As I’ve mentioned on a couple of previous occasions I don’t drink much vodka either straight or in cocktails. It’s not that I don’t like vodka, I just don’t find a need for it all that often. This week however presented an excellent opportunity in the form of the Godmother and Goddaughter. A couple weeks back I received a bottle of Oval vodka to sample and thought this would be a perfect opportunity to put it through its paces.
First off the bottle is extremely unique and very striking. It’s a pyramidal bottle composed of a circular base and three ovular sides. The materials included suggest that this design was chosen to reflect the fact that this vodka is structured in such a manner that water encompasses the alcohol in a similar fashion. More on that in a bit. Being a huge geek the next design choice that I really enjoyed is the milled aluminum (or possibly steel, metallurgy isn’t one of my specialties) cap. It’s quite hefty, elegant looking and got serious geek points from me.
Back to the structured vodka concept. Oval is said to be the first vodka structured to have an exceedingly smooth palate. The brainchild behind this vodka, Dr. Valery Sorokin, has come up with a method that surrounds the alcohol with a layer of water which “prepares the palate for a uniquely smooth taste experience.” This process only works at 48, 84 and 112 proof. Oval has chosen 84 for this product which makes sense as it puts the spirit on the same proof level as most other offerings.
Now, I’m not a chemist nor do I put much faith in homeopathy, but I do put faith in my own palate. My experience with Oval thus far has been quite pleasant. The aroma is very clean, which is exactly what one would expect from a premium vodka, but the flavor is where this spirit really shined for me. It truly is exceedingly smooth on the palate. The flavor is very clean and there is no burn or aftertaste at all. I also found it mixed very well. Since it has no flavor of its own to speak of it doesn’t bring any possibly off-putting elements to your cocktail, which is exactly what I want in a vodka.
The suggested retail price of Oval is $36.99 which certainly puts it in the premium vodka range, although not as high as some others. If you’re a vodka fan and looking for something new I would suggest you take a look at Oval. I think you’ll enjoy what you find.