November 16, 2005

Level Vodka Review

Level Vodka
80 proof Imported Swedish Vodka, made by Absolut
Typical Price: Around $30 for 750ml - Buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits

Level VodkaInitial 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.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at November 16, 2005 6:20 AM


Recent Comments

Very fair, comparable to Ketel One or Grey Goose... for the same price you are much better off with Hangar One (in my opinion the best vodka around) or Belvedere.

-7 year bartender

Posted by: Michael Kahn at February 3, 2009 8:58 PM

The first time I tried this vodka I was completely sold. I have been drinking vodka for about 10 years, Grey Goose, VOX, Chopin, Belvedere, Tito's, Ketel along with a few others and for my taste Level is the best. I do not liek to add anything to my liquor, with the expection of ice cubes and for me Level on the rocks is the pinnacle. I am sure others will have a different opinion which I would love to debate with them, but you will not be dissapointed with Level.

Posted by: Joe at April 9, 2007 4:48 PM

had this vodka... tried th emartini w/ rosemary. martini was alon was not gret. i love hanger 1 and titos

Posted by: kelsey at April 9, 2006 11:17 PM

We'd definitely put it in the same category as those other vodkas. We were definitely impressed with the stuff, and there were members of our staff who aren't big Absolut fans who have been gushing about how great the stuff is. Hell, we got so into it that we put rosemary in our drinks, so that's gotta say something, right?

Posted by: Liquor Snob at November 16, 2005 7:02 PM

Fantastic stuff. How do you think it stands up to something like Grey Goose or Ketel One?

Posted by: Karson at November 16, 2005 2:43 PM
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