Plume & Petal Cucumber Splash Vodka
Plume & Petal Cucumber Splash Vodka
Vodka / Plume & Petal Low / 20%
Plume & Petal Cucumber Splash Vodka is infused with natural and refreshing flavors that open up like a crisp, cool breeze. For time savored, not spent, Plume & Petal is a 20% ABV premium, gluten-free vodka infused with delicate fruits, botanicals, and flavors with just a hint of honey. Perfect poolside, at brunch, or for evenings with friends, Plume & Petal can be enjoyed as a refreshing spritz with club soda, an easy punch, or even easier, on ice.
I think it was probably around 15 years ago that flavored vodka really started to explode on the scene. It seems rather obvious why vodka was the spirit of choice for this type of shift. It is essentially flavorless but also has too sharp of a bite for most people to consider sipping it neat or on the rocks. On top of that, you can make a rather tasty beverage that is also healthier than most simply by adding a flavored vodka to soda water or tonic. Quickly every large vodka company on the market had a variety of flavors available ranging from lemon to peach to even things like birthday cake.
Deciding to go even further in the areas of drinkability and health-consciousness, Plum & Petal Spirits, a company based out of Florida, has released a line of flavored vodkas that come in at just 20 percent alcohol by volume. I previously sampled their Lemon Drift variety and was very pleased to find plenty of flavor, a reduced bite, and a lack of sugary sweetness. I figured it was about time to move through some of their other offerings, and my first move is to turn to everybody’s favorite flavor of water. If you are thinking of cutting some calories in exchange for flavor, read this Plume & Petal Cucumber Splash vodka review and find out if it is worth your time and money.
Plume & Petal Cucumber Splash Vodka Review
If I’m being completely honest, cucumber isn’t typically a flavor that I enjoy all that much. It’s usually just too timid for me. I don’t see much of a point in flavoring something if that flavor is barely there. The lemon version of this vodka had a very nice level of citrus character that didn’t go overboard, so I’m hopeful this one will be similar.
The labels that Plume & Petal puts on their bottles are quite elegant and pleasing to the eye. They are rather minimalistic on the front, displaying artwork of feathers floating toward the bottom. On this particular label, the feathers are a deep shade of green, and a sticker tells us that this spirit is infused not only with cucumber but also lemongrass, chamomile tea, and honey. The back of the label contains some additional tasting notes as well as a suggested cocktail recipe. We are also notified that a serving of this vodka contains 85 calories and 8 grams of carbs – a bit higher than traditional unflavored vodka but less than other flavored varieties.
In the bottle and the glass, the spirit appears as you would expect, entirely transparent. It is, in fact, remarkably clear. This is unsurprising to me, as my previous experience with this company gave me the idea that they have a very clean distillation process that results in a crisp product. The nose, as well, is expectedly heavy on cucumber, and I do detect a little bit of that lemongrass quality. If anything the strength of the cucumber makes it difficult to notice.
When it comes to vodka, appearance and aroma won’t exactly give us all that much information. So in order to answer the question, “Is Plume & Petal Cucumber Splash vodka good?” I will just have to dig in and take my first sip.
Is Plume & Petal Cucumber Splash Vodka Good?
When sampling any spirit, I first take it in neat so I can get a feel of everything that is offering. Then I move on to some basic cocktails to see how well it plays with other common elements. Vodka isn’t typically something that I consume by itself, but I will say that this brand is one that I could see myself sipping on.
I am happy to find that the cucumber flavor is plentiful right from the first touch to the lips. And perhaps the best thing that is obvious right from the jump is there is no syrupy sweetness to ruin the drinking experience. Don’t get me wrong, there is a sugar element present, but if you weren’t expecting that then I don’t think you would go out an purchase flavored vodka.
I do sense a little bit of the lemongrass, but I think that it comes through more so in texture than in flavor. The body is light, as anticipated, but the lack of any sort of bite is actually quite stark. Perhaps it has been too long since I sampled the Lemon Drift variety. But this tasting reminded me how impressed I was with the cleanliness and crispness of this brand. The finish is particularly sharp and welcomed.
I will note that, strangely, lime doesn’t seem to work the best with this spirit. I mixed it with tonic both with and without lime and found the simple vodka tonic to be the best experience. It provides enough of a cucumber element on its own to make the tonic mixture quite tasty. I didn’t have all the accouterment on hand, but I could also see this playing well in a bloody mary.
I knew going in that Plume & Petal made quality vodka. My concern was the amount of cucumber, and I ended up thoroughly impressed. Finish reading to find out exactly what that means for my final Plume & Petal Cucumber Splash vodka rating.
Plume & Petal Cucumber Splash Vodka Rating
Overall, Plume & Petal has proven to me that they know how to make a high-quality spirit that is low in alcohol and maintains a good deal of flavor without being overly sweet. There is absolutely a market for this type of drink, and it actually amazes me that there aren’t more options out there already. That isn’t to say that this spirit is perfect, but it delivers just about exactly what it promises and what you would want from it.
When coming up with a final grade for spirits like this, it is always an attempt to balance between my personal tastes and the actual quality of the beverage. I struggled with striking that balance perfectly here. The quality is, of course, practically identical to that of the Lemon Drift variety, but I am not sure that it quite measures up, taste wise. I hope that isn’t simply my personal preferences talking. And while it could be suitable in very specific situations, I don’t think it will mix well with as many different elements. For these reasons, I was compelled to knock off a notch and end this Plume & Petal Cucumber Splash review by awarding it a score of 4 out of 5 stars.