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The Fifty Best Domestic Vodka Tasting 2018


The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 30 flavored vodkas with a panel of 14 judges. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. The flavored vodkas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water, unflavored unsalted crackers and chips 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 flavored vodkas from that group. The judges were informed of the categories and flavors, but not the brands, writing 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, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The distilleries and states or countries of origin are identified for each brand.



DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Old Dominick Honeybell Citrus
(Old Dominick Distillery, Tennessee)

Nose: Fresh juice orange, super-ripe orange grove, tangerine, caracora orange, orange and tangerine pits, citrus, awesome.
Palate: Orange, Valencia orange, tangerine, citrus, orange peel, big rind, floral, pepper, gently sweet, tastes authentic, delightful, wow.
Finish: Freshly squeezed orange juice, clean citrus, orange blossom, mint, pepper, saline, full-flavored fruit, strong fruit finish, nicely balanced, perfect.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Old Dominick Honeybell Citrus Flavored Vodka



Arcadia Coffee
(O.H.S.O. Distillery, Arizona)

Nose: Coffee, perfect smooth coffee, coffee grounds.
Palate: Authentic espresso, perfect smooth coffee, cold coffee, vanilla, caffeine, not sweet, delicious.
Finish: Coffee, just roasted, dark chocolate, toast, welcome for drinking straight or mixing.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Arcadia Coffee Flavored Vodka



Island Grove Tangerine Citrus
(Fish Hawk Spirits, Florida)

Nose: Tangerine, fresh clementine, tangerine peel, lemon, smoky citrus, strong citrus zest, sunshine, awesome.
Palate: Tangerine, fresh tangerine, tangerine rind, grapefruit, lemon, lemon-lime, clean lime, citrus, citrus pith, juicy, great balance, true to the tang of tangerine, very nice.
Finish: Smooth citrus, lime, citrus pith, tart, tasty, clean fresh finish, summer breeze, perfect.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Island Grove Tangerine Citrus Flavored Vodka



Arcadia Cucumber
(O.H.S.O. Distillery, Arizona)

Nose: Cucumber, bright fresh cucumber, muddled cucumber, true to flavor, ready to crunch, spa water, crisp.
Palate: Cucumber, cucumber puree, true cucumber flavor, intense herb, honey, crisp, mellow.
Finish: Cucumber fresh, vegetal, tart, health smoothie-type finish, refreshing, yum, great.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Arcadia Cucumber



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Batcher's Apple
(Litchfield Distillery, Connecticut)

Nose: Fresh-cut red apple, green apple, apple peel, apple extract, pear, citrus, melon, tutti-frutti, Jolly Rancher, candied apple, floral, light cinnamon, spice, tart, alluring, attractive.
Palate: Red Delicious apple, sharp green apple, pear, melon, apple Jolly Rancher, herbal, spice, slate, apple brandy, not sweet, delicate.
Finish: Apple, Red Delicious apple peel, floral, herbal, spice, pepper, tart, bold.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Batcher's Apple Flavored Vodka



Prairie Cucumber
Certified Organic
(E.D. Phillips & Sons, Minnesota)

Nose: Cucumber, cucumber peel, melon.
Palate: Spice cucumber juice, fresh pink grapefruit, mint, perfect for cocktails.
Finish: Cucumber, mint, soft, crazy fresh.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Prairie Cucumber Flavored Organic Vodka



Three Meadows Peony
Blend of nine ingredients.
(Three Meadows Spirits, New York)

Nose: Angel food cake, mascarpone, tapioca, vanilla, honey, light floral, spice.
Palate: Vanilla, milk, honey, floral, anise, spice, white pepper, pepper.
Finish: Vanilla, sweet floral, leafy, anise, soft, pleasant, elegant.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Three Meadows Peony Vodka



Lass & Lions Desire
Madagascar Vanilla, Hibiscus & Damiana flavors.
(Tennessee)

Nose: Vanilla, vanilla cola, Coca-Cola, maple syrup, cinnamon.
Palate: Vanilla, cream soda, caramel, sweet syrup, honey, toasted coconut, floral, vegetal, cinnamon, spice, pepper, bourbon, delicious.
Finish: Vanilla milkshake, cream soda, ice cream, coconut, cinnamon, spice, pepper, clean, soft, smooth.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Lass & Lions Desire Vodka



Cokana Coca Leaf
(Delicious Danger Spirits, Kentucky)

Nose: Raw coffee beans, cacao beans and leaves, fresh greens, sweet moss, herbal tea, green tea, mate, minty, clove, pepper, earthy.
Palate: Black tea, yerba mate, shell of cacao beans, lemon, herbaceous, clove, spice, pepper.
Finish: Cacao, grassy, clove, spicy, clean, creamy, smooth, complex, fun.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Cokana Coca Leaf Flavored Vodka



Lass & Lions Unwind
Chamomile & Lemongrass flavors.
(Tennessee)

