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Vodka is one of those alcoholic spirits that come in many shapes and forms and flavours, but personally I always find the more branded types taste better. Absolut vodka is one of them!
It comes in a clear glass bottle with a blue branding and a simple white twist cap lid. The vodka itself looks like water - but don't be fooled as it has left me in some undesirable positions stumbling home on a night so it is not as tame as it appears! It has a high vol of 40% which for me as a lightweight is pretty strong - one shot and I'm either a bit of a mess more often that not! In other words, it is a vodka which packs a punch has quite a harsh taste and tastes very strong and raw when consumed neat, and so I would recommend it to be drunk with caution and for me that means to only drink it as a mixer.
I have drunk this neat on the odd occasion and it is a lot smoother and easier to gulp as it does not have such a sharp aftertaste like cheaper vodkas but does still give me a tingly feeling in the back of my throat! In terms of smell it has a distinct vodka aroma to it, quite rich and authentic so even though paying over the odds you know just from opening the bottle that you are getting the real deal!
In terms of drinking absolut with a mixers, I find it tastes great as a vodka and lemonade = lush! The two compliment each other and make for a really subtle but delicious drink that can be drunk continuously (not that I advocate alcoholism) without any dramatic drunk scenes occurring. Then again that is provided you are drinking singles and not doubles! It also goes in well making homemade cocktails or with some Rose as a spritzer as a small amount makes all the difference meaning a bottle of absolut will undoubtedly last longer.
A 70cl bottle averages about £15-£20 from corner shops to supermarkets so for a leading brand I definitely think it is reasonably priced and is worth the added value over cheap vodka brands. It is a trusted brand and you know you are getting genuine vodka which will taste good, so for this I will always recommend it!
Retailing at £14 for a litre bottle Absolut goes to show that cold countries know how to do vodka, in this case the country of origin is Sweden which follows in its northern companions of Russia and Finland in producing a nice smooth vodka. While you can buy Absolut in a variety of flavours the classic blue bottle version is still the best staple for a drink that will hit all the right spots especially when there is a nip in the air.
Brewed since the late 1800's from water extracted from Swedish wells it has a very smooth feel to it and while I tend to prefer to drink my vodka diluted with tonic water and ice it is one of the few vodkas that I can do as a shot. With tonic water I also lile to add a squeeze of lime juice to it as well which makes it a more refreshing tipple.
There is a slight sweetness to this vodka and it has a nice sharp clear consistency when poured into a glass. It is very good as the base for a number of cocktails and for variety it is great as a screwdriver when combined with orange juice.
I love the design of the bottle which is very classy, simple distinctive blue lettering on a clear bottle with a slightly squat shorter design than most other spirits bottles which makes it very easy to spot on the supermarket shelves.
Overall this is a quality vodka which is worth the little extra you have to pay compared with other vodka brands in my opinion.
Vodka's are not created equally, and not all vodka's are russian. These are two things you need to know.
Absolut is vodka from Sweden, it is a premium vodka with a high price but is worth it. for the bet value for money I don't think you can beat stoli, but absolut is nice as a change. I think both taste fairly 'pure' but absolut has a slightly more medicinal taste, slight hint of lemon and aniseed.
The bottle is very nice to look at, it's a unique shape and deserves a place in your alcohol stock. The cap is very nice and feels like a premium product rather than the cheap stamped metal caps you get on something like Smirnoff.
Compared to smirnoff there is a world of difference, smirnoff is for mixing into lemonade or coke, absolut is for drinking neat straight from the freezer- savour those subtle flavours and notice the lack of burn or aftertaste- and it's only marginally more expensive than smirnoff- well worth the extra.
I don't drink many spirits these days, being mostly a wine drinker (with the occasional Baileys thrown in), but in my younger days, vodka was definitely my drink. I still have the odd vodka based drink these days, and when I do this is the brand that I drink - representing a switch from the smirnoff I used to drink when out on the town.
Absolut vodka is a Swedish brand and one that seems to keep growing in popularity amongst my circle of friends. It is quite strongly alcoholic (at 40%) so a little is all you need per drink. I often drink with coke as my mixer and it is quite a strong taste even with only a half measure added, so I would say it is definitely one for vodka fans only! However, what I love about absolut vodka is that it is also available in a variety of flavours eg lemon, mandarin and raspberry (which I particularly love). With the flavoured vodka, the vodka taste is disguised and nowhere near as strong. These taste great with lemonade, but you need to be aware that the vodka is strong as it tastes much less of the alcohol! Absolut is also a great ingredient in cocktails and there are lots of great ideas on the absolut website.
A 1 litre bottle will set you back around £25, so it's not a cheap drink. The nearest competitor being Smirnoff, which prices at around £21 for the same quantity (alcohol content of this is 35%). The bottle itself is also a lovely design - appearing quite young and modern with bold writing and a nice rounded appearance - so looks lovely in your drinks collection. The high alcohol content also means that a bottle will last a little longer as you need to drink less to feel merry, so I would say that this is good value for money. I would definitely recommend this drink.
