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Poliakov Peach Flavoured Vodka

Review:  Poliakov Peach Flavoured Vodka   87/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (AKA Arctic Wolf)
Published February 10, 2015

In late November, I received an email from the Export Marketing Assistant for the independent French spirits group, La Martiniquaise. He was writing to me from Farnace to see if I would be interested in sampling some of the revamped new flavoured range of Poliakov Vodka. As it was explained to me in his email, Poliakov is attempting to bypass the prevailing “flavour fatigue”  which they feel reigns within the flavoured vodka category, and rather than conjuring up new exotic flavours which are probably unfamiliar to their customers, the revamped Poliakov range focuses on ‘within-reach flavours’ which are familiar to their customers.

For those unfamiliar with the brand, Poliakov is an international Millionaire brand with sales in over 50 countries. It is today one of the Top 20 international Vodka brands. The owner of the brand, La Martiniquaise is an independent French group founded in 1934. They are currently the second-largest spirits group in France, and owners of 4 other Millionaire brands, LABEL 5 and SIR EDWARD’S (Scotch Whisky), POLIAKOV (Vodka) and NEGRITA (Rum).

I agreed to taste some of the Poliakov flavoured range, and William arranged for me to receive three flavours, Poliakov Vanilla, Peach and Lemon Flavoured Vodkas.

This is the review for the second sample, Poliakov Peach Flavoured Vodka.

Poliakov Peach Tonic SAM_1414In the Bottle 4/5

To the left is a snapshot I took of the Poliakov Peach Flavoured Vodka. As you can see, the spirit arrives in a medium tall glass bottle with a silver coloured metallic screw cap. Those who read my reviews regularly know that I dislike these pressed on metallic closures, as they are prone to warping and often lose their thread if you try to close the bottle too tightly.

The front label is quite satisfactory as both the colour of the label and the graphic of a peach fruit help the bartender instantly recognize the flavour within (as does the soft colour of the spirit within the glass bottle). I was hoping for some information on the back label to tell me whether or not the flavour within the bottle is sweetened and whether or not the flavour and colour are natural. However, I am left to guess on these fronts.

Note: The label does tell me that Poliakov Peach Flavoured Vodka is produced from a triple distilled spirit, and that it is bottled at 37.5% alcohol by volume.

In the Glass 9/10

The spirit displays a very light pinkish/peach colour in the glass, and when I tilted my glencairn and gave it a slow twirl, the crest was thickened and held its shape before showing droopy leglets which fell leisurely back into the spirit at the bottom of the glass.

As was the case with the previously reviewed Poliakov Vanilla (see review here), The thickened crest and droopy leglets are an indication of added sugar; however as I noted in the earlier review, the nose gives me only light indications of this sweetness. What I do sense very clearly in the air above the glass is a wonderful aroma which matches the scent of a freshly sliced fully ripe peach. The aroma seems clean and pure with no distraction. My mouth actually began to water slightly as I sniffed at the breezes above my glass.

In the Mouth 52.5/60

If you like freshly sliced peaches, then you will love the Poliakov Peach Flavoured Vodka. The flavour is very close to that of a fresh peach with just enough sweetness to allow us to sip this flavour neat in the glass. There is an undercurrent of light bitterness under the peach flavour which reminds me of the flavour of a real peach stone. (When I added an ice-cube to the glass, the hint of bitterness disappears.)

For myself the fresh peach flavour made the spirit a little challenging to mix as I do not mix with a peach flavour very often. However, I was sent a recommended recipe from the folks at La Martiniquaise apparently prepared by an expert bartender. His recommendation was to mix the peach flavour with tonic water and ice. I decided to sample this cocktail suggestion with my tasting group (the Rum Chums). The feedback was unanimous as everyone loved the tall drink, and the pure expression of peach flavour they found within it. They also loved the toned down sweetness of the bar drink which they felt was a welcome change from the overly sweet peach liqueurs they were more familiar with. I agree!

In the Throat 13/15

Fresh peach flavour (of course) dominates the exit and the underlying light sweetness ensures the finish is satisfying and refreshing. There is perhaps just a touch of burn from the underlying triple distilled vodka, but this is easily overlooked.

The Afterburn  8.5/10

I was surprised and impressed by the Poliakov Peach Flavoured Vodka. The flavour is true to the flavour of real peaches, and there is a light freshness within the spirit which made it a favourite amongst my tasting group.

My score of 87/100 indicates that this flavoured spirit is a nice sipping drink, although for me it will more often find its way into that delicious Peach and Tonic cocktail that La Martiniquaise shared with me.

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 Cocktail

Poliakov Peach Tonic SAM_1414aPoliakov “Kool Tonic”

2 oz Polikov Peach Flavoured Vodka
4 oz Tonic Water
3/8 oz Orange Curacao
Ice Cubes

Add ice to a tumbler or rocks glass
Pour Poliakov Peach Flavoured Vodka over the ice
add a healthy splash of Orange Curacao
Complete with Tonic Water
Stir and Enjoy

Note: If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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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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