The beauty of vodka is its versatility. It’s so easy to mix to create great tasting cocktails and long drinks. However, there is more to vodka than being just a tasteless spirit used only for mixing. While vodka, by design, displays minimal flavour, it need not be tasteless. There is a subtle but distinct difference in flavours with vodkas, ranging from fruit to spicy notes.
Premium vodkas display these subtle flavours better than an ‘every day’ vodka, while also delivering a smoother texture. Another point to note when tasting vodka is the heat or burn on your tongue or back of your throat. This is an indication of how clean the vodka is and is determined by the number of times the spirit is distilled, and the distillation and filtration methods used.
A premium vodka will deliver a cleanness and richness enabling it to be drunk neat to fully appreciate the subtlety of flavours. Of course they work superbly in cocktails as well!
Here are a few premium vodkas on offer this month that may just convert you.
Straw Boys Irish Vodka (Was €36.00/Now €29.95)
Distilled in traditional copper pot stills by the Connacht Whisky company in Ballina, Co Mayo. This winner of ‘Best Irish Vodka’ in 2016 is a real bargain. It has a creamy and rounded body with subtle hints of almond and pepper leading to a creamy finish.
Ketel One Vodka (Was €47.00/Now €34.95)
This Dutch vodka has been produced by the Nolet family since 1691, that’s 10 generations of distillers. It is batch distilled in ten copper pot stills, including an original 19th century hand stoked, coal fired still. Exceptionally clean, with orange and gentle spice flavours. It has a smooth soft body with a cereal and honey sweetness yet remains clean and balanced.
Absolut Elyx (Was €66.00/Now€55.00)
Distilled in a copper still and made from winter wheat harvested from a single estate, giving the finished spirit a unique flavour character. Expect citrus notes of grapefruit and lime, and a subtle hint of caramel on a silky-smooth body.
Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on 3rd July, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.