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Absolut Kurant Vodka is part of the Absoult Vodka range and is 40% abv (80% proof). The Vodka comes in a clear glass bottle with deep purple writing on the bottle indicating that the vodka is imported and that Absolut have been blending and producing vodka since 1879. Absolut Kurant in made from natural ingredients and real blackcurrant, rather that flavouring as with other products on the markets. The vodka does not contain any added sugar.
Absolut Kurant in available in supermarkets and off-licenses and a 70cl bottle can be purchased from Amazon for £16.19 plus £4.99 p & p (October 2012).
The Vodka is not blackberry coloured, which is clear from the looking at the bottle, which I find a little disappointing, but then that would probably alter the way it tastes as they would need to add a colour to the vodka. The vodka is smooth to taste, has a nice warming, fruity finish and unlike some cheaper vodkas does not taste unnatural or of chemicals, the use of real blackcurrants really does make the vodka pleasant to drink, on its own over ice and if added to a mixer, I usually just use a diet lemonade, it adds a nice addition to the drink, plus it makes it longer. When consumed neat the vodka is good to drink and it does not leave a nasty after taste or make you feel like you are drinking neat alcohol.
The vodka smells full of blackcurrant and is very fruity on the nose, it has very strong aroma that just makes you want to drink it, but the strength of the aroma does not impair the overall flavour and as you drink it you are treated to warm berry flavours that warm you up inside on a cold day and make to feel a little light headed if consumed in large quantities.
Overall, if you like vodka I would recommend giving this a try, it's a nice twist on a pretty well known brand, it mixes well and can be used in all the usual ways, such as drinking it neat, adding to a mixer or in a cocktail. The price is fairly reflective of other similar brands and the bottle looks good too.
Everyone has heard of Absolut vodka, and has probably tried at least one of the flavours, even if it's just the unflavoured vodka. Absolut is a Swedish vodka, and is produced near Åhus, in the province of Skåne, in southern Sweden. Which funnily enough is the province in which we used to live.
Absolut do many different varietes; Absolut Blue - the regular unflavoured vodka - a 40% 80 proof vodka, Absolut Peppar - roasted jalapeno, green tomato and dried herbs flavour, Absolut Citron - lemon flavour, Absolut Kurant - blackcurrant flavour, Absolut Mandrin - orange and mandarin flavour mix, Absolut Vanilia - vanilla flavour, Absolut Raspberri - raspberry flavour, Absolut Apeach - peach flavour, Absolut Ruby Red - grapefruit flavour, Absolut Pears - pear flavour, Absolut Mango - mango flavour, and Absolut 100 - a 50% 100 proof vodka.
I've tried many different flavoured vodka brands, and the Absolut range are definitely my favourite, I've actually tried all of the Absolut flavours. I guess that makes me sound like a bit of a lush! Absolut have a wide range of flavours, and all of them bar one (the Absolut Peppar) are delicious. The 'Kurrant' or blackcurrant is definitely one of my favourite flavours, and one that we buy fairly often, I definately sound like a lush now!
Absolut Kurrant was launched back in 1992. It was apparently supposed to be named Absolut Vinbär, as the Swedish for blackcurrant is 'svarta vinbär', however the English pronunciation of this would have been 'wine bar'!!
Unlike a lot of other flavoured vodka ranges, the Absolut flavoured range doesn't contain any added sugar, therefore they are not too sweet, you just get the true taste of the relevant flavour. Absolut Kurrant has a very distinct fruity blackcurrant flavour and aroma. It is quite an intense blackcurrant hit, you can smell it instantly when you open the bottle, and also in your glass. This is a very fruity flavoured vodka, the blackcurrant taste is unmistakeable. However it isn't sweet or synthetic at all, it's actually quite a smooth, mellow tasting vodka with an intensely fruity yet somehow tangy blackcurrant taste. I don't think that anyone could really dislike this, as it is a really pleasant tasting vodka, and blackcurrant is such a popular and inoffensive flavour. If you like blackcurrants or blackcurrant flavours then I think that you would love this. We certainly do anyway!
This is the perfect vodka to drink either straight, on the rocks or with a mixer of your choice. It's a really easy drinking vodka due to the really pleasant taste.
I think that it's delicious with cranberry juice and a handful of fresh berries in the glass; blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries etc, whatever I have to hand basically. I also like it with with just slimline tonic water or diet lemonade and blackberries in the glass. It's nice with apple juice again with blackberries in the glass.
I especially like to use Absolut Kurrant in cocktails, it gives an interesting new twist to traditional cocktails, or it enables you to invent your own new flavoured cocktails. I especially like this to use this in a cocktail along with Blue Curacao, and lemonade or tonic. It also makes a lovely blackberry bellini.
I think that the Absolut Kurrant is actually a really versatile flavour.
I was given a bottle of this flavoured vodka as a Christmas gift last year. I had never (and still have never) seen the Kurant Absolut in bars, although I'd experimented with other flavours before, so it was completely new to me.
I was really pleased with this product. I have tasted it neat and mixed to make a longer drink, and even mixed into various cocktails. I was never, at any point, disappointed with the quality of the vodka nor the strength of the flavour.
When tasting the kurant vodka neat, I expected to be overwhelmed by the smell and taste of vodka that everyone seems to believe doesn't exist. Well, I wasn't. The vodka smells of blackcurrants. Think of the cordial that you used to have at school when you were a kid, and that's akin to the way that it smells. It's delicious. The first sip doesn't fill your mouth with fire or overwhelm your sense, it (surprisingly) delicately introduces the flavour. It isn't strong like a blackcurrant sweetie or throat lozenge - it's gentle and quite subtle. The vodka doesn't taste anything like as strong as it smells.
I successfully mixed it into several 'normal' cocktails. Anything I would normally have where I'd have vodka, I used this instead. It always seemed to work. Kurant vodka and Archers in lemonade works really, really well. That was probably my favourite.
I'd recommend this vodka to anyone who is a little but experimental with their tipple. If you don't want to go the whole hog and buy a big bottle on some random person's recommendations, then I would suggest trying it should you ever see it on the back shelf of a bar you're at. You won't regret it. (I also know that you can get gift-sets of single shot Absolut flavours - including this one.)
Clear. Medium-bodied. Dry. Reminiscent of red berries, herbs, wet stone. Moderately rich texture. Pleasant interplay of tart flavors, light spice and mineral notes. Clean fruit dominates finish. Blackcurrant flavor launched in 1992.