This one is sort of a meaner brother of that perfect polish vodka brand called Belvedere.
Belvedere Intense vodka shows how good a 100 proof vodka can be
The original Belvedere is 80 proof (40% alcohol), and this stuff is 100 proof (50%). Well, to be honest, this doesn’t really help the taste. There is a reason why vodka is usually in between 35% and 42% alcohol. It shouldn’t be much more (and certainly not less).
There is a popular legend that goes like this: back in the 19th century, Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev (Дмитрий Менделеев) came up with a state standard for the production of vodka, mainly because he figured it was most safe to consume at around 40% alcohol, and also because he thought it tasted good like that. This legend is apparently not true. But does it have to be true in order to be meaningful? I for one don’t care much, I think this “80 proof” standard for vodka is a very good thing.
But let’s start talking about this vodka.
The Intense version of Belvedere was fun to try, and it wasn’t bad at all, but it just wasn’t as smooth as the original thing (7/10). The aftertaste was still very good (9/10). I thought the black bottle design was not as cool as the original (7/10). The price was a bit high (ca 40€/700ml: 2/10).
All in all, I think there is not much you can do to make a 100 proof vodka taste good. The people at Belvedere certainly gave their best, and the result is pretty good. But I would always rather be drinking the regular stuff.
Overall rating: 6.25