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Absolut Citron Vodka
I was introduced to Absolut Vodka a few years ago, I was at a duty free shop and they had not got the brand of Smiroff that I wanted so I purchased an Absolut instead, and there my love affair started.
Since then, I have brought a few of the Absolut flavoured Vodkas on my duty free trips, or hinted as a Christmas present.
Absolut is a Swedish Vodka with its origins coming from the South of Sweden in a region called the Skane province.
Back in 1870 the distilling process as used by Lars Olson Smith, who used a new way of distilling the Vodka, and this became known as the "continuous distillation technique, this produces a pure, high quality vodka.
Peppar, Citron, Kurant, Mandarin, Vanilla, Raspberry, Peach, Pear, Mango to name but a few.
This is the citrus flavoured vodka, the bottle is the same in shape as all the other Absolut bottles of Vodka, just the colour of the writing, this in a yellow writing.
The bottle has no labels, just the relevant information has been printed on to the bottle.
The Citron vodka was launched in 1988, which was 9 years after the original Vodka had been released.
This is a 40% alcohol which is slightly stronger than other brands as they tend to be a 37.5% apr, - the bottles are 1 litre bottles in airports, and are priced about £15, depending on where you buy them.
Supermarkets and off-licenses, a 70cl bottle will retail at £18 to £22
Once you open the bottle you get the immediate smell of lemon, even on tasting, the taste is Lemon flavoured, and does have a strong flavour, but this is not over powering, there is a background hint of lime to this vodka, but this is mild in flavour.
On the first taste you get the taste of lemon, when the lemon taste disappears then you have the strength of the vodka, and at 40% it does feel quite strong.
the ingredients within the drink are made from natural ingredients.
I have tried this drink with different mixers
-Lemonade - This is a 10/10 the natural lemon comes through lovely and this makes a nice long drink with a couple of added ice-cubes
-Coke - Again another 10/10 for flavouring, as the coke also brings out the taste of the lemonade
-Orange Juice- This was a disaster, it just did not taste at all right.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend this Absolut Citron vodka, I have also drank the mandarin, vanilla and raspberry flavours and these are all 10/10 for me.
I first received a bottle of Absolut vodka for my Birthday last year. It was the Absolut Mandrin flavour, and was the beginning of my little obsession with the range of flavoured vodka's from Absolut.
Absolut is actually a Swedish vodka, which is produced in the south of the country in the Skåne province. Originally it was a man called Lars Olson Smith who came up with a new and unique way of distilling vodka back in 1870, known as the 'continuous distillation technique'. The result of using this method is a very pure, better tasting and high quality vodka.
As mentioned above Absolut have a large range of flavoured vodkas including:
Absolut Ruby Red
Absolut Berri Acai
Absolut Wild Tea
The Absolut vodka that I intend to review today is the Absolut Citron flavour, which as you may have guessed is a citrus flavoured vodka which comes in the usual stylish Absolut vodka bottle, but with lots of yellow colouring on it to display the fact that this is the lemon / citrus flavoured vodka. The bottle contains no labels, all the text is printed directly onto the glass bottle in a bold black font.
This particular flavour was first introduced back in 1988, which was 9 years after the Original Absolut vodka was launched. It has therefore now been available for a massive 25 years, proving that it was a successful addition to the range.
It is a premium vodka with a 40 % alc/vol strength, and as such attracts quite a high price compared to the supermarket own brands. It generally retails at about £17 - £20 for a 70cl bottle, and is available from most supermarkets and off-licenses.
I was never a massive vodka drinker, that is until I came across the Absolut range, and I can honestly say that this Citron flavour is another beauty! It does have a strong scent upon opening the bottle, which is reasonably pleasant, if not a little sickly, but the citrus scent of lemon, and lime are quite obvious.
The taste also is very lemony, with just a hint of lime hidden away in there, which is tangy and fruity on the tongue at first, before giving off a smooth and mellow lemon taste that eventually fades away, and the strong taste of the vodka replaces it. It is made from natural ingredients, and is unusual in the way that it doesn't contain any added sugar, unlike most other flavoured vodkas. This removes the sickly sugary taste associated with other flavoured vodka drinks, and instead offers a smooth and subtle flavour.
