Snow Queen vodka is a part of the new trend of organic spirits. Hailing from Kazakhstan, it uses organic wheat, sand-filtered artesian spring water and charcoal from the birch trees of the Kazakh forests. Produced in one of only three distilleries in Kazakhstan, it is distilled a total of five times. Launched in London in 2004 and Chicago and Washington DC in 2006, it has caught the eye of many leading hotels and stores including Harrods and The Dorchester. The judges also seem to enjoy Snow Queen, with it winning three awards, including gold, at the Spirit Business Awards 2011, double gold and ‘Top Vodka’ at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards 2008 and ‘Best Overall Vodka’ by Imbibe in 2007.
So with some prestigious awards and unique qualities, below I give to you my tasting notes –
Snow Queen – 40%
Slight nose of wheat with hints of spice lingering around. Vanilla notes on the palate as it forms a silky, creamy texture. Smooth with a slight kick as it ends.
Another thing that Snow Queen do well in is cocktail creation. With its charge towards beauty and elegance, they’ve come up with some fantastic ideas –
50ml Snow Queen
25ml St Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
4 fresh strawberries
Small spoonful of brown sugar
Shake all ingredients together and pour over crushed ice.
Snow Queen Godfather
50ml Snow Queen
Dash of soda water
2 wedges of lime
Shake all ingredients together and pour into a highball glass over ice. Add a dash of soda and garnish with limes.
I’d expect to see Snow Queen grace many bars over the next few years, especially with its cocktail ideas that will get you talking. Enjoy!
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