One of the cheapest and good tasting potato vodkas out there.
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.
Taste: Sweet and slightly oily on the tongue, medium body. Crisp bite to it on the edges and middle of your tongue. Aslight 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.
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.
Final Thoughts: A 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 .
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