too much and not enough
[40%, flavored, sampled in Germany]
I’m not sure how to write this name: Мерная Медовая З Перцем? Either way the English transliteration is Mernaya Honey Pepper, and it’s from Ukraine.
This vodka has a nice golden color, but you can’t see it now because I got the camera out too late – when the bottle was already empty. You should be able to make out a few yellow peppers at the bottom, though. Just like Dębowa Polska, Żubrówka Bison Grass, or Kłosówka, this bottle contains a visible indicator of the infusion.
I felt excited to try Mernaya Honey Pepper. Not only was I remembering that clear blue evening in Vladivostok with the not-so-shabby Mernaya Tradition, but there was also the example of Nemiroff Honey Pepper, where the flavoring with honey and pepper had managed to turn a good vodka into an awesome one.
So my hopes were high for this one.
Mernaya Honey Pepper disappoints
One problem was that the vodka itself didn’t seem to be that good. It tasted much hotter than the original Mernaya Tradition, which I thought was probably due to the pepper part of the infusion. But then what about the honey? Shouldn’t it have been in the aftertaste, providing for a balmy aroma? Well, there wasn’t much of that. Mernaya Honey Pepper had a vaguely sweet aroma, and that was that.
The bottle design looked okay at best. The price of 15€ for 700ml was very good, though.
what I want
If a vodka is infused with something spicy and something sweet, I want those tastes to come out at different times. Ideally, the taste could be a bit hot, with a balmy aroma in the aftertaste then making up for it. Mernaya Honey Pepper failed at that.
If you’re going to go for a honey pepper vodka, get Nemiroff Honey Pepper before you try this one.