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Flamin' Hot Mtn Dew is as hellish as its name implies

I took a break from my regularly scheduled reporting to taste test the latest Mountain Dew monstrosity.

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You may have already heard whispers of the latest unholy brand partnership from Mtn Dew, but let me assure: Flamin’ Hot Dew is very real, and you should be very afraid.

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I recently returned home from an out-of-town trip to discover this gigantic box at my doorstep, waiting there for me like some abandoned infant.

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Inside...

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Contents included:

- 1 bottle Flamin’ Hot Mtn Dew

- 1 bag Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

- 1 invite to coronation of Flamin’ Hot Dew as the official drink of Hell, Michigan (feat. DJ Pauly D and “Chef” Action Bronson)

- Flamin’ Hot themed temporary tattoos

- 1 Flamin’ Hot Mtn Dew hand towel (?)

- (Pièce de résistance) 1 Flamin’ Hot Mtn Dew fanny pack

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What was I supposed to do with a Flamin’ Hot Mtn Dew hand towel? Drape it over my face to hide from God as one does while eating an ortolan while I sample the decadent, cruel brand alliance? Same goes for the temporary tattoos — do I really need to emblazon myself with the Mark of the Beast?

The fanny pack, however...

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At long last, the taste test...

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I gotta say, Flamin’ Hot Mtn Dew is... fine? Kind of.

It’s unfortunately nothing spectacular, and leans too far into the Dew side of the palate versus the realm of Flamin’ Hot. There’s a bit of that flavor on the backend, but honestly Mtn Dew should fully embrace its Cocktail from Hell.

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Okay. But what about Flamin’ Hot Mtn Dew experience for the real heathens among you?

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That’s right. A goddamn Flamin’ Hot Mtn Dew martini.

Equal(ish) parts soda and vodka, garnished with a crushed Cheeto rim. Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair...

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Tasting Notes:

So, should you track down some Flamin’ Hot Mtn Dew? Well... that depends. Do you like novelties, regardless of whether or not they live up to their premise? Then have at it. But Baja Blast, this is not. As for the Flamin’ Hot Mtn Dew Martini...

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‘Dew’ not try at home.

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