Reviewed by Caroline S
The Savyll Beverage Co. Connoisseur Tasting Pack brings together four classic alcohol-free, ready-to-drink cocktails in one sophisticated package. A perfect gift for a fan of cocktails who wants to keep a clear head!
Apparently pronounced ‘sah-vell’ and meaning to be ‘savoured by all’, Savyll is a recent arrival in the drinks market. Specialising in alcohol-free cocktails, their philosophy is to provide mature, complex alternatives which are low in sugar and use only natural flavours and extracts. They are also all vegan-friendly and gluten-free.
This tasting pack contains four 250ml glass bottles with crown caps, in a classy-looking dark blue box. The straight-sided bottles are very striking and distinctive, and they look like a really premium drink which I would be very happy to serve at a party or other event. This pack includes drinks inspired by the Moscow Mule, Whiskey Sour, Old Cuban and Spiced Rum & Cola.
The cocktails are lightly carbonated and ready to drink, so all you need to do is chill them for a while, then open and serve over ice, along with any garnish you fancy. You could even impress your friends and pretend you mixed them yourself!
Moscow Mule was probably my favourite out of the four. A mixture of ginger and lime with a vodka essence that is hard to believe is actually alcohol-free. This was really refreshing and perfect for enjoying on a warm summer evening in the garden.
The Whiskey Sour was my husband’s top pick. Based on what might be the oldest known cocktail, this classic combination of bourbon flavours and lemon juice is simple but very satisfying.
Next is the Old Cuban. Not a drink I’d tried before, apparently this is a twist on the Mojito, using prosecco instead of soda, along with spiced rum, mint and lime. The non-alcoholic versions in Savyll’s take combine beautifully and this is one I would definitely try again in the future.
Lastly, Spiced Rum & Cola. Somewhat more self-explanatory, but the flavours are subtle and not cloying or over-sweet. A taste of Havana without the hangover!
We really enjoyed all four of the drinks in this pack, and thought the format was a great way to try out the flavours on offer. Having previously tried a variety of alcohol-free drinks which are often too sugary or artificial-tasting, these make a real change and feel like a genuine alternative rather than a poor relation to ‘hard’ cocktails. We would definitely consider ordering more to offer to non-drinking guests at our next gathering, or as a gift for friends that we know are cutting down on alcohol.
The flavours in this pack are all at the more ‘masculine’ end of flavours, so would be particularly great as a birthday gift for a special man in your life.
Other flavours on offer from Savyll include Mojito, Gin & Tonic, Bellini and Paloma Tequila. These can be tried in the ‘Bon Vivant’ tasting pack which is also available. Single flavours can be bought in gift packs of four bottles, or cases of 12 bottles or six cans which would be great for picnics.
This product can be purchased direct from the Savyll Beverage Co. website here.