Blavod vodka has been described as the only premium black vodka. Whilst I agree that it is the only black vodka I would not go as far as describing it as a premium vodka in fact although it is described as being smooth I did not actually find it smooth as much as other brands of vodka.
BLavod vodka is sold in a black bottle with the words Blavod written vertically down the front of the bottle either in red lettering or white depending on where you buy the bottle. The bottle looks quite neat and looks good in the drinks cabinet however as far as that is concerned it is probably better forgotten at the back of the cabinet.
The vodka gets its colour from the catechu herb which can be found in Asia and parts of Africa. It is supposed not to change the taste of the vodka but only changes the colour of the normally clear liquid to that of being a black colour.
Taste wise there is no discernible taste to the vodka it just tastes of vodka but not particularly good vodka in my opinion. This vodka is the only vodka I have tried that left me with a humdinger of a hangover. It looks better than it tastes and can be used either neat over ice, in a long drink or as part of a cocktail.
Personally I think this is more a novelty vodka rather than a serious contender for a decent tasting vodka. Although I have only ever had one bottle I personally would never buy it again due to it not being particularly tasty or enjoyable. It is widely available in supermarkets and sells for around £16 for 70cl.
To be honest I felt quite disappointed with this vodka and do not feel that it is a contender over any other brands especially when you consider there are much nicer vodkas on the market. I leave it to your discretion as to whether to buy this. If you only want to try this vodka I would say go for it but if you are considering it as a decent drink then forget it. Overall I found this to be very disappointing.
I think the black colouring of the vodka is a marketing ploy rather than enhancing the taste of the vodka and in my opinion it won't be a vodka I would buy in a hurry. Save your money and buy something decent there are much better vodkas out there on the market.
Blavod - The black vodka
I have to admit I'm no the words biggest vodka fan, but I have been a bit partial to Blavod in the past - cleverly named merging the words Black and Vodka...
It can't get better than that right? Well wrong... This vodka through 'clever' science stuff can be made to float... Remember the first time you saw a well made tequila sunrise? Those beautiful layers? Well this looks good over RedBull - or non branded energy drink... You do have to pour slowly, and I find the back of a teaspoon to be useful in these cases, but it can be done...
The vodka itself is a relatively 'nice' tasting vodka, and it can be considered 'smooth' (I consider it smoother than paint stripper - but I don't drink anything straight)... Mixed in with dark colored mixers I find the drink to be a nice vodka, however once having had it with orange juice I have to say I found that off putting - it went a kind of green shade, but we had actually drunk the pub dry at a lock in, so by that time I wasn't too fussed...
The vodka comes in a 70cl bottle, and is 37.5% (which as far as I know is a standard vodkas strength). The black colour comes from the herb catechu - which is apparently high in tannins - so people who feel red wine gives them a hangover may want to avoid this, as it may make you feel pants the next day (although to be fair this is probably the same for all - so please do drink responsibly). The design of the bottle has changed which I personally feel makes it look a bit classier. It's much more muted, with striaght up sides, and white writing on it.
A bottle of this will set you back about £17 - £20 which isn't too bad for vodka, but given that it has limited mixers it can be added to is a little on the pricey side in my eyes.
It's good for a cocktail party, but I personally feel that you can make drinks look better with cheaper more versatile ingredients.
4*s from me...
Blavod is worth buying even if you don't drink it- the red and black bottle will look great in any alcohol cupboard. Other than the novelty black colouring it's not that different to any other vodka, and it's not in the upper echalons of vodka's.
it tastes slightly syrupy compared to most vodkas, i'd like to taste some blind as i'm sure the colour effects how we perceive the taste, as I was getting a slight liquorish taste but maybe it was placebo. It's not a bad vodka anyway, although as I said earlier it's not as 'tasty' as the premium vodka's such as stoli or gray goose. But if you just want your vodkas for mixing, or casual drinking and you're not going to go to the trouble of chilling the vodka and then drinking it neat from a frozen glass, then you will be fine with a vodka of this level of quality. It is great for mixing cocktails with, and to add some colour to mixed drinks or for using in deserts (although it's not actually black, more a very very dark green, so if you mix it with something white, like milk it will go a horrible shade of green- so no white russians!). If you want a vodka to just mix with coke there are cheaper options on the market, this is a vodka for cocktails.
