How do you make vodka exciting? Belvedere thinks it has the answer with a new expression called 10, a single-estate luxury vodka that was rested for nearly a year before being bottled in a decanter that looks like a monolith. We got the early details to share about this new spirit.
Belvedere is a Polish vodka brand owned by luxury lifestyle brand LVMH, the same parent company of scotch whisky distilleries Ardbeg and Glenmorangie. The brand has been around for more than a century, and the new 10 expression is meant to pay tribute to the way the vodka was made when it was founded in 1910. That means this particular release was made from one rye harvest grown in one field on one farm using a 10-step process. The rye varietal is organic Dankowskie Diamond Rye grown on the Bartężek estate in Poland, which was harvested a year after its August planting. It was distilled four times in column stills at the distillery in Żyrardów, Poland, filtered through cellulose, and finally rested for 10 months in steel vats before bottling. “Belvedere 10 is rested in steel vats rather than casks,” global brand ambassador Mike Foster told Robb Report. “The key here is not to impart new flavor—rather, once distilled our unique recipe is rested for 10 months to marry, enhance, and develop texture, flavor and smoothness harmoniously to perfection.”
The most immediately striking thing about Belvedere 10 is, of course, the bottle in which it comes. There are ten levels to the design, in keeping with the theme, with diamond shapes meant to recall the Diamond Rye used to make the vodka. After opening the bottle, a gold ring is revealed which is engraved with the brand name. “Capturing the unedited, uncompromising mood of modern culture, Belvedere 10 and its stunning bottle are simplistic in its purity, yet architecturally magnificent,” said president and CEO Francois Xavier Desplancke in a statement. “From field to bottle, the rare organic Diamond Rye shines through every single step behind the creation of this opulent liquid.”
Tasting notes from the brand describe a creamy mouthfeel with notes of honey, caramel, and green coffee on the palate, followed by a finish of dark chocolate and praline. Belvedere 10 will be available next month at retail and high-end bars, clubs, and restaurants, with a suggested price of $150 in stores and $950 if you’re looking for some bottle service. You can also find regular Belvedere Vodka available from ReserveBar, and the Single Estate Rye Lake Bartezek expression from Wine.com.