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Grey Goose. An extraordinary journey through the creation of one of the finest quality spirits.
Last Spring I had the honor to meet François Thibault, the creator of GREY GOOSE® Vodka in Athens. His story on how he made this exceptional vodka was pretty inspiring. When François Thibault, a Cognac Maître de Chai – ‘Cellar Master’ – announced that he intended to use his considerable spirits-making skills to create vodka, people in the region were skeptical. Today, GREY GOOSE® is enjoyed around the world.
To create GREY GOOSE® vodka, François Thibault maintains an unrivalled level of craftsmanship, using only the very finest ingredients. Its signature smoothness and distinct character are the result of an extraordinary passion for spirit making and an unparalleled commitment to the highest possible quality.
From field to bottle, François Thibault oversees every step in creation of GREY GOOSE® Vodka, from selecting the finest ingredients to designing a process which ensures that their natural characteristics are captured in the final spirit.
GREY GOOSE® Vodka is distilled only once using a continuous-column distillation process, that ensures the quality of the wheat remains.
The creation of GREY GOOSE® Vodka begins with the finest soft winter wheat grown by three local farming cooperatives in the Picardi Region of France. Only the highest grade of wheat, ‘BLÉ PANIFIABLE SUPÉRIEUR’ – is selected – the same grade used in the finest French breads and pastries.
The wheat is sent to a dedicated mill and distillery, where it is transformed into a high-proof spirit. This wheat is then perfectly blended with spring water from an exclusive well in Gensac-la-Pallue, in the Cognac Arrondissement, where the water is naturally filtered through limestone.
Each batch of GREY GOOSE® Vodka undergoes more than 550 quality control checks including – most importantly – personal tasting and approval by François Thibault. Once approved, GREY GOOSE® Vodka is bottled and receives the signature cork that serves as its seal of quality.
Nose: Clear, fresh with an elegant floral aroma accented by a subtle citrus note.
Palate: Initially soft with a gentle sweetness that gradually envelops the mouth—smooth and rounded texture with a hint of almond.
Finish: Fresh and bright throughout with a long, satisfying finish.
The perfect cocktail begins with the extraordinary character of GREY GOOSE® vodka. Whether enjoyed by itself or mixed with fresh ingredients, the smooth, satisfying taste of GREY GOOSE elevates even the simplest ingredients.
GREY GOOSE® has a quite luscious range of delicious cocktails. So, today, I am presenting you some of my favorite receipes for you to enjoy!
On a holiday engulfed in tradition, sometimes it’s best to return to the classics.
• A GREY GOOSE martini should be made using a ratio of 5:1 vodka to dry vermouth.
• Build ingredients in a mixing glass, top with cubed ice and stir.
• Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
• Always garnish a GREY GOOSE martini with the peel of a lemon.
• If you’re using a knife, cut off the white pith as it creates unwanted bitterness in the drink.
• The citrus oils found in the lemon bring out the lemon notes in the flavor profile of GREY GOOSE.
Bold cherry flavor is a daring but delicious addition to this classic, featuring GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir Flavored Vodka, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup, topped with club soda.
The sour is a classic cocktail, and the key to making a great one is using fresh-squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup, rather than pre-prepared sour mix. Use this same basic recipe to create delicious Sour cocktails with all of the GREY GOOSE Flavored Vodkas.
GREY GOOSE® LE GRAND FIZZ
Celebrating Sophistication. An elegant blend of Grey Goose® Vodka, St-Germain® Elderflower Liqueur, soda water and lime for a refreshing cocktail.
Grey Goose® Vodka 1 ½ Parts
St-Germain® Elderflower Liqueur 1 Part
Freshly squeezed lime ½ Part (approx. Half a lime)
Fresh lime 3 Wedges
Chilled soda water 2 Parts
• Build in an oversized cabernet wine glass with lots of ice.
• Add Grey Goose® Vodka and St-Germain®.
• Then squeeze fresh lime and discard.
• Top with chilled soda water.
• Stir and garnish with fresh lime wedges and a Grey Goose stirrer.
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Special thanks to Oozora for the hospitality.
And remember that:
“Get the best out of the very best ingredients, and let the quality speak for itself” – François Thibault