Blavod Black Vodka

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Bottle size: 70cl
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alc./vol: 37.5%

Proof: 75°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: Unaged

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

Vodka is known for being clear, clean, relatively neutral in taste and so remarkably mixable. So what would lead someone to make a black vodka that combines with orange juice to produce something not dissimilar in appearance to a toxic spill?

Well, one day Mark Dorman, an advertising executive, was drinking vodka in a bar in California’s Napa Valley, when he overheard a customer ordering coffee and the bartender asking him whether he wanted black or white. He wondered why vodka drinkers were not offered a similar choice (as you do) – and launched Blavod black vodka in 1996.

Blavod is based on grain neutral spirit which is coloured and flavoured with Black Catechu, a botanical extracted from the Acacia catechu tree which is tree native to Burma and East India. The heartwood is boiled in water and the resulting brew evaporated.

Autumn 2010 saw Blavod re-launched in a taller mat black bottle with the former blood red branding made smaller and more reserved in screen-printed white.

Blavod’s dark colour makes it a popular float on gimmicky Halloween shots.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 09/06/2010


Very dark maroon red with a turquoise blue rim.


White pepper with off-putting hints of coke and cigarette ash.


Hints of aniseed and liquorice with a white peppery edge.


Spicy peppery finish. Our comparative tasting of an original late 90s bottle verses a new look 2010 bottle revealed little, if any change in appearance or flavour but did flag up the fact that the present day UK bottling has dropped from 40% to 37.5% alc./vol.

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