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I wasn't sure I was entirely comfortable with flavoured vodkas - but there are one or two varieties that are changing my mind, and this is one of them. Over the last couple of decades, Swedish vodka Absolut have been producing a range of flavours, from the appetising (this, Raspberri) to the throat-rotting(Peppar) by way of the perplexing (Cherrykran, anyone?)
Generally, though, there's a lot to like about Absolut's vodkas, and this is one of the most enjoyable. I'm not a big fan of using flavoured vodkas with mixers, although I'm told this goes nicely enough with Coke or lemonade. Personally, I find the mixture all too sweet, but over ice, this is lovely. The musky sweetness of the vanilla flavour pairs up wonderfully with the harder hit of the alcohol, and it slips down pretty smoothly.
Made of natural ingredients and free from sugar, there's also said to be notes of dark chocolate and butterscotch - I'm not sure these really come through, but there is a depth to the flavour that stops the sweetness present in the drink becoming overpowering. Perhaps it's just the marketing, but it does taste fairly natural, without the nasty artificial edge that tarnishes other beverages.
All in all, this wouldn't be my first choice of vodka, but it's a pleasant, appealingly-flavoured drink. At getting on for £20 a bottle, it's not the cheapest out there, but you won't go far wrong with it.
Absolut Vodka is one of the best Vodkas on the market in my opinion. I've tried a few of their flavoured versions and the Vanilla flavour is certainly my favourite so far.
I don't like spirits straight but Absolut Vanilla goes perfectly with cola and lots of ice. It would also go well with pineapple juice or coconut. Perhaps it could be added to a Pina Colada?
I expected it to be quite sickly but was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't too sweet and made for easy drinking. It tastes best when chilled as advised on the bottle but I thought it had a chocolatey overtone when I smelt it.
I'm partial to vodka jellies and found this tasted fantastic with lime jelly. I'd certainly purchase this product again with a view to experimenting more with mixers and flavours. It's slightly dearer than other unflavoured Vodkas but is often on offer in Tesco.
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, Absolut Berri Acai - a blend of acai, blueberry and pomegranate, Absolut Wild Tea - black tea and elderflower flavour, and Absolut 100 - a 50% 100 proof vodka.
I've tried many different flavoured vodka brands, and the Absolut range are definately my favourite, I've actually tried all of the Absoult 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 'Vanilia' or vanilla is definately one of my favourite flavours, and one that we buy fairly often, I definately sound like a lush now!
Absolut Vanilia was launched back in 2003, and is apparently one of the most popular Absolut flavours. I can definately see why as it's absolutely delicious. Unlike a lot of other flavoured vodka ranges, the Absolut flavoured range doesn't contain any added sugar, therfore they are not too sweet, you just get the true taste of the relevant flavour.
Absolut Vanilia has a very distinct vanilla flavour and aroma. It is quite an intense vanilla hit, you can smell it instantly when you open the bottle, and also in your glass, it reminds me of a freshly spilt vanilla pod. It has a very rich and smooth vanilla taste, with just a slight hint of butterscotch and dark chocolate. It is not sweet or synthetic at all, just a warming pure vanilla taste. If you love vanilla then you will love this. Because the taste and aroma of vanilla are so strong in this vodka, if you don't like vanilla you won't like this.
This is the perfect vodka to drink either straight, on the rocks or with a mixer of your choice. It's a really easy drinking vodka due to the really pleasant taste. I think that it's delicious with diet coke, it's like an alcoholic vanilla coke. I also like it with apple juice or with tonic water. It's a good choice in a liqueur coffee as the warming vanilla taste really comes through. I especially like to use Absolut Vanilia in cocktails, it gives an interesting new twist to traditional cocktails, or enables you to invent your own new flavoured cocktails.
We tend to buy this duty free, or when on offer in the supermarket.
Whilst recently browsing my drinks aisle in my local Sainsburys I spotted the Absolut Vanilla Vodka was marked up as being reduced in price by 20%. I have tried it before but could never justify spending nearly £16 on a bottle, with the 20% off the price was just over £13 bringing it in at just a little bit more than my usual Smirnoff.
The bottle proudly claims to contain the produce of Sweden. The bottle is a quite stylish being shorter and fatter than your average vodka bottle with a misted finish on the glass and an over sized neck on the bottle. The oversized neck however makes it hard to just put a little splash in a glass without spilling some. The bottle also imforms us that this vodka is around usual strength at 40%.
Upon opening the bottle you are hit with a very clean smell of vanilla with only the slightest hint of vodka. The smell is nowhere near as strong as the more methylated scent from normal vodka.
