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Belvedere Unfiltered

Reviews to date: 1Average score: 4.00
Country: PolandDistilled from: RyeCompany: Polmos Zyrardów
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Poured cool into a tall dram glass - "The Whiskey Drinker's Vodka", so why not? Typical Polish vodka smell on the nose - cool, clean, a bit like powdered sugar or fluoride - but with a noticeable hint of stinky funk, like a barnyard or fine fur. This stuff is flat-out wonderful! It strikes a perfect dichotomy between seriously spicy burn, like fresh-ground white pepper straight up the nose, and subtle sweet smoothness. The burn is almost entirely nasal or on the palate, rather than on the way down. Start to finish it has profound notes of clay-rich artesianal sea salt, dried cranberry, and a hint of mint and rosemary. For those that have had Gryzalka or Horilka, it's reminiscent of a top-shelf version of that. I'm glad I found this on a serious sale price, because $45 would have been far too steep - but this is definitely a premium vodka nonetheless, and one that I highly recommend for those like me who detest too little flavor.
Reviewer: Sam W.

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