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Magic Moments Remix Chocolate

Review: Magic Moment Remix Chocolate Flavoured Vodka  80.5/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Published October 24, 2012

The 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 flagship product, M2 Magic Moments Vodka was launched in November of 2005, and it quickly became India’s fastest growing deluxe vodka. Since then, the company has also introduced 6 new vodka flavors or ‘remixes’,  Green Apple, Lemon, Orange, Chocolate, Raspberry, and Ginger and Lemongrass. the consistent quality of all of these remix flavours has led to winning awards at both the International Spirits Challenge and Monde Selection Award 2011.

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. The base spirit for each remix Vodka is distilled from long grain rice, and each is bottled at 37.5 % alcohol by volume. Here is a link to the Magic Moments Website where you wish you can learn more.

This of course is the review for the Magic Moment Remix Chocolate 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. There is also a list of ingredients which tells me that the product is made from vodka, sugar and flavour. 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

I began my tasting session with the Remix Chocolate by pouring the spirit into a large shot glass. When I brought the glass to my nose I could smell nice chocolate notes above the glass. The smell reminded me of a dark semi-sweet chocolate bar with hints of shredded coconut embedded within. The aroma is nice although I do detect a very light harshness in the breezes from the 37.5 % alcohol within the glass.

In the Mouth 48/60

Chocolate bars can range from being very sweet and creamy (milk chocolate) or to lightly bitter-sweet. The flavour of the Remix Chocolate is sort of in the middle. It is a mild semi-sweet dark chocolate flavour. I like it, but there are a few distractions in the glass. That light harshness, I noticed while nosing the glass is quite noticeable when I sip. As well, I seem to be wanting the flavoured vodka to exhibit more creaminess. Things are just not as soft as my mouth wants. (I suspect this is an unconscious expectation which my mind develops when it tastes chocolate.) The spirit is quite easy to sip, but I find myself, not really enjoying the experience as much as I feel I should.

In the Throat 12/15

The finish is full of semi-sweet chocolate lengthened to some degree by the moderate sweetness, however it would be a stretch to call the exit long and lingering. That coconut I noticed on the nose is obvious in the finish, and I also notice a light sharpness from the alcohol, and even a very light burn.

The Afterburn 8/10

This is the only Magic Moments Remix Flavour which disappointed me to a small degree. The light harshness that the spirit possesses seemed to put me off. I guess I had higher expectations based upon my delight with the other Remix flavours I had sampled. Having said that, I have found a few nice ways to enjoy the remix chocolate. When I add an ounce or two to my hot chocolate or a hot mug of cafe mocha, I quite like the result. I even worked out a nice Chocolate Martini Recipe which serves as a nice after dinner treat. In the end, I have scored the review just a hair over 80 points. This represents a spirit I can sip, but which I would prefer to use in a nice recipe or cocktail.

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

Chocolate Martini

1 3/4 oz Magic Moments Remix Chocolate
1/2 oz  Bols Cacao Brown
ice cubes

Add both ingredients into a metal cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until the sides of the shaker frost
Strain into a cocktail glass
Enjoy

Hot Chocolate Remix

6 oz of steamy hot chocolate
1 oz Magic Moments Remix Chocolate
Marshmallows for Garnish

(Serve in an 8 to 10 ounce Mug)

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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)

5 Responses to “Magic Moments Remix Chocolate”

  1. i brought this flavour with high expectations but i did not like it at all :( i am highly disappointed by this flavour. i didn’t find it easy to drink. i brought the full bottle two months ago and still half is kept in my cupboard..

    • It sound like your experiences were similar to mine (although it appears you were more disappointed in the flavour than I was). It seems to me that chocolate flavoured spirits are usually disappointing. It is hard to live up to the rich flavour of chocolate in a distilled spirit.

      • lol :D buddy this was the first time I tried chocolate flavour, and seriously i am trying somehow to finish that bottle, but yes now onward no to any chocolate flavoured drink. I loved bacardi white rum when i tried it neat even plane magic moment is also nice, but this one :( now even a single thought of drinking this flavours gives me chills. lol

  2. Jason Sanner said

    The slight harshness and lack of creaminess/ softness in the area of mouthfeel are most likely resultant from the vodka only being distilled three times.
    By definition,” `Vodka’ is neutral spirits so distilled, or so treated after distillation with charcoal or other materials, as to be without distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color.”
    The “burn” that most drinkers have come to expect from vodka is generally just a result of not being rectified enough to adequately remove congeners.

    • Hi Jason, and welcome to my website.

      If I had not had such a different experience with the rest of the Magic Moments line-up I might agree with you somewhat. However the rest of the line-up including the regular Magic Moments Vodka were all absent that mild harshness. Because this spirit is so different in character from its siblings it is more likely that the flavouring used (chocolate which can be very bitter) is more responsible for what I taste. The lack of sugar sweetener probably contributes to my mind’s perception of a lack of creaminess. (The chocolate flavoured Vodka is definitely a little on the bittersweet side of the palate which I believe was a conscious choice of the manufacturer.)

      Although the number of times a vodka is distilled is important, just as important (or perhaps even more important) is the distillation cut. Great triple distilled Vodka is definitely possible with only three distillations. Of course the style of still is just as important again, as is the filtration of both the final spirit and of the water which used. As I said earlier, the rest of the Magic moments line-up was very good, so I doubt the fact that this is a triple distilled product was a major factor in my perception of harshness in this particular flavoured Remix.

      BTW: I consider your definition of Vodka to be quite narrow, I think there is plenty of room in Vodka’s make-up for distinctive character, aroma, and taste. These characteristics are very important to my overall scores when I judge Vodka. Disagreement is an essential ingredient in good discussions, and I look forward to more of your contributions! :)

 
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