I tried it neat at first to get an idea of the real flavour, by having a small shot glass of it, but to be honest it was too strong for me to drink like that, so I consumed most of the remainder of the bottle (not in the same night) by mixing it with various things such as coke, lemonade, or orangeade.
It does make a really nice fruity long drink, with an added kick to it.
My favourite way to drink it is in a long glass with ice, with about a quarter of a glass of vodka, and the rest filled with simple tonic water. This almost give a similar tasting drink to a gin and tonic with ice and lemon, but obviously the replacement of Gin with Vodka changes things slightly.
Overall it is a very nice drink, and one which I will be buying again, as soon as I have made my way through the rest of the flavours in the Absolut range
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2013
I say there's 2 types of vodka- flavoured vodka and pure vodka, flavoured vodka isn't what you might think, it's not these fruit blends popularised by Smirnoff et al, it is vodka that picks up a natural taste from the way it's manufactured, such as the peppary taste that you get with russian standard, or the slight aniseed taste of absolut, they are designed to be drank neat in a chilled glass, to sample the subtle flavours. The 'pure' vodkas are tasteless, (in a good way) and make perfect blending vodkas, or sipping vodkas to enjoy the quality of the lack of taste.
These 'flavoured' vodkas are much less subtle, imparting a strong fruit flavour without reducing the alcohol content. it is personal choice whether you want to drink them neat, but they also don't blend as easily as the unflavoured vodka's. Personally I think the lemon taste is very palatable, all the absolut blends are lovely- either on it's own or with lemonade.
These absolut flavoured vodkas, and the stoli flavoured vodkas are so much better and nicer than the smirnoff blends, if you like the taste of lemon then give this a go.
The bottle is a unique shape, and is type set in classy lettering with a lemon coloured logo- the silver cap is a neat touch and gives the bottle a premium feel.
Everyone has heard of Absolut vodka, and has probably tried at least one of the flavours, even if it's just the unflavoured vodka. Absolut is a Swedish vodka, and is produced near Åhus, in the province of Skåne, in southern Sweden. Which funnily enough is the province in which we used to live.
Absolut do many different varietes; Absolut Blue - the regular unflavoured vodka - a 40% 80 proof vodka, Absolut Peppar - roasted jalapeno, green tomato and dried herbs flavour, Absolut Citron - lemon flavour, Absolut Kurant - blackcurrant flavour, Absolut Mandrin - orange and mandarin flavour mix, Absolut Vanilia - vanilla flavour, Absolut Raspberri - raspberry flavour, Absolut Apeach - peach flavour, Absolut Ruby Red - grapefruit flavour, Absolut Pears - pear flavour, Absolut Mango - mango flavour, and Absolut 100 - a 50% 100 proof vodka.
I've tried many different flavoured vodka brands, and the Absolut range are definitely my favourite, I've actually tried all of the Absolut flavours. I guess that makes me sound like a bit of a lush! Absolut have a wide range of flavours, and all of them bar one (the Absolut Peppar) are delicious. The 'Citron' or lemon flavour is not one of my favourite flavours, although I do like it. It is one of my husbands favourite flavours though, so we do buy the Absolut Citron fairly often.
Absolut Citron was launched in 1988, and it was the second flavoured vodka that Absolut launched, after the Absolut Peppar. Citron or lemon was chosen to be popular with the 'vodka on the rocks with a twist of lemon' drinkers, and apparently it's one of the ingredients in a Cosmopolitan.
Unlike a lot of other flavoured vodka ranges, the Absolut flavoured range doesn't contain any added sugar, therefore they are not too sweet, you just get the true taste of the relevant flavour. Absolut Citron has a very distinct tangy citrussy lemony flavour and aroma. You can smell the lemons instantly when you open the bottle, and also in your glass. This is a very fresh and fruity flavoured vodka, I would say that it seems to have a lemon and lime taste rather than just the lemons, however the citrus taste is unmistakeable. It isn't sweet or synthetic at all, it's actually quite a smooth and mellow tasting vodka, with the intensely fruity and yet tangy and citrussy taste of lemons (and limes!). I don't think that anyone could really dislike this, as it really just like added a slice of lemon to your vodka! Also the lemon flavour enhances rather than takes over your drink, it isn't too strong a flavour.
