I’m not a vodka drinker, but love to play with gin. As a wine drinker gin makes more sense-it has flavor. I can appreciate using vodka for it’s potency in cocktails, but by itself? I have never understood until now.
I recently had a chance to sample a new vodka-Belvedere’s Intense Unfiltered 80 Vodka. Made from 100% Polish rye, Belvedere Unfiltered is distilled similarly to the traditional Belvedere, but it’s not filtered or polished . This preserves more of the flavor and characteristics of a rye-based spirit while still maintaining an easy drinkability and clean finish.
Belvedere Intense Unfiltered 80 Vodka has a very soft nose with subtle vanilla notes backed with slightly yeasty tones. The entry has some nice flavor with the vanilla from the nose carrying through and accompanied by a slightly salty caramel. The spice from the rye really comes out in the mid-palate, but it’s not overly aggressive or out of balance with the rest of the flavors in the vodka. The finish has some subtle, toasted creamy caramel notes and finishes clean. This is not a “gimmicky” infused vodka. The flavor comes from the high quality rye, and the texture is a result of not stripping the finished product by over filtration. It would be hard for me to give up my gin martini, but an ice cold Belvedere Intense Unfiltered 80 Vodka served up a with a twist seems mighty tasty to me as well.
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