Product Type: Smirnoff Vodka
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Smirnoff Lime Vodka
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Smirnoff Lime Vodka
Advantages: Taste good when mixed, limes a nice flavouring. Ok price (mid end)
Disadvantages: Discusting neat, 37.5% may be too high for some!
When you're out drinking, Vodka will always pop up at some point during the night, with people around you (and maybe even yourself) indulging in a glass with coke, lemonade, energy drink, or as part of a more complex cock-tale. The drink is Universal, a substance enjoyed by millions of people - and all this whilst tasting the way it does - disgusting. Try Vodka on its own, and contrary to the 'it doesn't taste of anything' ideology, you'll be hit by an impeccable storm of bitter, burning, grotesqueness after every sip. It HAS to be mixed to be enjoyed in my opinion. But when Smirnoff, one of the leading brands, started producing this Lime flavored variety, I had to give it a go just to see how much of the lovely fragrance and taste of lime it actually puts across.
Neat - 'Urrrghh'. Mixed - 'Mmmmm'. That just about sums up the experience. Much as with original Smirnoff Vodka, the taste is unbearable neat, and quite pleasant when mixed with coke or any other fizzy drink. When drinking the Lime variety neat you don't sense much lime at all - barely even the slightest hint - and the liquid slips down uncomfortably with that bitter, spikey taste evident in all vodka. With coke however, the Lime shines through, quailing the bitterness and emphasizing the sweet and sugary parts of the mixer. I like the drink when mixed, one of the dangers of it however, is its ability to get you drunk quicker because of the taste, you drink more without realizing it. You can be slipping more into your glass - a higher ratio of vodka to mixer - and not tell the difference. I suppose that kind of issue rests with the consumer.
The vodka is 37.5% - highly potent - and it comes in standard sized bottles: 35 cl all the way up to 1 and 2 litre varieties. Cost wise, Smirnoff has always been a mid-top end brand of spirit at about £18-22 a litre. Often you'll be able to find it on offer in bigger stores which helps cut the price down to size. Smirnoff Lime is usually found at the same price, or only a few pence more expensive, than the original variety - which is nice for people wanting to try something new without suffering cash-wise.
I think that overall Smirnoff have failed to make vodka taste nice neat, but have succeeded in improving the taste when mixed. Lime is a good flavor to collaborate with because it is in its own right, strong. The lime shines through when the stuff is mixed, and it tastes nice mixed with most fizzy drinks, juices, and energy drink. Energy drinks enhance the potency by hyping up the consumer as well as intoxicating them to a high level. Drink responsibly.
PRICE: £16.50 (70 cl)
Summary: Good for a drink in town every now and then.