We write a lot about gin on Summer Fruit Cup (and a fair amount about whisk(e)y, too), but I’ve always had an interest in vodka and I thought it was about time that I start writing on this spirit.
The first vodka we’re looking at is Belvedere, which is a Polish, rye-based vodka. Made with Dankowskie Gold Rye and quadruple-distilled, the spirit is cut down to 40%ABV with water from Belvedere’s own well.
Initially smooth, with a growing warmth. This had quite an oily texture with some graininess, akin to bread, but, overall, it was very clean and crisp.
Lovely; a little thick and more viscous, whilst also being smooth and silky, like liquid honey. There was a pleasant, honey-like sweetness, too. I thought this was superb and definitely a great improvement over drinking it at room temperature.
This was very smooth and fresh, with an exceptionally light, fruity sweetness. A little lemon twist would add the crispness this Martini slightly lacks. Then you have a smooth and clean, yet flavourful, drink; very good.
This made a strong and rather powerful drink that was, nonetheless, refreshing. I was genuinely surprised at how much of the vodka’s flavour came through that of the tonic.
I think that this works well, although it’s not usually a method that I would consider when drinking vodka. The ice chills the drink and a little bit of ice-melt also helps to round off the few remaining edges of the spirit; it’s a great way to drink it if you want to appreciate the flavours of the vodka.
Crisp and cutting, like a shard of ice. This was full of clean flavours with a good twang of sour lime and a subtle hint of vanilla, making a smooth and refreshing drink. This is another, slightly different, way to enjoy Belvedere and appreciate its characteristics.