Absolut

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Absolut is a 40% ABV vodka from Sweden. The vodka is produced by V & S Group and imported by Absolut Spirits Co. The quality is considered to be good. The average price is around $21.13 per 750mL. Rated 3 out of 5 based on 15 reviews.

The bottle states the following:

This superb vodka was distilled from grain grown in the rich fields of southern Sweden. It has been produced at the famous old distilleries near Ahus in accordance with more than 400 years of Swedish tradition. Vodka has been sold under the name Absolut since 1879.

Absolut Vodka Review

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Absolut Vodka is one of those vodkas that I’ve seen around. I tried it a long time ago, but didn’t fall in love with it. They have great ad campaigns, but I never stuck with the vodka. I decided to give it another go round.

The Shot

I’ve had Absolut at various levels of cold. Even less chilled, it’s still smooth. However, the flavor is rather bitter. In the middle, there are some very slight sweet flavors, but mostly bitter. It starts and finishes bitter, which makes it a less desirable shooter.

The Mixed Drink

I mixed Absolut with orange juice. At lower levels, Absolut complements the orange juice really well. It adds an interesting flavor to the normally sweet beverage. At higher levels, the bitterness starts to come out. While it doesn’t really enhance the flavor of the orange juice, the vodka flavor complements the orange juice. It makes a decent mixed drink.

Opinions

The first time Daniel had Absolut, it was chilled in the freezer. He commented that it was good. The second time, it was less chilled. He commented about how bad it burned. Erin, though, enjoyed her Absolute screw driver.

Absolut is a good mixer, but a smooth but bad tasting shooter. I think the price is a bit high for what you get, but Absolut has a certain sex appeal in the brand that may entice you.

Rated 3 out of 5.

Robert Brodrecht

  • Absolut Vodka Review By vegasvodkalover

    1 *****

    YUK. This vodka is for high schoolers at best or inexperienced drinkers who don’t know any better. It has a harsh taste – not smooth at all – and you can taste the bitterness no matter what you mix it with. Even in the flavored varieties you can’t get past the bad taste. Plus it gives you a horrid hangover. I recommend svedka skyy or ketel one instead – give them a try for a better quality vodka.

    vegasvodkalover

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By Matthew12222

    5 *****

    I have to say: I really don’t mind it.It’s got a cool bottle: it freezes and pours well. It’s SMOOTH. People who like strong tea and coffee, enjoy “bitter” tastes as part of the experience. So the fact there bitter grain flavor, it adds interest to the drink. I am not a fan of artificial added flavors, but this is part of the traditional drink before it was easy to distill a drink X many times until it’s 199 proof. The cheapest 750ml vodka here is 19.50$ I am willing to spend 23.50$ for absolute. Since drinks relate to experiences and memories, I’d have to say it’s one of my favorites. I’ve had many good times with it.

    Matthew12222

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By Marius

    4 *****

    It’s been a long time since I’ve had Absolut, but I was quite surprised by the negative reviews here.

    So I recently tried it again in an impromptu head-to-head against Stolichnaya (one of the “old” bottles that still claim it to be a product of Russia, not Latvia). And as it should be for a serious tasting, I sipped small quantities at a little less than room temperature.

    Frankly, I liked it. It’s not an entirely “transparent” vodka, but I never understood the idea of vodkas being taste-free ethanol and water anyway. Absolut has a bit more burn than Stolichnaya and a slightly more bitter aftertaste, but both effects are quite short-lived (I’ve had my share of Eastern European moonshine spirits, so I know what a *real* burn is like…). Absolut’s got its own character that I would describe as slightly “sparkling”, and that includes both sweet and bitter notes. In fact, I found Stolichnaya to be fairly dull in this comparison, but that’s probably what makes it a better choice for a well-chilled Vodka Martini.

    Marketing hype? Sure. Overpriced? Well, it’s not that expensive where I am. A good vodka? I do think so.

    Marius

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By Wilder

    1 *****

    This vodka is not good at all. I used to “enjoy” it because, when I lived at home, it’s all my parents bought. Since then, I have ventured into more refined vodkas. Spirits such at belvedere Intense and Kettle one, though obviously in a different price range, make Absolut take like rams piss. It tastes too grainy and way too bitter. The only way to even tolerate this is to freeze it which takes away most of the flavor so what is the point. Buck up and buy a more enjoyable vodka.

