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Magic Moments Remix Lemongrass and Ginger

Review: Magic Moments Remix Lemongrass and Ginger Flavoured Vodka  84.5/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Published September 25, 2012

Magic Moments Remix Flavoured Vodkas are triple distilled grain spirits from Radico Khaitan Ltd. (Radio Cask) who is one of India’s oldest and largest liquor manufacturers. (Radico Khaitan was formerly known as the Rampur Distillery which was established in 1943.) The Magic Moments brand was launched in November of 2005, and quickly became India’s fastest growing deluxe vodka brand, and since then the company has also introduced 6 new vodka flavors or ‘remixes’, each bottled at 37.5 % alcohol by volume. These remix flavours are, Green Apple, Lemon, Orange, Chocolate, Raspberry, and Lemongrass and Ginger. All of these remix flavours have been recent award winners at the International Spirits Challenge and Monde Selection Award 2011. Here is a link to the Magic Moments Website where you wish you can learn more.

AA Impex Ltd. has recently began to import the Magic Moments Vodka and the Remixes from India into Canada. They sent me samples of each spirit such that they could be reviewed here on my website. This, of course, is the review for the Magic Moments Remix Lemongrass and Ginger Flavoured Vodka.

In the Bottle 4.5/5

All of the Magic Moments Remix flavours arrive in the same stylish frosted bottle which has the label printed directly onto the bottle itself. A clear window in the frosting on the front of the bottle allows a graphic which is printed on the backside of the bottle to show through. The graphic is of young people dancing or perhaps ‘clubbing’ and having fun. The way the bottle and graphics are designed makes it sort of appear like the persons are dancing within the bottle.

The back of the bottle provides some nice ancillary information about the remix, including that it is distilled, blended, and bottled by Radico Khaitan at the Rampur distillery which means this is a 100 % Indian flavoured Vodka. There is also a list of ingredients which tells me that the product is made from vodka, sugar and flavouring. As indicated earlier I have been told that all flavours for this product are natural, and the vodka is a triple distilled long grain rice vodka.

The bottle is topped by a plastic cap which when opened reveals a plastic diffuser. I dislike diffusers as the they have a tendency to clog up preventing an even pour when I am measuring out my amounts for cocktails. But that is really the only negative in an overall presentation that has me well pleased.

In the Glass  8/10

Once poured, the flavoured vodka displays a very obvious lemon scent. I liken this scent to the smell of lemon drop candies.  There is a bit of an herbaceous tinge to the aroma, similar to what I have likened in the past to sweetgrass. I suspect these are the grassy overtones of lemongrass and the pungent spiciness of ginger. The combined effect of the strong sweet lemon scents and the underlying herbaceousness takes a little getting used too, but I found that it did bring a certain level of anticipation of the experience.

In the Mouth 51/60

When I took my first sip of the flavoured vodka I was very impressed. There is an underlying smoothness to the spirit which makes it easy to sip. The flavour matches the nose very well with a strong lemon flavour tinged with an herbalgrass-like flavour. It is lightly sweet and very lightly spicy, and in fact the overall flavour is very reminiscent of those lemon drop candies which I noticed in the breezes above the glass. Not quite as sweet as those candies you understand, but very similar all the same.

I had two friends over when I did my first sampling session, and we all liked sipping the Lemongrass and Ginger. I preferred it chilled with an ice-cube, but it was enjoyable neat as well. Of course, I had to try a few cocktails. My friends and I began with a little grapefruit juice and a dash of grenadine. The resulting bar drink was very tasty and encouraged us to experiment a little more. We came up with a sterling cocktail using orange juice and soda combined with the flavoured vodka (the Meadowland Breeze), and you can find our recipe below. I also tried the signature cocktail for the Lemongrass and Ginger (Oriental Ale) sent to me by the product rep. It was delicious, and I included that recipe in my recommendations down below.

In the Throat 12.5/15

The lemon flavour in the finish remains somewhat aggressive, and a light sweetness coats the mouth and throat ensuring that this lemon flavour lingers upon the palate well after the glass is finished. I notice the grassy tones more in the finish than I did in the delivery, and the ginger seems to be asserting itself just a little more as well.

The Afterburn 8.5/10

I found myself wanting to return that cocktail (see below) my friends and I constructed again and again over the next few days. It had a different sort of taste than what I am used to in a bar drink; but I found it very nice diversion. And that kind of sums up my feelings towards the Lemongrass and Ginger Flavoured Vodka. It is just a little different; but, it is also quite a nice diversion on a hot summers day.

If this is a typical example of the quality of spirit which the Rampur Distillery produces, then I must try to seek out more.

You may read some of my other Liqueur and Favoured Spirit Reviews (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews.

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Suggested Recipe

The Meadowland Breeze

1 1/2 oz Magic Moment Remix Lemongrass and Ginger
1 1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Ice
Soda
Orange slice for Garnish

Fill a rocks glass with large ice cubes
Add the flavoured vodka and the orange juice
Complete with soda
Garnish with an orange slice
Enjoy!

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Another excellent recipe for the Lemongrass and Ginger remix is the signature cocktail sent to my by AA Impex Ltd., called Oriental Ale:

Oriental Ale

2 oz Magic Moment Remix Lemongrass and Ginger
3 pcs Fresh Lemon Grass
3/4 oz Sugar Syrup
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Crushed Ice
Ginger Ale

Mint Sprig, lemongrass slivers and a cucumber slice for garnish

Muddle the fresh lemongrass in the bottom of a tall glass
add crushed ice, Remix vodka, sugar syrup and lime
Top with Ginger-ale
Garnish with a mint sprig, lemongrass slivers and a slice of cucumber
And of course Enjoy

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My Final Score is out of 100 and you may (loosely) interpret that score as follows:

0-25     A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    Now we have a fair mixing spirit.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84    We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89    Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94    Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+            Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)

 
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