This is a review of Belvedere Pomarańcza vodka from Poland. I sampled it in Spain in 2013. It’s a clear infusion, 40% alcohol, and I thought the aftertaste rocked the house.
A vodka from the house of Belvedere, again. After trying the fantastic regular Belvedere and the impressive 100 proof Belvedere Intense, I was very excited to get my hands on this one: Belvedere Pomarańcza.
Disclaimer: this one is flavored with orange and a hint of lime, so I found it hard to compare it to any of the non-flavored vodkas. But I thought: why not give it a try anyway?
where did you go?
But no Belvedere Pomarańcza.
The only thing I could find was an info page on Difford’s Guide:
Difford’s Guide says that this vodka flavor was launched in 2003 as Belvedere Pomarańcza, but that it was renamed to Belvedere Orange in 2008.
This seems a bit odd because it was in 2013 that I tried this vodka, and it was still called Belvedere Pomarańcza at the time.
introducing: the smell test!
I just noticed that I’ve never talked about smells here before. Well, I am obviously an idiot. Smells seem pretty important when it comes to vodka.
So here it is, the first thing I noticed when I opened this bottle: Belvedere Pomarańcza vodka has a smell that feels almost too strong to be true. Don’t get me wrong: it’s a good smell, very sweet and promising. But it’s also very, very strong.
Belvedere Pomarańcza vodka is fruity as hell
The second thing I noticed was that this stuff wasn’t all that much fun to drink on its own. Being a Belvedere, it tastes smooth as always, but the fruity flavoring feels too dominant and needs to be balanced with something else. The orange aroma in the aftertaste is awesome, especially in a mixed drink.
The bottle design is suave like the original. The price of about 40€ for 700ml is a bit high, though.
works with tonic
This being a fruit-infused vodka, I figured I wasn’t going to mix this with any juice. Instead I got me some tonic to balance out the sweetness, and it worked out very nicely.
My recommendation is to chill this and make mixed drinks with it. You’re in for a treat!