Wine drinkers have long been accustomed to looking at the year affixed to their bottle to help inform their choices. Is this going to become a trend in the vodka world as well? Karlsson’s Gold thinks so – it just released a special “Gold Vodka Batch 2009” which was made entirely with potatoes harvested in ’09. The spuds come from southern Sweden and since there were only so many of them, this is a limited-release, increasing the fancy quotient.
Liquor companies have always been hesitant to reveal exact recipes – consistency has always been the number one goal, with less concern about ingredients coming from a single crop. By dating their batch, Karlsson’s is admitting that it’s going to taste different than the other labels from the brand, which we like. The folks at this spirits maker have been big proponents of the “terroir” concept of alcohol – meaning that the earth in which the ingredients were grown imparts distinct flavors into the final results. Makes sense, right?Each of these bottles contains 17 pounds of potatoes – pretty impressive. But, will connoisseurs be willing to pay more for dated vodka? The bottles are $80 each – so this is definitely a premium offering. Drop by your local liquor store come November to test it out and see if you think 2009 was a good year for the Swedish potato.