It comes with a little booklet with cocktail ideas, which is very useful- but the cocktails only look cool when you first make them and the blavod sits on top, when you stir it the black colour just mixes with whatever you've got in the glass and can give a weird unappetizing colour. But if you want to add some flair to your cocktail mixes, and serve your guests with a unique drinking experience, it's well worth trying a bottle of this.
During the Halloween weekend we had some friends round to the house to have a few drinks, some food and to watch a few scary movies. My husband came back with Blavod in replace of his usual vodka choice. It took me a moment to find out what it is but as the name suggest it is a black vodka. Blavod is basically a vodka with an added herb from Bruma - Black Catechu, which gives it a distinctive colour and a slightly unusual taste.
The first glass I had, I didn't like it. However, the husband soon made me a second glass this time a lot weaker and I did like it more. I don't think I will be a convert but for a bit of variety or for a party occasion then I could see the appeal of trying something different.
We choose to drink this primarily with lemonade, to see the colour change and also because I prefer vodka and lemonade to coke. When you add the blavod to the lemonade it does stay a dark colour, the stronger the drink the blacker it appears. We also had some of the blavod with Irn Bru - for those that don't know it's an orange fruit flavoured fizzy drink and one of my personal favourites. When the orange and black met it made a sort of greenish/brownish colour that suited a Halloween theme and tasted surprisingly nice.
The bottle for this does look pretty good, it is quite a long, sleek bottle with a stopper type lid rather than a screw top. The bottle is also all black with a prominent 'Blavod' label and then more delicate writing explaining what it is. The only downside of the Blavod bottle is that because it is covered in a black material you can't see how much is remaining, it's a case of give the bottle a shake and guess how much is left.
As far as I am aware this can be found in most supermarkets, off licences and wine shops. You can expect a 70 cl bottle of this to cost somewhere around about £15, which is pricey but then at least in our household Vodka tends to last quite a while. As far as I am aware this is pretty much the average strength of vodka.
In my opinion, I personally think that the Blavod deserves a pretty average three out of five stars. As a party or occasional drink I then this is nice but I won't be replacing regular clear vodka any time soon.
I would recommend giving this a try, out of a group of four of us I was the only one that didn't instantly fall in love with it. It is a bit different and I can imagine that this would be a nice vodka to bring along as a gift to a party as it does have a bit of conversational value and it is quite a quirky drink.
Its black and its vodka so its called blavod, clever hey!
I like vodka, most of my friends know this and its almost become a challenge for me to find new vodkas to feed them at parties so when i found this it was great. I was introduced to it at a party nearly 4 years ago when it was only available online, since it has become available in most supermarkets.
I love this stuff was slightly concerned when i first got fed it as it was mixed with orange juice and look like algae coloured water (dark green). But as it tastes like vodka and smells like vodka it must be vodka right?
Its black because of a herb catechu, a herb found in southern Asia and central and east Africa. It has no effect on vodka's flavour. However, it makes the vodka a little smoother.
Basically drink it like normal vodka but be warned anything lighter than cola looks well odd and slightly unappetising, because the vodka isn't really black so much as very dark green.
If you pour it right it also floats which looks fab but makes drinking it very erm interesting as obviously if you dont mix it your first few mouthfuls are neat vodka and the mixer follows.
If you use it for cocktails it looks great floated as you serve but make sure to warn people to mix it after, i tried it in a white russian and it became a dirty greenish russian, doesn't look good, but tastes great.
The bottle is clear glass, with a black label, red and white lettering (the back of the label has a picture of a dalmation with its colour reversed- white spots, black dog). I think it has an abv of 37.5% but i don't have a bottle handy to check.
They sell it with bottle coolers occasionally there are designs for Christmas and Halloween and a plain black version (i have at least 4 of each design) all are made of thin neoprene with a zip from the top to about 1/3 down it. You can buy the coolers on the website along with other assorted merchandise including tshirts and toy dogs (with the reversed colours).
The bottles look classy and different when lined up with other bottles.
My only problem with it is that i find it gives me a worse than normal hangover, but then as i cant ever remember drinking less than a bottle in a sitting thats probably not so much of a shock.
