Review: Absolut 100 Vodka

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.

100 proof.

B+ / $28

Absolut 100 Vodka




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. RamonJa on September 6, 2009 at 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 on July 7, 2010 at 3:26 am

    its very very good i love absolot

  3. toschoolforcool on December 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm

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

    • Kevin Sarjeant on May 30, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      That’s fantastic…. and healthy! We think the same. Maaate! With soda water and a slice of lime during the day round the pool, and chilled shots to get things going. Never a hangover. Ever.

  4. Stefan on September 18, 2015 at 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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