Mary Jane’s Primo Hemp Vodka Review (Ontario)

So, last night after a fun evening of gaming with my hubby (an addicting board game called Viticulture, followed by Soul Calibur IV on the PS3), Mark decided to open up a bottle of liquor that we purchased locally a year or two ago.

In general I prefer to review liquors that we purchased on holidays in exotic locations, and not things we could find at the corner liquor store. But this one was too unusual to ignore on many levels: Mary Jane’s Primo Hemp Vodka. Yes, you read that correctly.

Mary Jane's Primp Hemp Vodka

When regular vodka just won’t do.

And yup. This is made in Canada. We actually picked this one up in Banff, Alberta, at a cramped, cluttered little liquor store. Nothing had prices and several items were coated with a fine layer of dust.

Mark spotted this bottle and decided it was interesting enough to give it a try. But we hadn’t opened it until last night.

Mary Jane's Primo Hemp Vodka back labelIt’s made by Orchard City Distilling in the Okanagan Valley, British Colombia and, according to their website, is “banned in the USA.” This makes it sound edgy and dangerous, but remember, Kinder Surprise Eggs are also illegal in the USA. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to drink, there are just different standards for labelling and ingredient additives in different countries. No biggie.

Anyway, Mark opened up the bottle last night, took a sniff, exclaimed, “whoa!” and passed me the bottle. The first sniff….was not good. It reminded me of….the best way I can describe it, is did you ever drink soy milk when it first came out? And it had a very strong, distinct, earthy smell and flavour, a cross between wet cardboard and Play-Doh? That’s what this reminded me of. It wasn’t like new-mown grass, or wet hay in a farmer’s field, or even an AC/DC concert. This was just…yeah, there are no words.

So Mark made us a vodka-and-Coke highball to see if it would mix better than the smell indicated.

Mary Jane's hemp vodka and cokeNope, it does not mix well with Coke. The hemp flavour permeated, and dare I say decimated the classic Coke flavour. Considering the fact that Coke is touted as strong enough to be used as a toilet bowl cleaner, anything that can overpower and strong-arm it into submission has to be pretty hefty.

In fact, the combination was so bad, that after one sip I couldn’t take anymore and made Mark drink mine as well as his own. We’re still trying to decide what this could even mix well with, but haven’t come up with any ideas yet. Maybe savoury drinks rather than sweet, or at least flavours that can hold their own against the strong flavour of this vodka, otherwise they will be overpowered. Their website has several recipes, and I would recommend trying those first before experimenting. Many of the recipes include coffee liquor, orange juice or tomato juice (bloody Mary’s, for example) which might be able to meld the flavours together more favourably. But if we can’t find a good recipe to mix this one in, I’m afraid it might just end up getting tossed.

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2 Replies to “Mary Jane’s Primo Hemp Vodka Review (Ontario)”

  1. Darlene Post author

    Thanks for the correction on highball vs cocktail, I knew there was a more accurate word but my brain wasn’t conjuring it up. I have amended the wording. And agreed on the hemp & Coke combo, it didn’t do any favours to either ingredient. That was my thinking in hindsight too, that the hemp flavour might be more flattering against savoury or stronger additions, maybe even a vodka martini? At the time we didn’t think to check the company website for recipes either which was a mistake!

  2. Jenna Rockefeller

    I find All-Natural Mary Jane’s Primo Hemp Vodka is best suited in a Bloody Mary (Jane’s) or Caesar cocktail and FYI, vodka & coke is a highball, not a cocktail … just saying… I feel mixing anything hemp with Coke is an outrage of epic proportions. This ultra-smooth vodka is also enjoyable on the rocks for that distinct hemp nut taste and makes a dynamite Godmother cocktail 50/50 with Disaronno.

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