Two new single-estate vodkas have been launched for luxury vodka brand Belvedere in a new series that highlights the terroir of the grain used to make them.
The new Belvedere Single Estate Rye Series aims to explore how the taste of the vodka is affected by the soil, topography and climate of the superior Polish Dankowskie Diamond Rye used in their production.
The expressions, Smogóry Forest and Lake Bartężek, are both named for the villages of the estates where the rye is farmed. They have been bottled at 40% ABV.
The core Belvedere Vodka is made with rye from only eight farms, two of which were selected for this series. When tasted side by side, the two new vodkas deliver demonstrably different taste profiles.
Smogóry Forest is made entirely from Dankowskie Diamond Rye grown at a single small estate deep in western Poland – a region known for its forests, short, continental weather fronts, mild winters and fertile soils.
The terroir contributes to the vodka having notes of salted caramel with a touch of honey and white pepper, leading through to a bold and savoury finish.
Lake Bartężek is made from Dankowskie Diamond Rye grown at a single farm in northern Poland’s Mazury lake district, a region of crystal-clear glacial lakes, weather shaped by Baltic winds and long, snowy winters.
The rye in this region spends over 80 winter days buried in snow, conditions that are said to add to its character and greatly impact the liquid’s flavour profile. This is reflected in notes of black pepper, toasted nuts and cream, finishing with a delicate, fresh flavour.
Belvedere Smogóry Forest and Lake Bartężek are recommended for drinking neat or on the rocks to allow the distinctive tastes to be appreciated. If mixed in a cocktail, they are recommended as a “characterful alternative” in classic rye whiskey cocktails.
Claire Smith-Warner, head of spirits education for Moët Hennessy, said: “Terroir is not simply a notional concept, it really does shine through in our food and drink and enables us to experience the history and traditions of a place through our palate and senses.
“We hope this innovation will leave people with a better understanding of terroir and a fresh perspective on vodka and its potential to be much more than a neutral spirit.
“We’ve always championed that vodka has complex taste and character and this series is further evidence of the approach to vodka that defines Belvedere.”
The Belvedere Single Estate Rye Series features packaging to evoke the distinctive flavours of each vodka. The bottles have a square base that gradually transitions to a round top and a shorter neck, taking cues from high-end dark spirits.
Smogóry Forest is a smoky grey and Lake Bartężek is a deep blue, each featuring a slow, elegant resolve from dark to nearly translucent.
Rodney Williams, president of Belvedere Vodka, said: “Our new single estate vodkas represent a very special innovation for Belvedere. It is the next phase of our quest to show that there is refinement, discernment and extraordinary quality in vodka.
“It also reflects our commitment to exceed expectations, both in the use of bakers-grade Dankowskie Diamond Rye and our ability to draw out nuanced flavours.”