The flavour of this vodka makes it nice to drink straight as it takes the edge off of the normal nasty vodka taste and aftertaste.
When mixed with lemonade it is reminiscent of cream soda and literally just tastes like a soft drink with very little to no alcohol being tasted when drinking it.
I will most certainly consider buying this again maybe even at full price as in this case the extra cost does really get the consumer miles extra quality.
A great vodka with a great taste well worth trying if you don't drink vodka because of the taste.
A few weeks ago the off licence by me announced they were closing down and they were having a massive sale to get rid of all their excess stock and when me and my friends heard this we rushed down there to stock up on cheap booze for the next party we went to. Now while I was there I noticed a bottle of Absolut Vodka for only a fiver so without really taking any notice I bought it straight away. I didnt realise until I got home that it was a Vanilla version of the ordinary Absolut but that didnt bother me in the slightest because if anything that made me want to try it even more. So straight away I got some glasses and poured me and my mates a glass of this each with coke (because no matter what flavour the vodka is I refuse to even try and drink it neat!!) and we quickly set about drinking it.
Us Drinking It [Mixed]:
Now Im not a massive fan of vodka because even when its mixed I find you still get that horrible nail varnish remover smell but this one smelt amazing (and in my experience if something smells nice it will probably taste nice as well). But once we mixed it with the coke I found the vanilla taste wasnt very strong and I could only really taste the coke. Having said that I couldn't atste any of that horrible vodka taste either so I guessed we were onto a winner.
Us Drinking It [SHOTS!]:
I saved the rest of the bottle for a party we were going to that weekend to share with my mates. Now after a few drinks I forget what things taste like so I am well up for drinking vodka straight so thats what we attempted to do. I was proper shocked when I found that this even when drank neat tasted amazing and I could barely taste any vodka apart from that little kick after you have drank the shot. I found myself drinking a good 3 more shots after this one because it tasted just like pop, I sort of forgot I was drinking alcohol.
This drink is incredibly sweet which does mean it can become a bit sickly after a few shots but to be honest you only need a few shots to get you more than tipsy so I don't think the sweetness should become an issue.
I cant actually remember what alcohol percentage this drink is but I think its more or less the same as most vodkas around 37.5% which is average in my experience.
I paid around a fiver for this but I think it's usual retail price is about £16 which is a hell of a lot but trust me the taste of this is so amazing it is nice for a treat every now and again, especially if your planning on sharing it with friends, because I know if your friends are anything like mine they will absolutely LOVE it.
If your looking for an extra-special drink then I highly recommend this one, but it might be a little to expensive for most to drink regularly. This is a very nice twist on a quite nasty drink which makes it nice to drink and it does get your very drunk very quickly so be warned lol.
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I don't really like vodka much because it has got such a harsh taste and even with a mixer it still burns my throat as it goes down, my cousin knows this so I was confused when she got me a bottle of Absolut vodka for my birthday and I stashed it in my dads drinks cabinet because I didn't want it.
It wasn't til she phoned a week later and asked if I liked the vanilla vodka that i realised it was something different from normal vodka and straight away I went and did myself a glass because I love the taste of vanilla.
I had my first one with lemonade to soften the vodka up a bit and it was delish. The vanilla flavour is loads stronger than I thought it would be and it does take the strength out of the vodka a lot and makes it a bit like a soft drink even though it still has a kick from the vodka.
This is a proper sweet drink and I even managed to drink a glass neat with ice even though the first couple of sips made me heave a bit, my dad laughed and called me a light weight when he saw that but then I told him that at his age he could drink straight meths and he didn't think it was so funny!
It's nice with coke as well but that did take some of the flavour of the vanilla off a bit and that was a shame because that's the main idea of this drink. I reckon it would have been wicked with that vanilla coke they used to sell but I haven't seen this for ages now so I don't know if it's still available in the shops.
I got a wicked recipe for Absolut vanilla vodka from The Drink Stop and that is to make a cheesecake flavour drink using raspberries and crumbled up digestives. I'll give you the recipe at the end of the review.
This vodka has got 40% alcohol but because it's so nice and sweet it tastes loads more mellow than that and is very easy to drink. It has a proper clean and refreshing taste that is delicious and makes my mouth water every time I think about it.