Everytime it comes to buying vodka, i come to a massive debate...Smirnoff or Absolut. It has to be said, smirnoff is seen as the more popular vodka and the cheaper of the two, but there's something about Absolut which somehow makes me want to buy it.
Maybe its the sleek and iconic design. The bottle is transparent, with the Absolut logo on the front. Below this is a brief description of the the history and how the vodka is made, wriiten in swanky italic writing. above the logo is a mark-like stamp, showing the swedish origin of the vodka. My favourite part of the design, is the silver lid, which looks very attractive as it matches the colour of text.
It is not uncommon to see absolut bottles on back light bars in swanky bars and clubs. This high class look, makes the vodka even more appealing.
The vodka itself, in my opinion, is a very nice tasting vodka. The website claims that the main ingredients are water a Swedish well and winter wheat, grown also in Sweden. whatever they put in it, they have made a very smooth and nice tasting vodka. The alcohol is 40% like most vodkas and comes in an extensive range of flavours; original, ruby red, raspberry, vanilla, lemon, blackcurrant, mandarin, pear, red pepper and peach. there is also premium vodka named absolut 100.
The bottles come in 70ml or 1L volumes.
Mixing the original vodka is easy, with coke, red bull or ginger ale in my opinion. However the more exotic flavours can be harder to mix. These flavours should be mixed according to the website, which has lots of cocktails ideas.
The RRP of the vodka is around £15 for the 70ml and around £23 for the 1L, from ASDA.
My debate between vodkas goes on...
Description: Absolut Vodka is a Swedish brand of vodka, owned by V&S Group, and produced at their facilities near Åhus, Scania in southern Sweden. The largest export market is the United States where close to 73 million litres were sold in 2003.
Absolut vodka is easily recognisable by it's clear bottle with electric blue lettering. It is available in most supermarkets and off licence's and comes in a variety of flavours too. If you like Bloody Mary's then try their peppered variety, it adds a delicious kick!
A 70cl bottle cost me £16 so this definitely isn't the cheapest brand on the market. Having said that, I have tried quite a few and can confirm that this one is definitely worth the money. The problem with cheap vodka is that it tends to taste cheap, and also leave me feeling quite rough the next day. This brand doesn't do that, and no matter how many others I try, I keep coming back to this one.
I personally keep this in the freezer which gives it a fantastic syrupy consistency. Then, I add cranberry juice, ice and serve. Delicious!
Have a look at their website for more information, be warned, you do have to be aged 18 or over to enter though!
If you are a vodka fan then I really recommend that you try this one. In fact, I would go so far as to say that even if you are not a fan of vodka, that you give Absolut a try, it may make you change your mind. As with any alcohol, remember to be safe and drink in moderation!
I am vodka girl. I am pure and simple, much like Absolut Vodka. Ever since I came of age to have the odd legal tipple, vodka has been my drink of choice. Initially because it was the most "generic" drink to choose on a visit to the bar. It's simple enough to order a plain old vodka and coke, no? But throughout those wonder years spent in bars and clubs at the latter end of my teens, getting to grips with alcohol and learning my limits, it became obvious that I didn't choose vodka because it was alcohol, because it was something to get me drunk quickly, - "make that a double please, and a shot of sambuca on the side" - I began to enjoy the taste, to savour it, to hone my taste of that clear potent liquid....enter Absolut Vodka.
Now, when you think of a premium vodka brand, what usually springs to the forefront of your mind? Smirnoff of course, the market leader. But delve further into the more costly end of the vodka spectrum and you'll find a whole plethora of flavours of the most delicious, pure vodka, masquerading as the brand Absolut.
Sure, you'll pay extra for the pleasure of enjoying that clean, refreshing completely pure vodka taste, with the most brilliant non-burning kick, but is it worth it? Most definitely. A week ago, browsing the vodka section of my local Morrisons supermarket, a 70cl bottle of Absolut would have set me back between £16-£17 at the checkout, so we're not talking pennies here, and you're looking at closer to £20 for a litre bottle, sometimes more depending on where you are shopping.
Even the packaging entices me, the bottle is made of the clearest glass, substantial and thick, with a thick silver screw on bottle top. The label on the bottle emits exactly the right idea, transparent with small scroll style text, giving you information about the contents on the bottle, should you be able to pause long enough to read it before cracking that baby open! The signature navy blue logo is emblazoned across the front.
What I also love about Absolut is that they release great gift ideas for the vodka lover at Christmas time etc. While other spirit companies dress their shorts in cardboard tubes in an attempt to make a worthy gifts throughout the festive period, Absolut dress their bottles in funky eye catching jackets and cases. Two in particular that I have received as gifts during the last few years was a 70cl bottle encased in a hard disco ball style bottle shaped shell, another was zipped inside a red sequinned jacket, and they looked great on display on my spirits shelf.
