The review you’re about to read is an act of pure selfishness. A few weeks back C.W. (popular fan reviewer) sent me a review for Virgil’s Clementine and I was jealous. “I can get you a bottle,” he kindly offered… which of course I was thrilled to accept. When it came time to post his Virgil’s Clementine review I balked and used one of the other fan reviews I have stored up in my storage facility. I just couldn’t bring myself to read his review and have the Virgil’s Clementine experience ruined, not in even the tiniest of ways. So now I sit here about to review Virgil’s Clementine while C.W. review sits in the fireproof vault I keep the other fan reviews. The bottle sits atop my desk looking so very fresh and vibrant. The bottle art is just a clementine sliced in half, but it looks good enough to eat. I saved this out of envy and now I must hope that same envy doesn’t change what could be a magical experience.
The clementine aroma escapes, but has more in common with airport orange juice than with the freshly squeezed citrus. Is this the jealousy rearing its ugly head, not allowing me to enjoy this beverage to the fullest? Only one way to find out.
The carbonation slams against the back of my tongue, creating a stage for the following fruit juices to dance upon. Sadly I can taste a hefty amount of apple and pear (two of the listed ingredients) more than I can the sweet clementines I expected. To me Virgil’s Clementine almost tastes like an apple juice/orange juice hybrid. This is truly a soda that allows you to compare apples to oranges in a single sip. In the early stages of each gulp I’m greeted with a flavor that reminds me of fermented fruit. I’m fully aware that this drink isn’t fermented at all, but the flavor still exists and takes away from my experience. I thought this would taste a bit smoother and sweeter than what I’m currently experiencing. That may be a problem I’m creating for myself though as I may want the flavor of clementine candy, but instead get the real thing in liquid form. As always the ingredients listed are top notch and that should be rewarded, but today taste rules. As amazing as it should be Virgil’s Clementine is just “alright” for me. Now maybe that’s the curse of betraying a fellow soda reviewer, but until can prove that I’ll just have to stick by my guns.
Verdict – Buy a Bottle