The invitation was coloured with intrigue. An intimate and exclusive tasting. An innovative drinking experience from ABSOLUT, a brand renowned for 500 years of Swedish Vodka traditions.
If the shape of the bottle was a clue, this was no regular ABSOLUT.
At the recently opened Cocktail Lounge upstairs at the Beresford Hotel, floral scented candles flickered and intrigued. Palates were cleansed with sparkling water and prepared with a fresh Melon Medley sorbet. What was about to take place was the first tasting in the world of ABSOLUT TUNE.
Upstairs at the Beresford Hotel
Sparkling water to cleanse the palate
Melon Medley Sorbet
When the bottles were finally disrobed and popped open, ABSOLUT TUNE was unveiled – a sparkling fusion of ABSOLUT Vodka and Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
ABSOLUT TUNE at the Beresford Hotel
On the nose, the aromas are floral and fresh from the Sauvignon Blanc. On the palate, the initial notes are floral and fruity, followed by secondary notes of vodka flavour, which incidentally take a little time to develop. The finish is long and crisp, surprisingly with no overt sweetness.
Inside Out Glassware
Served in ‘Inside Out Glassware’ used to reflect the fusion of sparkling wine and ABSOLUT VODKA, these flutes are also a fusion of a high ball and Champagne flute. Especially ordered from Germany for the launch, the glasses are designed by Alissia Melka-Teichroew and made from hand-blown borosilicate glass with double-walled glass to provide insulation.
By the time the glasses are topped up, the Vodka flavour has opened up and is more evident on the palate.
ABSOLUT TUNE is easy to drink as an apéritif or with friends on hot summer afternoons. Made from 60% Vodka and 40% Sauvignon Blanc, it is 14% Alcohol By Volume (ABV) yet the alcoholic effect is noticed if you drink one too many. The Vodka and Sauvignon Blanc are fused together at the fermentation stage to capture the combined aromas and flavours.
Welcome address by Mark Cavanagh (Director Cav Con)
Ben Davidson (Signé Spirits Ambassador, Pernod Ricard Australia) introducing ABSOLUT TUNE
Guests with Glen Brasington, Marketing Director of Pernod Ricard Australia
Canapés at the Beresford
ABSOLUT TUNE Disrobed (Photo credit – ABSOLUT)
ABSOLUT TUNE comes in in an ornate 750ml bottle and is only available for a limited time at three Merivale venues, Hemmesphere at the Establishment, the Den at the Ivy and The Beresford Hotel until early September 2011.
Gourmantic attended the ABSOLUT TUNE Launch at the Beresford Hotel on Tuesday 23 August 2011 as media guests.
The Beresford Hotel
354 Bourke Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2000
Photography by @MrGourmantic.
Official short video of the launch on YouTube.
This article is posted on Gourmantic.com. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2014