    Wilder

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    • Absolut Vodka Review By taffyg2003

      I agree that Absolut has an unpleasant flavor. Perhaps, what you have described as “grainy” is what I indicate as “nutty” tasting. Either way, it is an odd bitter flavor that makes Absolut unpleasantly recognizable in a martini. However, giving credit where credit is due, Absolut is pretty smooth, which is what fans seem to like about that vodka.

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By Mike

    No Rating

    I bought 2 gallons of this stuff, I hate the taste but never get a hangover from it so its a double edged sword for this rubbing alcohol. There is only one way that I love the taste, it’s when I mix it with pure lime concentrate, %65 lime %45 vodka

    Mike

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    • Absolut Vodka Review By taffyg2003

      LOL. 65% + 45% = ?

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By marcb93

    3 *****

    Absolut is a mid-range vodka in my opinion. When chilled, I find it has a neutral body with medium bite, and although the burn becomes slightly unpleasant on the swallow it doesn’t linger. Would be good if it were cheaper, but it can’t justify it’s premium price.

    marcb93

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By AZWolverine

    2 *****

    To me this is run-of-the-mill. I tried small samples of six vodkas tonight, and this one most closely resembled rubbing alcohol on the nose. The taste was OK, but nothing special. There are certainly far better values out there.

    AZWolverine

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By taffyg2003

    2 *****

    After having a decent, though undistinguished, Belvedere martini while out with my wife last night, I was curious to try one made with the ubiquitous Absolute for comparison. Based on the reviews that I had read on this forum and from some friend’s opinions over the years, I was not expecting much.

    The aroma, along with the initial flavor of the sip, was somewhat nutty; this was very different from any other vodka I had tasted. I was not sure that I liked this, but it definitely got my attention. Then, as the martini flowed to the back of my tongue as I was beginning to swallow, I noticed how surprisingly smooth it was! Wow, what a pleasant vodka, I thought. Then reality kicked in, and the vodka began to burn strongly after the swallow followed by a disturbing peppery aftertaste that lingered long afterwards. I found this roller-coaster-like taste experience with every sip of the martini. Yuck! Never again.

    Absolute is by a wide margin my least favorite vodka to date, and its eighth place ranking on my list of eight vodkas so far will likely fall as I continue to taste test other more distinguished options.

    taffyg2003

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By ActionxJack5on

    No Rating

    I like Absolut and I will no doubt drink it if it is offered to me; however, I would never spend my money on a bottle or buy a shot at a bar. While it’s a good vodka, it’s not much better than many less expensive vodkas. Save your money and buy Grey Goose or Ketel One if you want to spend this much on liquor. All in all, it’s just not worth the money.

    ActionxJack5on

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By wurm45

    3 *****

    I think Absolut isnt a bad vodka but there are definitly better ones but it is good vodka to mix it with other things.

    wurm45

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By Becky

    4 *****

    I used it in a Bloody Caesar (Vodka, Clamato juice, Tabasco & Worcestershire sauce w/ salt&pepper rim) and I mix strong, even still the taste was still rather good. It was slightly below room temperature the first time I used it. I’ve had Caesar’s made strong with other Vodka’s (Smirnoff mostly and Grey Goose once or twice) and I found the taste was almost overpowering when it was made as strong as I make it myself. At least once with Smirnoff I couldn’t finish the drink. I’m definitely sticking by Absolut for Caesar’s in the future.

    Becky

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By Finn

    2 *****

    Bought it overseas ($11/ 1L was too good to pass up), and tried at room temperature. Mixed, it was an acceptable vodka. Straight (I never put my vodkas in the freezer) was highly disappointing. Palatable at first with a harsh afterburn… way too much for a vodka this expensive. Stick to better, cheaper vodkas.

    Finn

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By Scott

    1 *****

    I prefer my vodka neat. But Absolut is terrible. I am not saying this to mindlessly go along with anyone else, or for any other reason. I honestly find the taste horrific. It tastes like someone took vodka and added urine and butter to it.

