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It is my birthday on friday (eek! another year older lol) and as I will be going Amsterdam for the weekend my family threw me a mini surprise birthday dinner on Sunday which made me feel really special! Afterwards we went back to my mums for a few drinks and my sister (the mastermind behind it all) had bought some alcohol and was trying her dab hand at making some cocktails lol. One of the bottle she had was this Eristoff Black Vodka.
It comes in a tall glass bottle, amd has a screw top lid which means it can be used now and again and retains it's freshness. The vodka itself is definitively black, due to it being a vodka derived from black berries. Smell wise it is not like other vodkas in that it doesn't smell harsh or have an off putting "alcoholic" type taste which is good as it never goes down well with those kinds of alcohols for me! It does smell quite sweet so this is a bonus and makes it a lot easier to consume.
We had just been to TGI fridays when we got back to my mums and so the cocktail my sister made was with a single measure of this vodka, syrup and some apple juice...it actually tasted really nice! I think this is really versatile and is lovely as part of a cocktail as it doesn't stain your tongue and teeth to a black colour as it would if you drank this neat or on the rocks. My sister had it as a mixer with lemonade which she did say was nice, and drinking it, it just looks like coca cola as it makes the lemonade black, but it has a fruitier edge to it so I think this would have been good at Halloween parties.
A good thing about this vodka is it is only 20% proof which means I don't end up on the floor from one drink! I was a wee bit giggly after having this, but I had drunk a malibu and coke previously and had 2 sex on the beach's at dinner so I think that has to count for something lol. I think my sister bought this from a off licence near her house for around £15 for 70cl so for this price I think it is reasonable and affordable.
Overall, I think this vodka is a nice change from the usual brands and is fun with cocktails and tastes nice. My only word of advice is to not have it near anything white or to drink too much of it as you will have some black teeth and lips...sexy lol.
This vodka can be rather hard to find in fact I have only found it for sale in Sainsbury's and it retails for around the £12 mark for a 70cl bottle. It hails from Georgia, a part of the world that knows its vodka however one thing to be aware of with this vodka is that it is only 20% proof which is about half the strength of normal vodka. The coal black colour though does make it a really distinctive tipple and ideal for this time of year when you want to mix up some Halloween inspired cocktails the black colour is very suitable.
Due to the fact that it is not as strong as other vodka's it works well as a shot or drank straight over ice, it has a fruity flavour which comes from the berries that are used in the brewing process, it has a sweet slightly moorish flavour however after a couple of shots it starts to taste a bit like a fruity cough sweet as the alcohol begins to become more noticeable.
While I can drink it straight it is a great spirit to be consumed with mixers, if you want to retain the black effect then lemonade and tonic water both work well and the colour although diluted is still very black, I have also used it in cocktail mixes in place of standard vodka and here all you tend to retain is the colour as the berrey flavour tends to get swamped with the other parts of the cocktail.
The one downside is it can colour your mouth and teeth a bit and I would not want to risk spilling this anywhere as it might cause some damage. This is a very drinkable vodka with a nice twist to it. The bottle is nice and distinctive with white lettering on the label offset nicely by the black contents. Something a little different and not as strong as other vodka brands either.
To the best of my knowledge, Eristoff Vodka comes in three varieties - Regular, Gold and Black. The first is perfectly decent vodka, if nothing special, while the second is a lovely drink - just sweet enough, wonderfully smooth, a perfect caramel flavour paired with a punchy vodka. This, though, falls well short of the heights of its siblings.
This, like the Gold variety, is a vodka-based liqueur - coming in at 20%, it's some way short of the content of regular vodkas, and the difference is clear when you drink it. It's got a thicker, more syrupy texture, and has a much-reduced kick in terms of alcohol presence. This is fine, though - stuck in the freezer and poured over ice, the Gold variety is a really nice, relaxing drink that you can linger over, perfect with a book or in front of the TV.
The same would be true of the Black variety, if it weren't for the taste. This is where the drink really falls short - although it looks plenty distinctive, with its jet-black colouring, the taste - described as wild berry - is pretty awful. It's somehow both unplesantly tart and nastily sweet at the same time, but above all it's just far too artificial-tasting. Whatever they did right with the caramel flavour in Gold hasn't been done here, and it tastes like a second-rate penny sweet turned into a vodka. I can't imagine what they were thinking when they decided this was worth putting on sale. It's nasty drunk straight, and it's far too strongly-flavoured to mix with anything. All said, it's bordering on the undrinkable.
It's a shame, because the other varieties are good, and this promises much - until you taste it. As it is, while it's still a memorable drink, it's for all the wrong reasons.
Eristoff is a brand of vodka frmo Georgia that comes in several flavours - it is one of my favourite brands of vodka and the Black Vodka (what this review is about) is my favourite flavour they do.
