Vodka Flavored - Hot Monkey
Hot Monkey Hot Pepper Infused Flavored Vodka
New Deal Distillery, Portland, Oregon
Grain, 5 Varieties of Hot Peppers
PROOF: 80 (40% )
AGE: Not Applicable
TYPE: Flavored, Pepper, American
PRICE: $ 15 750 ML
Notes: This vodka uses 5 different types of pepper to achieve the layered complexity of the blend - unlike many a few other vodkas I could name that use only one if that-some use extracts and caramel coloring,
Appearance: Clear, burnished copper appearance no sediment whatsoever. On swirling, it leaves a a thicker clear coat on the inside of the glass and displays some very almost symmetrical legs on swirling .Unlike some other pepper vodkas the oils do not separate or bead up.This shows a good emulsification and blending - these guys obviously know what they are up to.
First Impression: Wonderful hot pepper smell-the oils go right into the sinuses and clear them out.One way to clear your head in the morning. You catch the distinctive whiff of multiple varieties of hot pepper as inhale-carefully.
Taste: Oily mouth fell and body, rolls across the the tongue with the oil of the hot peppers that feel as subtle as a napalm strike in a few seconds,coating your tongue with a blast of smoked chipotle and Scotch bonnet among others. Very intense then subsiding to a warm glow after about a minute. Flame, heat, and flavor- a rollercoaster to hell. Great stuff! Enjoy the ride.
Drinks: Of course it makes a wonderful Bloody Mary, and a number of other drinks calling for a heat component. The smoke and fire also led to some interesting attempts at substituting it for scotch in some recipes also for new more intense twists on some old cocktails. Our martini attempts were interesting and they worked very well with a number of appetizers. It's well worth some exploring and experimenting.
Final Thoughts: An excellent value for the money - much better than most pepper vodkas (that cost more), I love the complexity of the peppers flavors and the vodka base itself is exceptionally clean and smooth. A well made product that is a great addition to anyone's bar.
Bottle: Generic clear glass, and NO frosting unlike the sea of others. Simple paper label and graphics pasted directly onto the glass. Actually less is more in that the bottle stands out because of the plainess. No nonsense, straightforward, shows the vodka to good effect.
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