Belvedere Single Estate Rye Lake Bartezek Vodka (700ml)
A second vodka from Belvedere with a focus on 'terroir' is the Lake Bartezek Rye. Made from the same Dankowskie Diamond rye grain as the Smogory forest edition, but grown on a different Polish estate, according to the producers, the intention here is to highlight “The influence of the distinct soil, topography and climate... When sampled side by side, the two vodkas deliver two completely different taste profiles.” 40% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... One of two new bottles introduced to demonstrate the impact of terroir in vodka, this bottling is crisp, light and overall neutral on nose and palate. A vegetal hint on the palate leads into white pepper, ginger and lemon peel on the exhale. 92 points - Kara Newman - wineenthusiast.com
...Crafted from rye cultivated in northern Poland’s lake district, a region renowned for its crystal-clear glacial lakes, long and snowy winters… The rye in this region spends over 80 winter days buried in snow, conditions that add to its character and greatly impact the liquid’s flavor profile.” Initially pretty and approachable, here you’ll find a note of bread dough on the nose and a hint of the earthy, nutty terroir underneath a certain floral character. The vodka does develop a slight camphor note with time in glass, drowning out the more delicate aspects of the spirit over time. On the palate, the vodka is chewy and creamy, complex but soft, with notes of toasted brioche, a gentle lavender character, and a reprise of roasted nuts. Versatile and well crafted. - drinkhacker.com