This is the perfect vodka to drink either straight, on the rocks or with a mixer of your choice.
I think that it's delicious with diet lemonade, and a wedge of lemon and lime in the glass. I also like it with slimline tonic water, and again a wedge of lemon and lime in the glass. It's also nice with diet coke and a wedge of lemon.
My husband prefers this neat just over ice, I always have a mixer though!
It works well in cocktails, it gives an interesting new twist to traditional cocktails, or it enables you to invent your own new flavoured cocktails. It goes especially well with cranberry juice and Cointreau to make a Cosmopolitan.
We tend to buy this duty free, or when on it's offer in the supermarket, as the Absolut range isn't exactly cheap at full price.
Vodka is vodka, I hear you say! But it's not. Vodka is just vodka at under a tenner a bottle from Tesco. It's hot, it's rough and it gives you a really bad headache. So, what's the difference between just vodka and this product.
Let me explain!
Absolut Citron Vodka is imported from Sweden. It is bottled in Ahus and exported by V&S Spirit AB. The bottle is cylindrical and kind of squat compared with a standard vodka bottle. It is made from a clear smokey kind of glass and has a silvery coloured screw cap.
There is a crest embossed on the bottle with a picture a gentleman called Lars Olsen Smith who is credited with thinking up the distillation method used for this delicious spirit.
The writing on the bottle is in black script and the words Absolut Citron are picked out in yellow (or should I say lemon).
Absolut Citron is made from natural citrus oils and juices and vodka which is distilled from grain grown locally in southern Sweden. It is the rich, moist soil in this area that gives the grain and so, the vodka, its distinct smell and taste.
The Swedes have been distilling, flavouring and sampling vodka for more than 400 hundred years. It's part of their tradition.
Vodka has been sold under the name of Absolut since the year 1879. The Swedes have had lots of practise.
The spirit is 40% alcohol, 80 proof and you get 700mls for your money. This cost around £14.99 usually but Tesco has an offer at the moment and I bought mine at the bargain price of £11.99.
For those of you who are conscious of environmental factors,
the bottle is recyclable glass.
More information is available at www.absolut.com.
So, what does it taste like?
It tastes like smooth, vodka with a hint of lemon. It is a cool drink as opposed to some of the very 'hot' rough vodkas that are on the market.
It smells of lemons and you can smell the vodka although it isn't harsh and doesn't make your eyes water like a very cheap bottle would.
There are many ways to drink vodka but it seems a waste of money to buy such delicately flavoured vodka if you are going to swamp that taste with strong flavours like coke, or lime. I find that a small amount of lemonade is all that's needed to make a delicious, aromatic drink.
The other thing I noticed was that I didn't end up with the very bad headache that cheap vodkas seem to give me.
Certainly worth buying and a real treat. Give it a try while it's still on offer!
(The recommendation thingie down below here keeps reverting to 'NO' don't recommend but I do recommend!!!YES!!!)
However, if you come round to my place I'll deny having said that. You won't like it, so you won't want to drink mine, will you?
