October 12, 2005

Orange V Vodka Review

Name: Orange V Vodka
Orange-Flavored Vodka
Alcohol Content:76 Proof
Typical Price: Under $30 (750 ml bottle)

Orange V VodkaMost 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 Liquor Snob Icon

Site: www.orangev.com
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at October 12, 2005 5:27 AM


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Good stuff made with good ingredients, unlike cheap stuff made with distillery discards. We shall see more high quality liquers of this kind increase on the store shelves as the fuel value of distillery discards rise and are then sold to the fuel industry instead of being passed on to bush league bottlers.

Posted by: Scooterboy at May 29, 2009 5:30 PM

Scott - sorry it took us so long to get back on this. Doesn't look like Orange V is available in CO, but they have a recommended site where you can order it over the Internet. The shipping's a bit prohibitive, but if you get a few bottles it's not bad, so maybe a few friends can chip in on a bulk order.

The site they recommend is Astor Wines:

Or, you could take a little drive over to Idaho...

Posted by: Liquor Snob at October 19, 2005 9:15 AM

Sounds good, I live in Colorado, where can I find this?

Posted by: Scott at October 17, 2005 11:51 PM
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