The Vodkaphiles Review
Made in: Poland
Distributed/Imported in the US by: Millenium Imports
Main raw material: Rye
Expected retail price: $ 28.00
Created from hand-selected Polish rye, Belvedere is quadruple-distilled and filtered through a natural filter of diatomaceous earth. The bottle sports a portrait of the Polish "White House".
Here are the comments our experts shared on this vodka.
A faintly pleasing odor, but a somewhat unappealing aftertaste. The texture is fairly silky and smooth. The packaging and marketing approach is particularly appealing.
Bright aroma of spice, citrus, caraway, herbs, grain, vanilla and spirits. Nose is forward, zesty, a bit sweet. Spirity note dissipates with air. Very clear, crisp and clean. Full-bodied texture, viscous, creamy and smooth. Palate resembles the nose, with some added spice that carries through to the finish. It is smooth, creamy, complex, focused, well-structured, flavorful and dry, with a faint sweet impression. Very attractive package, evoking ice and purity. Use of a cork evokes quality. Bottle is lovely, with frosted, etched glass. This is an exceptional, highly recommended Vodka.
Interesting flavor but not quite up to the Chopin. A-1 packaging - worth the purchase for that alone.
Clear, excellent texture. Taste and aftertaste slightly harsh. Body of bottle is surprisingly slippery when wet or frosty. Good graphics.
I wasn't wild about this one; it tastes quite bitter. It's texture isn't as pronounced as Chopin's.
Sweet, creamy, mildly spicy aromatics with custard, vanilla, coconut,tropical fruit and cocoa. Subtle and rich with creamy vanilla bean, mild citrus, traces of chocolate. Pleasantly balanced with fruity character in the mellow lightly spiced finish. Finishes with minimal heat. Beautiful well thought presentation with elegance yet powerful presence. Simply exudes quality. A must add to any back bar and a prominant conversation piece worthy of appreciation. Like the cork finish.
Our vodka experts are dispersed around the country, tasting the very best vodkas. We do not gather together in one place, engage in Groupthink, and otherwise influence one another's opinions. Each expert has their own tastes, preferences and quirks (but we share a tasting methodology). We feel all of this contributes to more interesting, honest results.
It is worth noting that, in our scoring, we use the full 100 point scale, not just the top 10 or 20 points of it. We don't believe in grade inflation, and we consider a score of 80 or above to be the mark of a fine vodka. The final scores tallied above are the average scores of our seven vodka experts from around the country.