Belvedere Heritage 176 Bottling Note
Belvedere Heritage 176 takes inspiration from Polish distilling traditions, using centuries-old rye malting techniques. It's made with a portion of malted rye spirit, which is steeped, germinated and kilned up to 176 degrees Fahrenheit (take a guess where the number in the name comes from) before being distilled and blended with Belvedere vodka. Just 2% of the blend is made using the rye spirit, but it manages to make a huge difference to the flavour profile.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Clotted cream, homemade vanilla ice cream and almond butter lead, with toffee fudge, cinnamon and acacia honey in support. Compared to the regular Belvedere, it’s thicker, richer and the spices are more aromatic (think allspice and cinnamon).
Palate: If you thought the nose was creamy, wait until you get to the palate. It’s like liquified vanilla fudge with a helping of salted butter thrown in for good measure. There’s a touch of lemon shortbread, walnut bread, baking spice and some classic rye notes of black pepper underneath.
Finish: Butterscotch, freshly cracked pepper and toffee apple linger.