Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint
Ketel One // Netherlands
Ketel One Botanical hits shelves beginning May 2018. Cucumber & Mint is part of a trio of releases which all start with Ketel One Vodka--made with 100% non-GMO grain. A botanical recipe is added and the product is redistilled in copper pot stills. Then it is infused with "naturally-extracted essences of crisp, fragrant fruits and botanicals". No artificial flavors, added sugars, or artificial sweeteners are added. Bottled at 60 proof, a 1.5 oz serving is 73 calories.
Botanical SpiritAn up and coming spirit, this category currently has no legal definition. Usually a neutral spirit is used as the base and it is then flavored with botanicals. However, juniper is NOT used in its production, so it is NOT a type of gin. Botanical spirits are usually not aged, but there are some exceptions.
"The cucumber aroma is quite intense, enough that you can detect it when you open the bottle, with thoughts turning to their skins. Mint is of moderate intensity which is a nice collaboration. The cucumber flavor, thankfully, comes down a few notches upon tasting with the refreshing mint offering a crisp finish. Of course serving with club soda on the rocks is a natural go-to, but consider adding a splash of pink lemonade or grapefruit juice to add a little sweetness (and dimension). "