Having a scotch blog isn’t all decades-old drams and scantily clad whiskeyettes doing suggestive dances in your face while you wax poetic on the emotional evocativeness of different phenols and long molecules in a fine glass of grain distillate.
It’s mostly that, obviously. BUT SOMETIMES IT’S THIS. Exactly like a trench runner falling on a grenade in the snowy Somme, sometimes we sacrifice our tastes buds in the name of informing YOU, our reader. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES.
Highball Collective (what the fuck, it sounds like a coke dealer’s co-op) Green Tea Infused Rye & Ginger is too many things. I’m not burying the lead to tell you that you can make this at home yourself, if you had to, with equal parts Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale AND WATER, and a shot of Canadian Club. LITERALLY. I’m shouting a lot in this post because DON’T BUY THIS SHIT that weirdly has my friend’s initials on it.
I get that it’s tempting. A nice pre-made, perfectly balanced, top-end Rye & Ginger could be excellent at the end of a hot work day. Takes all the guess work and delirium tremors right out of mixing your own fucking drinks. But trust me – this ain’t that.
Their tagline is “a classic cocktail with a twist” and you know what? A smoked Manhattan is a twist. A whisky-cask-aged beer is a twist. This is Green Tea Flavour #3b squirted into a watered down bar rail.
AND IT’S DEFINITELY NOT RYE.
Simon – smells like ginger ale and Canadian Club. tastes like that plus green tea. gross
Ryan – smells exactly like the ingredients. tastes like extremely sweet Nestea Green Iced Tea, chemicals.
Highball Collective Green Tea Infused Rye & Ginger – 7% 4x330ml – $9.95 – Canada
Try it? NO. Buy it? DID YOU READ THE YELLING