If you are a fan of pumpkin-flavored liquors you will be familiar with the fact that they come and go. The bottle you fell in love with this year may not be around next year and it can be a daunting task to find a suitable substitute for your lost love. The reason for this disappearing act is that pumpkin is a tricky flavor and a very seasonal one and producers are understandably very cautious with such unstable products.
This season we have another attempt at the elusive pumpkin spirits to grab hold of and this one is rather impressive. It comes to us from Pinnacle Vodka, one of the leaders in those tempting dessert vodka craze, and their Pumpkin Pie Vodka is spot on to its namesake. Okay, it is as close to a pumpkin pie as a liquor can be because there is always going to be that alcohol factor involved.
What I really like about this one is that the flavor is apparent but it is not overpowering like many of the pumpkin liqueurs available. A great testament to this is the approval of my husband who is generally not fond of flavored vodkas. When I get a "I actually kind of like that" out of him I know we have a product that can appeal to the majority of drinkers.
This vodka is sweet, but there is a balance that I appreciate between the sugar and spice aspects. Of course, given that this one comes from Pinnacle, there is that trademark whipped cream aspect here as well, which works really well against the rich pumpkin.
Will Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie survive into next year? That is a question I like to ask of these seasonal flavors, and it is obviously too early to tell. However, the word I received is that it is taking off nicely and getting great response so there's a chance we will see it again, though we know that there is no guarantee in the touchy distilled spirits market. I recommend checking this one out, and if you want it back, let the people behind it know.
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