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The flavored vodka trend is still coming on strong. Due in part because of the rise in imaginative multi-ingredient cocktails, and also from the sybaritic searching for new taste sensations. Many imported and domestic vodka brands have responded by pushing the envelope with a virtual rainbow of flavors and infusions.

 

The Fifty Best Flavored Vodka Tasting 2014

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting with 18 pre-qualified judges for 26 flavored vodkas in four separate categories: Citrus, Fruits, Tea/Espresso, and Miscellaneous. The judges were informed of the categories and flavors, but not the brands. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the flavored vodkas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water and neutral, unsalted chips and crackers were available to cleanse the palate.

The Flavored Vodkas were tasted in groups according to flavor category, with medals awarded on the basis of the judging panels’ rating of all vodkas from that group. The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals were awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded in this tasting..

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The states/countries of origin are identified for each brand.

 

 

FLAVORED VODKA TASTING RESULTS:

 

360 Sorrento Lemon Vodka



Flavor Category: CITRUS

DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNER:

360 Sorrento Lemon
(Missouri)

Palate: Lemon drop candy, lemon syrup, peppermint, maple syrup.
Finish: Lemonade, peppermint, smooth, velvety.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

Exclusiv Limon

(Moldova)

Palate: Natural lemon, lemony, lemon oil, melon, pineapple, sweet cane, smooth.
Finish: Lemon drop, vanilla, toast, smooth, soft, delightful.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Exclusiv Limon Vodka


Belvedere Citrus Vodka



Belvedere Citrus
(Poland)

Palate: Citrus blend, lemon/lime, light tangerine, unsweetened mandarin, wood.
Finish: Soft, very dry, good to drink straight.

Gold Medal
Gold medal




Hanson of Sonoma Mandarin Organic
(California)

Palate: Light mandarin, natural mandarin, oranges, tangerine, light citrus, amaretto notes, vanilla popsicle, tart, smooth, balanced.
Finish: Mint, peppery, spice, dry, crisp.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Hanson of Sonoma Mandarin Organic Vodka


Enchanted Rock Peach Vodka



Flavor Category: FRUITS

DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

Enchanted Rock Peach
(Texas)

Palate: Natural peach flavor, sweet ripe peaches, peach ring candy, tropical fruit, orange, flowery, fresh, perfect balance of sweetness, full flavored, smooth, blendable.
Finish: Peachy, peach schnapps, fruity, very soft, not too sweet, great possibilities.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal




Figenza
(Mediterranean/Germany)

Palate: Figs, mild fig, fresh ripe fruit, caramel, pear, green apples, citrus, nice flavor, crisp, refreshing.
Finish: Dried fruit, plums, green apples, soft, smooth.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Figenza


Exclusiv Pineapple Vodka




Exclusiv Pineapple
(Moldova)

Palate: Sweet ripe pineapple, just like pineapple, delicious crisp fruit, honey, molasses.
Finish: Not too sweet, smooth, gentle, lingering.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Moses Date
(Estonia/Finland)

Palate: Good date flavor, authentic date, sweet date, caramel, raisin, nutty, smoky notes, nice balance.
Finish: Fruity, smooth, clean, dry.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Moses Date Vodka


Mariette Vanilla & Coconut Vodka



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

Mariette Vanilla & Coconut
(France)

Palate: Coconut, toasted coconut, coconut macaroon, coconut pudding, coconut oil, nice blend of coconut & vanilla, vanilla, banana cream, dates, mint, floral, tropical notes.
Finish: Coconut oil, medium sweet, clean, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Danzka Cranraz
(Denmark)

Palate: Nice blend of cranberry & raspberry, Ocean Spray cranberry, subtle berry, peach, strawberry, melon, delicious, velvety smooth, well-balanced flavors, pleasant.
Finish: Fruity, acai, peppery, stone, clean, dry, easy, lovely.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Danzka Cranraz Vodka


Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka



Belvedere Pink Grapefruit
(Poland)

Palate: Ruby red grapefruit, light grapefruit, delicious grapefruit, citrus, grassy, smooth, well-balanced.
Finish: Citrus, dry, refreshing.

