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Tasting Notes – Ketel One Vodka

Submitted by on March 9, 2011 – 10:00 amNo Comment

Ketel One is known as one of the best vodkas in the world.  This reputation for quality is not sudden or the result of a recent public relations campaign.  In fact, since 1691, the Nolet family of Holland has been distilling exemplary spirits using traditional Alembic pot stills.  They believe a quality product requires a quality process and have been working for 320 years to get it right.  The brand is even named after the family’s first copper still demonstrating their love and focus on that process.


IMG 0884 Tasting Notes   Ketel One VodkaIn terms of process, Ketel One Vodka is distilled from 100% wheat with the first and last 100 gallons of each batch thrown out.  The Nolets believe that keeping only this middle “heart” of the distillation run results in a purer and cleaner final product.  If blended with the first and last 100 gallons (which are too harsh and too weak respectively) would result in a vodka of far inferior quality.  Post distillation, it is then filtered through charcoal  after which it gets rested in tile-lined tanks until judged ready to be bottled.


One the nose, Ketel One demonstrates the aromas of citrus and clean grainy bread dough.  In the mouth, the presence of slightly toasted grain is quite pleasant and mixes with hint of Meyer lemon and also of black pepper that fades rather nicely on the finish.  The finish is slightly dry with just a bit of vaporous heat to it.  It is a weighty vodka on the tongue, which I like, as it has a noticeable thickness and viscosity about it.


I find Ketel One to excel over rocks in a heavy glass.  It is a very nice sipping vodka (again, this is coming from a gin man) which is mostly due  to having such a weighty mouthfeel.  Given this, Ketel One makes an excellent vodka martini (should you be one of those people who for some unknown reasons eschews gin, but I digress).   This is also a spectacular mixing vodka, again, precisely for its’ weight and its’ slight citrus character.  I find cocktails made with this vodka to be substantial and satisfying.  One that I will definitely be returning too, I very much enjoed Ketel One with a bit of Q Tonic and slice of grapefruit.


In short, I recommend Ketel One for anyone interested in quality vodka and especially those who prefer to drink it straight or with minimal adornment.



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