Price wise its about £10 for the bottle although i have seen it more expensive and it does seem to have been on offer in tesco for a while now.
Just need to find the new vodka to surprise my friends now!
This is a drink I've only recently discovered. My daughter, (a trifle demanding at eighteen months) was away with her auntie for a few days and I deemed that reason enough to throw a big party and invite a few friends round for some beer, gossip, and cuddly toy abuse.
Now, my parties are always B.Y.O.P (Bring your own poison), but I also tend to purchase some lager and a few bottles of something strong just to help the evening kick off a bit. I also tend to buy unusual drinks that people may not have tried before, reasoning that either a) they will be impressed by my knowledge of exotic brew or b) theyll decide it's disgusting, leaving all the more devil brew for me:)
Blavod first came about when a san-Franciscan native, Mark Dorman, decided to go and bend the elbow with some mates after work. On a table nearby was a customer ordering a coffee, and when Mark overheard the customer being given a choice of black or white coffee, an idea was born.
Wouldn't it be cool to have black vodka? His friends didn't think so, after all, if the taste was the same, what would be the point, and if the taste were altered, then it wouldn't be vodka would it?
But then Mark discovered that a Chinese herb, black catechu, could turn the vodka black without changing the flavour, so Mark gave it a whirl.
He remortgaged his house, took out all his savings, sold his car, and crossed his fingers.
It was a gamble, but a gamble that would pay off, much to the delights of Blavods many fans today (and of Marks bank manager, no doubt!). Blavod was launched 1998, and soon Tesco started placing orders. Thanks to being available in a major supermarket, it really took off, selling 30,000 cases is the first year, and even selling ice to Eskimos, as it were, with cases being shipped to the vodka experts themselves ... Russia Poland and Latvia.
Its an odd, but dramatically classy looking drink. Through the clear frosted glass, you see this drink in all its opaque raven blackness, contrasting with the blood red etchings of the BLAVOD name up the front of the bottle. If this alcohol were a celebrity, it would be Sienna Miller, effortlessly chic.
But, does it taste like vodka? I did harbour some suspicions that the Black Catechu would cause the taste to change, but no, it tastes like exceptionally smooth, good quality vodka. Unlike a lot of other, conventional vodka brands, it's actually smooth enough to drink on its own as an ice cold shot.
It's taste makes it an excellent mixer too, although naturally the colour will be different, and sometimes rather off putting. For example, vodka and orange becomes...algae green with a hint of pond scum.
It looks great presented in a layered cocktail, as I've found while drinking in a few of the more trendy bars. Traditional pubs are unlikely to stock this, although as it grows in popularity it is starting to be more widely available.
Its 40% alcohol in content
The appeal for me is the smooth taste and the fact that its a bit of a novelty. The appeal of having a drink that matches the colour of my mostly black wardrobe can't be faulted!
Prices tend to vary. It can cost between £11 and £15, as some off licences hike the prices up. I assume this is because a lot of people will pay extra for the novelty.
I would highly recommend this to take along to parties or give as a gift; and to drink yourself on a relaxed evening (or a wild one!)
Blavod is available in most major supermarkets, some off licences, the trendier bars, and some specialist wine stores.
BLAVOD DRINKS LTD
202 Fulham Road,
Tel: (44) (0) 20 7352 2096
Fax: (44) (0) 20 7823 3510
More info and some great cocktail recipes can be found at www.blavod.com.
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A friend introduced me to Blavod a couple of years ago, I dislike vodka, never really been able to drink it since an episode in my youth in which I over indulged in the stuff. But anyway, she said try this and brought some over, now, it's nicer than ordinary vodka, but nothing special, easier to drink.
The best thing about Blavod is when you mix it, or not mix it but pour it into a glass with a mixer is how pretty it is. One or the other settles to the bottom, so mixed with tonic you have this clear & black drink, and mixed with cranberry it's even prettier.
I still don't really drink vodka - Blavod or any other - but I would recommend this to vodka drinkers.
Blavod, in case you haven't come across it, is a black vodka. Logically named then, but I do tend to refer to the stuff as "Blodka", mainly because it makes me giggle. (Yes I'm immature, but what can you do?!)
