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Vestal Polish Vodka 70cl

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So how to carve out a quality niche and overcome the bias of the bar industry and consumer? We’ll get to that in a moment. Vodka can be made from either a grain spirit (such as rye or wheat) or potatoes, and some other sources such as corn or grape syrup. Each lends a particular quality to the spirit. Vestal Polish Potato Vodka: There’s a real viscosity here, an oily mouthfeel and a surprising and lovely natural sweetness, some vanilla, a bit of mint and a hint of saline on the finish. Ideal for a martini with a twist.

Where it’s from: A Polish vodka founded by William Borrell, who’s also made a name for himself with two award-winning “five-star dive bars” in London So has Vestal Vodka found a way to introduce a vodka with both quality and distinction in an authentic way? I think so. Their commitment to the production style, it’s design and flavour profile as a spirit, along with a very personalised approach to carving out a niche and building relationships at the right end of the market means that this fine spirit will find it’s place for people who appreciate spirits ofboth finesse and complexity.Flavoured vodka is not exactly a new innovation, but to Borrell, a focus on origin is key. “The difference Why we’re drinking this: We’re happy to defend vodka. And Vestal, which has been around for more than a decade but only just made its way to our shores this summer, has the unusual distinction of earning a perfect score for its vodka from the famed Difford’s Guide — apparently, the only vodka to ever do so — as well as a 99/100 score from the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) and multiple Double Gold awards last year at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. There is no denying gin’s dominance over the spirits category in recent years. According to IWSR, gin is forecast to increase by 4.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) globally. Premium-and-above brands drive a substantive share, with this segment projected to grow by 11.4% CAGR 2021-2025.

The vodka market is indeed a cluttered one with some of the largest marketing budgets in the spirit world. We have always focussed on our unique approach to vodka production that has inspired large hospitality groups as well as Michelin stared restaurants.A lot of time, wearing our shoe leather and passion for this much maligned spirit has gone into building the brand. Image courtesy of Vestal Vodka All ingredients including spring water from our well are sourced when possible, potatoes have been grown on our farm or in various other fields that are no more than 30 km away.

Vintage Unfiltered: You may do a double take here, as the nose is like the purest essence of a potato — very earthy, too. But you’ll get something closer to herbaceous mezcal on the palate, albeit one with a creamy mouthfeel and some hints of white pepper and nutmeg. Great chilled in a wine glass, but probably a wonderful base for a dirty martini with a stuffed blue cheese olive. This idea of vodka having more time in the sun I think will be 100% fuelled by flavoured vodkas,” he says. Neat: Light on the palette with a crisp finish, but not austere, a hint of creaminess. Little spirit heat. Overall, very subtle.

Vestal has been selling by hand around the world for 9 years prior to a joint venture with Halewood international the UK largest and last family owned spirit company.The UK Government has since announced 370 new sanctions against Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine. One measure being implemented is an additional 35% import tariff hike on vodka from the country. Gone are those wonderful coupe fishbowls that people used to drink gin in,” Borrell adds. “Simple serves and flavoured vodkas are really what we’re looking at.”

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