Ketel One

Overall Rating: 6.8
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Let’s drink: Ketel One vodka – from the Netherlands.

Ketel One vodka is well deserving of its good reputation for mixed drinks

I got this as a present, so I was a bit more excited than usual (you know I am almost always excited to try out new stuff). So we sat down, prepared the bread and the kielbasa, uncapped the bottle and poured two shotglasses. I like to smell the vodka first. Then smell the bread or the kielbasa. Down the vodka. Breathe out through the nose, long and deep. Then smell the kielbasa again. A good vodka will make anything smell and taste a lot more intense.

That’s part of what makes it so much fun.

Well, this Ketel One burned a bit on the way down, leaving a hot feeling in the throat (not so much in the mouth). I’d rate it a 6/10 in taste, because I would have liked for it to be a bit more mild. There was a nice aftertaste though (8/10). The bottle design was good, not overly good, but good: 6/10. And with a price tag of 18€ for 700ml, this stuff was still affordable (7/10).

I think the reason why this stuff is so popular for mixed drinks lies in the fact that it is a bit too rough to drink straight, but the aftertaste works very well in combination with any sort of soft drink. Once you drink it, you will have the sensation of whatever juice it is you are having, and then, when that is gone, the aftertaste of Ketel One will kick in, providing an extra sensation.

So there you got it: the perfect vodka for a mixed drink.

Overall rating: 6.75

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