Belvedere Single Estate Rye: Smogóry Forest
Belvedere // Poland
First announced in fall 2017 during London Cocktail Week, this single-estate vodka gets all of its rye from a farm in the village of Smogóry Forest in western Poland. Diamond Dankowskie rye is grown and harvested here for Belvedere. This vodka is intended to explore the idea of terroir and joins their other single-estate rye, Lake Bartężek, in this endeavor. Expected release for both vodkas to occur in early 2018.
Unflavored VodkaDistilled from any agricultural product, most commonly grains or potatoes. Typically distilled to 95% ABV. Water is added to bring the spirit down to as low as 37.5% ABV in the EU and 40% ABV in the US. It is usually filtered, often with charcoal, prior to bottling. It is almost always clear and unaged.
"On the nose, this rye-based vodka exhibits a hint of pepper, but is otherwise fairly neutral in aroma. It flavor, however, leans into that peppery spice and a bit of salinity. The flavor is full up front, but then fades out nicely, with a slight lasting tingle on the palate. Though it has a bit of spice to it, this vodka would make a lovely spirit forward cocktail like a Martini or Vesper, and would also be a option to drink neat or on the rocks for die-hard vodka fans."