We were lucky enough to recently try some of Karlsson’s Gold Vodka. This vodka got on our radar after appearing on some our favorite foodie blogs.
Karlsson’s piqued our interest because of its somewhat rare distillation process. This vodka, made from virgin new potatoes grown in Sweden’s Cape Bjar, goes through a single distillation and is unfiltered. To compare, Smirnoff is distilled three times and Svedka is distilled five times. People can forget that vodka has a natural taste. Karlsson’s Gold honors the heritage of vodka by going back to an artisan handcrafted aesthetic: preserve as much of the inherent flavor as possible by using high-quality raw materials and time honored distillation techniques.
The reps who sent us this vodka recommended we first drink this with some ground black pepper from the nicely branded pepper mill they also sent along. This tastes exactly how you think it would, vodka with black pepper over it. It took us a moment to get over the fact that we were drinking vodka with black pepper, but we suppose the pepper brought out some of the spicier pepper notes in the vodka. We also made up a bloody mary with this vodka and that was much better. This vodka retails for around $30 and can be a welcomed change for those of you trying to shake up your liquor game and break away from the vodka offerings you find in the local grocery store.