Nemiroff Premium Vodka
Review: Nemiroff Premium Vodka (89.5)
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on April 25, 2012.
Nemiroff Premium Vodka was introduced as an elite-class vodka when it first appeared in the Ukrainian market in March of 1999. According to the Nemiroff website, this premium vodka is produced from a triple distilled spirit which must undergo ten stages of purification/filtration. The final spirit is polished to for clarity with a specially prepared absorbent. As with all Nemiroff Vodkas, only natural ingredients are used in its production.
I received a sample bottle and was asked to review the Nemiroff Premium Deluxe Vodka the local importer of Nemiroff Vodka here in Alberta, Canada.
The First Impression (9/10)
The Premium spirits from Nemiroff are presented in the classy, somewhat masculine style of bottle pictured to the left. I like this bottle as it makes a nice impression on my bar shelf. It is not so big and clumsy that holding and pouring the vodka is awkward; rather it fits easily in my hand and is very easy to grip. I also appreciate the simple but classy labels which Nemiroff employ. As with the other spirits in the Nemiroff line-up the pouring spout contains a plastic diffuser to prevent refilling of the bottle with an inferior product. I dislike these diffusers as they always seem to prevent a consistent even pour when I am measuring for cocktails.
The First Sip (17.5/20)
I chose to sample the Nemiroff Premium as part of a flight of several Vodkas in a private tasting with some of my close friends. Each vodka was chilled ahead of time and served directly from my freezer at a temperature just above freezing. The nose of the Nemiroff vodka when served at this temperature displays a very mild lime citrus with touches of bread dough and a few vaguely sweet and minty scents above the glass. When the Vodka is introduced to my mouth it coats my tongue and my palate with a nice creaminess, and the flavour matches the nose, (especially with those light wisps of lime citrus). A spicy grain-like warmth fills the mouth and back of the throat upon swallowing. There is a lingering aftertaste of lime soda.
Taking a Shot (18/20)
The flavour impressions which I encountered during my first sip were reinforced when I took my first shot or swallow of a larger portion of the spirit. A firm lime citrus flavour followed by just a hint of sweetness. This is quite nice even though I noted a very light burn as it went down. Reactions amongst my friends were similar as we each seemed to notice the thin burn, but none of us were put off by it. The burn seems be associated with the spiciness of the spirit, rather than it being an alcohol burn that is discomforting. There was no metallic aftertaste or any hint of medicinal sharpness, and I found I rather enjoyed my shot of Nemiroff Premium Vodka. It was, shall I say, bracing, and several days after the tasting when snow was returning to my locale with a vengeance, I again found a shot of Nemiroff premium Vodka to be very enjoyable.
At warmer serving temperatures the lime and the spiciness become much more noticeable, but the Vodka retains its integrity and even at room temperature I do not notice and strange aftertaste or medicinal elements creeping in.
Out for Dinner (18/20)
I really enjoyed the premium Vodka with food. It cleanses the palate after each bite leaving just a touch of the sweet citrus behind which seems to mesh extremely well with all manner of food pairings. That bit of spicy heat that the vodka imparts seems to make the palate extremely receptive to subtle flavour nuances. I sampled fresh bread, spicy chicken wings, pickles, and my famous pepper-pot soup with the Nemiroff Premium, and in each case the food tasted great after a sip of Vodka, and the Vodka tasted great after each bite of food.
The cosmopolitan I made for my friends with the Nemiroff Premium was nice. It was mildly tart, and my impression was that the Vodka was imparting a lightly spicy and lightly sweet flavour to the cocktail while still allowing the other ingredients to shine through. I made a few other cocktails, a Vodka Darby Cocktail , a Sweet Moscow Mule, and a Vodka Tonic to name a few. The Vodka Tonic was surprisingly good as the subtle lime citrus flavours within the Vodka worked very well with tonic water. Of course the Vodka Darby and the Sweet Moscow Mule were excellent as well. The Nemiroff Premium Vodka is an excellent mixer, as well as a great sipper.
Final Score 89.5/100
(Excellent for Sipping, for, Shots and for Mixing Cocktails)
If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Vodka Reviews.
The Vodka Tonic is a nice cocktail with a clean, fresh, taste which features a hint of lime. A mediocre vodka can ruin the drink as the metallic aftertaste and grainy finish will dominate. But with a really good Vodka the drink becomes sublime.
1 3/4 oz well chilled Premium Vodka
1 3/4 oz Q-Tonic
a slice of lime
Add the well chilled Vodka and Tonic into your glass
(If you must use ice please use ice-cubes that have not clouded as impurities can ruin the cocktail.)
Twist the lime over the glass and stir
You may garnish with an extra slice of Lime.
1 3/4 oz Nemiroff Premium Vodka
3/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Slice of Lime for garnish
Pour the Vodka, Lime and Simple Syrup into a Metal Shaker with Ice
Shake until the sides of the metal shaker frosts
Strain into a chilled ice-filled highball glass
Complete to taste with Ginger Beer
Garnish with Lime
Please remember that my aim is to help you find better spirits, not to help you consume more spirits!
Vodka Darby Cocktail
This cocktail usually uses Gin as its base, but if the soda is not overdone, it is also a nice Vodka Cocktail!
1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1 tsp Sugar Syrup
Pour the first four ingredients into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the sides of the shaker are frosted
Strain into a suitable glass
Add a splash of Soda
Please remember to enjoy my cocktail suggestions responsibly!
My Final Score is out of 100 and you may (loosely) interpret the scores 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 Vodka. Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79 You may begin to serve this to friends, again for cocktails only.
80-84 We begin to enjoy this Vodka in shots, although cocktails are still preferable.
85-89 Excellent! Shots or cocktails!
90-94 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 – 80 Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
81 – 89 Silver Medal (Recommended for shots and mixing cocktails)
90 – 95 Gold Medal (Highly Recommended for Vodka Shots and Sublime Cocktails)
95.5+ Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)