Review: Absolut 100 Vodka

With its black label and silver cap, Absolut 100 is an ominous spirit to face down, which probably explains why it’s been sitting on my kitchen counter for three weeks: It scares me.

100 proof of pure vodka, this is a higher-test version of the Absolut that everyone knows so well. Absolut’s characteristic heat is here, along with the hint of charcoal and herbal notes (likely thanks to the Swedish winter wheat from which 100 is distilled) that regular Absolut always offers. There’s a slight sweetness here, too, but not too much.

As for the 100 proof, it’s not nearly as overpowering as I feared it would be. Yeah, it’s too strong for drinking straight, unless you’re hosting some kind of who’s-the-biggest-man-drinkin’-firewater competition, but I suspect most bottles of 100 will end up in high-proof cocktails and knock-you-out oversize martinis.

That ain’t a bad thing.

B+ / $28 /

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4 Responses

  1. RamonJa September 6, 2009 / 2:28 am

    To be fair, Absolut’s 100 and Smirnoff’s Export Strength can be compared in proof alone. 100 simply doesn’t differentiate enough from Absolut to warrant a purchase whereas Smirnoff ES provides a considerable improvement in both smoothness and bite. Absolut’s namesake has carried into notable sub-labels and blends (and their Raspberri takes Smirnoff hands down).. that rate of success just doesn’t translate well here. What could have been a contender is simply the brutish version of its lighter flagship.

  2. amirhosein July 7, 2010 / 3:26 am

    its very very good i love absolot

  3. toschoolforcool December 25, 2010 / 3:45 pm

    If you chill it down you can drink it like water, with a lemon slice!

  4. Stefan September 18, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    I’ve never tried Absolut 100 proof, but I’m drinking Smirnoff 100 proof right now. It has barely any burn at all to me. I am not a douchebag with something to prove. It just seems smooth to me. Should I see a physician?

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