Karlsson’s Vodka Batch 2009
The latest addition to its series of single-varietal,
single-batch potato vodkas
Each bottle is made from over 17 pounds of Solist potatoes, a Swedish delicacy
Karlsson’s Gold Vodka is pleased to announce the launch of Karlsson’s Vodka Batch 2009, a limited edition vodka made solely from the 2009 harvest of the Solist potato from the Cape Bjäre region of southern Sweden. A limited edition vodka with terroir, Karlsson’s Vodka Batch 2009 will be Karlsson’s second commercially available vintage vodka. Made from the 2009 crop of a single varietal of one of the world’s most exclusive new virgin potatoes, Karlsson’s Vodka Batch 2009 will be available at select fine retailers and restaurants in the United States in November 2012.
Each bottle of Karlsson’s Vodka Batch 2009 is made from more than 17 pounds of Solist potatoes—one of the seven distinctive new virgin potato varieties used in Karlsson’s Gold Vodka, the company’s signature product. Like the other potato varietals used in the signature blend, the potatoes for Karlsson’s Vodka Batch 2009 are distilled only once in order to honor the unique traits and taste of the source ingredients.
Solist potatoes are generally planted early in the season, between the end of March and the end of April each year. Because of their early planting, Solists can be harvested as early as the end of May or as last as August. This makes them extremely popular for the Swedish celebration Midsommar, which happens each year around the time of the summer solstice. The Solist potato is round to oval in shape and has a thin yellow skin with white to yellowish flesh. The potato’s fine skin and delicate taste means that it pairs well with fish and grilled meats.
Karlsson’s Vodka Batch 2009 was harvested in July of 2009 at the Mäsinge Lantbruk Farm in Cape Bjäre. The year 2009 saw a very cold and long winter in the region, with mixed weather in the spring and summer. A sunny, dry, and hot April was followed by sporadic rainfall and temperature fluctuations in May. Light frosts were seen in the region as late as June of that year, but the soil in the Cape Bjäre region is sandy and able to withstand disparate temperatures and varying amounts of rainfall.
The Bjäre peninsula’s farmers have cultivated the land for generations and have grown accustomed to inconsistent weather conditions. Their new virgin potatoes are considered a Swedish delicacy, selling for over $100 per pound at the beginning of the season. The Bjäre farmers are as proud of their potatoes as French wine cultivators are of their grapes, underscoring Karlsson’s unique position as the world’s only creator of vodka with terroir.
The creation of Karlsson’s Vodka Batch 2009 is reminiscent of the founding philosophies of Karlsson’s Gold Vodka. Believing that different varietals of Cape Bjäre’s celebrated potatoes would differ in taste, both from each other, and from year to year, Master Blender Börje Karlsson and founder Peter Ekelund experimented with distilling different potato varietals over the course of a few harvests, bottling each one along the way. They discovered that the taste profiles were indeed different: each varietal differed in taste from the other, each varietal differed in taste from year to year, and from farm to farm. Armed with this knowledge, Ekelund and Karlsson used their research to blend a singular product with a consistent taste profile blended from seven varieties of virgin new potatoes grown in Cape Bjäre: Gammel Svensk Röd, Sankta Thora, Princess, Hamlet, Marine, Celine, and the Solist that is used in Karlsson’s Vodka Batch 2009.
The 2009 crop of Solist potatoes allowed for the creation of 1,980 bottles of the vintage, each of which is numbered and signed off on by Master Blender Börje Karlsson. Each 750 ML bottle of Karlsson’s Vodka Batch 2009 will retail for $80.00 at fine spirit retailers in New York, Miami, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, as well as through online merchants.
The bottle design and label for Karlsson’s Vodka Batch 2009 was developed by renowned Swedish designer Hans Brindfors, Executive Creative Director of the Brand Union, Stockholm, and the creator of the original Karlsson’s Gold Vodka packaging. Delivered in the same potato-shaped bottle as Karlsson’s Gold Vodka, the 2009 batch has a distinctive purple label with bold and graphic text noting the specifics of the harvest and batch. Brindfors has contributed to the look and feel of some of Sweden’s most well known brands, including Ikea, SAS, Hennes & Mauritz, and ABSOLUT.
About Karlsson’s Vodka:
Karlsson’s is a small-batch, handcrafted Swedish potato vodka. It is unique in the vodka category in that it has a taste, derived from the quality and quantity of the raw ingredients from which it is made. This unique character comes from a blend of several varieties of Virgin New Potatoes. Sourced from a selection of family farms in Cape Bjäre (Bjärehalvön), a small region in the southwest of Sweden, these heirloom potatoes are a highly revered Scandinavian delicacy. In order to preserve the essence of these special young potatoes, Master Blender Börje Karlsson only distills them one time and leaves the vodka unfiltered. The result is an artisanal product with intrinsic flavor. Elevate your drink experience with Karlsson’s Gold Vodka. www.karlssonsvodka.com