OVAL VODKA 42
With all the wild and exotically labelled vodka brands around, ‘Oval Vodka’ may seem a bit ordinary. However, after trying it for myself, this vodka is anything but.
I aim to be ‘in the know’ about all things spirit related, but I must admit I didn’t know much about Oval Vodka until it was introduced to me recently. They have been quietly going about their business since 2004, 4 years after an Austrian Professor named Valery Sorokin created a new method for producing vodka. I don’t want to bore you too much with the details, but in a nutshell, I have been reliably informed that the chemical structure of the water and alcohol used have been altered and take the form of a tetrahedron (That’s a 3-D triangle to those of us who failed GCSE Chemistry). This structure is reflected in the shape of the bottle and as we also found that it makes for an impressive centre piece in the BSF office.
Oval have patented this method, therefore unlike most vodkas that are desperately trying to stand out, Oval has a valid claim to being truly unique. And what is the result of this science experiment? One of the cleanest, flavoursome vodkas on the market. To the nose, you would believe that it could be used as paint stripper, but as soon as it hits the tongue, there is no trace of this harshness. Most vodkas are best served near freezing, but oval comes alive at just below room temperature but manages to retain the thickness you would expect from vodka chilled on ice. It is recommended that Oval is sipped straight, but even I managed to make a mean Vodka Martini.
Master distillers from yesteryear would be flabbergastered at the suggestion that great spirits can be created in the lab. As a consumer, I think it can only be a good thing and hope the Oval method kick-start a vodka revolution!
Oval Vodka 42% ABV, RRP £44.99. For more information visit www.oval-vodkas.com