Polar Seltzer 2020 Winter Flavors: Where Do They Rank In The Top 60 Flavors Of All Time?
Lend me your ears, citizens! The great scholars of the mythical kingdom of Worcester have announced the arrival of the freeze of the season. The cold of the north will soon fall on our fragile forms which still seize the last vestiges of the heat of summer.
There, across the top of the mountain, they ride the five snow pocalypse bottles.
The night will be dark and full of bubbles; Polar Seltzer 2020 winter flavors are here.
Polar Seltzer flavors winter 2020
The new limited edition flavor line is a pleasantly bright arrangement of color and flavor concepts that will be perfect to distract from the looming 4pm sunsets. Here is the programming:
- Ripe Lemon
- Clementine Concorde
- Ginger peach (repeat)
- Kiss Grapefruit Melon
In general, the new Polar flavors are fun and worth trying. But are they worth buying over your old-fashioned favorites? Let’s go flavor by flavor.
So what do they taste like?
Here are the five seasonal flavors ranked from worst to best:
I was excited about this flavor. I’m a fan of how both elements generally translate to seltzer. Too bad it was a big puff.
Overall the taste is tart with no more significant flavor to counterbalance it. There are light notes of apple and pomegranate. But none of them really emerges as a flavor.
They just yell at you without leaning back and forth.
I like the idea, but the execution makes it the worst of the lot.
4. Grapefruit and melon kiss
This edition takes the normal strong punch of grapefruit and turns it in a much smoother direction. The melon arrives with a lively buzz, tickling with the slightly tart vibes of grapefruit. Then it all opens up with a dry melon coda that lingers in the aftertaste.
This is when I admit that I generally don’t like grapefruit flavors.
But just because it’s fourth here doesn’t mean it’s bad. I liked this one and rated it 24 out of 60 of all time. This means either A) it’s exceptional or B) it’s a grapefruit flavor for people who don’t like grapefruit.
3. Ginger peach
Ginger is light in this flavor. Instead, it opens with a pink gesture of peach flavor that is picked up on the back by a little tingling of the ginger.
The overall flavor focuses on the expression of peach, bringing out that nice dry rub of the fruity flavor. It’s lush, but light enough to lighten up for your next sip.
2. Clementine Concord
If you’re like me and haven’t taken a close look at the art on the label, you’ll understand immediately after drinking that, yes, “Concord” refers to grapes.
Yes, I am a model. Yes, it is delicious.
Grape isn’t particularly common among Polar’s seltzer flavors, but it plays well here. It comes out with a dry grape flavor that splits open and opens the door to citrus undertones. The aftertaste is a cold duality of the two flavors.
I wouldn’t normally combine orange and grape. But it works.
1. Ripe Lemon
This flavor is a really cool reminder of how great and satisfying seltzer water can be even though the flavors are subtle.
The Blackberry Citron has a remarkably clean profile. At first it has that almost invisible flavor, with only a shadow of crisp berry flavor creeping in and bewitching your palate with just a minute of tartnett.
These are the best parts of the blackberry and lemon, that lush berry flavor and the crystalline touch of citrus. He’s the best of the bunch.
So where do they rank all the time?
A recurring problem for seltzer drinkers is the dilemma of standing in the grocery store, the store, looking at a cornucopia of flavors to choose from, and being frozen by the sheer scale of the choices.
Don’t be frozen anymore, as I have now formulated my very unscientific and subjective ratings above 50 flavors:
60. Blueberry lemonade
59. Mango Cherry Bliss (Summer Seasonal)
**56. Pomegranate (2020 Winter season)
55. Cloudberry hibiscus (seasonal winter)
54. Ripe Mango Punch
53. Minotaur Mayhem (Impossibly Good)
51. Strawberry Honey (Summer Seasonal)
50. Ruby Red Grapefruit
49. Siren songs (impossibly good)
48. Raspberry Lime
47. Triple bay
46. Strawberry Lemonade (Seltzer’ade)
45. Cranberry Cider (seasonal winter)
44. Vanilla Zen
43. Blueberry lemonade (Seltzer’ade)
42. Blackberry Mango Punch (summer season 2020)
41. Sangria with blood orange
40. Yeti Mischief (Impossibly good)
39. Strawberry Watermelon
37. Rosé Raspberry (Summer Season)
36. Be Mine (Valentine’s Day Edition)
35. Clementine Cranberry
34. Mango lemonade (Seltzer’ade)
33. Pink grapefruit kiwi (summer season 2020)
31. Clémentine Ripe (Seasonal Winter)
30. Watermelon lemonade (Seltzer’ade)
29. Sprite Lights (Impossibly Good)
28. Pineapple Lemonade (Seltzer’ade)
27. Cherry Pomegranate
26. Ginger and Lime Mule
25. Sweet grapefruit berries
**24. Grapefruit and melon kiss (2020 Winter season)
23. Roasted Coconut
22. Coconut lemonade
**21. Ginger peach (seasonal winter, repeat)
20. Sour cherry limeade (Seltzer’ade)
**19. Clementine Concord (2020 Winter season)
18. Black cherry
17. Unicorn kisses (impossibly good)
16. Georgia Fisheries
15. Pineapple pomelo
14. Blood orange lemonade (Seltzer’ade)
**13. Ripe Lemon (2020 Winter season)
11. Mandarin with blueberries (summer season)
10. Carambola lemonade
9. I prefer to drink alone (Valentine’s Day Edition)
8. Strawberry margarita (summer season 2020)
7. Raspberry pink lemonade (Seltzer’ade)
6. Pink Lady Apple & Lemon
5. Orange Vanilla
4. Lemon Nectarine (Summer season)
3. Dragon Whispers (Impossibly Good)
2. Perfectly summer plum (summer season 2020)
1. Cranberry Lime
The last word
Let’s be clear: most flavors are good. Once you get into the range between 10 and 50, the differences are slim, as the flavors in question are subtle and are separated by minor differences. As long as it’s in the top 50, I would drink it. I am generally a fan of most flavors.
Except for your favorite flavor. I clearly ranked it low because I have a personal vendetta against it.
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