Nose: Chamomile, hibiscus, white flowers, floral, tea, spice, honey, vanilla, fresh air drying laundry, clean, mysterious.
Palate: Chamomile, real vanilla, honey, lemon, citrus, herbal, minty.
Finish: Gentle chamomile, lemongrass, faint citrus, tea, creamy, balanced, complex, pretty finish.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



   Lass & Lions Unwind Vodka



3 Kilos Coco Gold Coconut
(Holland)

Nose: Coconut, big coconut, Coco Lopez, piña colada, suntan lotion, the beach, the tropics.
Palate: Strong coconut, smooth coconut, fresh coconut meat, dried coconut, saturated flavor, clean, fresh, the Caribbean.
Finish: Coconut puree, coconut cream, spicy, sweetness lingers, balanced, pure expression of coconut, delicious.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



3 Kilos Coco Gold Coconut Flavored Vodka



Heart of Glass Strawberry
(Toledo Spirits, Ohio)

Nose: Strawberry, frozen strawberry in juice, ripe strawberries, fruit roll, strawberry preserve, jam, strawberry bubblegum, cotton candy, caramel, toast, sweet and ripe.
Palate: Macerated strawberries, strawberry, juicy, warm strawberry jam, dried cherries, chocolate, tart, creamy, surprisingly dry, great balance.
Finish: Strawberry, grain, mocha, creamy, smooth, very pleasant.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Heart of Glass Strawberry Flavored Vodka



Nemiroff Honey Pepper
(Ukraine)

Nose: Honey, exotic mix of flowers and buffalo grass, chamomile tea, floral, herbaceous, spicy, wood.
Palate: Caramel, golden delicious apple, tea, chamomile, floral, buffalo grass, herbaceous, pepper, clove, cinnamon, warm spice, earthy, cinnamon wood.
Finish: Cinnamon, spicy, minty, tea, nice balance, gets spicier as it sits on the tongue.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Nemiroff Honey Pepper Flavored Vodka



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Lass & Lions Rush
Clove, Green Tea & Yerba Mate flavors.
(Tennessee)

Nose: Green tea, Coca-Cola, floral, herbal, minty, clove, cinnamon, allspice, lovely.
Palate: Yerba mate, black tea, citrus, lemongrass, floral, minty, herbal, clove, cinnamon, Red Hot, like it a lot.
Finish: Tea, Coca-Cola, clove, minty, cinnamon, great.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Lass & Lions Rush Vodka



Island Grove Watermelon
(Fish Hawk Spirits, Florida)

Nose: Ripe watermelon, watermelon rind, honeydew, melon, caramel popcorn, grain, raw dough, corn mash, brewer’s yeast, mineral.
Palate: Watermelon, watermelon juice, cucumber, pickled watermelon rind, herbal, pepper, toasted cereal, grain mash, very light, delicate.
Finish: Watermelon, smooth, gentle, pleasant.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Island Grove Watermelon Flavored Vodka



Danzka Citrus
(Denmark)

Nose: Lemon, mixed citrus, lemon and lime soda, soft melon, limoncello, anise, Florida sunshine.
Palate: Lemon, lime, Sprite, grapefruit, orange and lemon soda, apple, watermelon, zesty, super-tart, lots of oil, mellow with some bite, refreshing in a spritzer.
Finish: Nice lemon, Sprite, lime juice, lemon oil, light citrus, grapefruit, balanced fruit, licorice, zesty, tart, clean, gentle, great up, tasty.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Danzka Citrus Flavored Vodka



Crop Cucumber
Certified Organic.
(Crop Harvest Earth, Minnesota)

Nose: Cucumber, earthy, light soil, wet cave, clean.
Palate: Cucumber, muted cucumber, kale, herbal, green grass, earthy, viscous, oily loam, sweet, clean.
Finish: Delicious cucumber, cucumber, vegetal, earthy, nice balance, soft.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Crop Cucumber Organic Flavored Vodka



Arcadia Meyer Lemon
(O.H.S.O. Distillery, Arizona)

Nose: Sliced lemon wheels, lemon juice, lemon drop with sugared rim, lemon zest, mild lemon, subtle lime.
Palate: Fresh lemon juice, big sour lemon, lemonade, lemon peel, lemon rind, lime lemon lollypop, limoncello, grain, sweet and sour, concentrated.
Finish: Lemon juice, perfectly balanced lemon, light lemon, limoncello without the sugar, lemon oil, super-acidic, tart, yum.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Arcadia Meyer Lemon Flavored Vodka



Boosie Juice Watermelon
(Local Choice Spirits, South Carolina)

Nose: Fresh-cut melon, watermelon Jolly Rancher, watermelon rind, bright floral.
Palate: Watermelon Jolly Rancher, sweet tea, spun sugar, floral.
Finish: Summer, medium sweet, delicious, great for a smooth cocktail.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Boosie Juice Watermelon Flavored Vodka



Batcher's Blueberry
(Litchfield Distillery, Connecticut)

