Guillotine is an all French spirit crafted from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay grapes, chosen from vineyards in the Aÿ-Champagne wine region. The grapes are handpicked, de-seeded, pressed, then fermented and slowly distilled in a 100-year-old distillery following standards of traditional French expertise that preserve the subtleties of the fruit.
Guillotine Originale Ultra Premium Vodka is a classic, clear vodka made from the finest Champagne-region grapes.
Guillotine Heritage Barrel-Aged Vodka is a unique “aged” vodka. This is the only French vodka from Champagne-region vineyards aged in oak barrels.
Guillotine Originale Vodka (80 proof)
Nose: Bright and crisp with a slight grape nose.
Taste: Exceptionally smooth entry with a soft, near creamy mouthfeel. Light in minerality, the body is more akin to a highly refined, yet unaged fruit brandy. Towards the end, there are some peppery notes which last for some time.
Finish: A dry and quick finish.
Overall: A very well done vodka, and one that has gotten rave reviews around the GSN offices. We like everything about it.
GSN Rating: A
Guillotine Barrel-Aged Vodka (90 proof)
Visual: Bright copper.
Nose: Woody notes bring a curiously dessert-like nose. Think spice-cake, cinnamon bread and autumnal baking spices.
Taste: The cask aging creates an entirely different affair with flavors of young tobacco, burnt sugar, creme brulee and oak itself. The overall effect is of a very young aged brandy that hasn’t quite smoothed out all of the wrinkles.
Finish: Fairly long, with a lot of wood flavors staying on.
Overall: It’s hard not to like this one. It begs for contemplation and slow sipping. I can see how this would be a perfect vodka to use in a aromatic cocktail. A well done effort.
GSN Rating: A-
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