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Black Fly Sour Cherry Vodka Review


Important: This is the last post of 2023. I’ll be taking the last half of December and first half of January off from posting.

I’ll be back January 12th, 2024 with the first short story of the new year! (The first article will go up the following Monday)

One of my absolute favourite things about Black Fly is not only the fact that all their products are vegan, but they’re also a Canadian company! Do you need more of a reason to love a company?

Like coffee, I drink alcohol because I like the taste, not because I ‘need’ it. (I actually have a very low tolerance for alcohol, like caffeine. Half a Smirnoff Ice and that might be too much) So when I tell you that Black Fly’s Sour Cherry is a good product, know I’m talking taste-wise and not get-you-hammered-wise.

Blackfly Sour Cherry is my absolute favourite flavour of alcohol I’ve tried. While it has the typical fizzy “this is alcohol”-ness, the cherry flavour does a great job of balancing it out. It doesn’t burn your throat after so many sips like other alcohol, and is low enough in alcohol content I can usually finish 1 can without feeling like it’s too much.

The cherry flavour itself is reminiscent of Maynard’s Sour Cherry Blasters in the fakeness of it, but it’s not nearly as sweet and has a hint more realness to the flavour than the candy. It actually reminds me of those Chubby drinks, if you’ve ever had them. (Yes that was the last time I had a cherry flavoured pop)

You can also usually buy them as single tall can, in packs of four, or twelve. Which is great if you’re someone like me and only need a little bit of a drink to enjoy, instead of being forced to buy a four pack like some other companies make you. I wasn’t able to find a bigger pack than twelve though, so if you’re having a party, you’ll need to double up.

Unfortunately, the Sour Cherry flavour has been extremely hard to find the last couple years, so I finally reached out to the company on Instagram, to figure out why.

They told me this:

Hi, Thanks for reaching out! We’re happy to hear you’re writing a product review about Black Fly! We hope you’re loving our drinks so far! Our Sour Cherry is not currently available in any provinces. The variety of Black Fly flavours varies from province to province depending on what the various liquor boards choose to carry, and on the success of products! Cheers

I was obviously very saddened to to hear that their Sour Cherry flavour is no longer available in Canada. As said above, it’s my favourite flavour, but I guess most other people didn’t agree. (This unfortunately happens with a lot of products I like)

I usually like to end reviews telling you to go out and try the product for yourself, but if you live in Canada, that won’t be possible. They do have other flavours that should still be available, though. Their Grape and Orange were my second and third choices when the Sour Cherry wasn’t around.

Though as they say in their response, the available flavours will change depending on the demand of your location, so keep that in mind while you’re on the hunt!

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Bailey’s Almande Review


This product review was written 20.06.12, while COVID lock down restrictions were just beginning to ease. Please excuse any reference/joke that’s no longer relevant.

This is the last post of 2020!

As per last year, I will be taking the last half of December, and first half of January off from posting.

Posting will resume on January 15th, which will be the 1st Throw Away Fic of the new year!

I hope you all enjoy your holiday festivities, and get some much needed rest after what a crazy year this has been.

I’ll see you guys in the new year!

Now that we’ve made it to the end of the year, I thought it fitting to make the last product review a celebratory one. Because let’s be honest, 2020 was not what anyone expected, and we definitely deserve to have a (socially-distanced) party.

And what better way to say ‘party’ than to booze-it-up?

I’ve never had ‘real’ Baileys before, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this. Some of the Youtube reviews I saw said it just tasted like almond milk. I figured how bad could it be?

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Baileys Almond is 13% alcohol, which is way above my usual 5-7% Smirnoff Ice and Blackflys. I tried it by itself initially, to see if it really needed to be added to something else. Immediately, I tasted regular almond milk, but when I swallowed, I got that familiar burn-in-your-throat ‘this is alcohol’ taste. It was a lot stronger than what I was expecting.

To actually drink it, I mixed it 2 shots of it into a regular cup (500ml) of Silk Chocolate Almond, and after mixing it with the drink, that burning alcohol taste completely disappeared. It just tasted like a regular glass of Silk.

Buzz wise, it was pretty good but it did end up giving me a headache. (Maybe I just drank it too fast/have a low tolerance?)

All in all, I would say that if you like almond milk, you’ll definitely enjoy it, and if you need a boozy vegan creamer, I think this would work pretty well.

They don’t make small bottles of it, though, which kind of sucks, because the 750ml bottle is $33, so if you don’t end up liking it, you’ll be stuck with a lot.

Or at least, you’ll have to throw another party so you’re not stuck with it.

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Surprising Vegan Alcohol


The holidays are fast approaching and that means one thing: Parties.

If you’re vegan, the holidays are hard enough: dealing with family members asking questions, ‘joking’ about veganism with you, and let’s not forget the giant, dead sentient being in the middle of the table. While I’m not saying alcohol is the answer, you can’t deny having a drink might make the holidays that much more bearable.

Or, perhaps, you’re hosting a party, and know a vegan is coming, and want them to at least have some sort of drink option other then water. (And are freaking out because you don’t know what to look for)

Whatever the reason you’re here, you can rest easy knowing the below are vegan-friendly (even though they don’t say on the bottle).

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Here is a list of the alcohol pictured, starting in the top left corner and continuing clockwise:

  • Smirnoff Ice
  • Guinness Original*
  • Guinness Draught
  • Guinness Extra Stout
  • Guinness Foreign Stout
  • Mill Street Lager
  • Mike’s Hard Lemonade**
  • Stella Artois
  • Stella 4%
  • Blackfly Grape***
  • Blackfly Sour Cherry
  • Blackfly Orange
  • Jaw Drop Gushing Grapes****
  • Jaw Drop Puckering Punch
  • Jaw Drop Sucking Lemons
  • Jaw Drop Tickling Pink
  • Jaw Drop Licking Limes
  • Jaw Drop Flashing Peaches
  • Jaw Drop Squirting Oranges
  • Smirnoff Ice Raspberry
  • Smirnoff Ice Green Apple
  • Bailey’s Almande
  • Corona
  • Absolut Vodka*****

As you can see from the above list, there are many different types of alcohol that vegans can drink, even if they’re not marketed as ‘vegan’. Hopefully, this list helps you out with your future holiday planning, and if you’re a vegan going to a party and you’re not sure if there will be drinks you can have, keep your eye out for one of the above.

Have a drink that’s not on this list you’re wondering might be vegan? Check out Barnivore.com for a more complete list of vegan alcohol. The cool thing about them, is they don’t only tell you what’s vegan, they also tell you what’s not.

Check out the rest of the Surprising Vegan series here!

*From Guinness’ FAQs: Yes, it is (vegan) from the keg format for now. Our new filtration process has removed the use of isinglass as a means of filtration and vegans can now enjoy a pint of Guinness.

All Guinness Draught in keg format is brewed without using isinglass. Full distribution of bottle and can formats will be in place by the end of 2017, so until then, our advice to vegans is to consume the product from the keg format only for now.

**Mike’s Hard Lemonade LITE contains honey

***All Blackfly flavours are vegan! I e-mailed the company and was very pleased to hear the news. The flavours pictured are the only ones I’ve been able to find (in Canada)

****All Jaw Drop flavours are also vegan! As said in this tweet, straight from the company. The flavours pictured are (again), the only ones I’ve found

*****A note on Barnivore from 2014 says the owner of Absolut is a ‘major funder of bullfighting’ (No update as of posting)

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