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Karlsson’s Gold Vodka

  • $33
  • United States of America
  • Karlsson's
  • 40%
  • 750 ml
  • Vodka
  • 10/1/2013
  • 2/1/2009

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This is a vodka with character. A distinct counterpoint to ultradistilled vodkas, this potato vodka is distilled only once and left unfiltered, which accounts for its unique earthiness. Initial notes have a funkiness reminiscent of truffles. It finishes with black pepper and ginger, and a buttery mouthfeel. A standout for a bloody mary, dirty martini or any other savory cocktail.


Bouquet is earthy, new potato-like, vegetal and slightly salty. Palate entry is nicely succulent; midpalate is keenly astringent and tastes a bit like lead pencil, shale, minerals, nickels—a little too harsh and raw. Ends up bittersweet and dark chocolate beany.


100% “virgin” (sic) potato, according to the label. Bouquet is earthy, new potato-like, vegetal, and slightly salty. Palate entry is nicely succulent; midpalate is keenly astringent, and tastes a bit like lead pencil, shale, minerals, nickels—a little too harsh and raw for my taste. Ends up bittersweet and dark chocolate beany.

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