Level Vodka Review
80 proof Imported Swedish Vodka, made by Absolut
Typical Price: Around $30 for 750ml - Buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits
Initial Thoughts: We're going to let you in on a little secret - we like to drink. That's why we do what we do. In fact, our general rule is that the more we drink of something, the more we like it, as we rinse away our judgment and common sense. The trick, therefore, is to find liquors we like right away...that's how we know they're the genuine article. Level vodka is one of those liquors.
The first thing we noticed when we opened the bottle was a whiff of citrus and booze, like a lemon that had been soaked in Absolut, and we mean that in a good way. When we poured it straight it had some bite, but left a fragile lemony tang that dissipated quickly and finished smoothly.
Cocktail Recipes: Level is a high-end vodka, so we went high-end; martinis all the way. We usually like our martinis extra-dirty. With Level, we found we liked them as dry as possible so the vermouth wouldn't take away from the taste of the vodka. And that's saying something - vodka martinis are usually two parts vodka to one part dry vermouth, and we usually add another part of olive brine (or Dirty Sue) to give it that filthy texture. The fact that we wanted to drink ours dry (as little vermouth as possible, for you martini virgins), with only a twist of lemon, says something about the quality and smooth taste.
In fact, we liked our Level martinis so much, we did something we normally wouldn't do. We noticed a cocktail recipe on the site that we would normally scoff at, and we just so happened to have the required ingredient in the office, so we decided to mix one up. And so, we present to you:
The Level Rosemary Martini
1 part Level Vodka
1 dash dry vermouth
1 sprig of rosemary
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass without ice for a few seconds.
Add ice cubes and stir for a few seconds more.
Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass; garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
We're not sure what possessed us to mix them, but we have to admit the rosemary added an interesting level of complexity to the drink. We also have to say we liked it...and admit we drank them with our pinkies extended.
Finishing Thoughts: We're not classy guys, but we're pretty sure we know it when we see it, and Level oozes it with their vodka as well as their packaging. Level comes in the kind of bottle that you want to break out of the freezer for someone you're trying to woo, because it will let you pass for the debonair 007 type you're really not. We recommend Level for romantic evenings, intimate get-togethers, and nights you just want to get suavely plastered.
Learn more about Level and find recipes and more at LevelVodka.com.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at November 16, 2005 6:20 AM