Belvedere Intense Vodka
Top 10 Spirits 2011
Belvedere Intense lives up to its name when sipped neat. Unlike other vodkas shooting for mass appeal, there is no attempt to hide the alcohol or minerality. But adding a few ice cubes brings out a complex flavor, including bread and a hint of grapefruit. Only a select Polish baker's grade rye is used as the base. After four distillations, the 80-proof vodka is left unfiltered to retain the flavor of the grain, which leaves an aftertaste of cream. NOTE: There is also a filtered version of this premium vodka, which is bottled at 100-proof.