Tips For Buying VodkaOctober 5th, 2017
Millions of us around the world love to sip the worlds most popular alcoholic drink vodka. Though it is generally consumed in much higher volumes than other spirits. The depth of knowledge among whiskey or gin drinkers tends to be vaster and detailed with drinkers appreciating the complexity of characteristics resulting from various aging methods, distillation techniques and ingredients used.
For the majority of vodka drinkers they are swayed mostly by marketing and perceptions. Either its expensive, tasteless and smooth or its cheap, offensive and not too dissimilar from rubbing alcohol. Here are some facts that will better equip you when purchasing Vodka
Why Wheat Vodka?
Wheat is a very light and delicate grain meaning it requires less distillation time. A 2-3 time distilled wheat vodka are a great place to start when educating your pallet on Vodka as they have fresh citrus notes and are very crisp, clean and inoffensive taste.
Why Potato Vodka?
Quite the opposite to wheat, potatoes being so heavy and dense result in a full bodied much thicker texture. However the challenge for distillers are the high levels of impurities released during the distillation process. Making affordable high quality potato vodkas a lot harder to come by. But if you’re willing to spend that bit extra on a multiple filtered, multiple time distilled potato vodka you are truly in for a treat as texture, flavor and smoothness come together in one bottle
Why Distill Vodka So Many Times?
Generally people believe the more times a vodka is distilled the better it is. Simply this just isn’t true, a vodka that has been distilled many times is generally an indication that the quality of ingredients it has been distilled from aren’t of the greatest quality. We’d advise not picking a vodka based on it being distilled hundreds of time but rather picking a vodka that has been distilled the ‘right’ amount of time based on the it s raw ingredients.
How To Talk About Vodka?
To new comers texture should be the main talking point. The intricate subtle details of aroma and undertones are characteristics only truly understood by those who frequently drink vodka (straight). Is the vodka thick and heavy or thin and light being the initial things to pay attention to.
Flavored Vodkas: Good or Bad?
Flavored vodka doesn’t really have the best reputation and many new flavored vodkas on the market haven’t done much to change vodka drinkers minds. A huge majority of flavored vodkas are synthetically flavored using aroma chemicals. Which are usually added after the distillation process. Resulting in a very unnatural tasting vodka. However some brands have recently attempted to bring some credibility to flavored vodkas, Ciroc Coconut Vodka being a real quality stand out.