Three Olives is one of the vodka brands that makes a premium clear vodka that is great in cocktails. It backs this up with many impressive flavors including Triple Shot Espresso and a fantastic pomegranate vodka. The vodkas are produced from fine English wheat and quadruple distilled.
This vodka line is matched in quality, availability, and flavors by only a few other companies. While many of their infused vodkas stretch the limits of what we consider the "clear, flavorless spirit," they do so in a modest, yet innovative, fashion.
Why Do We Love Three Olives Vodka?
There are countless bottles of vodka on the liquor store shelves today, yet there are a few brands that stand out from the crowd. One of those is Three Olives and there are a few very good reasons for that.
First and foremost, it's a good vodka. Even if you are not impressed by some of the more gimmicky flavors from the brand, most people can agree that this is a smooth vodka that can be used in almost any vodka cocktail.
When we add to that the fact that Three Olives is a common sight in liquor stores and bars and it's available at a decent price, this vodka's a win-win. Sure, there may be 'better' vodkas available, but taste is subjective and the cost is a consideration for many drinkers. The underlying fact is that when you're looking for a reliable, affordable vodka for your next drink, Three Olives is a good option to keep in mind.
The Flavored Vodka of Three Olives
The flagship clear vodka from Three Olives is a staple in many bars.
It can work in a great variety of vodka cocktails, from martinis to casual highballs and you'll have a very enjoyable drink. Yet, it is within their flavored vodkas that the brand really draws attention.
As we have seen with many of the big brands in the vodka market, Three Olives' flavored vodkas tend to come and go.
There are staples in the lineup; those like Berry, Citrus, and Vanilla have been around for years and it's unlikely that they're going anywhere. The same can probably be said for newer favorites like Triple Shot Espresso and Whipped Cream as these quickly became new standards in the vodka scene.
Just like some of its competitors, Three Olives has a few unique offerings. Flavors like Dude (a take on Mountain Dew) or Loopy (Fruit Loops cereal) are not made by other vodka companies. You might question the longevity of their appeal, but a number of these have been around for longer than some of us expected.
- Standard Fruit Flavors: Berry, Cherry, Citrus, Grape, Mango, Orange, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Watermelon
- Standard Sweet Vodkas: Chocolate, Vanilla
- Favorite New Flavors: Cake, Triple Shot Espresso, Whipped Cream
- Unique Flavors: Bubble, Dude, Loopy, Purple, Rangtang, Root Beer, Supercola
For all the flavors that Three Olives offers, in comparison, they are not out of control. You do find that they follow trends from time to time, as their 2016 releases of Pink Grapefruit and Apples & Pears prove.
Yet, the brand is not on the same level as the likes of Pinnacle Vodka which offers over 40 flavors.
Three Olives remains at just over 20 flavors and they are all well-made, some are just more appealing and universal than others.
Mixing some of the more unusual flavors into cocktails can be a bit of a challenge. Begin with the vodka straight or with a small amount of ice. Consider topping it with clear sodas or adding a complementary fruit juice, then build off these experiences to create more drinks.
- Jolly Rancher - Originally with the now discontinued Green Apple Vodka, though the new Apples and Pears may be an interesting substitute. You might even use their watermelon vodka.
- Tootsie Roll (shooter) - Chocolate Vodka
- Zombie's Brew - Tartz Vodka
Three Olives Triple Shot Espresso
Espresso is one of the hot new flavors of vodka and Three Olives' Triple Shot Espresso is among the most impressive.
It is rich and has a great roasted bean flavor.
There are three shots of Italian espresso inside each bottle. If you're looking for a delectable coffee-flavored martini, this is a tasty and easy way to get one.
The vodka is rather thick, but that's to be expected when working with espresso and with a few ice cubes it makes a great after dinner sipper. When mixing this espresso into cocktails, keep the drinks simple. Pair it with citrus or tropical flavors that balance its darkness or lighten it up with lighter spirits as I did in the Ginspresso Martini.
Tasting Notes: The fragrance of the Triple Shot Espresso is filled with fresh roasted coffee beans and hints of dark chocolate. The palate is impressively smooth throughout with a dark coffee and chocolate base. The vodka finishes off with dark roasted hazelnut coffee subtly fading into a caffeine "high."
Three Olives Root Beer Vodka
Why take on a flavor like root beer in a vodka? There are a number of advantages. First of all, it is great well chilled and on the rocks - a sort of non-carbonated, spiked root beer.
Then, there is the ability to create a vodka and cola that has the flavor of root beer. Another option is to combine it with vanilla vodka and ginger ale. Both of these essentially creates an adult root beer that rivals the taste of the average commercial root beer.
Finally, a spiked, non-carbonated, short root beer float, need I say more? If you like root beer and vodka on their own and want the taste of root beer without the soda, this vodka is perfect.
Tasting Notes: Three Olives Root Beer Vodka is like a spiked, homemade sasparilla through and through. The entry is light and relatively transparent with a palate of light sarsaparilla, vanilla, and cherry. This vodka finishes as clean as any carbonated root beer with notes of licorice, cherry, and an oh-so-smooth sarsaparilla root.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.