CHEESECAKE DESIRE COCKTAIL
6 fresh raspberries
2 shots of Absolut Vanilla Vodka
1 shot raspberry liqueur (I brought Bols but any will do I think)
2 dessert spoons mascarpone cheese
Few drops of vanilla essense
1 shot natural yogurt
1/2 shot golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
Put the raspberries into a cocktail shaker and squish them down a bit with the back of a fork but not too much.
Add the rest of the ingredients and shake it well with some crushed ice.
Pour it into a glass and sprinkle some crushed up digestives on the top.
(Recipe from www.thedrinkshop.com but has been tweaked a bit by me)
Absolut Vodka is my favourite brand of vodka, without a doubt. Unlike many of it's similarly priced counterparts, it's clear, smooth and has no aftertaste. (I've found others in the same price bracket to smell and taste like turpentine!)
Absolut Vanilia was the first flavoured vodka launched by Absolut and is perfect for both vodka drinkers and those who aren't usually so keen...The vanilla flavour is subtle yet distinctive and lends a mellow, sweet quality to a spirit that can too often be harsh and strong.
The bottle's appearance is distinctive, all bottles of Absolut come in the same stylish, minimalist bottle and are instantly recognizable from other brands.
The price is excellent (around £13-16 for 750 ml bottle), only a few pounds more than most budget and supermarket own brands, and so much better!
The only drawback I've found, is that it doesn't mix well. It's best on the rocks. For those who can't handle it straight, it works well with coca cola, or if you're feeling luxurious creme de cacao. It's also an excellent ingredient in cocktails: try it in a white russian.
You know, I cannot believe I haven't done this sooner. Frightfully remiss of me, really, seeing as I seem to be single-handedly keeping the company in a healthy profit margin.
I started drinking when I was 13, which probably isn't to be recommended. Mind you, it did me no harm (I say that optimistically. An autopsy may well reveal that my liver's been protesting quietly for 16 years). As a 13 year old, I eschewed cider and snakebite in favour of the oh so sophisticated Mad Dog 20/20. Don't remember it? Well, either you're younger than 29 or you never embraced teenage alcoholism with quite the same fervour that I did. Available in a range of vomit-inducing flavours this was a fortified wine (I think. It was possibly just meths and E numbers) that was about 18% proof. Drinking more than one bottle gave your entire body the same sensation as when you get your mouth frozen at the dentist's. That is to say, your brain would be urgently issuing important commands whilst your arms and legs would be making jerky and uncoordinated movements in the manner of an epileptic breakdancing. Occasionally you might giggle. And then drool a bit. The night was brought to a successful close when you slid down a wall and collapsed in an ungainly heap. Ah, happy days.
Eventually, though, I was introduced to the world of vodka. And when I say 'introduced' I mean 'ran towards with arms outstretched'. The beauty of vodka when you're about 17 is that it's difficult to detect on the breath (although the talking nonsense/falling over every sodding article of furniture in the house may give the game away to sharp-eyed parents), it can be bought quite cheaply, and it mixes well with just about everything. I haven't looked back since.
Initially I started with Smirnoff, which is alright, but it's a bit ubiquitous and is basically just bog standard vodka with some clever marketing. Absolut, on the other hand, is for the more sophisticated and discerning alcoholic. One of the plus points is that when you arrive at the checkout with your trolley filled with 14 bottles of Absolut, some Pringles, and a bottle of lemonade, the 16 year old acne-riddled checkout attendant will not think 'Jesus, another bloody lush' in the same way that they might if you had stocked up with equal quantities of Smirnoff. Rather, they will think, 'hey, look at that ace girl. She drinks cool and nice vodka. Bet she has brilliant parties with interesting people. When I grow up and lose the acne I aspire to be just like her.' And, well, if you're the kind of person that wants to inspire lifestyle envy in 16 year old checkout attendants, nothing could be finer.
Anyway, Absolut manufacture a range of vodkas. Most come in a pleasing frosted glass bottle with a silver screw top, apart from Absolut Raspberri which comes in a bright red clear glass bottle. They look slightly classier than the average alcohol bottle, which puts you at a clear advantage when you're bringing 20 or so to the bottle bank. Absolut is a Swedish brand, and no doubt there's a whole history of why theirs is the best, purest vodka on earth. To be honest, I can't be arsed researching it (or even walking to the kitchen to read the bottle), so your options are to Google it, or to take my word on it as the authority on all things vodka-related. I'd go with option b. I'm quite the connoisseur.
