2013 might rightfully be declared the Year of Moscato. The Italian grape, generally bottled sweet, lightly bubbling and at a low alcohol level not became hugely popular in the past two years, particularly among young women (of drinking age), and the Hip-Hop Nation. This year, it began appearing blended with everything from Cognac (Courvoisier Gold) to party booze (Smoke Liqueur). Earlier this year, Skyy Vodka introduced its take, with Skyy Infusions Moscato Grape.
According to a release from Skyy, it is the first infused vodka combining the Moscato grape flavor with vodka. The product infuses the Moscato grape directly into vodka, apparently bypassing the complicated step of opening two bottles and mixing them together. One should note that as a result of this form of infusion, this is not a sparkling product on its own (unlike Absolut Tune which blends sparkling wine and vodka).
On the nose it is mild, with notes of banana, sugar, ripe papaya and a sensual earthiness from ripe grapes. On the mouth: Brash and medicinal at room temperature, it is quite smooth from an alcohol standpoint (at 70 proof). The green grape notes are very forward. There is a light, not overpowering sweetness that isn't overly cloy. It is clear and viscous, looking more like a grappa or eau de vie than a vodka. The finish is long and aromatic, with notes of mint, menthol, and bandaid.
Chilled it is more approachable, vaguely resembling a light brandy, with grape and hard candy notes coming up top above the medicinal notes. The finish becomes one of green, unripened fruit with a light vegetal quality. Again, the sweetness is light and not overpowering.
Blended with a dry, earthy/lemony Cava or Prosecco (sparkling wines), like Vilarnau Brut Cava, produces a quite nice evening drink with a healthy kick. Here the green grape notes contribute to the sweet-and-sharp nature of the drink, and the forward aromatics build on the bready nose of the cava. This seems like a great nightclub drink for women and men, but be careful: these go down verrryyy easily.
Moscato Gem Cocktail
(from Skyy Vodka)
- 1 1/2 oz Well-Chilled Skyy Infusions Moscato Grape
- 5 oz Well-Chilled Vilarnau Brut Cava
In a Champagne flute, pour the vodka, and top with chilled Cava. Garnish with a single green grape.
Skyy Infusions Vodka Moscato Grape has an ABV of 35% and a suggested retail price of $18.50. It joins other Sky infusion products that emphasize natural infusions like Wild Strawberry, Dragon Fruit, Pineapple and Coconut.
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