UV was another reader suggestion. It’s been years since I’d had UV’s flavored vodkas (and I wasn’t terribly impressed then). I managed to get my hands on a bottle to see what it’s all about.
UV vodka gets bitter really fast. It slightly dries the mouth, and the swallow leaves me with a cringe on my face due to the bitter aftertaste and mild burn. The aftertaste sticks around strong. If you plan on drinking this straight, make sure you have a chaser.
The Mixed Drink
I mixed UV vodka with Crystal Light Strawberry Kiwi juice. This normally flavorful and enjoyable mixer is pretty well spoiled by the vodka. The bitter flavors stand out strong and make the drink a difficult task to finish. While it’s much better than some of the bottom shelf vodkas I’ve had, it’s not hitting the middle of the middle shelf in terms of quality.
Erin had an adverse reaction to UV. She had the same mixed drink, but, after the first, she demanded a lower amount of vodka because “it just isn’t good.”
I think we solidly agree on this vodka. For the price it might be an acceptable substitute for Smirnoff, but it won’t get you much further. I’d blow a few more dollars and move up-market a bit.