I first noticed Blavod about a year and a half ago, on one of my evening trips around Sainsbury's. I was getting together with the boyfriend at the time, and we spent every night wandering around supermarkets, finding strange drinks to challenge each other to and even stranger meat to cook on disposable barbeques. In the haze that surrounded that summer, I still distinctly remember the day we stumbled across Blavod. Vodka is my all-time favourite spirit. I love it for the way it goes with anything you choose to put it with, I love most vodka-based alco-pops, and I can even handle the stuff on the rocks.
Before Blavod came along, I'd never found anything wrong with vodka - it was my spirit heaven. But on seeing the bottle, it all came to me in an instant - vodka is too boring! It's too clear! It's not black enough!! And that, my friends is how Blavod filled a hole in my... liver that I didn't even realise existed.
The boy wasn't too convinced. He'd worked out by this point that sometimes I over-react to things a little bit, and tried to reason with me while I clung to the bottle of Blavod as if it were the holy grail. "But it really will taste disgusting! We can't possibly drink a whole bottle of THAT!".
He gave in though. I can be quite persuasive. We got back to his place and cracked the bottle open, along with a crate of Red Bull and the aforementioned strange meat. The first drink was poured. We measured the Blavod into a glass, poured the Red Bull over the top, resulting in a rather disgusting-looking green concoction. I, naturally, was thrilled at this and started guzzling away.
The next part shocked me. It tasted like normal vodka. Not just cheap normal vodka, but good normal vodka. It was a lot easier on the pallette than your bog-standard Smirnoff or Vladivar - not quite up with the Stolichnayas and Grey Geese of the vodka world, but a definite cut above the others in the same price bracket (a 70cl bottle of Blavod costs £10.99 in Sainsbury's - I believe it may be found cheaper elsewhere).
The reason Blavod tastes the same as clear vodka is because the colour is given by the herb catechu, which colours the vodka without leaving a taste. It has been said to make the vodka taste a little smoother, which may be why it's nicer to drink than the others in the same price range.
The colour of this drink lends itself quite nicely to creating layered drinks. We discovered this later on in our "Black Bull" evening, when we decided it might be a good idea to read to the leaflet that was hung prominently around the neck of the bottle. The spirit floats quite spectacularly on top of most mixers, including Red Bull , cranberry juice and orange juice. This looks fantastic, and I have seen it used to similar effect in layered shooters. There are a few ideas on the Blavod website, www.blavod.com - but they're all a bit obvious - I prefer experimenting with it and adding it to cocktails!
One point that may put people off, however, is that the vodka isn't pure black. It's more a dark blue/green colour, and when mixed with orange juice it can look a little too scary for any time other than Halloween!
On the whole though, I'd highly recommend Blavod, not just for novelty value (although there is a certain novelty to it!), but also for the taste.
Of course, I must recommend that Blodka/Blavod is drunk in "blodderation" as it is a whopping 40% volume!
Blavod can be found in most off-licences and supermarket chains in the UK, and I believe its popularity is increasing in bars and clubs (especially those which make cocktails!)