Nose: Blueberry candy, blueberry cobbler, blueberry pancakes, blueberry pastry, strawberries, bubblegum, vanilla, marshmallow, candy corn, watermelon rind.
Palate: Blueberry cream pie, candy corn, mild tangerine, grapes, tannins, cedar, silky, yum, great for cocktails.
Finish: Blueberry pie, vanilla, melon, grape, salty, creamy, soft, smooth, easy to drink.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Batcher's Blueberry Flavored Vodka



Island Grove Blackberry
(Fish Hawk Spirits, Florida)

Nose: Fresh blackberry, soft berry, green beans, vegetal, mossy, woody.
Palate: Blackberry, blueberry, garden fruit, funky forest floor, sweet, smooth.
Finish: Berries, light tropical fruit, flora, smooth, gentle.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Island Grove Blackberry Flavored Vodka



Cold River Maine Blueberry
(Maine Distilleries, Maine)

Nose: Blueberry muffin, tart blueberry pie, baked blueberry, lemon, lemon zest, herbs, vanilla, bramble, moss, pine.
Palate: Blueberry, sweet cooked blueberries, syrupy blueberries, smoky berry, floral, mint, spicy, sweet, saturated with flavor.
Finish: Blueberry, long lingering blueberry, great berries, concentrated berries, smoky, creamy, well-balanced, elegant.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Cold River Maine Blueberry Flavored Vodka



Island Grove Lime Citrus
(Fish Hawk Spirits, Florida)

Nose: Lime, lemon-lime, Sprite, lime soda, lime zest, melon, green, anise, tequila, mountain flowers, fresh spring air.
Palate: Lime, lime juice, sweet lime lifesaver, lime zest, mint, lavender, perfume, pastry dough, toast.
Finish: Lemon lime, tart sweet lime, lime oil, wintergreen, herbal, lime lingers, pretty good.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Island Grove Lime Citrus Flavored Vodka



Island Grove Lemon Citrus
(Fish Hawk Spirits, Florida)

Nose: Ripe lemon, lemon half, citrus, lemon tree, anise, licorice, allspice.
Palate: Lemon-lime, smooth light lemon, lemon meringue, citrus, agave juice, clean.
Finish: Easy lemon, citrus, spice, pepper, mineral, elegant use of lemon and citrus, great on the rocks.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Island Grove Lemon Citrus Flavored Vodka



BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS

Island Grove Ruby Red Grapefruit
(Fish Hawk Spirits, Florida)

Nose: Citrus, citrus peel, floral, perfume.
Palate: Grapefruit, citrus, fresh citrus peel, red bell pepper, floral, corn grain, sharp licorice, cedar, tart.
Finish: Pink grapefruit, soft orange peel, citrus, herbs, pepper, wet stone, tart, would mix well.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



Island Grove Ruby Red Grapefruit Flavored Vodka



Danzka Cranraz
(Denmark)

Nose: Cranberry, sweet berries, Ocean Spray cran-raspberry, lemon.
Palate: Tart raspberry, blackberry, faint cranberry, grain, oak, light eau de vie.
Finish: Tart, heavy wood, clean, smooth, good finish.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



Danzka Cranraz Flavored Vodka



Danzka Apple
(Denmark)

Nose: Pink Lady apples, crisp fall apple, sweet green apple, apple compote, dried apple, oxidized apple, apple Laffy Taffy, Jolly Rancher green apple, earthy.
Palate: Pink Lady apples, green apples,, authentic ripe fruit, melon, corn, soil, tart, lighter than expected, airy.
Finish: Apple skins, licorice, corn, soil, tart, oaky, bit of a bite, smooth.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



Danzka Apple Flavored Vodka



UV Blue Raspberry
(Minnesota)

Nose: Faint fresh raspberry, light cranberry, raspberry blow pop candy, blueberry Kool-Ade, Jolly Rancher, frozen ice pops.
Palate: Blue raspberry, sweet, tasty, delicious.
Finish: Blue raspberry blow pop, cranberry, cotton candy, sweet, creamy.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



UV Blue Raspberry Flavored Vodka



Island Grove Blueberry
(Fish Hawk Spirits, Florida)

Nose: Blueberry, rich blended blueberry candy, watermelon, orange zest, mineral, oak, soft, attractive.
Palate: Fresh ripe blueberry, blueberry Pixie Stix, berries, watermelon, ripe melon, balanced orange, oak.
Finish: Big blueberry, orange pulp, oak, soft, rich.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



Island Grove Blueberry Flavored Vodka



Batcher's Strawberry
(Litchfield Distillery, Connecticut)
Aged minimum 4 yrs.

Nose: Soft strawberry, stewed strawberry, strawberry fruit roll ups, lemon zest cotton candy, vanilla sugar, nougat, powder puff.
Palate: Sliced strawberry, faint berry, lemon, floral, caramel, vanilla, mocha, floral, dusty.
Finish: Berry, strawberry ice cream, caramel, mocha, grain, pepper, complex.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



Batcher's Strawberry Flavored Vodka

 

 

 

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