Van Gogh Blue, 750ml 40% ABV, Holland
Introducing Van Gogh’s premium triple distilled, triple European wheat vodka. It includes a combination of wheat from the middle of France, southern Germany, and Dutch wheat from Zeeland. First sold in 2008.
Notes From Tim Vos, Master Distiller
“The exceptional triple wheat Van Gogh Blue offers subtle flavors of grains from three countries, each bringing their own unique characteristics to the spirit. In Holland, the wheat is cultivated near the Dutch coast and is therefore a bit salty and dry from the maritime influence. The harvest in France comes from the center of the country and possesses a sweeter profile. While in Germany, the wheat is grown in an area where the water comes from the melted ice of a nearby mountain, providing the grain with a mineral taste. The aftertaste delivers a delicate and consistent essence of wheat grains and some minerality for a dry and polished finish.”
- pretty image-in-bottle effect
- screw-cap sealed (as opposed to Grey Goose synthetic cork)
- Where I got it: Sherbrooke
- How much: <$40 (after 10%), ~$2 per shot
- Drinkability: Easy-Medium
Tasting Notes (Oct 27/2011)
If not for the master distiller’s notes above, I really wouldn’t know what to look for. So, in comparing it to the French wheat Grey Goose, the sweetness is definitely present. There is a salty edge at the start that rounds out the flavour and slides down the sides the of tongue. The mineral notes add complexity on the top of the tongue and finishes slightly salty. The ethyl burn is rather mild and travels upstream through the nasal cavity and quickly vanishes.
-Compared to Grey Goose: not as sweet, more complex, slightly more burn, less warmth down the throat.
Rating as an (interesting) liquor: B
Rating as a vodka: A