The vareity on offer too will make the vodka lover spoilt for choice! From Peach and Raspberry to Vanilla, Kurrant and Peppar, there is truly something for everyone, and each bottle is themed in accordance to its flavour. It sort of gives me a cheap thrill when I'm at a bar and see the top shelf lined up with the full rainbow of Absolut bottles and inevitably makes my choice a whoooooole lot harder.
Unfortunately I can't comment on the type of hangover Absolut incurs the morning after because I have always been afflicted with the worst hangovers known to mankind, much to my sorrow...
If any of my enthusiasm for this wonderful brand of vodka has trasmitted at all throughout this review, then go and treat yourself to a bottle. I'm fairly sure you won't regret it!
Alcohol (ABV): 40.0% (80 proof)
Vodka has always been my drink of choice. I always drink vodka and orange when I go out but also love vodka with coke, cranberry juice, lemonade or pomegranate juice. I have tried all sorts of different brands of vodka over the last few years but Absolut is by far the best.
Absolut is a clean, pure and refreshing vodka. It goes down smooth and doesnt leave you with that nasty burny/grainy sensation in your throat or mouth that some cheaper vodkas tend to do. It also leaves you with much less of a hangover than other vodkas. I always feel fine after a night of drinking Absolut but with other brands (especially supermarket own brands) feel sick and dizzy when I wake up. Another great thing about Absolut for me personally is the fact that it is better for me by the time I try and go to sleep. When I get drunk on other vodka brands or other alcohol I tend to get a racing heart and feel quite hyped up when trying to sleep but Absolut makes me feel more relaxed and contented at bedtime.
There are also other flavours of Absolut vodka including mandarin, vanilla, raspberri and citron. I have tried all of these and found them all to have lovely and sweet but are not too overpowering flavours. You have to be careful about which mixer you use with some of these flavours as they have their own taste. However, they can be enjoyed with most mixers or can even be drunk neat because Absolut is smooth enough to be able to do that. Also, with some of the different flavours of Absolut, certain mixers can be added to get a different taste. For example, in a set I got for Christmas the booklet suggested adding apple juice to Vanilla Absolut which creates a toffee apple flavoured drink. You can have some fun with the flavoured Absoluts, creating different tastes or use them to create unique cocktails!
Absolut is quite an expensive brand. I usually get mine in Tesco where it costs around £15 for 70cl or get it duty free when I can! Sometimes you can get it on special offer, it is £3 off in Tesco at the moment. However, I don't mind paying more for Absout because I know I am paying for a decent vodka.
Overall, Absolut is a quality vodka and well worth the bit of extra money.
It has to be said I am a real vodka girl, vodka and red bull, vodka and orange, vodka and coke, vodka and anything really but I am fussy which vodka. For a long, long time it had to be Smirnoff but then I discovered Absolut and really fell in love with it.
It has a very similar strength and taste to Smirnoff but it seems to agree with me better the next day, I am never one for bad hangovers but with Smirnoff I got a severe sore head the next day for about my first two hours awake but nothing with Absolut.
Absolut comes in the usual half bottle, 70cl bottle and the litre bottle and it is pretty much on a par with Smirnoff price wise too.
I buy litre bottles mainly and I pay around £14 for one from asda and I believe it is about the same price in most supermarkets.
You also get Absolut flavoured vodka with flavours like lemon and blackcurrant to name a couple, the flavoured ones are nice but i tend to stick to the original so I have more choices of mixer as you tend to be a bit limited when the vodka already has its own flavour.
I would recommend all vodka drinkers at least give absolute a try because it really is a top vodka and no hangovers (well not for me at least)!
Absolut vodka is definitely my favourite, widely sold brand of vodka. Unlike cheaper brands it's got a clean, sharp taste which when mixed blends in perfectly, leaving no sour aftertaste which is common with cheap brands and especially supermarket own brands. Absolut vodka is widely sold in the UK, and is one of the brands of choice for many retailers such as JD Wetherspoon, and in my opinion is a much nicer vodka than Smirnoff which is often bitter even when mixed.
Absolut vodka comes in a variety of bottle sizes, including minatures, and is generally of a good value for money, though a little more expensive than the usual off the shelf brands. It is available in all good supermarkets, and such shops as 'The Local' and Wine rack though usually for a higher price.
The best thing about this vodka, is if you only drink it all night with a fruit juice mixer, you'll wake up without a headache the next day!
Absolut Vodka is a Swedish brand of vodka, owned by V&S Group, and produced at their facilities near Åhus, Scania in southern Sweden. The largest export market is the United States where close to 73 million litres were sold in 2003. More than 40% of the imported vodka in the USA is Absolut.