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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 Great Flavored Vodka Tasting 2013

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting with 17 pre-qualified judges for 52 flavored vodkas in five separate categories: Citrus, Fruits, Tea/Espresso, Cake/Candy, and Misc/Spice. 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 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 based on a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded for this tasting.

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

 

Flavor Categories:

  Flavor Category: Citrus  

Deep Eddy Red Grapefruit
U.S.


Ruby red grapefruit, tart, crisp, flavorful, beautiful aroma, refreshing, delightful, delicious.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Deep Eddy Red Grapefruit

 

  Flavor Category: Citrus  

Belvedere Pink Grapefruit
Poland


Pink grapefruit, harmonious, nice, smooth, well balanced, refreshing.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Belvedere Pink Grapefruit

 

  Flavor Category: Citrus  

FRIS Citrus
Canada


Lemon, light meringue, lemon zest, subtle orange peel, easy drinking.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

FRIS Citrus

 

  Flavor Category: Citrus  

Belvedere Citrus
Poland


Orange and lemon oil, orange, grapefruit, citrus wildfire, pleasant, smooth, balanced, tart lemon finish, refreshing, dynamic, easy to drink.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Belvedere Citrus

 

  Flavor Category: Citrus  

Local Choice Citrus
U.S.


Lemon drop, spicy grapefruit, lemon, hint of lime, floral, lightly flavored, just enough sweetness, refreshing.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Local Choice Citrus

 

  Flavor Category: Fruits  

360 Georgia Peach
U.S.


Nice peach aroma and flavor, Peach-O's, honey, floral, tasty, full bodied, crisp, refreshing, delicious.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

360 Georgia Peach

 

  Flavor Category: Fruits  

Moses Date
Finland


Definitely date, honey, vanilla, raisin, hazelnut, very smooth, balanced, unique, sipable, very nice, party on your palate, delightful.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Moses Date

 

  Flavor Category: Fruits  

Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry
Holland


Blueberry Hubba Bubba, fruit roll-up, full bodied, balance of flavors, enjoyable.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry

 

  Flavor Category: Fruits  

360 Sorrento Lemon
U.S.


Lemon oil, sweet lemon, lemon-lime, lemongrass, lemon candy, Fresca, honey, ginger, peppery, good balance of sweet and spice.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

360 Sorrento Lemon

 

  Flavor Category: Fruits  

FOU-DRÉ
(Pomegranate-Ginger)
U.S.


Ginger, tart, spicy, balanced flavors, nice flavor combination, smooth, refreshing.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

FOU-DRÉ

 



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