Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose
Ketel One // Netherlands
Ketel One Botanical hits shelves beginning May 2018. Grapefruit & Rose 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.
"Really bright, intense grapefruit nose with the rose playing a very minor role here. The floral note shows up on the finish, but the grapefruit is there to stop it from heading into potpourri territory. It has a crisp, bittersweet finish. Of course you could use this in a cocktail, but it really doesn't need much more than ice and club soda to be complete. "