Today’s offering from Thirst Monger comes in a very serene bottle emblazoned with a picture of the sun setting over a great body of water. Vacation in a Bottle, or as the kids call it ViB (pronounced Vibe), is the name of the beverage and the flavor is Pomegranate Berry. I already feel as if I’m going to enjoy it. I’m not usually one for full bottle art, but the more I stare at this sunset the more I just want to kick back and relax. Being the ad guru that I am, I already see something they could improve upon… their slogan. Currently their slogan is “Drink. Chill. Be Happy!” While this is all well and good why not switch up a few words and make it “Chill. Drink. Be Happy!”? Chill would take on a double meaning at this point and ultimately it would just work better. If they take my advice I expect a nice crisp Benji headed my way.
ViB is caffeine free and uses cane sugar as a sweetener. There’s a whole host of other ingredients, so if you’re interested, look them up. As you know I’m concerned with the taste and I’m tired of waiting.
This beverage is in an aluminum bottle which is something I wish drink manufacturers would migrate towards more often. I’d much rather drink out of an aluminum bottle than a plastic one. I’m sure cost comes into play here, but in my world it doesn’t, so get with the program other companies!
A somewhat easily identified pomegranate aroma flows from the large mouth of the bottle. There is indeed another berry scent blended in, but it seems vague in nature. I noticed my mouth started watering though as soon as I took a whiff. At least I know the scent has created some positive ViBs for my mind. You see what I did there? I took the name of the soda and used it somewhat incorrectly in a sentence.
Vacation in a Bottle – Pomegranate Berry is a bit sweeter than I thought it would be. The ingredients list 10 grams of sugar per 8 ounces so I thought it might be a little short in the sweet spot. I was wrong. The sweetness plays well with the pomegranate and berry flavors. At this point I’m going to stop referring to the generic berry flavor since the pomegranate is clearly the lead actor in this play. Carbonation is fast and light, but powerful. It feels like a miniaturized version of the same carbonation you’d find in a Coke brand Coke. Overall I’m quite pleased with ViB.
The flavor is strong enough to keep me from forgetting that I’m drinking a soda, but the mouth feel is light enough that it doesn’t seem like I’m drinking straight syrup. There is a point in each sip though where I get a quick taste of artificial. I’m not saying that anything in this is artificial, but just be warned that the initial flavor doesn’t flow through 100%. With that said, I’ve already finished the bottle and would drink another, so it obviously didn’t bother me too incredibly much. All in all Vacation in a Bottle – Pomegranate Berry was a good experience. It did many things right and few things wrong, if you see some I recommend giving it a shot.
Verdict – Buy a Pack