We’ve not had vodka on the Dapper Bar for a little while, so we thought it was nigh on time that we put that right.
To make up for some lost vodka time, we thought we’d bring you one of the most attention grabbing and distinguishing bottles on the market right now – Mamont Vodka.
The eye-catching bottle of Mamont vodka is inspired by the Yukagir Mammoth, with the bottle taking the shape of the mammoth’s distinctive tusks. So before we’ve even tried this vodka, we’re already big fans of the bottle Mamont have produced – we’ve never seen anything quite like it.
It’ll certainly grab some attention sitting on your bar shelf. But how does it taste?
Mamont vodka is produced in Siberia at the Itkul distillery, Siberia’s oldest distillery found way back in 1868. The Itkul distillery is now the only distillery in all of Russia that produces alcohol of any form from pure malt.
Mamont are pained to point out that it is the unique surroundings that their Siberian distillery offers them that differentiate this vodka from their competitors. They use Siberian water from artesian wells, which is filtered through layers of volcanic rock, which is then combined with local wheat and distilled five times. Then a unique treatment with Siberian birch charcoal and triple filtration produces a vodka with outstanding purity and smoothness.
And as if the tusk shaped bottle isn’t enough of a homage to the mammoth, Siberian cedar nuts are added to the vodka – the favourite food of the Yukagir mammoth.
But none of this is important if the vodka doesn’t taste good. All of the little touches that reference the Yukagir mammoth become redundant as gimmicks if the vodka inside the bottle doesn’t match the ingenuity and creativity behind the design and distillation process.
Well we’re happy to report that this is an incredibly accomplished vodka. We’ve rarely felt smoothness like it on the palate. The cedar nuts give it a slight nutty aroma on the nose. Once you get round to sipping this vodka, it feels like velvet on the tongue.
The Siberian artesian water used to make it, combined with the triple filtration process results in a vodka with a purity and softness that really makes you appreciated the quality of Mamont vodka. There is a subtle sweetness on the palate, with a slight nutty after-tone from the cedar nuts with a vanilla finish.
Mamont vodka really is smoothness personified. To truly appreciate its smoothness we recommend placing your bottle in the freezer for a few hours and pouring yourself a shot in between dinner courses, to cleanse your palate. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
You can get your hands on a bottle of Mamont Vodka for £33.45 from The Whisky Exchange.