Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka
Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow
30% Alcohol (60 Proof)
So, do you notice that the picture for this Marshmallow Vodka seems a bit grainy compared to some of my past review pics? Well, that's because I took the photo on my cellphone using Instagram. Maybe I'm trying to be one of the cool kids, or maybe, well, I can't find the battery charger for my digital camera. I think you know which one it is...
Regardless, this is the review of Smirnoff's Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka. No, this isn't any ordinary marshmallow vodka, this stuff is FLUFFED! Honestly, I don't know why they had to add the word "fluffed" in the title, and in fancy script no less. Maybe people like fluffy stuff. Like kittens and pillows and, uh, marshmallows. Hell, I don't know...
Anyway, in the never ending quest to find booze my wife will drink (see the reviews of Smirnoff's Whipped Cream Vodka, Smirnoff Melon Vodka, Disaronno Amaretto, and some other stuff for example) I ended up buying Smirnoff's relatively new Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy marshmallows, especially in S'mores. But in vodka? Let's get serious, that just sounds crazy. Yet, there has been a recent flood of crazy vodka flavors (wedding cake? bacon? bison grass? hamburger?) (okay, so there's no such thing as hamburger vodka, but the others? Yes, they all exist). So, I could totally see Fluffed Marshmallow in some sort of S'mores cocktail in a fancy pants bar. The point is, my wife is especially picky about which types of booze she drinks, preferring something sweet, but not overly so, but not too boozy, and nothing that tastes like raw alcohol, beer, or anything aged in wood. What that leaves me is basically nothing to offer her (although she has still taken a unusual fondness to Disaronno mixed with cola or cranberry juice.)
But for now, let's just look at Smirnoff's Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka, itself. It pours crystal clear, as all vodka should. It smells like sugar water, artificial sugar (think Splenda), and plastic. And even though that sounds weird and perhaps unappetizing, it's actually not terrible smelling, just sweet and candy-like. When tasting straight, you immediately get hit with a mouthful of Splenda and Stevia flavors, followed by hints of vanilla extract, but with a smooth finish that actually tastes like smooth, creamy marshmallow. While the initial tastes are a bit harsh, the finish is actually sweet and pleasant, and I'm not normally one that likes overly sweet drinks. The finish and aftertaste totally redeem the upfront, initial artificial sweetness. I actually prefer this to Smirnoff's Whipped Cream Vodka, the finish is smoother and the alcohol bite is more hidden (as it should be for only 60 Proof). Surprisingly, however, is that my wife doesn't seem as fond of this as Smirnoff's Whipped Cream Vodka. Go figure...
Drink This: if you want a flavored vodka that tastes like marshmallows, particularly in the finish, and you don't mind a bit of artificial flavoring. It's really not that bad as a mixer for sweet drinks.
Don't Drink This: if you want something manly. With each sip of this sweet vodka, I can feel my beard sighing and shaking its hairs in disapproval.