“ Brand: Absolut Company / Type: Vodka „
I love chillies - and I love just about anything with a bit of a fiery kick to it. Curries, sauces, pizzas, chocolate - crank up the heat, crank up the flavour. So you'd think I'd love this - but apparently I'm not so keen on drinking my chillies.
Part of the ubiquitous Absolut family of Swedish vodkas, Absolut Peppar does at least wear its heart on its sleeve - with a name like that, you can't claim you don't know what you're letting yourself in for. Infused with the heat and flavour of Jalapenos, this is a vodka not to be messed with.
The thing is, I should be able to handle this - jalapenos aren't all that hot. You can gobble down several without feeling too awful, and once you've tried a Ghost Chilli, they seem pretty mild by comparison. Drinking this is something else, though - I think it's the combination of the chilli heat and the vodka's unforgiving throat-burn that does it. In isolation, neither's that bad - I love chilli and I like vodka - but taken together, there's no respite. There's nothing to take the edge off either one, and when you turn away from the kick of the vodka, you're punched it the face by the chilli, then you flinch from that blow, you get the boot of the vodka in your solarplexus ... and so on and so forth.
Basically, I can't see why you'd drink this for pleasure. It's not something I could drink with anything other than steely, teeth-gritted determination, and that doesn't sound like a fun evening's drinking to me. I can't really mark this down, as it does everything it should, and continues the fine reputation of Absolut vodka in that respect - but you have been warned.
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 Mago - 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 this one - the Absolut Peppar, are delicious.
Absolut Peppar was launched in 1986, it was the first flavoured vodka that Absolut launched, it was also the first flavoured vodka in the world. Apparently the pepper flavour was chosen since vodka and pepper are the main ingredients in a Bloody Mary, and it was intended to make things easier for bartenders and fans of Bloody Marys, they could now make instant versions of the drink
As with all of the Absolut flavours, Absolut Peppar is made exclusively from natural ingredients, and unlike most other flavored vodkas, it doesn't contain any added sugar.
To be honest I would never in a million years have bought Absoult Pepper under my own steam, the flavour doesn't appeal to me in the slightest, and I don't like Bloody Marys. It was my husbands decision to try this. After trying it I was proved right, I didn't like it, and he didn't actually like it either!
Absolut Peppar is VERY VERY hot and spicy and it has a distinct character of green bell, chilli and jalapeno peppers. It is obviously a savoury taste, and this was actually really quite odd. The fact that this was VERY VERY hot actually made my eyes water whilst drinking this!
We tried this various ways; neat - this was the worst, it felt like it was going to blow your head off! my tongue and my throat were on fire for absolutely ages! With a mixer - the flavour is way too powerful even with a mixer, it completely overpowers the mixer and all that you can taste is the hot peppery vodka. And in cocktails - this was the best way, just! depending what you mix it with then it is occasionally drinkable (well my husband did, I still couldn't!)
I have to admit though that I absolutely hated it, the flavour was way too strong and powerfull for me. I also didn't even like the taste, maybe if I had liked the taste I may have been able to tolerate it. I could taste the strong peppery flavour for ages afterwards, even after brushing my teeth, it's bringing back horrible memories writing this review!!
My husband didn't mind the heat, but he didn't really like the taste, he said that it had a weird synthetic taste to it.
I can honestly say that we will not be buying Absolut Peppar again!
Although I like my vodka, there are reasonable limits, and this is one of them - the hot, peppery taste is a bit too much for me, and combined with the natural kick of vodka, this is a seriously eye-watering drink that packs a major punch.
This was the first flavoured vodka that Absolut launched, and it was designed to be used to make Bloody Marys. Made with a blend of mexican chillies, including jalapeno, it really is a hot drink.
I tried this neat, and really wasn´t a fan - the first taste is just a fairly normal vodka one, with the warmth of the alcohol, then the sensation of the pepper comes a moment later, shooting up the back of your throat. I just can´t see this as a pleasant drink, I´m afraid - unlike the rest of Absolut´s range, it´s just not for me.
There are some interesting-sounding cocktails that can be made with this, though. Apart from the earlier mentioned Bloody Mary, you can also make one - recommended by Absolut with chocolate liqueur and fresh chillies, which sounds lethal, but at least there´s something apart from pepper in it. Normally, I love spicy food, but this is something else.
Overall, it´s hard to recommend this drink, but if you like vodka and you like hot food, I would suggest you try it once before buying it if you can. Be prepared for a hot one!
I spent a year in Russia, followed by three months touring Scandinavia. If there be one topic I feel qualified to talk about it is Vodka. In Russia they seemed to drink vodka instead of water, I have experienced the local moonshine, which can leave you blind (literally) to the Rare special blends valued more highly than caviar. Frankly I love it. One particular delicacy is home made, or rather flavoured vodka. It is possible to get any flavour imaginable simply by leaving the vodka in a large plastic bottle with what ever flavour your trying to get (orange, banana, garlic anything). There are special five spice vodkas that have apparent medicinal purposes; they are very strong and quite nasty. One, which I fell in love with, was horseradish-flavoured vodka. Sublimely strong and powerful it can clear the sinuses at fifty paces. There is simply nothing like I have ever experienced. That is until I tried Absolut pepper. I had a shooter pepper vodka, Tabasco and triple sec. It was great, ever since I have been able to reminisce by smelling it. While the Swedish vodka is finer and more syrupy, entirely different from the Russian it is still really good, it will put hairs on your chest and bring tears to the eyes, not for the faint hearted, but still, carpe diem.
I think they managed to combine tabasco sauce and vodka in this drink but the result was a drink that is simply too harsh to drink straight, the way that I am used to. The flavor is so tart and hot that it is simply unenjoyable. I only got my bottle as the town drunk gave it too me since he took one shot and couldn't stand it. Not only is it too spicy but then there is this sticky sensation on the tongue for the whole day. Maybe people are supposed to use this is mixed drinks but i am here to tell you it is not good for table vodka. Don't get me wrong Absolut is a great vodka and a great company and I am probaly being a little harsh on them because of the high standards they have set
This has an amazing and very distinctive bouquet of Mexican Jalapeno chiles. Thickish in texture, very smooth with an initial sensation of sweetness. This does linger on the palate but then the fire lights up, pushing it into the background. The fire continues for quite a time on the tongue -- and some people will find it a bit hot. This is a fascinating vodka, very well flavored. I have given it a high rating, which some people will disagree with, but I was, after all, born in Mexico