It’s fairly unusual that a vodka distillery uses more than one type of fermentable starch. So, I was quite intrigued to try a line of three different vodkas made by Chopin. Chopin originally made only a potato version, but have added wheat and rye to their portfolio. All three are completely different in flavor and character, which pretty much ends any ill-informed argument that all vodkas are alike.
Chopin is made in the town of Krzesk in the Podlasie region of Poland. They use locally grown products in their vodka, which is distilled four times and then blended with local artesian well water. Who is pictured on the bottle? None other than the inestimable Frederic Chopin. You can learn more about his life here.
Chopin Rye (80 proof)
Nose: Fresh, bright, crisp with slightly spicy notes.
Taste: Clean with a lot of spice. A lot of high notes with intense body.
Finish: Medium long with a slightly tannic quality.
Overall: A strong well-done rye vodka.
GSN Rating: B+
Chopin Wheat (80 proof)
Nose: A dark and creamy roundness with hints of vanilla bean.
Taste: Mild, smooth and with a full creamy mouth-feel.
Finish: Medium long with a lovely creaminess.
Overall: Really nice and quite elegant.
GSN Rating: A
Chopin Potato (80 proof)
Nose: Mild and even-tempered with a slightly sweet midrange of scent.
Taste: Smooth and creamy with a full mouth feel and an organic flavor.
Finish: Medium with a somewhat chalky aftertaste.
Overall: Fairly mellow and rich. Almost chewy.
GSN Rating: B+
For more information go to: Chopin Vodka