How To Appreciate Your Vodka In 5 Steps
Many people has this common perception that vodka, being colourless and odourless, is tasteless as well. This cannot be far more from the truth. Well-distilled vodka does have a rich and complex taste whereby you can actually identify the starch or sugar that it is made from. Texture is also another factor you look out for when you are tasting your vodka. Premium grade vodka, like the Texas Vodka or Houston Vodka, typically has a smooth and velvety texture that is easy on your palate.
Here are 5 steps to appreciate your vodka and you will never think that it is tasteless anymore.
1. Freeze Your Vodka
Freeze your vodka for 2-3 hours before drinking to get it nice and cold. Room temperature vodka just tastes nasty, and ice cubes dilute the entire experience. This brings me to another point: never drink vodka on the rocks. You do not want to be drinking water. Drink it neat, and bottoms up. You will not regret it.
2. Smell It
Pour a healthy shot of vodka in your glass. Hold it in your hands for a while to warm it up. You do not want to drink it immediately and freeze your tastebuds. During this time, you can start your appreciation by smelling the vodka. Good vodka should smell creamy, sweet, or grainy.
3. Sip It
Take a sip of it and swirl it around your mouth like how you would do in all alcohol tasting. Let it sit and savour the taste. Good vodka should taste smooth, creamy, and rich.
4. Finish the Whole Shot
After sipping, wash your palate with lukewarm water, and finish the whole shot. Compare the two experiences.
5. Complement It With Food
Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Complement your vodka with starchy food like potatoes, pastries, breads, or fish.
And that, my dear friend, is how you appreciate a premium-grade vodka. Do try it and let me know your experiences.