Around Christmas William Borrell from Vestal Vodka contacted me again to see if I was willing to receive another two samples of his product. While I found the first ones stunning, I didn’t have to think very long or hard to say yes to that. Soon after, a white and brown spirit were delivered.
The white one was another vintage of their Kaszebe ‘terroir’ vodka. The other one a Kaszebe vodka that has been infused with several kinds of wood. More on that one tomorrow.
Another funny fact is that ‘borrel’ (with one L) in Dutch means shot or drink. So I guess Mr. Vestal Vodka couldn’t have a more appropriate name than that!
The story remains the same. Pure vodka from Poland, with hand picked potatoes from the eastern regions of the country. No strange flavourings added, no gimmicky stuff.
I get some lemon at first, gentle, like a lemon curd. Strangely I also get some ‘La Vache qui rit’ cheese wedges. Not in a bad way, though. Just strange. It all smells crystal clear to me, like water in a mountain stream, with mossy rocks on the side.
On the palate I get a little bit of peppery heat at first. Pink peppercorns. So with a tinge of sweetness, and quite a herbal flavour as well. I also get the lemon curd again, and the slight spiciness goes to sage. It makes me feel like having saltimbocca. It all is very gentle and I can imagine this vodka going very well with said Saltimbocca. Vodka and food. The way it’s supposed to be.
The finish continues in this streak of greatness. Slightly spicy with sage again. Or I should say herbacious. And it lasts long with that lemon curd flavour being the most important one.
I really have to thank Mr. Borrell for letting me try this. I now know for sure I’m going to get myself a bottle of this stuff. At first I really wanted the Podlasie one, and I still do, but this vintage of Kasz and is absolutely lovely. Maybe the best white spirit I’ve ever had, but then I’m talking Vestal Vodka in general.
So thanks to Vestal Vodka for sending out samples. Absolutely gorgeous stuff, this.
Vestal Vodka, Kaszebe terroir, 2009 vintage, 40%