I just finished serving on a jury. This is why the reviews haven’t been happening quite as often, there I’ve made my excuse. While most would think that Jury Duty might be a miserable experience mine was quite the opposite. I was fortunate enough to spend time with 11 other people who I would consider genuinely great people. Yes I only spent 4 days with them, but I was impressed by them all… especially the one that gave me the soda I’m reviewing today. “Juror Number Cool” is what I’ll call her and I must thank her now for giving me this bottle of soda called Big Shot. The full name of this particular flavor is Big Shot – Pineapple Blue Bayou, so we might be in for some surprise.
Big Shot is apparently a popular brand in New Orleans, Nawlins, The Big Easy, Crescent City, The City that Care Forgot, Hollywood South, and many other nicknames I didn’t see looking at Wikipedia. It appears, after doing a bit of research, that their slogan is “Even if you don’t have a million bucks, let’em know you’re a big shot!” Saddly this is not on the label. To offset this sadness is the face of Big Shot… insert name here if he actually had one. The face of Big Shot looks like a combination of W.C. Fields and Charlie Chaplin. I immediately want merchandise with The Face of Big Shot on it. Along with said face and name of drink are the flavors of Pineapple Blue Bayou. I’m about to consume this blue liquid that is the flavor combination of oranges, pineapple, and coconut. I’m not going to bother listing the ingredients for you as it’s just a bunch of chemicals. With that said I think I’ve given a somewhat flushed out description of the 24oz bottle at hand. If my description confused you… well then just look at the picture below, silly goose. On with the review!
This impossibly blue liquid smells like a combo of fruit stripe gum and orange cream soda. I’m now happily anticipating my first drink and happy that all the chemicals they put in this bottle didn’t just singe all three of my chest hairs. On with the fun.
Big Shot – Pineapple Blue Bayou is certainly an assortment of flavors. The first thing I taste is what seems to be a glimpse into the flavor of orange; this is followed by the sweet tang of pineapple with coconut being your eventual aftertaste. The coconut flavor hits your palate so very late in the game that if you were to drink this and not write sentences in between each swig I’m not sure you’d get to experience it. Coconut is the guy in the race that crosses the finish line after everyone else. No one is looking for him except his parents, and they’re even averting their eyes somewhat due to his failure at running. All of these flavors are held together with sweet, sweet, chemicals. Ok, I’ve made mention of the chemicals three or four times now. I’m going to redeem this bottle of Big Shot just a smidge by telling you two of the non-chemical ingredients. Orange juice concentrate, and pineapple juice… there I said it. While Big Shot – Pineapple Blue Bayou is exactly what your grandparents are referring to when they use the term “sugar water”, it’s not completely full of chemicals. While I enjoyed this bottle of BS-PBB (I got tired of typing the full name out so I wrote this even longer sentence explaining the abbreviation, thus making it pointless) it’s not a flavor I have to have. If I was on my way somewhere, NOLA maybe, and I stopped at a gas station… sure I’d pick up a bottle for the road. I’m not going to stock my fridge with it though. That doesn’t mean I’m giving up on the Big Shot line, in fact I’m going to make it a point to try all of their flavors. Thanks Juror Number Cool!
Verdict – Buy a Bottle