Distilled by Nemiroff Distillery, Nemyriv, Ukraine.
Flavored with red chili peppers, honey, and herbs.
Appearance: Decidedly honey hued and long legged.
Nose: Extraordinarily gentle, with notes of banana, honey (of course), and piquant herbs.
Flavor: A surprisingly oily mouth feel supports chili peppers on the front end and a rather rich butterscotch on the back end.
Finish: Long and decidedly piquant, with a slowly diminishing—and comforting—burn.
Conclusions: Flavored spirits are always a challenge, in large part because one of the reviewer’s tasks is to suggest a prospective place in the cocktailian’s toolkit. That said, while not an extraordinary sipper, I think this Nemiroff entry has a place in that toolkit.
Cocktail Recommendation: A classically-rendered Sherry Cobbler, but with the Nemiroff Honey Pepper Vodka subbing for sherry, resulting in a comparatively high-proof refresher served over pebbled ice.