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!
It’s a classic that has caused a zillion number of smirks, giggles or outright fits of laughter when ordered at any bar on the planet and if you don’t find it vaguely amusing then you must be lacking a sense of humour! It is a simple enough cocktail consisting of just 2 spirits and a bit of juice but sometimes simplicity is needed in life and indulging in good old sex on the beach is what’s required! Tee. Hee. Hee.
This cocktail is pure indulgence in a glass. In fact it is so scrummy and filling that it could easily be a desert. If you like your cocktails thick, creamy and chocolaty then a frozen mudslide is definitely a winner!
Who doesn’t take great pleasure in requesting “One Screaming Orgasm please!” tee he, he?! This is a cocktail that tastes sweet and harmless but the combination of spirit plus spirit with a mixer of spirit is a lethal one!
This is both a popular and potent classic cocktail with vodka being just one of 5 spirits that make up the toxic mix of alcohol.
The perfect drink to soften the blow of autumn onset. This is a sweet twist on a classic drink with a mild poke of spice.
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