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Review: 360 Buttered Popcorn Vodka

360 Buttered Popcorn vodkaI’ve been resisting even opening this bottle for several months, for reasons which must be obvious. Liquid popcorn? I’ve been scared.

360 Buttered Popcorn, in reality, is more harmless than you might expect. The nose is sickly sweet — more like a glazed doughnut (a vodka flavor which 360 also makes) or cotton candy than anything you’d expect from popcorn. The recent Smirnoff Iced Cake vodka has a lot of similarities with this one.

The popcorn component is a bit more of an afterthought. Somewhere in the finish there’s a vague corny character — something like you get in very young Bourbon — along with that distinct chemically sludgy taste that comes with movie theater popcorn butter. The funky aftertaste recalls cardboard and ashes… or perhaps another part of the movie theater: The floor.

70 proof. Naturally flavored (inexplicably).

C- / $13 / vodka360.com

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. Edoc January 13, 2013

    “Naturally flavored (inexplicably).”

    The FDA meaning of “natural flavors” is so cryptic and bizarre that it is virtually interchangeable with “artificially flavored”. The label means almost nothing, and you can safely bet that the flavor profile of any food or beverage with such labels is anything but natural.

  2. Kate January 13, 2013

    Everyone would do themselves a favor by making small batches of Don Lee’s buttered-popcorn-infused rum for his Cinema Highball cocktail instead: http://www.tastingtable.com/backbar_detail.htm?id=8352#gonzo-tab

    Much better flavor, and intriguing in a daiquiri among other things.

  3. DJ HawaiianShirt January 15, 2013

    I have a bottle of 360 Glazed Donut vodka because I tend to enjoy buying the more off-the-wall ones just for novelty factor.

    I got a mini of the 360 Buttered Popcorn a while back, and it tastes almost exactly like all these pseudo-vanilla vodkas that you see everywhere now: cake, glazed donut, whipped cream, frosting, etc. What I think is happening here is that these producers add, along with vanilla, a bit of butter flavoring to add that dairy character that these flavors would need. I think they added a bit more of that butter for this stuff, and that’s about it. I didn’t get much corn flavor like you mentioned, only butter and vanilla.

  4. [email protected] April 21, 2013

    Looks a lot stranger than it tastes. Like melted butter! Nice with Coke.


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