Hard Seltzer
 

Hard Seltzer

 

The Fifty Best Hard Seltzer Tasting

 


The Tasting: The Fifty Best held a "blind" tasting of hard seltzers with fourteen members of our spirits judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the hard seltzers were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed cans, and served well-chilled. The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded for this tasting. Medals are provided based entirely on merit and only to products judged worthy of such award. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The ABVs are identified for each brand. Clicking on the brands' names will link to their websites.

 



DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Mighty Swell Grapefruit Spiked Seltzer
5% ABV

Palate: Fresh squeezed grapefruit, white grapefruit, identifiably grapefruit, grapefruit peel, grapefruit soda, candied grapefruit, very present fruit, crisp citrus, citrus tartness, appropriate sugar levels, just enough sweetness, refreshingly light, very clean, refreshing, great flavor, tasty, delicious, a winner.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



 Mighty Swell Grapefruit Spiked Seltzer

 



Mighty Swell Blood Orange Spiked Seltzer
5% ABV

Palate: Blood orange, ripe blood orange juice, tangy orange, orange peel, nice citrus, lemon-lime-orange flavor, tart cranberry, good sugar level, flavorful, good flavor, full flavored, very well balanced, smooth, approachable, easy drinking, crisp, zesty, extremely refreshing, tastes great.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Mighty Swell Blood Orange Spiked Seltzer

 



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Barefoot Peach & Nectarine Hard Seltzer
4% ABV

Palate: Fresh peach slices, juicy peach, tart peach, fresh nectarine, peach pie, peach ring candy, smooth peachy flavor, definitely stone fruit, pickled plum, umeshu, hint of citrus, natural flavor, great representation, true to fruit taste without being overly sweet, refreshing balance, well balanced, nicely balanced, well done.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Barefoot Peach & Nectarine Hard Seltzer

 



Mighty Swell Mango Raspberry Spiked Seltzer
5% ABV

Palate: Mango, sweet mango puree, nice mango sweetness, true fresh raspberry, nice raspberry flavor, tart raspberry soda, pleasant effervescent raspberry, exactly mango & raspberry, red berries, red cherry, cranberry, tropical fruit, hint of citrus, pleasantly balanced, tangy, nicely sweet, effervescent, interesting, refreshing, yummy.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Mighty Swell Mango Raspberry Spiked Seltzer



Mighty Swell Pineapple Spiked Seltzer
5% ABV

Palate: Fresh cut pineapple, tangy pineapple, nice pineapple sweetness, fresh cut fruit, fruit salad, pear, watermelon, Gummy Bears, Bubblicious bubblegum, tropical fruit candy, Pez candy, Lemonhead candy, good flavor, mellow, approachable, tart, tasty, refreshing, delicious.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Mighty Swell Pineapple Spiked Seltzer



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Barefoot Strawberry & Guava Hard Seltzer
4% ABV

Palate: Fresh strawberries, natural strawberry, candied strawberry, juicy guava, fresh pureed strawberry & guava, kiwi, tropical notes, earthy note, pleasantly fruity, great flavor, mouth filling, good balance, nicely done, delicious.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Barefoot Strawberry & Guava Hard Seltzer



San Juan Seltzer
Spiked Wild Blackberry Lemonade

4.2% ABV

Palate: Lemony, lemon juice, lemonade, spiked lemonade, lime, citrus peel, mixed berries, a splash of berry, hints of blackberry, berry candy, Pez, woody note, balanced flavors, good flavor, interesting blend, crisp, tart, zesty.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



San Juan Seltzer Spiked Wild Blackberry Lemonade



San Juan Seltzer
Peachy Sex On the Peach

4.2% ABV

Palate: Peachy, sliced peach, stone fruit, cider-like, lemongrass, dried leaves, hint of black tea, light peachy sweetness, ocean breeze, soft, subtle, refreshing, enjoyable.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



San Juan Seltzer Peachy Sex On the Peach



Barefoot Cherry & Cranberry Hard Seltzer
4% ABV

Palate: Black cherry, cherry Jolly Rancher, cherry candy, dried cranberry, tart cranberry, sweet cranberry, earthy notes, good balance.

Silver Medal
Silver medal




Barefoot Cherry & Cranberry Hard Seltzer

 

 

 

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