    Scott

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By skiseiw9

    1 *****

    The only thing I can say about this vodka are bad things and most you already mentioned it. Its BAD, bitter taste on the rocks and even with mixed drinks! It always gives me a killer hangover! Their advertising might be very cool but their vodka tastes very bad.

    skiseiw9

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    • Absolut Vodka Review By Robert

      Several vodkas only keep their clout from marketing. This is one. I remember it being better than Goose, though. So that’s a lus over another vodka that relies on marketing and wrongheaded public opinions.

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By simplyvmail

    1 *****

    Yucky. burns going down, tastes funky.

    simplyvmail

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By rbdeli

    No Rating

    Plastic like. That’s the best way I know how to describe Absolut Vodka. There are so many better ones for less money:
    Ruskova, Svedka to name a couple:

    My take on Svedka: http://productreviewratings.com/2010/05/svedka-vodka-review/

    rbdeli

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By ddonaldson5

    No Rating

    Way too expensive. This vodka is an old gem. Once perceived to be one of the best ever has been smashed by medium priced vodkas. Alot of oil on this vodka and terrible burn. Great to clean my garage floor with but will only enter my mouth for to taste against other vodkas…never to be swallowed.

    ddonaldson5

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By .HaiiTomm

    No Rating

    Ive got the Absolut Raspberry Vodka,
    40% still. Smells heavenly but the taste straight from the bottle is rather “eurghhh”,
    Then again i’ve never frozen/chilled vodka which i may do now to see if the taste improves.
    Mixes okay with coke.
    Can anyone recommend a budget vodka decent for shotting?

    .HaiiTomm

    .HaiiTomm

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    • Absolut Vodka Review By Robert

      I’ve never had that flavor. Chilling vodka helps a lot. I usually put my bottles in the freezer as soon as I get home. Coke sounds like a good choice of mixer. I used to occasionally do a vanilla vodka in coke to mix things up a little.

      Sobieski is a good vodka that can be found for $10 – $13. Tito’s is around $19. I drink both of those regularly. Svedka is also good if you can’t find either of those. All three are exeptional vodkas and have been reviewed here.

      If you want bottom shelf, Don Cossack 100 is the only one I recommend. If you can’t find it, spend the extra $8-$10 and get one of the ones I mentioned above. It’ll be worth it.

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      • Absolut Vodka Review By andrew

        sobieski is an absolut imitator. it is priced accordingly less but is an even more terrible vodka

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By peachykeen

    3 *****

    If you’re going for a flavoured vodka, definitely Absolut. There aren’t really any other options with a wide range, and some of the ones they offer actually do taste really good (raspberry with peach/apple/orange juice, pink lemonade with sprite, and a few other combos).

    In general mixed drinks, it’s iffy, but not bad. Taking shots, it works just fine, pretty smooth and not hard to shoot at all. Warm and a little bitter, but an ok vodka all around.

    peachykeen

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    • Absolut Vodka Review By andrew

      absolut flavored vodkas are among the worst. the peppar is the only salvageable one in my opinion for making bloody marys. we recieved a free bottle of the absolut raspberry as part of a case deal at the bar i worked at. it hung around on the shelf for many months. a couple regulars asked me if it was any good. i replied to them “if you can take a shot of that vodka neat without making a face i wont charge you for it, otherwise it’ll be 6 bucks apiece” 12 dollar profit done. if you want flavored vodka go with stoli for the availability. or svedka for the price value. if you really care about a flavored vodka (albeit a lower proof) check out van gogh. absolut is the beneficiary of a wonderful marketing campaign. it is a terrible vodka

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  • Absolut Vodka Review By mohammed

    No Rating

    You are being generous on this rubbing alcohol vodka. really three stars ! and you gave x rated vodka 3 stars and vox 2 stars. vox is better than absolut so why you rated vox less than absolut ! I definitely desagree with this review . i think you should rated it 1 star. and this is why .
    the first vodka i had was absolut because it was popular and my friends drink it ( not shots just mixing) . I tried shot of this vodka and it was like rubbing alcohol very burn and bitterness . Yuk! it was hell when shoting it.
    So I hated vodka because I thought all vodkas will burn like absolut until I tried ketel one which changed my mind about vodka.

    mohammed

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