Bi-Weekly Bottle: Fleeting Spirit Of Summer
Folks, I think we need something a little stronger this weekend to help us celebrate the long weekend – and help us forget that it’s just about time to say goodbye to the Hamptons and hang up our white jeans until next May!
Meet the Jewel of Russia (1L for $35 “red label” or $95 for the super-smooth “ultra” which comes in collectible hand-painted bottles) – red or ultra, we think it’s the best vodka on the market. Vodka is by nature an extensively filtered grain-derived spirit from which nearly all impurities are removed before a subtle flavoring profile is sometimes imparted. Generally speaking: the more extensive the filtering process, the cleaner and more absent the “flavor”, the better the vodka. This also explains why mixologists enjoy working with vodka as the perfect canvas for their liquid libations.
To the extent that vodka is all about purity, Jewel’s unique and characteristic smoothness objectively makes it one of the best spirits on the market. Five times distilled and five times filtered before the final pass through peach and apricot stones which imparts a summery aroma with understated sweetness, and also cleverly subdues the raw bouquet common to many other lesser vodkas. Deep well artesian water and a balanced mix of premium wheat and rye hardened by cold Russian winters creates the perfect full-bodied vodka to be best enjoyed “up” as a martini (extra dry – not too much vermouth) or on the rocks with a twist where Jewel becomes dangerously drinkable when cracking cold and diluted ever so slightly as the ice melts in. Utter simplicity and refinement from the wax-sealed bottle to the neutral aromas, plump finish and everything in between – James Bond should consider switching to the Jewel.
N.B.: For vodka-tonic drinkers, keep it classy and consider mixing with Q Tonic – made right here in New York from high-mountain Peruvian quinine and organic Mexican agave instead of high fructose corn syrup. After all, why dilute the subtleties of such good vodka with plain old Schweppes!
By: Adam Gross