone the flavour starts to dissipate I've noticed so this is definitely a drink to be enjoyed in a bit of a rush!
When it comes to alcohol I like the sweeter options such as Disaronno, but I do find this blue WKD to be extremely sickly sometimes. A glass or two is usually enough for me (and I repeat, although it has a relatively low ABV don't rush it as it tastes so yummy that even a few big gulps can leave you giggling like a loon), but on the odd occasion when I've drunk more than usual I've found the blue WKD (and only the blue one) gives me a murderous headache for an hour or two the next day. It can be used as the 'long' portion of a cocktail type drink, my brother in law does something very clever with a mint liqueur, a large bottle of WKD and a generous slug of Smirnoff - this is an amazingly potent drink, but what would otherwise be a really harsh flavour is softened with the addition of the blue stuff.
I can't fault the blue version of WKD. It tastes lovely, doesn't sit uncomfortably in your stomach if you overdo it and will get you pleasantly tipsy if that's what you're after. I wouldn't drink it too regularly for two reasons - a) it's a bottle of chemicals with nothing even remotely natural about it and b) it tastes like there are a zillion calories per 100ml. Still, it's nice here and there and at the incredibly cheap price of £1.69 a bottle it's not going to break the bank.
Summary: A nice refreshing alternative to 'posher' spirits and liqueurs