Once you've paid your fourteen quid and acquired your 70cl of alcohol (I know, I know. It's expensive. But just think: the checkout teenager will be envious, and it's 40%. You know it's worth it) you can either go to a hip and trendy party where you will make some delightful cocktails, talk world politics and dance to funky music, or you can take it home, unscrew the lid and stick a straw in it. I'm not casting aspersions or anything, but I know which you're more likely to do. That's alright, though; this is not the kind of vodka to look down its nose at you. It may wish that it had fulfilled its destiny by going to the cool party, but it won't say a word. That's a good vodka. Smirnoff'd probably be heckling you by now (incidentally, are you worried that I appear to have bestowed a character on vodka, and am also speaking on its behalf? So am I, frankly, but I started and now I don't know how to stop. Plough on anyway. I'll probably cease and desist soon).
When you open the bottle you'll be greeted by nothing very much at all, really. Stick your nose right in, however, and you'll find it smells a lot like ice cream. As with all vodkas, this is best served cold so stick it in the fridge (if you've got that kind of time) or in the freezer (if you're a proper alcoholic). I'm not going to be all arsey and give you a blow by blow account of the taste sensation, but I will tell you that it's a very smooth vodka, far more so than Smirnoff. When mixed with lemonade or coke you can really taste the vanilla, without losing the subtle flavour of the vodka itself. It's a bit like getting hammered on ice cream, which may not sound like such great thing to the uninitiated, but trust me, it's brilliant.
Since I have neither the inclination or, it has to be said, the skill to give you a Jilly Goolden style lowdown, I shall instead treat you to an insight to the average Absolut fuelled evening.
1st drink: Pleasantly warm sensation of general wellbeing.
2nd drink: Becoming more chatty. So great is the alcohol infused magnanimity that I can listen to dull people, agree, smile and not tell them they're dull. Brilliant. I lose the ability to text coherently.
3rd drink (half a bottle gone): I'm recounting amusing anecdotes of things I've done when drunk on vodka. I make anyone and everyone listen to the story of how I once downed a litre of vodka in one. And then passed out in a pool of blood. Realise that this story does not make me look good, and try desperately to think of a tale when I did something heroic or interesting whilst drunk on vodka. Brain is not forthcoming with this information. Stupid brain.
4th drink: Giggling and cack-handedly trying to make cocktails. Start bemoaning the fact that I do not have the requisite materials to make nice cocktails. Wonder aloud whether lettuce could possibly replace the mint leaves in a mojito.
5th drink (end of bottle): Volume of voice becoming gradually louder. Tendency to stop mid-sentence and giggle or trail off into 'Ach, well. Hmm. Aye...' markedly more increased than normal. It's around this stage that I tend to start talking about madly disparate subjects. Religion and my favourite cartoon characters are stalwarts.
6th drink (new bottle): Overwhelming desire for toast.
7th drink: I've actively sought out the dull person from earlier and am trying to be nice to them. This is scuppered by the fact that I tend to give people a handy nickname when I'm drunk which incorporates an appropriate adjective. The conversation will therefore go something like this:
Me: 'hello Boring Adrian. Are you having fun?'
Adrian: 'what did you just say?'
Me: 'No one here likes you, so it's brave that you came along.'
Adrian: 'I hate you.'
8th drink (1 and a half bottles gone): I decide that now is the time to phone people and tell them I love them. I almost never make sense in these conversations and it's the same people I phone every time. If the place I'm drinking has stairs, now'll be the time I fall down them. And then laugh at myself for longer than you might think possible.
9th drink: I fall asleep mid-sentence. Or whilst making toast. Am woken either by the fire alarm or by some thoughtful person trying to put me to bed so that I don't wake up on the living room floor.
Now, if that little vignette doesn't recommend Absolut to you, I just don't know what will.
Well it may be spelt vanilia but it certainly tastes of vanilla. I guess that vanilia is swedish for vanilla.
This is one of quite a large range range of flavoured vodkas produced by Absolut. It is fairly readily available I have seen it in both Tesco and Asda. A 70 cl bottle costs around the £15 mark. I must admit I tend to buy mine in the duty free shop when we go away and it tend to be a one litre bottle.
The taste of this vodka isn't too sweet. i find that some of the absolut range do tend to be a little on the sweet side. I love the smell of vanilla and the aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle and it is a really natural fragrance. However I have found that after a few weeks of opening the smell does tend to fade somewhat and the alchohol smell takes over.
But whilst the smell may fade the taste does not deteriorate. The vodka remains clear even if you do adda mixer to it. I drink it neat so I can't really comment on how it tastes in a mixer. The taste is not too strong so it really complements the vodka rather than overpowering it. It is quite refreshing and the vanilla develops all the time you drink it. The vanilla is lost a little if you over chill the vodka - so if it is kept in the fridge I would take it out about 30 mins before you want to drink it just so that the flavours can develop fully.
