How can one good vodka today be fundamentally different from another?
It depends on several degrees of purification, crystal clear water, high-quality raw materials. You can get vodka where spring water is replaced by water from melted icebergs, where the degree of vodka more than doubles, as well as vodka, that changes its colour to black.
The world-famous Absolut vodka. The classic taste with Swedish quality. This vodka is made only from water and quality winter wheat, with zero sugar. The strength of the character of Absolute vodka underlines the fact that the grains of such wheat germinate under the Swedish snow. Its taste is rich, full-bodied, with the aroma of cereals and the delicacy of a fruity aftertaste.
Chase English potato vodka was officially recognized as the best in the world at the 2010 tasting championship in San Francisco. Among its main features is an entirely manual production method, as well as the concentration of all manufacturing processes on one farm in the English Hertfordshire: potatoes are grown here, they are fermented here, alcohol is purified and distilled.
Black vodka was created in 1996 by British marketing specialist and avid party-goer Mark Dorman. When in a bar in San Francisco, the barman first poured vodka and tonic for Dorman. Then offered other customers who were sitting nearby, a choice of black coffee or coffee with milk. That’s where the idea to create a new black vodka came from. It instantly became a hit among all club youth, who care about not only the quality but also the appearance of the drink. The rich black colour is achieved by the addition of an extract from the catechu plant, an acacia native to South Asia and Africa. At the same time, catechu does not affect the taste of the drink. However, some consumers say that it is this plant that gives Blavod its exceptional softness.
Pacific Dawn Limited, a New Zealand-based company, produces the southernmost vodka in the world, 42 Below. 42 in the name is a parallel that runs in the middle of New Zealand, as well as the strength of vodka. They make it near Wellington, in a place that has been recognized as the benchmark for the purity of air and water on the planet. That makes 42 Below one of the cleanest vodkas in both hemispheres).
The usual raw materials for making vodka are wheat, barley, potatoes. The process of making vodka from different companies is also not much different. But there is vodka, which is made according to wine-making technologies: only from the best varieties of French grapes, using cold fermentation and maceration technologies. This vodka is called Cîroc. The grapes "Mosa Blanc" and "Uni Blanc", from which it is produced, grows in the vicinity of Gaul and the Cognac region. Areas where the methods of growing grapes of the Benedictine monks are still used. The grapes are harvested exclusively by hand. Cîroc is distilled five times, which ensures the purest taste and no excessive bitterness.
The strongest in the world, the Scottish vodka Pincer Shanghai Strength has a strength of 88.8 per cent of alcohol. The Scots surprised the whole world by creating a luxury vodka of unprecedented power. Pincer claims that centuries of experience in the purification of alcohol, water from the highlands of Scotland, selected grains and thistle extract make this vodka quite soft, even despite such a high degree.
It is vital to drink vodka correctly, so as not to harm your health, but also to get real pleasure from drinking it.
Do you know how to serve it? Vodka should be consumed chilled. This rule exists for a reason. Any, even the highest quality vodka has a rather sharp taste and smell. As the temperature drops, it dulls the taste and aroma. Due to this, it becomes much more comfortable and more pleasant to drink. Keep vodka in a freezer. Real vodka will cope with minus 18 degrees, and you will enjoy its every shot.
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