Vavo ginger ale comes in a clear glass bottle. The label is grey/silver, with a stylish black band around the bottom. The name "VAVO" is inscribed in bold lettring. The whole thing gives a serious Art Deco impression. I don't really feel dressed well enough for this soda.
It's a cane sugar soda, which is promising. The ingredients list is short; water, sugar, citric acid, and ginger extract, along with a few other natural flavors and preservatives. However, like other highly stylish sods, a manifesto on the label is de rigeur. Vavo claims to be "a modern refreshing soda with a hint of real ginger and a touch of sweetness. This drink is created from passion and with quality you can appreciate."
I'm not going to speculate on what it means for this to be made with passion.
Where and when: purchased April 2009 at Galco's, Los Angeles
Color: Silvery. By that I mean grayish and translucent.
Scent: Lemony, with a very strong ginger.
Taste: Oddly oily. The lemon is very strong; with the slightly oily thickness, it's a little like liquified lemon goo (like you find in lemon meringue pie or lemon bars). The ginger is also strong. There is a mild-to-moderate pleasant sweetness. It's sweeter than the label implies, but not overly sweet.
This tastes a fair amount like other real-ginger-containing ginger ales, with the addition of a strong lemon. If you mixed the sauce from cheap takeout lemon chicken with regular ginger ale, it might be something like this.
The Kibbitzer-in-Chief likes it. She says it's like a "Vietnamese-style lemonade", with the strong ginger.
Quaff rating: 3.0. Pretty nice.
Cough rating: 0.5. The lemon is quite strong.