January 8, 2007

O2 945 Sparkling Vodka Review

O2 945 Sparkling Vodka
Grain Vodka Imported from Britain
94 Proof (47% ABV)
Typical Price: Around $35 for 750ml

Bad picture of O2 945 VodkaYou'll have to forgive our tardiness on this review - it's been quite some time since our first O2 Vodka review, and we don't really have a good excuse. We liked the original O2 quite a bit, and we've been looking forward to reviewing this one, its higher-proof sister, for quite some time. We saved our bottle for our New Year's Eve party, and after reading an article that said on New Years vodka is the second most toasted drink after champagne, we decided we wanted the best of both worlds. Not only did we get to drink vodka instead of bubbly, we got to have bubbly vodka! That's one for the record books right there. Read on for our full review of O2 945, and find out how this premium vodka fared

The Look:
The O2 945 bottle is tall and slender, with a dark plastic wrapping on the outside that gives it a bit of an air of mystery.When we unscrewed the cap we were once again greeted with the fizzy whoosh you usually associate with opening a bottle of soda, and when we poured the vodka it had a much more distinctive amount of bubbles in it than the original O2...to the point that it almost had a head on it when it was in the glass.

The Nose:
O2 945 has a nose that's much different than most vodkas we've tried, and it's similar to the fruitiness we detected in our first bottle of O2. Beyond the tang we also detected an almost floral note, and it was much more complex than your cookie cutter vodka - plus the bubbles tickled our nose.

The Taste:
Since O2 945 is a high-proof vodka, it's got more of a bite than its 80 proof counterpart. It still maintains the tartness we liked about the original O2, and the bubbles are even more present, adding to the character of the drinks you make with it. We really liked it in martinis (stirred, not shaken or you'll make it go flat) and our New Year's Eve toast was a huge hit as chilled shots made the rounds.

The Verdict:
The long and short of it is we thought O2 945 kicked ass. It's about as distinctive as it comes, and they've beaten any other fizzy liquors to the market. They say it's better to be first than best, but they haven't sacrificed quality - this is good stuff. We liked the 945 better than the original, both because of the higher proof and because of the taste. We recommend springing the extra $10 for it when you're in the liquor store.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at January 8, 2007 8:02 AM
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