Stoli Chocolat Razberi

Stoli Chocolat Razberi

Hello fellow tasters,

Tonight I’m going to try a new vodka I found – well it’s new to me at least.

Let me start by saying that Stolichnaya makes some really good vodka. That being said, I’m on the fence about this one.

Well I’ll let you make the final decision but here’s what I found by performing my normal taste method.

Stoli Chocolat Razberi is made by the Stolichnaya company. It’s a 75 proof vodka.

Stoli Chocolat Razberi
LOOK
The liquid is perfectly clear as expected from a vodka. It is very light bodied.

SMELL
There’s the expected alcohol scent but this is where the chocolate declares itself to your senses.
I don’t smell the berry but the chocolate hints of what’s to come.

TASTE
Um, where’s my chocolate?

It has a light alcohol bite but this is easy to ignore for the flavor of the raspberry. I actually had to taste it a couple times to sensitize my tongue to the flavor but I find that by letting the alcohol rest in the middle of my tongue I have my mouth suffused with the taste of raspberry.

The chocolate is barely there if you really focus on the flavors. It’s more of an undertaste than a prevalent. Rather odd considering the strength of the scent.

The vodka is very smooth and light bodied in the mouth,

AFTERTASTE
The flavor of the berry lingers for quite a while. It doesn’t really sour or turn chemically as some flavored alcohols do.
I don’t recommend breathing in over the liquor itself, the burn completely obliterates the flavors. It’s better to gain a retronasal scent by swallowing first, then breathing in and exhaling through the nose. This lets the flavors travel intact to the nose.
After a couple minutes, I notice the chocolate a bit more. It seems to come in stronger on the finish.

The verdict?
Well the chocolate seems to be the start and finish of the alcohol and the berry flavor is quite nice. Not at all like a berry cordial would be but definitely solid.
As I said, I’m on the fence about this one. I’m honestly not sure I’d use it a lot especially as the flavors are not overly obvious. It IS good, don’t get me wrong, I’m just not sure that it will become a normal part of my bar stock.

I recommend that you try tasting this multiple times when sampling. I kept pouring small amounts into my tasting glass and resampling every few minutes. It seemed to allow my palate to become either better accustomed to the flavors or become saturated enough to bring them to fruition.

What would I pair this with?
Well I would consider mixing it with a champagne. Berries and champagne go together well.
I’d also put something like Godiva Chocolate Liqueur just to actually bump up the chocolate.
A hint of lemon would do wonders to enhance the berry flavor.
Berries go with nut flavors such as hazelnut and almond so I woud recommend those liquers.
Coffee would blend with this as well.

So how about a drink:

Nutty Berry Coffee

  • 1 1/2 parts Stoli Chocolat Razberi
  • 1 part Coffee Liqueur
  • 1/2 part Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1/2 part Hazelnut Liqueur
  • 1 part light cream or milk

Try this alcohol and the recipe out. Let the world know what you think.

Taste thoroughly, Drink deeply. Cheers!


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