Lars Olson Smith was a clever man. Stuck out in the icy wastes of nineteenth century Sweden, he had a lot of time on his hands - well you would do, there is only so much fun you can have in a rural location in the 1870s, you know. So what did Lars do? Why, he took some of the crop of winter wheat that was growing around his hometown of Arhus and decided to use it to develop a brand spanking new method for distilling vodka. Lars' method became known as the continuous distillation technique, as it, well, involved continually distilling the fermented grain you know. The result of his experimentation was a very pure, better tasting and high quality tipple, which he named "Absolut Rent Branvin" (Absolute Pure Vodka). And this, dear reader, had stuck around for the past 120 years to become the terribly fashionable vodka we know today simply as Absolut. These days of course, Absolut is made on a bigger scale than Lars ever did - the factory (still in Arhus) produces some 87 million bottles every year, and ships them out to 125 countries across the world. This is a huge business, consuming one quarter of southern Sweden?s winter wheat produce; being perfectionists, the Absolut people insist it is made with this grain alone, as apparently it has a high starch to protein ratio, which makes for good vodka. They also insist that the water comes from the town's deep water well, although I am personally a little sceptical as to whether one well could produce 87 million bottles worth of water each year. But that aside, the result is a classy vodka (with 40% alcohol) available not just in original, but also Citron, Mandarin, Kurant and Pepper. This review (as you may have guessed from the category) is about Absolut Citron. - The bottle While a lot of packaging may be simply something to hold the product in, with Absolut, the design and manufacture is as perfectionist as the drink it contains. In my opinion, the Absolut bottle
is every inch a design classic and on a par with the famous Coca Cola glass bottles. The manufacturers (Limmared Glassworks) are also Swedish, and have been making high quality glass since 1741 - when commissioned to produce the Absolut bottle, they came up with a round bottle with a long, narrow neck made of opaque glass and with a seal design stamped into the glass on the front. The seal bears a simple black and white portrait of Lars himself, surrounded by the words "Absolut - Country of Sweden". There is no label to the bottle, the writing is simply printed straight on in black script-style writing - the only colour is the yellow in the heading bearing the words "Absolut Citron". Anyone who has seen one of these bottles - or for that matter one of their famous advertisements - will surely remember it. - The advertisements Absolut became the fashionable vodka it is today not just from the iconic bottle, but also off the back of one of the longest running advertising campaigns in history. Designed to reflect the quality of the vodka and showcase the classic bottle, 100 images were created over the course of the campaign, and some have gone on to become famous photgraphs in their own right. The basis of each ad is a simple yet intelligent and witty image, set in an enduring and instantly recognisable format - the bottle is central to the image, but there are also other props and devices included, with the slogan reading Absolut and then the reference to the image. For example, there is one of the Absolut bottle wearing a bow tie, with the words Absolut Elegance - or the floating bottle of Absolut Nirvana. The sheer simplicity of the campaign allowed for huge versatility and an almost infinite number of possibilities - the ads themselves now have something of a cult following, and there are even art collectors who buy the original artwork! There is an archive of some of the best images at http://www.eyestorm.com/absolut
100/bottle/ if you want to see for yourself. - The Vodka Ah, now on to the important bit! Absolut Citron, although as clear as the original vodka, has natural citrus flavours infused in it to give it its lemon flavouring - I suppose you could call it the Original Source of the vodka world. According to the Absolut website, there is more than just lemon added to give a fuller flavour, and now that they mention it, I'm sure I can taste a little lime in the drink as well. The smell is rather off-putting I must admit (my first reaction was to compare it to kitchen cleaner, for which I humbly apologise), but the taste is certainly pleasing. It is smooth and zesty when drinking it, but with a surprisingly sweet aftertaste characterised by a fresh lemony/limey flavour, not at all bitter as you may expect. For a sharper shot, you can try chilling it in the fridge or freezer, but it is equally well drunk at room temperature for a more mellow taste. Alternatively, you can mix it with orange juice to give a lemon kick to a screwdriver, or with diet coke & lemon for you true citrus addicts out there (more recipes are up on the Absolut website if you feel like getting a bit more adventurous). And the best bit? The purity of the drink is highly unlikely to leave you with a hangover the following morning! - Price and availability Absolut is available from supermarkets and larger off-licenses. The original is not too hard to get hold of, but you may experience a little more difficulty in getting the flavoured varieties. Mine came from Safeway, where a 700ml bottle cost £13.99. In a bar, expect to pay £1.50 to £2.50 per shot. This would be a five star product based on taste, presentation and versatility - but I am deducting a point for the smell of the stuff. Sorry, but I'm fussy like that! Absolute Lemon Flavoured Vodka is produced by The Absolute Company, Arhus, Sweden. www.absolut.c
