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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sweet Potato

I’ve been fighting for years for vodka. Most people think vodka is a tasteless, colorless, odorless; just less of everything and meant for nothing more than mixing drinks. Oh, the horror! The best vodkas are ripe with heavenly scents and subtle flavors, and the best vodkas are made from potatoes in which the starch of the potatoes converts to a sweeter, more complex profile. The Karlsson’s Gold Vodka from Sweden will make you re-think vodka. This nose smells sweet - imagine a sweet mild pine forest put into a bottle. There’s also a terrific viscosity and the balance achieved here is spot on; not burning, not benign. The mild aromas of clove and mint round out the mouth. In short, sip this, or make high end cocktails with it but for godssakes don’t bury it under crappy mixes. Karlsson’s is clean, smooth and the addition of a wee bit of cracked black pepper gives it a complex spice. The Karlsson’s folk are happy to proclaim the use of single distillation (other vodkas proclaim multiple distillation and honestly in my experience, it’s the final product that counts, not the number of columns used) but regardless, this is one sweet potato vodka and well worth space on your cocktail shelf.
$39.99/750 ml – Alc: 40%
4 Bonz – Good Dog!

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