I rediscovered this sultry looking bottle one summer weekend lurking behind my weetabix. I was desperately looking for something lardy to eat, but the Blavod was a good find as we were having a party that evening, so I dusted the bottle down and deposited it on the kitchen counter with the other less bizarre looking spirits. Come sunday morning, when the garden was littered with the comatose bodies of friends and spongers, the frosted bottle of Blavod was practically unscathed, it's murky contents in place amidst the ravaged shells of smirnoff and the sucked dry green gin bottles. Blavod, for the uninitiated, is Black Vodka. That's it really. It tastes no different to standard vodka, and has the same effects when drunk in large quantities. The colour comes from the addition of a herb called catechu, which has no discernable flavour, but gives the drink an inky colour. It has a blueish black hue which makes it look velvety to my vodka loving eyes. So why was this 40% baby left untouched amidst such a gathering of London's finest drinkers? The bottle doesn't look like a cheap spirit. And that wouldn't concern most of my alky mates anyway. So why? Cos it looks minging. If you don't pour it right it leaves you with a murky concocotion which would push anyone up on the wagon. This smooth vodka needs a little love and attention in the pour. Done right over ice or the back of a spoon it floats on the top of juice giving a funky layered effect. I prefer it with cranberry juice or redbull, but it is good in all manner of cocktails and shooters too. I had originally bought this for my brother for Christmas, but thought better of giving it to him when I got back to my parents house and discovered he had snaffled my remaining booze stash from uni. And I've had lots of pretty drinks at home since then. If you don't want to part with £14 for 70cl of weird gimmicky vodka then you can sample it in
Revolution Vodka bars. You'll find me in the one on Dean Street supping Blavod with Stoli raspberry and lemonade. And that rogue bottle at home? Hidden again behind the breakfast cereal. I don't want housematey wasting it in coke... www.blavod.com NB several hundred brain cells were harmed during the testing of this vodka, but please don't be alarmed, I rarely use them anyway
I've died and gone to Heaven, my favourite drink in my favourite colour! I first saw Blavod on a website and vowed to track it down, imagine my joy when my local Asda started selling it for only eleven quid a bottle! Blavod is much smoother tasting than regular vodka and makes stunning looking cocktails. It's gorgeous on its own as a shot or topped up with apple or cranberry juice for some very theatrical looking drinks. It's a talking point at parties although I always begrudge giving it to guests, it's fab, makes Smirnoff look like meths!
Ok so I'm starting to get worried now about how much I drink. Since dooyoo added all the spirits onto this site I've realised that I have drunk almost all of them, lots of them many times. However Blavod is a slightly different thing. I have drunk it, several times (I can't remember how many, but its more than a few), but I don't really buy it becuase its vodka but because its black. Normally with novelty drinks, I'll try it once, and regardless of whether I like it or not, not buy it again (unless I'm really drunk). I have my favourites and always go back to them. Blavod isn't really a favourite, but I still buy it. I think its partly taste, and partly look that makes me return to Blavod time and time again. It is a vodka, which is a drink I do tend to consume rather regulary, and I'm not always fussy about brand. Blavod is a bit sweeter than most vodkas and I do have a sweet tooth, but I think its the fact that its black that really appeals to me. Most drunk people go through a faze where stupidly coloured drinks appeal to them. Blue, green, red, or whatever colour the barstaff make them. Blavod appeals to this part of my brain, but it isn't as embarrassing carrying around a black drink as a blue one. This theory applies to other drinks such as black sambuca. Now I know you're all going to think I'm shallow and stupid for drinking a drink just because of its colour, but I don't, well I do, but not very often. Thats my point, whilst I do drink this, its not very often, just more often than other novelty drinks. I do recommend trying it, but having it with coke, kind of takes away the point, unless you make it really strong so you have the tase of Blavod only!!
Blavod is simply black Vodka. It's as strong as vodka and tastes as horrible as vodka. The only difference is the colour. So if you don't care what the spirit you're drinking looks like (ie: when you're really drunk), go for normal vodka as it's a bit cheaper. But if you're still sober and want to impress your mates, try some Blavok cocktails. When you buy a bottle of Blavod you get a little folder thing that gives you ideas of cocktails to make. It doesn't tell you the proportions of alcohol to use, but it gives you the main ingredients and what they look like. The easiest one to make is Black Bull. It's Blavod poured on top of Red Bull. When the Blavod is slowly poured on top, it stays there. So you have a light yellow Red Bull on the botton and a black Blavod floating over it. It looks really wicked, but I advise you to mix the Red Bull and the Blavod before you drink it. Otherwise you'll drink all the Blavod first and the Red Bull last. And we all know that vodka on it's own is horrible! You can do the same as Black Bull but with orange juice. Which makes an orange sundance (if I'm not wrong). If you slowly pour the Blavod over the orange juice, you'll have the orange juice at the bottom and the blavod floating on top. But when you mix the two together you got a nasty light green colour which is not very appetising. But if you don't think about the colour, it tastes like normal vodka and orange juice. There are other mixes that you can do. Some require two non alcoholic drinks and Blavod. I can't remember the names, but I can remember that the bottom colour was red, then blue in the middle and the Blavod on top. So you can really do some wicked cocktails with Blavod, but the taste is excatly like vodka, because after all, it IS vodka!
Black Vodka from London. Black Vodka is a smooth spirit with Catechu added for that smoother experience.