By now everyone will have seen and given a wry smile at all those different familar shapes from around the world transformed into the other familiar shape of an Absolut bottle. But where is it from ? Well its from Sweden. Perhaps not the first country to spring to mind but certainly Absolut is now one of the most popular brands in the world. Number 2 or 3 I seem to recall. It has been made since 1879 under the same brand name, like me, you will probably be surprised it is that old given its modern image. Absolut Vodka and I have maintained a love-love relationship. I love to love it, and it, well, it just gets drunk. Or is that me as well ? hic ! Either way I'm happy. Absolut Vodka is a fairly sweet taste compared to most on its own but with the Citron flavour you expect some bitterness. Not so, it is even more surprisingly not smooth and not at all bitter. A shot will set off a warm tingling in your belly, right after it traverses the smooth descent that is the ride down your escape hatch of a mouth. This even smells good, and can be easily used as a pre or a post dinner drink. Probably more so than the plain version. Because of this, I think Citron has to be my favourite flavoured vodka. The first time I discovered Absolut was in America around 8 years ago. From that time on it has become my brand of choice with occasional flings with Smirnoff Black. Unfortunately finances dictate I cant buy it as much as I would like, especially the flavoured ones. The Citron label variety is 40% alcohol or 80 proof depending on which measurement you want to follow. For this particular flavour, a long vodka with coke or even lemonade hits the spots time after time or even straight if that is your thing, you will not be disappointed. The bottle itself (not to mention the marketing behind it) is a work of art, and these are bottles that you will most probably keep with pride rather
than with an inability (or lack of care) in finding the garbage dump outside. The sexy curves, not to mention aesthetic top, make a lovely drop look almost as good as it tastes. The only bad thing about Absolut Citron Vodka is its price. At £14/15 a 75cl bottle, this isn't the kind of thing you drink with the boys on a Friday night on the way to declaring your head an ohmygoddidireallydrinkthatmuchlastnight morning. But for a special occasion or just to have a treat, this is just the job. And besides, isn't that what money is worth spending on anyway?
I'm not a big spirit drinker as a rule. When out for the night, I can usually be found bopping away with a bottle of Miller clutched in my hand for grim death. In my house, it's always Miller Time!!!! However, on Saturday night, I was out waith a few mates and one of them bought me a shot of Absolut Citron. WOW!!!! It is supposed to be drunk straight. As it's served straight from the fridge or freezer, there's no need for ice. I expected it to tast awful. I really don't like vodka. In reality, it tasted delicious. Very clear, crisp tatse with a real lemony zing to it. No bitter after-taste or pulling together of jaws! I switched over to that for the rest of the night. The only downside? I was totally rat ar*ed by chucking out time!!! (so what's new!) One extra bonus, though. Unlike most other Sunday mornings, I didn't wake up feeling like an extra from 'Night of the Living Dead'. I assume that that was as a result of Absolut being so pure. PS - price below was price per shot where I was.
Lovely jubbly a sharp bitter sweet blend of Prime vodka mixed with the zest of lemons shockingly tasty one shot and you will want the bottle. Suitable to drink as an apparatife or when used in a shot glass makes a great 'Boilermaker'with a pint of lager. Must be served ice cold for a refreshing 'shock' drink A quick cooking recipe with this vodka is to peel and core some apples soak in the vodka overnight then coat on some caramel and bke until crisp under a grill pour on some hot custard and serve with ice cream everyone will wonder about the flavour when finished serve them glasses of chilled vodka to finish of ther pallettes.
The only disadvantage with this product is the price! I like to drink it on its own with plenty of ice. I prefer to drink it at home, while reading a book rather than in a pub. I think that this is a drink that is worth taking your time over, rather than a drink with friends. I have never been a great fan of vodka in the past and this was only the second flavoured vodka that l had tried. The first one was so appalling that l actually threw it away, which is unheard of from me! (So dont tell anyone.) In case you are wondering what brand the one l threw away was, it was a co-op own brand. I have since tried several citron vodkas and while most are of good quality, absolut is definately the best. The spirit itself is clean tasting and the flavouring is subtle enough to be aware of it enough to appreciate it without it being overpowering. A friend of mine is currently in Russia and has promised to bring me a bottle of citron vodka back, so l am hoping that the home of vodka's can beat absolut.
Clear. Medium-bodied. Lemon, salt, minerals. Compact texture. Dry and zesty mouthfeel. Displays a curious sweet/tart interplay of lively citrus. Develops a interesting salty tang in the finish