Belvedere Black Raspberry Vodka Review
Sometimes we get a liquor in to review that feels...well, it just feels too classy for us. You know, like we're the only guys in shorts and flip flops who show up at a black tie affair. Belvedere's Black Raspberry vodka is one of those bottles - we feel like we should handle the bottle with white gloves so we don't smudge the finish.
Then we remember Belvedere puts their pants on one leg at a time, and we crack the bottle and get to sipping.
Belvedere Black Raspberry
Macerated Vodka Imported from Poland
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: TBD
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The Look: Tall and thin, this bottle looks like a frosted supermodel. For once, that looks even better in print than it did in our heads. However, we did find it humorous that a raspberry vodka's bottle was dominated by trees - after a few drinks we started toasting to the raspberry trees.
The Nose: At first, we weren't sure what to make of it. Sort of sweeter than we expected, and not as...raspberry-y. That's a word right? Then we realized...the smell coming out of the bottle was as close to putting your nose in a basket of actual raspberries we've run into in a liquor, short of actually having one of those green basket thingies in our hands. Serious points for getting such a full, jammy scent reminiscent of a red fruit packed into a clear liquor.
The Taste: We have something to admit - we realize we've lowered our expectations of flavored vodkas. We expect them to taste like the Hubba Bubba bubble gum versions of the flavors, big and bursty and not exactly on. Once we tasted the sweet and delicate flavor of this black raspberry we saw the error of our ways. It's full and round with a very raspberry finish, all without making us feel like we just swished with Kool-Aid. The finish was dry and sweet all at the same time, bursting with real fruit flavors of dark berries reminiscent of late summer for us. The alcohol taste wasn't especially strong either, making us think you could make a nice delicate cocktail with this stuff.
The Verdict: Belvedere for the win. Once we wrapped our heads around a raspberry vodka that actually tasted like raspberries, we couldn't get enough. Light and just sweet enough, it was fantastic in all the mixed drinks we tried but we especially liked it on the rocks with a splash of soda. We mixed a fine cosmopolitan for our lady friends too, and it held its own against some of the sweeter mixers we put it toe to toe against, like triple sec, rose's lime, etc. We can see this making a raspberry lime rickey cocktail that'll knock your socks off. This is definitely on the must buy" list if you love fruit-flavored vodkas.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at May 28, 2009 8:48 PM