The bottle belies an elegant drinking experience, and I wasn’t
disappointed. Oval vodka is unusual in
that it is “structured” at 84 proof.
Rather than a heavier “burn”, this vodka has a creamy smoothness similar
to Plymouth gin. The appearance is crystalline
and bright. The initial nosings gave
aromas of marshmallow, sweet candy, sugar, and only a light whiff of alcohol. The first tasting at room temperature confirmed
the marshmallow sense and added a vanilla hint. After chilling, the vodka became more
typical including a Stolichnaya mineral quality. Oddly enough, the burn was harsher at a
cooler temperature, but not so much as to detract from the overall experience.
I would recommend Oval as an excellent vodka for martinis,
or as a base in cocktails. The
sweetness works very well with fruit based drinks such as the
Cosmopolitan. And the bottle makes a
great conversation piece in your liquor cabinet!
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