[44%, sampled in Luxembourg]
Oh, how I would have loved to create a new country category for this one: Greenland! It says so on the label of Isfjord vodka: PURE ICEBERG WATER and GREENLAND.
But then Greenland belongs to Denmark, and when I checked the Isfjord website I learned that the company headquarters were located near Kopenhagen. So I decided to simply list it as a Danish vodka.
The first thing I noticed about Isfjord was its price tag. At a steep 38€ for 700ml, it was even more expensive than Mansfeld. But then it was supposed to be made with PURE ICEBERG WATER. It couldn’t possibly be affordable.
The bottle has a slick and shiny look, and the glass feels pretty massive. The only thing I didn’t like was the amount of text on the label.
There is another thing, though: this is one of those bottles that have a great pouring sound, especially when it’s almost full. The way it goes “glug-glug-glug-glug” is nothing short of delightful.
Isfjord burns more than an iceberg
So. Does using PURE ICEBERG WATER make any difference when it comes to taste?
The first thing I noticed when I opened the bottle was a surprisingly strong alcoholic smell. The taste wasn’t bad, though – it was slightly sweet and a bit rough around the edges. It even burned a bit on the way down, but I figured the alcohol content of 44% probably made a bit of a difference. Also, I found it quite pleasant.
The aftertaste was interesting as well: there wasn’t much of the sweetness from the initial taste, but a dryish aroma that reminded me of walnuts. And it was lasting.
Overall, Isfjord is expensive but good, and it goes well with pickled vegetables.