Island 808 Pineapple Orange Guava Vodka Review – Initial Impressions:
Island 808 Pineapple Orange Guava Vodka is a flavored vodka of the relatively new brand Island 808 that is trying to make a name for itself for it’s high quality fruit flavor. Many Vodka Cocktails and Vodka Mixed Drinks do well with flavored liquor included in the recipes. I’m always trying to find good flavored vodkas and so hopefully this will step up to the challenge.
Just like their standard Island 808 vodka, Island 808 Pineapple Orange Guava vodka tries to really embody the Hawaiian Islands by distilling and producing their vodka from pineapples.
Well, when you’re not sure which flavor of vodka to make… Throw everything in there! It’s a mouthful to say, but Island 808 Pineapple Orange Guava Vodka throws multiple, great tasting fruits that combine to make what should be an awesome combination. The name alone sounds tasty so lets get to the shot and see how it did!
Island 808 Pineapple Orange Guava Vodka Facts
Average Price: $12.99 per 750 ml
Distilled From: Pineapple, Triple Distilled
Percent Alcohol: 30%
Produced By: Island 808 Trading CO.
Pineapple Orange Guava Vodka Review -The Shot:
My goal is to record myself take a shot of every vodka brand that I review. Why? Well, nothing describes the pain/joy of taking a shot more than looking at a persons face while he does it! So before I describe the shot, go ahead and press play to observe my immediate reaction.
First things first, you’ll have to forgive my energy levels. If I seem less enthused than the words I’m using it’s because I had stay up late the previous night for a midterm. What can you do! I digress…
Island 808 Pineapple Orange Guava Vodka is only 30% alcohol, so naturally it’s a little easier to shoot than regular vodkas. If you remember from my Pineapple Vodka Review, it went down incredibly smooth and the flavor was very full and rich. I liked their Mango Vodka almost as well. The combination of these rich flavors didn’t let me down, and it tasted very good.
It was sweet, crisp, and had a strong citrus burst. It really is a testament to Island 808 for providing flavored vodka that really does taste good. It wasn’t overly bitter and didn’t have hardly any lingering flavors. Overall I was very impressed and really enjoyed it.
Shooting Grade: A-
Pineapple Orange Guava Vodka Review -The Mixed Drink:
For this Island 808 Pineapple Orange Guava Vodka Review, I chose to make a Vodka Soda. I like to keep my Vodka Mixed Drinks and Vodka Cocktails simple when doing reviews.
I didn’t want to use cranberry juice like a usually do because there are so many different flavors in this vodka that I didn’t want to overpower it. This drink was very good and there is plenty of sweetness in the cocktail for it to handle its own without any juice.
I did still want to try and mix it with something, so I picked up some Dole Pineapple Orange Banana Juice and it mixed VERY well. Both liquids carry such a huge blast of citrus flavor that it makes for a very great tasting drink when combined. I definitely recommend trying it mixed with that juice!
Drink Grade: B+
Pineapple Orange Guava Vodka Review – Conclusion:
Island 808 Vodka is an interesting new vodka brand to hit the shelves. Distilled from pineapples, it stands out as something different to try in your vodka endeavors. Vodka Cocktails and Vodka Mixed Drinks are all the same, but the vodka used to make them is what makes them unique.
Island 808 Pineapple Orange Guava is definitely one of there better flavored vodkas. Although it’s not quite up to their pineapple vodka standard (not much is) I believe it should be that you definitely try. Flavored vodkas definitely have their place in a liquor cabinet and I believe this is one you should definitely have in yours.
Final Grade: B+