There are so many celebrity alcohol brands out there that one round of taste testing just wasn’t enough. I’m back to taste even more celebrity alcohols and tell you whether they’re worth drinking or not.
Nick Jonas Villa One Tequila
I am not usually a tequila drinker, but after the amazing success I had with it in my last round of taste testing celebrity alcohol brands, I was really excited to try some more tequila. Now, I’ve done a little bit of research between the last round and today to discover what is truly the best way to drink tequila. Usually, I feel like people usually do straight tequila shots or margaritas, neither of which are my favorite. I’ve discovered that the far superior way to drink tequila is in a Paloma, which is a grapefruit cocktail. Also, any tequila drink is greatly improved with a little Tajín.
I made a Paloma with Villa One tequila and it was fantastic. The flavors in the tequila blended nicely with the grapefruit and the salty flavor of the Tajín. It was light and summery and absolutely delicious. Sometimes tequila has the tendency to burn, no matter what you put in it, but there is no such unpleasant intensity with Villa One. In terms of tequila made by celebrity alcohol brands, it doesn’t hold a candle to Casamigos, but it’s perfectly drinkable. However, it’s actually more expensive than the Casamigos, so I doubt I will find myself buying this again. If I find myself in the mood for tequila, it’s Casamigos all the way.
Post Malone Maison No 9 Rosé
When I heard Post Malone has a rosé brand, I was more than a little surprised. He doesn’t exactly strike me as a rosé guy. I couldn’t wait to try it. The bottle is nice, but it’s a huge pain to get open. It’s got this fancy glass cork, which looks cool I suppose, but in practical terms is total nonsense. When the wine is poured into the glass, it’s a gorgeous rose color. It looks super appetizing.
This wine is drinkable, although not particularly exciting. It has a slight sweetness to it and pretty much tastes like your basic rosé. It’s a nice crowd-pleasing summer wine, but nothing too special. I doubt I would find myself reaching for this one at the grocery store again, just because there are so many more exciting rosés out there. So many celebrity alcohol brands make rosé these days, so it’s hard to impress in such a saturated field.
Dan Aykroyd Crystal Head Vodka
I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical about this one. Something about drinking out of a skull shape made me a little weary, and it’s a little pricier than the vodka I normally go for. I made a dirty martini with bleu cheese olives, and it was absolutely amazing. The smooth flavor of this vodka was so pleasing, and I look forward to enjoying every drop of the $47 dollar bottle. I don’t know if I would find myself purchasing this bottle again, simply because of the price point. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lovely bottle of vodka, but there is a lot of great vodkas out there for less. It’s a nice little treat, though, and I plan on making the most out of it while it lasts.
Bon Jovi Hampton Water
This is another wine that, much like Post Malone’s, has the ridiculous glass and plastic stopper. This is a new wine trend, apparently, and I am not here for it. However, this bottle, for whatever reason, was much easier to get open. What’s wrong with a good old fashioned cork? Anyways, the wine itself was a very pretty pale color in the glass, which gave me high hopes. I find often times with rosé a pale color often indicates a lightness in flavor.
This is certainly true with Hampton Water. It’s light, crisp, and delightfully elegant in flavor. I feel like this is the kind of wine you could open up with a group of friends and find it gone in about five minutes. In other words, it’s dangerously drinkable. I didn’t necessarily associate Bon Jovi with a nice rosé, but I’m quite impressed with the results. This is definitely my favorite rosé out of the three I tried for this round of taste testing celebrity alcohol brands.
Cameron Diaz Avaline
There has been some controversy about this wine. Diaz and her company advertise the wine as “clean, delicious, vegan-friendly, made with organic grapes and free of unnecessary additives.” This is obviously an appealing idea in our wellness obsessed culture. However, an investigation by the SF chronicle claims that the wine is no more healthy, natural, or clean than your average bottle of wine.
Either way, I wanted to try it. I like the idea of an all-natural wine, but honestly, I don’t drink wine to get rid of wrinkles or clear my skin so I’m not that stressed about the whole thing. The white blend seemed like the way to go since I have a lot of rosés that I’ve tried already (seriously, celebrities, let’s make some reds for me to try!).
I was a little nervous because the nose of this wine was not quite what I expected. I thought it was going to be really fruity, but there was definitely some earthy notes in there. Once I actually tasted the wine, however, I was surprised at how nice it was. There are definitely some earthy notes mixed in with the usual light and fruity flavors I would expect from a white blend, but it totally works. With each sip I took, I became more and more surprised at how much I was enjoying it. We eat a lot of seafood in my household, and I can totally picture this going beautifully with one of those meals. This bottle is definitely going into my wine rotation.
Kate Hudson King St. Vodka
I ordered this vodka online because no store anywhere near me carries it, and the second I took it out of the box I was thrilled. This bottle is so gorgeous, I am definitely going to have to find a way to repurpose it once it’s empty. I feel like most vodka bottles have fairly masculine energy, like the skull vodka above. This bottle, however, is pure ladylike gorgeousness. This is a sophisticated brunch vodka. Like Kate Hudson herself, the design is effortlessly pretty, completely fun, and evokes summer vibes. Needless to say, I was into the whole thing.
I made a vodka soda with the King St. Vodka, and I accidentally made it way too strong. The good news about that though is that the flavors of this vodka came through quite clearly, and it’s delightful. This vodka is super clean and has none of that rubbing alcohol after taste that poorly made vodka can easily fall victim to. I balanced out my overpour with a bunch of lime, and let me tell you this vodka blends perfectly with citrus flavors. I don’t know if I would use it in a bloody mary (professional tip: never use good vodka in a bloody mary anyway, it is the only cocktail in which the cheap stuff actually works better), but for lighter, citrus-based vodka drinks, I’ll definitely be turning back to King St Vodka.
I finally did it. I tried Vanderpump rosé. I’ve been hearing about this wine on two of my most-watched reality shows for years but resisted trying it myself because I figured it was all hype around the Vanderpump name. Also, I kind of wanted to dislike this wine given the problematic nature of Vanderpump and her cohort. However, instead, this took me completely by surprise.
It’s quite tasty, although it’s a touch on the sweet side for my personal tastes. The flavors are crisp and quite fruity. It’s got some intense citrusy notes and it’s very refreshing. I tried Vanderpump Rosé on a sunny day sitting in the backyard with my dog, and it was the perfect wine for a summer afternoon. Sweet and very easily drinkable. It’s worth noting that I had exactly one glass of this wine, and it gave me a headache (maybe from the sweetness?), so do with that what you will.