Kanon combines the old world with the new. Made in Sweden (and heralding 1580 as the distillery’s date of opening and the fact that it was founded by the King of Sweden), it’s old-world tradition meets nouveau chic: It’s organic, distilled from local, organically-grown wheat. Sounds good, but how’s it taste?
Kanon has a distinctively grassy nose, with earthy, menthol, and evergreen notes. These all follow over to the body of the vodka. It is intense and decidedly of the earth, less medicinal than most vodkas but overflowing with richness. I find it on the heavy side for vodka, which ideally is crisp, clean and refreshing. Kanon has weight. It has gravity. It’s a drink for old friends beside a campfire under the stars with wolves waiting just out of reach of the firelight. It’s rather not a vodka, say, for your Appletini.
80 proof. Arrives in the U.S. in January 2011.
B+ / $24 / kanonvodka.com