Flavoured VodkaFlavoured Vodkas have been produced for centuries. Initially, extra ingredients were added to mask the harsh taste of rough cuts in early distillates. Nowadays flavouring vodka is a mark of the distiller's skill. The best examples offer a pure, non-confected representation of the key note flavour - not so easily achieved, as many fall into the 'too sweet' trap. Flavoured vodkas are now in vogue with several celebrity affiliated brands leaving a mark on popular culture. Their convenience and versatility as mixers means there's a steady demand, and the flavour range currently available is better than ever. Click here to learn more about Vodka.
Bielsko-Biala, POLAND$42.99 Bottle
- ABV 36%
Pours a deep burnt sienna brown. The aroma takes a good half minute to intensify towards a moderate ranking. Smells convincingly of walnut, but lacks freshness and intensity. Some mild bitter chocolate / herbal notes later emerge and pretty much swamp the primary note. A light entry leads into a medium weight palate offering bitter herbal digestif notes - moreso than walnut. Soft creamy mouth feel. Aftertaste is dry with the mild herb / chocolate bitterness lingering. Weird yet fascinating at the same time. 36% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 45%
Impressive burnished bronze appearance. Oozes caramel on the nose followed by hints of honeycomb and nougat however the intensity and freshness drops several notches after brief aeration. The palate offers an interesting juxtaposition between the mildly peppery vodka base and the infusion. Sweet, luscious caramel / honeycomb flavours are delivered with a silky texture with good length and without being overly sweet. Thins out towards the finish before concluding delicately bitter. 45% Alc./Vol.
Nick's ImportPOLAND$59.99 Bottle
This luxury Polish vodka is now available in Australia in a delicious 'flavoured' variant. Brown sugar is gently caramelized, and added to give this its delectable taste. Dating back to 1743, Pravda has been produced in the heart of the world renowned vodka area of Southern Poland, located in the pristine Carpathian mountain district of Bielskobiala. The spirit is made in small batches to a unique five step distillation process under the strict guidance of sixth generation master distiller, Aleksandra Kulak. Encompassing the best of each element of production, the ingredients found in Bielsko-Biala are amongst the finest in the world, with the Carpathian mountains being a source of the purest spring water combined with the regions fields of sweet, late harvest rye - untreated and natural, giving a softer, mellower taste. 37.5% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 37.5%
Bielsko-Biala, POLAND$64.99 Bottle
- ABV 50%
Pale straw / gold colour. Intrigueing scents of fresh crushed herbs including thyme, sage, rosemary and dill are delivered with a gentle nose prickle. Entry is creamy followed by a sweet herbal amalgam building to a very concentrated spicy burst at mid palate. Exceptional balance at 50% ABV. Finish turns pleasantly bitter, contrasting nicely against the initial sweetness. Aftertaste remains bitter-sweet with the herbal theme continuing at length. A wonderful old world digestif.