This is a good addition to the range and I really like it.
Absolut Vanilia (not Absolut Vanilla) was first put on the market in 2003. This is flavoured vodka which does not have any added sugar. It has taste of light, fragrant vanilla and a kind of chocolatey smell too.
This product is distilled in Ahus, in Sweden and is part of a whole range of flavoured Vodkas.
Absolut Vodka is made from water and wheat before the vanilla flavouring is added.
This is not just any wheat, it is a specific Swedish winter wheat which has a particularly hard grain because it grows between autumn and harvested the next autumn.
The water comes from a particular well in Ahus which is protected from impurities.
The bottle looks silvery gray and kind of sleek with silver and brown coloured writing on it and this gives it an expensive and luxurious look. The bottle is actually an ordinary glass one covered in a plastic jacket.
This is a smooth vodka which does not burn the mouth, or throat so it can be drunk neat, or mixed with Coca Cola, lemonade, or whatever is your favourite.
It is a strong vodka at 40% alc/vol 80 proof, so you are getting a premium product.
The Absolut Vodka website provides cocktail recipes which you can make from all their vodka flavours and anyone wishing to investigate the possibilities can do so by visiting:
This vodka does tend to vary in price. The last bottle I bought was fromTesco and it cost me £9.98 but I have also seen it on sale in the same supermarket at £14.99.
For me, Absolut Vanilla Vodka is a clean, fresh twist on traditional vodka and packs quite a punch at 40% proof.
Its made from wheat and water so its clear, clean ingredients and less likely than darker drinks to leave you with a raging hangover.
The bottle is ubber trendy and when you take the top off, there is a fabulous vanilla aroma. I store mine in the freezer so its ice cold and tastes even better.
You can have it neat, but that's not for me, I prefer it in a cocktail or with cranberry juice in a tall glass with lots of ice.
Apparently there's a hint of butterscoth in it as well as chocolate, though perhaps my palette isn't spohisticated enough to pick up on these, as I only get the vanilla and of course the vodka !
It was introduced in 2003, but I only discovered it a couple of years ago as its a key ingredient in my version of a French Vanilla Martini !
Its used in lots of other cocktails too including:
ABSOLUT Vanilla Alexander
ABSOLUT Vanilia in the Sky
ABSOLUT Mark 7
ABSOLUT Black Vanilia
Its website is full of loads of variations on these but my particular favourite is the French Vanilla Martini !
Here is my own particular version, tried and tested over the last few years:
Get some friends together and have fun mixing up the following:
- half punnet of fresh strawberries
- half punnet of fresh rasperries
- 50 ml Absolut Vanilla Vodka
- 15ml Chambord
- 60 ml Fresh pineapple juice
- 30 ml Fresh cranberry juice (low sugar)
Liquidise together and serve over ice in a tall glass on a red hot day - delicious !!
I like Absolut Vodka, and when I travel I tend to pick up a bottle at the duty free, where you can try out new flavors
without feeling like it was a waste of money if you get the wrong type.
I started off with the more common mandarin, and berry flavors that can be mixed with most juices, which is how I prefer it.
But one day I went for the snow white bottle, and picked up Absolut Vanilla.
Well when rather stupidly pouring it into a glass with orange juice the aroma hit me full on, and I started to realize I might have made a mistake.
Juice and Vanilla? What was a thinking? Obviously the wrong thing as it tasted awful! Since I hate to waste alcohol I gave the drink to my partner instead who, drank it down obediently but with a obvious grimace.
Alright well lets try it neat. Not a good idea for someone like me who cant take too much alcohol. Even mixed with loads of crushed ice, the vodka taste was too prevalent for my tastes, and so a quick pop to the corner store and a bottle of coke solved the dilemma.
Basically its the only thing you can mix it with, unless you like to drink straight alcohol.
I prefer to have options with my mixers so I wouldn't buy this drink again.
The citrus Absolut flavours our more versatile as they can mix well with both juices and coke.
If you're a regular reader of my reviews you'll know that not only do I like all things chocolate but also most things with an alcohol content. Apart from rum, but that's another story. I tend to enjoy the more luxurious sweet drinks; Baileys, Archers and Sheridans all feature regularly in our drinks cabinet so imagine my delight when Mark brought me a bottle of Absolut Vanilla Vodka to try. I love vodka (it doesn't like me too much!) and I love vanilla so I'm thinking I can't really go wrong with this one.
