In case you don’t know who Michael Godard is, all you need to do is look at the artwork on the bottles of vodka and gin. Yes, he’s the artist whose fanciful artwork of olives, limes and assorted cocktail paraphernalia have graced the covers of books, compact discs and low-brow pop art items around the globe. What makes his art more interesting is his personal back story.
In 2006, his 16 yr. old daughter Paige passed away after a battle with brain cancer. As Godard says, “All the money in the world can not bring her back, but the funds I help raise for a cure will help save another child.” As a result Godard now works very closely with St Jude’s, Make a Wish, Nevada Cancer Institute and The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation.
The vodka is made from Dutch wheat that undergoes five distillations. I assume that the gin uses the same base, but other than juniper I’m not sure what the other botanicals are. Oh, each bottle is numbered in a limited edition, which makes for a potential collectible.
Michael Godard Vodka (80 proof)
Nose: Sweet and with an unusual berry character.
Taste: A bit chalky with a moderate amount of minerality. Somewhat sweet, but there is more body and heat here than I was expecting. A bit of bitterness creeps in towards the end. But, that’s not a bad thing.
Finish: Dry, with a lot of mouthfeel.
Overall: Perfectly serviceable vodka with more character than many others on the market.
GSN Rating: B
Michael Godard Gin (80 proof)
Nose: A lot of high, bright herbal notes with a prevalent juniper character.
Taste: Quite light and sweet, but with a good sense of juniper. It seems a bit unbalanced and harshly botanical. There is more than a bit of fire and again, a lot of minerality. Here, it seems at odds with the overall effect of the infusions. Rather than a tight unity of flavors, they seem to be disparate and at odds with one another.
Finish: A lot of lingering sweetness, along with a chalky edge.
Overall: I’m not sure what to make of this gin. It seems like a decent first attempt, but never really rises to the occasion.
GSN Rating: B-
For more information go to: Michael Godard Spirits