Gold Medal
Gold medal





Belvedere Mango Passion
(Poland)

Palate: Light mango, more passion than mango, orange peel, berry, nice tropical hints, anise, espresso, not sweet, slightly tart, delicious, quality emerges, very blendable.
Finish: Citrus, peppery, gentle, great finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Belvedere Mango Passion Vodka


Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry Vodka



Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry
(Holland)

Palate: Blueberry, hint of acai, grape notes, violets, floral, classically delicious.
Finish: Soft, delicate.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Danzka Apple
(Denmark)

Palate: Red delicious apple, green apple, sour apple, apple juice, spearmint, medium sweetness, very well-balanced.
Finish: Dry, spicy, gentle.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Danzka Apple Vodka


Ch@t Strawberry Vodka



Ch@t Strawberry
(Pennsylvania)

Palate: Strawberry jam, strawberry, cherry, Starburst, candy sweet, elegantly smooth fruit.
Finish: Fruity, cherry, clean, fresh, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS:

Czar Red Berry
(Kansas)

Palate: Berries, nice blend of berries, Port wine, raisins, prunes, molasses, cocktail-ready.
Finish: Fruity, mulberry, delicious.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Czar Red Berry Vodka



Cold River Maine Blueberry Vodka





Cold River Maine Blueberry
(Maine)

Palate: Good blueberry flavor, strong blueberry, berry, grape, acai, peach, mint, grassy notes, black pepper, medium sweetness, ripe flavor, very mixable.
Finish: Blueberry, berry, smooth, mellow, lingering.

Silver Medal
Silver medal





Mariette Orange & Pineapple
(France)

Palate: Citrus, more pineapple than orange, light pineapple, candy-like, good for cocktails.
Finish: Lovely pineapple, sweet, spicy.



Silver Medal
Silver medal



Mariette Orange & Pineapple


Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka



Flavor Category:
TEA & ESPRESSO


DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

Van Gogh Double Espresso
(Holland)

Palate: Espresso, full coffee flavor, chocolate, roasted nuts, nice amount of sweetness, nice balance, great.
Finish: Espresso, natural coffee flavor, balanced, smooth, gentle, very enjoyable, amazing.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Graham's Texas Tea
(Texas)

Palate: Green tea, English tea, lovely black tea, real tea, nice natural flavors, not too sweet, nice balance.
Finish: Tea, herbal, smooth.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Graham's Texas Tea Vodka



Hanson of Sonoma Espresso Organic Vodka



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

Hanson of Sonoma Espresso Organic
(California)

Palate: Espresso, cocoa, coffee, roasted coffee, vanilla creme, authentic, lovely.
Finish: Nice espresso flavor, dry, balanced.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Belvedere Lemon Tea
(Poland)

Palate: Real tea, Earl Grey tea, black tea, herbal tea, orange Pekoe, lemon oil, bergamot, anisette, eucalyptus, nice blend of flavors, great to blend.
Finish: Light tea, bergamot, cocoa, dry, flavorful.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Belvedere Lemon Tea Vodka


Hanson of Sonoma Ginger Organic Vodka



Flavor Category: MISC.

DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

Hanson of Sonoma Ginger Organic
(California)

Palate: Natural ginger flavor, spicy ginger, authentic flavor, mint, spearmint, smooth, balanced, delicate, elegant.
Finish: Ginger, sugarcane, mint, spicy, soft.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Liquorizh Peanut Butter
(Michigan)

Palate: Peanut butter, peanut butter ice cream, subtle peanut, nutty, mixed roasted nuts, sesame, hazelnut, wood barrel, anise, well-balanced, unique, original, blendable.
Finish: Nutty, creamy, light, lovely.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Liquorizh Peanut Butter Vodka


Hanson of Sonoma Cucumber Organic Vodka



Hanson of Sonoma Cucumber Organic
(California)

Palate: Fresh cucumber, perfect cucumber, hint of cucumber, mint, floral elements, nicely done, superb.
Finish: Light, crisp, refreshing.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



GOLD MEDAL WINNER:

Liquorizh Whipped Cream
(Michigan)

Palate: Whipped cream, cotton candy, sweet cream, creamy, cake with cream, blendable, impeccable.
Finish: Whipped cream, confectioner's sugar, light, silky.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Liquorizh Whipped Cream Vodka

 

 

 

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