Not nearly as undrinkable as some of their other products.
Notes: This Vodka is produced in England and is distilled five times.
Appearance: Attractive thick body to it, clear, no sediment whatsoever. On swirling, it leaves a thin but tenacious clear coat on the inside of the glass, then suddenly turns into droplets.
First Impression: Cherry of course -like the kind like you find in a cough drop or a jar of Maraschino Cherries (Which by the way is not at all like Maraschino Liqueur- a dry, clear product). On deeper inhalation you pick up hints of the alcohol cutting through the cherry.
Taste: Cherry, but more the kind you find in a cough syrup or cherry flavoring in those Lifesavers gummi candy. It is sweet and oily on the tongue. It coats the tongue with the cherry flavor which the alcohol then cuts through the centerline of the tongue. A very slight warming of alcohol as it goes down the throat, and leaves a persistent cherry taste like you just had a cough drop. It is highly reminiscent of Cherry Herring in flavor but not in body (texture).
Drinks: An interesting vodka, but as with any flavored vodka it limits what you can do with it to the realm of specialty drinks. It work with chocolate. But no, doesn’t work for me on a personal level. I guess it would work as a substitute in drinks that call for Cherry Herring (which is getting difficult to find) especially if you want a lighter body or don’t want the coloring that Cherry Herring gives to a drink.
Check their web site http://www.playersextreme.com for more ideas.
Cigars: Only if you go in for those flavored cigars should you think about it.
Final Thoughts: Subtlety is not something you can accuse Players Extreme Vodkas of possessing. An interesting experiment in flavoring, heavier than most other vodkas by a good margin. With the sea of flavored vodkas I think that they should REALLY think about 50 ml samplers (or sets of them) so people can try their vodkas before committing money to a large bottle of theirs or anyone else as there is such a wide range of expression of a particular flavor.
Bottle: Tall cylindrical frosted bottle like so many other vodkas these days- easily lost in the forest of vodkas at your local store.
Web site:: http://www.playersextreme.com