Blavod: 80% proof, neutral grain vodka.
The distinguishing feature of Blavod vodka is that it is black. It isn’t unique in its blackness as there are now a few copycats but it is definitely the most well-known brand of black vodka and claims to be the only ‘premium black vodka on the market’.
How and why is it black?
The manufacturers are keen to point out that the natural additives that create this dark colouring do not interfere with either the taste or odour of the vodka. The black colour is derived from the tannin rich herb catechu, extracted from the heartwood (by boiling the wood in water and evaporating the resulting brew) of Burmese catechu, acacia trees.
Where is it made?
It is distilled and made by Blavod Drinks Ltd in the UK.
Blavod is an ultra smooth vodka which, despite what is purported, does have just the hint of herbal flavour. The black gimmick is certainly a good one but in its own right the makers of Blavod have produced a worthy, premium spirit.
Although the colour allegedly does not literally affect the flavour it does mentally seem like a different experience. Try drinking a bog standard vodka and soda made with Blavod vodka; they do say the first taste is with the eyes!
It would certainly come in useful to have a bottle of Blavod on standby for mixology occasions as it is a great way to darken a cocktail. Blavod certainly comes into its own over the Halloween period!
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