Vodka Flavored - Alchemia Czekoladowa (Chocolate)
Alchemia Czekoladowa (Chocolate) Vodka
Distiller: Polmos Bialystock SA Poland
Importer: Panache USA, New York, New York
PROOF: 80 (40%)
AGE: Not Applicable
TYPE: Polish, Grain, Rye, Flavored
PRICE: $30.00 - 750 ML
Notes: Made with their rye vodka as a base and infused with chocolate. As with their other flavored vodkas (Wisiniowa/Wild Cherry and Imbirowa/Ginger) they infuse and macerate their flavorings, rather than add extracts or chemicals to a grain alcohol base. As such, it is a standout from the alcopop flavored vodkas out there that taste more like a popsicle than a serious drink. This is made with real ingredients and nothing else. Maceration and infusion extracts the essence of the flavorings directly and so (in our opinion) gives a spirits more complexity and depth than the simple addition of a flavoring or essence.
Appearance: Clear mahogany colored with dark amber highlights. On swirling, it leaves a somewhat thinner clear coat and edgeline than their other vodkas. on the inside of the glass and almost seems a bit viscous. Heavy even scalloped edgeline develops long thin leg . Essential cocoa liqueur does not separate from the alcohol base, which is tricky to accomplish with flavorings like this.
First Impression: Thick creamy chocolate/cocoa/alkali scents with some buttery accents whispering in the background. Rye spiciness also comes out to play to add to the melange. Alcohol is very much in the background.
Taste: Oily sweet entry, as the vodka coats the tongue with the and warming sensations (rather than burning). No chemical or waxy aftertaste like you get from a lot of other flavored vodkas or some cheap candy.
Drinks: For any drink calling for Créme de Cocoa or a chocolate liqueur (such as a Brandy Alexander), this would be a a much better replacement/upgrade of ingredients. Lighter in body, sugar and color than many of its flavor cohorts it has potential for many mixology/cocktail ideas.
If you're feeling like an alchemist yourself, it slso combines wonderfully with the Alchemia Wisinioawa cherry vodka to make a drink similar to Van Wees Hemel op Arde (Heaven on Earth), one of our all time favorite liqueurs.
Bottle: Tall pyramidal clear glass bottle with large frosted A in front and inset depressions for handgrips on the sides Silver seal tape and screwcap. Has frosted "Cz1" in frosted square, almost like a box from a periodical table of the elements- perfectly apt for alchemy!
Final Thoughts: Bravo to the distillers and producers of this vodka. Outstanding and hard to capture chocolate taste and nice clarity.
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