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This pomegranate vodka was included in a set of miniatures which my brother in law brought me back from Holland, I'd never seen the Van Gogh brand before but have fallen in love with many of their vodkas now - this pomegranate being highly impressive in every way and definitely one I plan to buy again.
Visually it's perfect; a deep red which is displayed beautifully against the lightly frosted glass of the bottle, by Van Gogh standards the illustration on the front is pretty muted and simply shows a Gogh-style pomegranate - I think this is deliberate, to draw attention to the stunning colour of the liquid inside the bottle, and it works!
The smell released as I opened the bottle is fruity and rich, there's a whiff of alcohol beneath the fruit (there isn't always with this range of Van Gogh vodkas) but this is in no way offensive and works to give the drink a cocktail aroma. I knew I was going to love it based on the smell alone and especially made some ice cubes so I could enjoy a pomegranate vodka on the rocks, it would work well with a wide range of mixer drinks but I enjoyed four glasses of the neat spirit and enjoyed every mouthful.
It would be easy to turn this into a flowery artsy review because it really is a crazily sophisticated drink, but it's so easy to drink that I don't really want to try and come over all pretentious about it (plus I would probably make myself sound silly). I love pomegranate fruit and treat myself to one every time we go shopping, I've tried lots of pomegranate flavoured food and drinks (including cocktails) and can honestly say this is the truest I've ever tasted. It's probably richer in flavour than the actual fruit, it's definitely stronger in taste, but in likeness it's pretty much identical. I love the way it can mingle with the vodka and make itself so apparent; it's weird because the pomegranate has a natural delicacy but it really pushes itself forward in this flavoured vodka.
It's bursting with fruity flavour, dangerous really because I kept forgetting I was drinking neat vodka - luckily my miniature only held four glasses otherwise I honestly think I could have carried on drinking until I passed out. As it was I loved it so much that I rationed myself and drank my four measures over three days, drinking the final one with POM pomegranate juice yesterday. This was a nice mixer and made a tasty, highly fruity long drink with plenty of ice - if I ever get my hands on a full size bottle I'll make sure I've got a bottle of (the ludicrously expensive) POM juice in.
This, to me, is like drinking a well blended ready-to-drink cocktail - the lovely flavour combined with the smoothest vodka gives it a high class edge; it's obvious immediately that this is a quality spirit and while it doesn't taste crazily alcoholic, it's not the soft option as many fruit flavoured drinks are. It has a delicious alcoholic kick which burns for a second in my throat, this isn't a particularly warming vodka as I swallow but has more of a refreshing flavour overall. This is part of the attraction for me to be honest, the complete clash of juicy pomegranate and heat of the spirit just makes it so interesting!
This vodka has an ABV of 35%, with a 70cl bottle costing around £28. This is probably the most expensive vodka I've ever drank (the whole Van Gogh range having similar prices) but it's completely worth the price increase in my opinion.
Introduced in 2006, the artfully crafted Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka is sophisticated and lightly sweet with a touch of tart acidity reminiscent of cranberries and a vivid pomegranate colour. Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka is hand-crafted in small batches through a unique double infusion method, using only natural ingredients and premium grain alcohol, insuring that Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka actually tastes and smells exactly as the name suggests: like fresh cut pomegranate. Notes From Tim Vos, Master Distiller 'The taste for our pomegranates comes from Spain. Overall it is a balance of sweet and bitter, just like the pomegranate. It brings both bitterness and tartness that adds to the sophistication of the vodka. A number of different fruits such as strawberry, cranberry and orange also support the intense pomegranate flavour and help round out the texture and body.'