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Van Gogh Flavored Vodkas

A rep from the Dutch distiller Royal Dirkzwager came to the Bedford store this past Saturday to share with customers samples from its Van Gogh product line. Tasters were duly impressed.

Vodka itself is nothing more than neutral spirit. Distillers use grains (as in Van Gogh’s case) or potatoes as the sugar base for fermentation. They then distill the product of this fermentation. After fermentation, they filter the product to remove flavor impurities.

The result: plain vodka. Distillers flavor this pure spirit through infusion.

We tasted three representatives from the nearly twenty in Van Gogh’s extensive flavored vodka product line, Dutch Caramel, Dutch Chocolate, and Double Espresso. The craftsmanship shows.

Van Gogh vodkas start with high quality water and receive three distillations and multiple filterings. Great purity results. Van Gogh’s flavored vodkas then receive a double infusion. We do not know the nature of the process but it takes six weeks. Obviously no instant flavors are used.

We’re guessing that double infusion accounts for the tremendous depth of flavor in these vodkas. You taste the pure expression of the flavor.

Most flavored vodkas seem to aim for just an aromatic suggestion of flavor. Van Gogh’s taste more like liqueurs, albeit not so sweet. Intensity is the watchword. Each of the three vodkas offered concentrated flavor that lasts and lasts. These vodkas taste absolutely delicious straight, with deep, pure flavors and aromas.

And that would be enough. But you can do more with these vodkas than drink them straight. Try adding some to brownies, puddings, or cakes. Pour some in coffee. And naturally, a world of mixed drink possibilities exist.

The Van Gogh website offers loads of recipes for each flavor. We addend a few of their recipes below.

And just to engage you even more, each bottling offers a different commissioned image on the bottle, each one inspired by Van Gogh. You may want to keep the decorative bottles after you’ve emptied them.

Recipes

Just a few recipes for using Van Gogh Vodkas. More available at the website.

Chocolate Almond Kiss

1 oz Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate
1 oz Hazelnut Liqueur
1 oz Cream

Double Hazelnut

1 oz Van Gogh Double Espresso
1 oz Hazelnut Liqueur
Splash of cream

Dutch Coffee Bomb Shot

1 oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel
1 oz Van Gogh Double Espresso
½ oz Irish Cream
Fill with stout ale