What’s trendier than spiked seltzers right now? Tequila-based spiked seltzers. And here’s one of the newest to flood the shelves this summer. Volley is made using just three ingredients: 100% blue agave tequila, sparkling water, and organic juice. They’re also low-calorie and gluten free with no added sugars, natural flavorings, essences, or corn syrup. Volley comes in four flavors: Zesty Lime, Tropical Mango, Spicy Ginger, and Sharp Grapefruit. Since real juice is a primary ingredient here, we were encouraged to “gently shake” before sampling, which is easier said than done with something this bubbly. Let’s shake – carefully – and sip, shall we?
Each is 5.25% abv.
Volley Zesty Lime Spiked Seltzer – Clean on the nose with a bit of lime squeeze, this one comes across on the palate like a sugar-free margarita or, more accurately, a watered-down shot of blanco with a lime wedge. It’s nicely carbonated and refreshing with a good balance of vegetal agave and citrus. It finishes clean and crisp with a bit of lingering lime zest. B+
Volley Tropical Mango Spiked Seltzer – There’s only a subtle hint of fresh mango on the nose, but there’s plenty of it on the palate. It’s fresh and juicy and those elements are really complemented by the effervescence. The mango balances well with the agave notes, but you better really like mango. There’s nothing artificial tasting here, so you have to dig the stone fruit notes in all their pulpy, resinous glory. Maybe not everyone’s pick of the litter, but pleasant nonetheless. B+
Volley Spicy Ginger Spiked Seltzer – Here’s where the “all natural” approach starts to hurt things. A fresh, peppery ginger nose gives way to, well, ginger — raw, stringy, spicy ginger. It’s at first bright and approachable, perhaps because I’m anticipating some sweetness, but then it just turns too earthy. The agave base seems to only ramp up the vegetal notes, and all that gingery spice, while authentic, is in need of something to balance it out. C
Volley Sharp Grapefruit Spiked Seltzer – The aroma on this one is nicely perfumed with fresh Ruby Red grapefruit. On the palate, there’s a juicy, fruity sweetness that seems to run counter to its name. In fact I really don’t get any bitterness or sharpness here and not very much of the expected tartness, either. It’s bright and crisp and perhaps the most flavorful of the bunch. Maybe the best low-calories Paloma in a can I’ve come across. A-