I do love a good vodka. I’ve worked with several over the years, but I’m always on the look out for a vodka that takes the vodka category and shakes it like a mad man.
Sauvelle, I believe, had done just that.
It may be because I’m a sucker for marketing and creativity (it is after-all a huge part of Drinks Enthusiast), but when you see photo’s like the one below, it draws your intrigue.
The vodka itself? It describes itself for the ‘bon vivant’; a person who devotes themselves to a sociable and luxurious lifestyle. It’s origins lie in Cognac, France, its base is winter wheat, and the water supplied by the springs of Gensac. It’s unchill-filtered, it’s oaked smooth with Chêne du Limousin. It’s French craft.
But how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –
Sauvelle – 41%
Light, soft and smooth notes on the nose of wheat. It’s clean, with hint of cherry blossom. A thick viscosity on the palate, with good licks of honey, cherry and oaked vanilla. A slightly dry finish, but a creamy, long ending.
A great vodka to sip neat, but equally works works well within one of these –
Sauvelle & 17
50 ml Sauvelle
150 ml 1724 Tonic
Build the ingredients over an ice filled wine glass and garnish with a vanilla pod.
Decanter and rocks to serve
120 ml Sauvelle
45 ml Triple Sec
30 ml Maple Syrup
30 ml Lemon Juice
300 ml Bitter Lemon
Pour the ingredients within the decanter over ice. Add 3 grapefruit wedges and a sprig of thyme. Stir, top up with more ice and a orange twist.
Two great serves, one simple, the other ready for the summer parties. Pick up a bottle for your drinks cabinet for sure, and enjoy the ‘bon vivant’ experience.
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