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Vanilla Bean added to Vodka Made it Bitter; What Happened?

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Vanilla Bean added to Vodka Made it Bitter; What Happened?

jon44 | Jul 27, 2012 11:03 AM

I had some fairly old vanilla beans (about a year old), that looked to be in still good shape and added them to a bottle of Tito's Vodka.

By itself, the Tito's had a nice smooth taste to it, but after 10 days with the vanilla, a certain bitterness crept it. It didn't taste "off," rather more like cheaper vodka.

So, what would cause the bitter taste? Is that just somehow part of the vanilla bean experience?

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