What’s your go to vodka, and do you mix it or drink it straight or neat?
Exploring and finding your preferred choice of vodka involves a combination of research, tasting, and understanding your own palate. Each person is different, and some may like a harder taste over a lighter taste.
As we are VODKA sommeliers, here’s a few tips to help you out:
Understand the Basics: Vodka can be made from various raw materials like wheat, rye, corn, potatoes, and even grapes. Different materials can impart subtle flavours and mouth feels to the vodka.
Start with Recommendations: Ask friends or experts for their favourites. Look for award-winning brands or highly-reviewed vodkas to start your exploration.
Environment: Taste in a quiet environment where you can concentrate.
Glassware: Use a clean glass, ideally a tulip-shaped one to concentrate the aroma.
Appearance: Look at the vodka; it should be clear with no impurities.
Smell: Take a moment to smell the vodka. Good vodka should have a neutral smell with maybe a slight note of the base ingredient.
Taste: Take a small sip. Let it sit in your mouth for a few seconds. Try to identify any flavours or aftertastes. Some vodkas may have a creamy, spiced, or even fruity profile depending on the ingredient and distillation process.
Finish: Notice how the vodka feels as you swallow. It should be smooth without a harsh burn.
Mixing: While tasting neat vodka is essential, most people consume vodka in cocktails or mixed drinks. Try your chosen vodkas in your favourite drinks. Some might mix better than others.
Price Point: Vodkas come at various price points. While higher-priced vodkas might offer a more refined taste, there are many mid-range and even lower-priced vodkas that offer excellent quality.
Country of Origin: Some people have preferences for vodkas from specific countries. Each country might have its own traditions and standards for vodka production.
Continue Exploring: Your palate will evolve over time. It’s always a good idea to try new brands or types occasionally.
Remember, the best vodka for you is the one you enjoy the most, whether it’s sipped neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail.
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