Vodka.. But I don’t drink Vodka !!
When I was first approached to take a look at this product I immediately pictured the scene from Indiana Jones where the girl and some Russian chap were slinging shots back to see who would be the last one standing.. this kind of scene is repeated all over the place, Vodka is a drink made to sling back, isn’t it ? Well I thought it was anyway..
Not having much of a clue about Vodka I thought I had better take a look at some info, and here is what the Borders Distillery has to say about their product..
“PUFFING BILLY STEAM VODKA IS UNFILTERED MALTED BARLEY VODKA – NAMED FOR THE RARE CARTERHEAD STILL WHICH PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN ITS PRODUCTION.
FIRST WE POT-DISTILL MALTED BARLEY SPIRIT FROM LOCALLY-GROWN BARLEY, THEN WE RE-DISTILL IT INTO VODKA USING PUFFING BILLY, OUR SPECIALLY-COMMISSIONED CARTERHEAD STILL.
REGULAR FILTRATION WOULD STRIP AWAY THE DELICIOUS FLAVOURS AND TEXTURES OF THE BARLEY, SO INSTEAD THE SPIRIT IS STEAMED THROUGH CHARCOAL INSIDE THE STILL ITSELF RATHER THAN FILTERED AS A LIQUID.
IT IS THE ONLY VODKA IN THE WORLD MADE THIS WAY AND THE RESULT IS BRIMFUL OF CHARACTER WITH AN INCREDIBLE CREAMY MOUTHFEEL.”
They also go on to give a few serving suggestions which actually starts to make a little more sense to me, this isn’t actually a liquid that is supposed to be drunk alone, it, like so many other spirits these days can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways and cocktails being the current “In thing ” seems to be the direction I should go..
SMOOTH AND CREAMY – TRY IT OVER ICE OR CHILLED AND STRAIGHT. OR THERE’S ALWAYS OUR FAVOURITE WAY TO ENJOY IT NEAT…
25ML PUFFING BILLY STEAM VODKA FROM THE FREEZER
POUR INTO A CHILLED SHOT GLASS
ADD A SINGLE CRACK OF BLACK PEPPER
SERVE WITH A CORNICHON PICKLE
50ML PUFFING BILLY STEAM VOKDA
25ML CLOUDY APPLE JUICE
JUICE OF HALF A LIME
TOP WITH GINGER BEER
BUILD IN AN ICE-FILLED HIGHBALL GLASS
STIR AND GARNISH WITH LIME WEDGE
THE CREAMY TEXTURE OF PUFFING BILLY STEAM VODKA MAKES IT A GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO LIGHT RUM. TRY IT IN OUR TAKE ON THE CLASSIC MOJITO.
MUDDLE LIME WEDGES, BROWN SUGAR AND FRESH MINT LEAVES IN A COLLINS GLASS
FILL WITH ICE AND ADD 50ML PUFFING BILLY STEAM VODKA
STIR AND TOP WITH SODA
GARNISH WITH FRESH MINT LEAVES
So since I don’t really drink cocktails either I thought id better just see how it goes neat then have a play around.
Now I have always believed Vodka was a tasteless liquid with virtually no aroma either but this certainly has some aroma..
There is a definitive malty note along with some delicate floral notes and to be honest if this was put in front of me without knowing it was vodka id swear it would pass as new make spirit, which essentially it is I suppose..
The palate also gives off that New make style along with a smooth ( o god I said smooth in a review ) and creamy start and a slightly bitter after taste..
So the next step is to add a mixer of some sort, Coke is my obvious soft drink but I will refrain from that for now and since today is a rather warm day I will reach for some lemonade, but not just any lemonade, o no, only the finest will do for this review.. Fentimans Victorian lemonade is my choice and i know it will only be a Tall Drink as i call them but i did tell you i dont do cocktails..
So Lemonade added, ice added and Vodka added.. Sits back, feet up and enjoys immensely..
Although I have probably not really given much insight into how or why I enjoyed the Vodka mixed in the Lemonade what I can tell you is that it was bloody delicious, totally hit the spot on this rather warm afternoon and it has certainly opened my eyes a little more into the world of liquids for mixing..