Today I’ll be versusing (yes it’s a real word) two closely priced flavored vodkas. Non-blind because I can’t pour with my eyes closed. I’m sure both don’t need any special introduction so here are the specs:
1) Absolut Citron – 40% ABV – 750ml, Sweden, ~$27 CAD
- continuous distillation, winter wheat
- Ingredients: vodka, natural citrus flavour (how?) (Note: lime is also added according to their website)
2) Smirnoff Citrus – 35% ABV – 750ml, USA, ~$27 CAD
- 3x distilled, 10x filtered
- Ingredients: vodka, glycerin (sweetener/thickener) , natural flavor (say what?)
Nose: The Absolut exhibits a clean tingly lemon oil scent that kind of reminds me of Vim toilet cleaner, and just a hint of alcohol detection. The Smirnoff has a more lemon candyesque nose that is noticeably “bolder” and “wider”. Comparing both to the actual lemon in my hand, the winner is Absolut Citron.
Taste: With Absolut, I get a numb tongue, medium throat burn, slight nasal burn, medium warmth, flavour is half lemon peel/lime peel, medium smooth. And the Smirnoff I get a very watery start, creeping tingly alcohol mixed with jagged lemon oil mids, low-med burn (smoother), yuckier flavour, aspartame roughness in the mouth, and cleaner finish. Verdict: both suck aka not to my godly standards, but if I had to pick a winner it’d be Absolut Citron.
- Absolut has better flavour, fullness, and balance. Good in a cocktail.
- Smirnoff has better smoothness, and shotability (yes a word). Good for happy time.