Its quite hard to find but bigger sainsburys supermarkets normally stock it for around £10 for 70cl - which is cheap. I think one of the reasons for it being so cheap is that it is not very strong - Eristoff Black is only 20% alcohol, which for vodka is quite low - but that is mainly why I enjoy it so much, it tastes nice and doesnt get you completely wrecked.
It comes in a tall glass bottle with the usual Eristoff logo on the front of a wolf howling and a crescent moon. The bottle is very attractive and it looks like it should cost more than it does, it looks like an expensive brand of vodka. The liquid inside is deep black, which can look a little of putting - but it is this colour because the flavour is wild berry flavour - so it is this colour to represent black berries etc.
The taste is lovely when mixed with something, I have never tried it on its own but I normally mix with with lemonade to make a berry flavoured alcoholic fizzy drink. Just the smallest amount turns your lemonade black - people always ask me what im drinking for it to be that colour. The taste is very fruity and sweet and is a perfect drink for the summer, as it is no so strong either it doesnt matter thats its so refreshing that you guzzle it down, as it wont get you hammered like normal vodka, and it doesnt leave you with that horrible taste and often burning sensation you get from normal vodkas, especially the cheap ones.
The only down side with this drink is that it really stains your mouth, your lips, your teeth and your tongue black. After just a few sips my tongue is instantly black, and its not a very good look to have black lips and teeth!
Other than this tho I love the stuff, its fruity and refreshing ad a great alternative to normal vodka - and unlike some flavoured smirnoff vodka's, you can actually taste the berries in this. Definitely one of my favourite alcoholic beverages!
I first came across this drink when I moved to University. The student Unions at Glasgow University both use Eristoff vodka as their standard vodka and so also serve Eristoff black.
Eristoff black is described as being "wild berry flavour". At first I thought the bottle was black and the liquid would be purple-ish as berry flavoured drinks usually are. However this vodka is pure black in colour. This is really quite different from any other drink and always gets people asking what you are drinking.
This drink is 20% alcoholic, about half the strength of a pure vodka, so is rather easy to take as a shot. I love this as straight vodka is normally too strong for me to handle as a shot but I actually quite enjoy shotting this drink straight.
The fruity wild berry flavour is actually quite good. I expected it to be dull and the vodka to shine through quite a bit but it works really well. It is sweet, but not too sweet like some flavoured vodka mixes that are around.
I like to mix this with lemonade as drinking straight is still a little bit too much for drinking normally. Mixed in with the lemonade, the drink still remains pretty black, which is really cool. I haven't tried mixing Eristoff black with anything else, as I'm not really sure what the wild berry flavour would go well with. I'm sure there are probably some amazing cocktails that it could be used in, but not being a genius behind the bar I don't know what would go well!
The strong dark colouring of this drink makes it very easy to stain things. Much like drinking too much red wine this drink can stain your teeth if you drink too much, even when diluted with lemonade! If spilled then the drink will most likely ruin your clothing and that lovely cream carpet that always seems to take the hit!
Eristoff black usually sells for between £10-£13 in sainsbury's near my house. I would say this is good for a premium vodka, but then considering that it is only 20% alcohol, maybe it's not quite as worth it as normal vodka.
In conclusion this is a good drink if you want to splash out a bit or get something different. Just be aware of the cream carpet!!!
My husband and I were given this as a gift the other month and we had never seen it before.
It is described on the bottle as Wild Berry flavoured Triple Distilled Premium Vodka.
After some research I have found that it is available from Sainsburys for around the £10.00 mark, which I thought for a bottle of vodka of this size is quite reasonable.
At first glance we weren't sure if it was actually black liquid or just a black bottle but is actually a black liquid, which is certainly a novelty. The bottle is a really nice shape, which also makes it an interesting one to leave out on the shelf for guests to admire.
The taste of the drink is really pleasant, it's a bit like a fruity vodka cocktail, but at 20% alcoholic volume it's quite strong. It is definitely very fruity and that seems to take away some of the harshness of the alcohol. It's quite a sweet flavour too.
However there are a couple of flaws with this drink. One is because it's black it's hard to mix with things like lemonade, or orange juice as it looks pretty disgusting, and to mix it with anything doesn't really work anyway as it's fruity and fruity vodka and coke is not great, so it sort of ruins the taste to mix it, so we found that it tastes and looks the best neat, which just seems a bit hardcore!
The second flaw is once again down to the colour and it's that it really does stain lips, mouth, tongue etc. It happens pretty much as soon as you drink it, and even cleaning your teeth before bed doesn't really remove it all. I found that I had to scrub my lips with my toothbrush the next morning again, to try and get rid of the staining.
I think this is a great novelty and it tastes nice but the novelty element which is the colour is also the biggest downfall. The taste is pleasant but is it worth the hassle of the staining and all the issues of mixing it - not really.
I would recommend this if you are looking for something a bit different but be prepared for the negative aspects. I wouldn't really recommend it because of all that, but not because it's not a nice taste.
Brand: Eristoff / Type: Spirits