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Absolut New Orleans Vodka

alanstotle Sep 30, 2007 08:32 PM

From what I can tell there isn't a thread about this, but if there is please direct me to it.

In the grocery store today I saw a bottle of Absolut New Orleans vodka. It's a mango & black pepper flavor. Anyone tried it? I'm intrigued but don't know whether I want to buy a bottle just to taste it.

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    Mr Lee Ho RE: alanstotle Sep 30, 2007 08:35 PM

    They are only making 35,000 cases so it could be a collectors item. While I'm not a fan of Absolut I would have no issues buying some since money from the sell goes to a good cause.

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      Sacto_Damkier RE: alanstotle Oct 3, 2007 01:02 PM

      Is it just me, or does mango & black pepper NOT scream New Orleans?

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        alanstotle RE: Sacto_Damkier Oct 3, 2007 05:10 PM

        I'm with you on that. But then again, I'm not from New Orleans, so maybe there's some obscure connection I'm not aware of.

        I think it's possible to like this vodka regardless of whether it's "New Orleans" or not, but like you I have to wonder why (besides taste) this particular combination of flavors was chosen as iconic of New Orleans. There's the possibility that mango & black pepper is a wild, off-the-wall combination (which New Orleans kinds of is) and that's why it was chosen.

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        cor RE: alanstotle Oct 5, 2007 10:25 AM

        It is actually surprisingly good. I am not a huge fan of mango OR black pepper, but the mix is really interesting. The bars around New Orleans are making all kinds of specialty cocktails with it.

        100% of the proceeds go to rebuilding New Orleans, so you should definitely buy a bottle! :)

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          nolagal RE: alanstotle Oct 18, 2007 11:00 AM

          At which grocery store did you find it? I'm in New Orleans, and I went to the nearest liquor store, and they've been sold out for two weeks and don't know if they'll get any more. :(

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            alanstotle RE: nolagal Oct 18, 2007 12:51 PM

            I saw it in a Vons grocery store in Fresno, California. Vons is owned by the Safeway grocery chain. From what I can tell, they don't have any affiliated stores in the New Orleans area. The nearest-to-you would be a Randall's in Houston, Texas.

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              Sacto_Damkier RE: nolagal Oct 18, 2007 08:39 PM

              I know there was a limited production, so it may be a hot item down there. The best bet would be a liquor store or grocery store with low turnover. Texas does not sell liquor in grocery stores, so the Randall's is out. Some out the outer parishes may have a better stock since NOLA demand is probably very high.

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                nolagal RE: Sacto_Damkier Oct 19, 2007 08:04 AM

                Good pointers. I think I should have my parents who live in North Texas scout some out for me.

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                cor RE: nolagal Oct 19, 2007 08:40 AM

                My boss gave me one of her husband's bottles. Sorry I can't be of more help!

                Have you tried going to Martin's? They have everything.

              3. redgypsy RE: alanstotle Dec 3, 2007 02:51 PM

                I bought some of this in Dallas a few weeks ago. Made a French 76 per the recommendation of the internet. It was fantastic. I wasn't sure what this combo would taste like but I may have found a new favorite champagne cocktail.

                1. Alcachofa RE: alanstotle Dec 11, 2007 08:55 AM

                  I knew some Latin American cultures pepper their mangoes (the Guyanese, for example), never thought of it in a NOLA context. Maybe the creole influence?

                  Anyway, I'd rather buy Skyy vodka, some mangoes, and write a check to a New Orleans charity with the savings than buy another flavored Absolut abomination.

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                    The 9th RE: alanstotle Jan 17, 2008 07:04 PM

                    750ml bottle are being blown out @ Vons in So. Cal. for $9.99.

                    I tried it w/cran eeeh, Pineapple juice eehh. Belive it or not I was drinking a can of Mt. Dew Code Red and mixed some in....it's suprisingly the best. You can taste both the mango & black pepper. It's light not heavy like w/the pineapple.

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