Orange V Vodka Review
Name: Orange V Vodka
Alcohol Content:76 Proof
Typical Price: Under $30 (750 ml bottle)
Most of the time when we try a flavored vodka, the taste falls into two categories. On one end of the spectrum, the vodka taste is overpowering while the flavoring is hidden away, waving to your tastebuds from a distance. On the other extreme, the vodka can be overpowered by the chemical flavoring of a convenience store popsicle. Not so with Orange V, an organic American vodka we recently discovered.
With Orange V, the citrus flavor is right out there in front, coating your tongue with an intense flavor of oranges. But we're not talking about the Tang of chemical orange flavors, either...this is the real stuff. We're talking Valencias, Mandarins and Tangerines; real Florida oranges and essential oils, making your palate stand up and take notice. To be honest, our reviewers either loved or hated the stuff - if you like your orange vodka to taste a whole lot like oranges, go get a bottle. If you like your orange vodka to taste more like vodka or the flavoring to be subtle, you may want to look elsewhere.
We're not saying the vodka is anything less than quality - it's a well-crafted, quadruple distilled spirit that happens to kick you in the tongue with citrus flavor. We enjoyed it chilled, and one reviewer swore up and down that the citrus taste was so pure they could taste the pith of the oranges after a sip. We also mixed it with fresh-squeezed orange juice to make the best Screwdriver we've had in years. It also tasted good, and developed a more delicate tinge, when we mixed it with mandarin orange-flavored seltzer water, on the rocks.
One thing we think is important to remember is that while it's important to test liquors under optimum conditions, there are a lot of vodkas that taste good when mixed with orange juice fresh out of the juicer. But it's also important to stress-test your booze too, to make sure it holds up under adverse conditions.
In a move that would probably make Orange V's creators cringe, we also mixed Orange V with Orangina, which hid some of the vodka's sweetness and made for a slightly more tart experience. We also mixed up a batch of Dumpster Juice, and we're happy to say Orange V held its own against some very sweet liqueurs.
All in all, Orange V was offered the most intense orange flavor we've had this side of a liqueur, without the added sugar. We recommend it both as a mixer in orange-based drinks, and on the rocks. We've also heard it makes Cosmopolitans sing, though we haven't had a chance to try them yet.
Rating: Four out of Five
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at October 12, 2005 5:27 AM