Gone are the days when flavoured vodkas, for western markets, were relegated to citrus, vanilla and pepper. Sure, for years there has been the old student experiment of dissolving Skittles into vodka to “taste the rainbow” (and then get a sugar-high), but I’m talking about some really unusual flavours.
Pinnacle Drinks have kind of led the field on this one, with flavours such as: Cookie Dough, Cotton Candy, Cake, Gummy (Sweets), Marshmallow and a plethora of flavours involving whipped cream. The idea of using such unconventional flavours as these must be paying off, as Smirnoff have recently released two new vodkas in the US flavoured with Whipped Cream and Marshmallow, respectively.*
After all of this innovation, it was with curiosity that I gingerly approached Stolichnaya Choc Razberi.
This was originally released in the US, but, following their success there, it is now available in the UK. It is a mix of natural flavourings, consisting of “sweet, tangy raspberries and silken chocolate”.
Own (Room Temperature)
nose: creamy raspberry and then a crisp, slightly bitter chocolate. Dessert is nature.
taste: smooth with a little warmth, quite sweet and creamy too. This is meant to taste like a chocolate covered raspberry, add a little cream and this exactly what you’ve got. The vodka based is very clean with little burn. Overall this quite confectionery in nature but I think it would be very popular at a party.
From the Freezer
Thick and silky, initially sweet then some vanilla-raspberry notes which are reminiscent of raspberry-ripple icecream. You then get a dash of dark powdered cocoa. The drink is quite sweet but not overly so, I think it’s pretty tasty.
Clean and very smooth, perhaps a little sweet for the Martini “aficionado” with a touch of raspberry icecream sauce. Not a classic Martini but quite a pleasant and accessible drink.
On the Rocks
Over ce it is almost as if you are drinking a liqueur, the cream notes come out more. This would be perfect after dinner with coffee.
I really didn’t think this would work but I was surprised. The dark bitter chocolate seems to complement the dry bitter quinine and the fresh fruitiness of the raspberry reminds me of the liveliness a wedge of citrus adds to the drink.
[25ml Stolichnaya Chocolat Razberi, 25ml Coffee Liqueur, 50ml Semi-Skimmed Milk]
Lovely. The choc-raspberry flavour works really well with the coffee liqueur and milk. I would suggest using milk rather than cream as I think the latter would be too rich. The raspberry adds fruitiness to a drink that is easier to make and even easier to drink.
Despite being very keen to try it, I must admit I was slightly skeptical about Stolichnaya Chocolat Razberi; however these doubts were clearly unfounded. I think the quality of the vodka is high and the flavours are clean are genuine. The vodka really lend itself to cocktails and my favourite was easily the White Russian.
Stolichnaya Chocolat Razberi is avaialble from for around £ for 70cl.
*There is another brand of vodka called “Cupcake Vodka”, but, sadly, it is only a brand name and doesn’t taste anything like cupcakes. They also make a “frosting vodka”, but this is just plain old vanilla. I think this is pretty disappointing and rather misleading.