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Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka

Van Gogh Dutch
Chocolate Vodka


By Robert Plotkin

About the only thing more appealing than a tax refund check or an extended paid vacation is a masterfully crafted chocolate vodka. Well, good luck in getting the first two, but fortunately for all of us, laying your hands on a cocoa-laced spirit is as close as the nearest bottle of Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka.

Originally introduced in 2002, the ultra-premium vodka is produced at the Royal Dirkzwager Distillery in Schiedam, Holland. Master Distiller Tim Vos handcrafts the vodka in small batches using the finest imported cocoa beans, premium neutral grain spirits and purified water. Its brilliant character is derived through a proprietary double-infusion process that requires the vodka spend at least 8 weeks in underground tanks to allow the flavors to thoroughly integrate. There are faster, less labor-intensive methods available to the folks at Van Gogh, but they know the results wouldn't be the same. The all-natural spirit is bottled at 70-proof.

Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka smells and tastes as heavenly as you hope it would— perhaps better. One pleasant surprise is it's crystal clear, free of colorants or additives to make it look like chocolate. The vodka has a medium-weight, oily textured body and an attention-grabbing bouquet of cocoa and toffee. Within moments of entry the vodka fills the mouth with the warm captivating flavors of dark chocolate, caramel and freshly ground coffee. Its luxurious, bittersweet palate thankfully lingers for a remarkably long time.

Perfectly balanced and brimming with flavor, the vodka has an almost unlimited repertoire of applications. Not only will Van Gogh's masterpiece contribute a singularly marvelous chocolate dimension to your cocktails—and who doesn't crave chocolate?—it'll do so without adding unwanted sweetness. What more can you ask?