Coming in a frosted glass bottle, this vodka is definitely the best looking on the shelf. I've noticed that the vodka manufacturers seem to think minimalist bottles suit this spirit, but one of the things I like about my drinks is a nice bottle. Most vodkas come in a plain glass bottle with some boring label around the middle, but Absolut have changed all that. This is a stubby looking bottle, clearly emblazoned with the Absolut name and quite a lengthy description of how this drink came into being. Because this bottle is the vanilla flavour the writing on the bottle is an off white colour, this is important because Absolut make a whole range of different flavour vodkas and they're all in basically the same bottle so looking at the colour of the writing will help you make sure you pick the right one up! More about the other flavours later.
Before you can sample the delights of this vodka you first need to get into it. Absolut have included a metallic seal over the cap of the bottle and it's HARD to break, if you've got short nails forget it because you need to be able to slide a nail down the side of the seal and sort of flick back with your hand to get the damned thing off. Once you've got through this and into the actual bottle you know you're going to be in for a treat. The smell that wafts out of the bottle is strongly vanilla, very sweet but with the harsh smell of vodka underneath. You know when you sniff a bottle of vodka and you get that watery taste in your mouth because it smells so harsh? The vanilla seems to have calmed the scent of the vodka down turning it into a sweeter smelling spirit.
How best to drink this stuff? Neat? Over ice? With a mixer? Slugged out of the bottle? Oh bum, I'd best try them all out - apart from swigging from the bottle wino style, I'll leave that to Mark after he's had a few too many!
As you pour a glass of Vanilla Vodka the smell of vanilla intensifies reminding me more of Vanilla Coke than vodka. You can still smell the vodka but it's not the smell of vodka in the Smirnoff sense, it's as if you've poured half a bottle of vanilla essence into your drink. At this point I'm hoping it doesn't taste as much of vanilla as it smells because I think this could make for a very sickly drink.
To lose my vanilla voddy virginity I decide on neat vodka over ice. I can still smell too much vanilla and I'm really not sure what to expect taste-wise. Gingerly I raise the glass to my lips and 'wooooooooooooooooow', this stuff is delicious. How can I describe the taste? Jeeez, that's a hard one. The sweetness of the smell is slightly deceptive as this isn't an overly sweet drink, you can certainly taste the difference in the sweetness level when compared to a glass of neat Smirnoff because the vanilla flavour is so apparent. The taste(lessness) of the vodka is there, don't get me wrong, but it's been modified slightly. Gone is the harsh kick as you swallow, replaced by a gorgeous spreading warmth down your throat. The vanilla is definitely at the fore of this drink and it softens the vodka slightly but not in an overwhelming way. The drink tastes more or less how I'd expect a glass of vodka mixed with Diet Vanilla Coke to taste.
The only problem arises when you want to mix it with something. We had lemonade, orange juice and Coke in the fridge and in the course of the evening sampled vanilla vodka with each. The only thing that worked really was the Coke because it just tasted like Vanilla Coke with a splash of vodka. The lemonade diluted the flavour too much making the vanilla softer and the orange juice just left me with a very bitter taste in my mouth. Definitely best served neat over ice, or with Coke if you're a lightweight who can't handle spirits! Even if you're *not* a lightweight I think it's important to let you know that after a few too many of these you're liable to go mental! At 40% Absolut Vanilla Vodka is in line with other spirits but it's so refreshing and tasty that I can drink it like pop, getting absolutely blotto in the process. The hangover is surprisingly easy though, I woke up feeling dehydrated but after half an hour felt right as rain - normal vodka will give me a hangover that rages all the next day.
Costing £13.49 for a 700ml bottle from supermarkets and the off licence, it's around a quid more expensive than Smirnoff but is so much nicer. I'd rather pay the small difference and get a bottle of this when I fancy vodka, I don't drink it too much so certainly don't mind splashing out occasionally on a brand I'm going to enjoy. Absolut are not a new brand, it's only recently I've come across the name but apparently Absolut Vodka has been around since 1879! Since then they've come up with not only an original (ie: normal) vodka but such delicious sounding concoctions as Mandarin and Lemon (Citron), all imported from Sweden. A friend of mine came back from America recently and apparently it's all the rage over there, some bars have had to stop serving it because of the downright awfulness of some people when they consume too much of it!
Yes, I like it. Yes, I will buy it again. No, I will not drink so much next time...
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Super premium Swedish Vodka blended with vanilla. A clean intense aroma. Vanilla flavor launched in 2003.