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Vodka - Vesica

 

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Vesica Vodka
Importer
: Adamba Imports, Brooklyn, New York
100% Polish Potatoes
PROOF: 80 (40%) 
AGE: Not Applicable
TYPE: Polish, potato

PRICE: $13.99- 750 ML 


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Notes
: Vesica Vodka is produced in Poland from potatoes. Triple distilled then triple filtered including through charcoal (the best traditional vodka filtration) and then put through a ceramic candling process for further purity.

This is one of the few vodkas made with potatoes - which contrary to popular prejudice (particularly vociferous among Russians for some reason) - is a premium ingredient for vodka. With about 1/3 less yield per kilo and a lot more prep work to ferment and distill, it makes for a difficult and expensive undertaking. Also people who suffer from Celiac's Disease (a genetic intolerance to gluten found in grains) will find this a welcome addition to the kinds of distilled spirits they can drink.

Appearance: Crystal clear, no sediment whatsoever. On swirling, it leaves a thin clear coat on the inside of the glass forming a crenellated edge with some legs and lots of small droplets - this seems to be a familiar pattern with potato vodka.  A crystal clear pool in the glass.

First Impression: A slightly sweet smell to it, slight alkaline notes. Rounder, deeper smells than a grain vodka. No smell of esters or oils; clean, well done distillation.

TasteSweet and slightly oily on the tongue, medium body. Crisp bite to it on the edges and middle of your tongue. A slight  warming of alcohol as it goes down the throat, with lingering warmth and tingle to the lips. Chilling accentuates the sweetness and body.

Drinks: The martini deadly smooth. A slowly stirred 3 or 4 to 1 Ratio of Vesica to vermouth with a 1-2 dashes of a good bitter and lemon zest yields a wonderfully viscous martini. More plush and heavier feel to a drink than a grain vodka can normally manage.

NOTE: Use Noilly Prat and keep the vermouth refrigerated after opening for the best taste.   

Final Thoughts: An good value for the money - One of the few potato vodkas out there and one that is damn cheap for the money- many charge at least half again and sometimes much more. Not as finely finished as some we have had, but for the money a excellent deal .

Bottle: Tall rounded clear glass bottle with rounded edges and a blue and silver label. Dark blue neck foil and screwcap. Other version (1 liter) has a 1/2 moon shape on one side to fit together with the other one.

Website:: http://www.vesicavodka.com

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