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.
1 3/4 oz Magic Moments Remix Chocolate
1/2 oz Bols Cacao Brown
Add both ingredients into a metal cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until the sides of the shaker frost
Strain into a cocktail glass
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)
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)