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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: Tea-Espresso  

Local Choice Espresso
U.S.


Strong coffee, faint milk chocolate, hazelnut, cashew, smooth, toasty, nice finish, very good, perfect, delicious, fabulous.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Local Choice Espresso

 

  Flavor Category: Tea-Espresso  

Van Gogh Double Espresso
U.S.


Nice espresso, coffee and cream, dark cherry, milk chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, almond, semi-sweet, toasty, distinct, smooth, balanced, mixable, nice, delicious.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Van Gogh Double Espresso

 

  Flavor Category: Tea-Espresso  

Sobieski Espresso
Poland


Strong coffee flavor, heavy duty coffee, butterscotch, roasted peanut, walnut, sweet, lemon twist, great, amazing.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Sobieski Espresso

 

  Flavor Category: Tea-Espresso  

Graham's Texas Tea
U.S.


Tea, honey, lemon, nice molasses, not too sweet, light, smooth, distinct, light bodied, well balanced, delicious, wonderful.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Graham's Texas Tea

 

  Flavor Category: Tea-Espresso  

Deep Eddy Sweet Tea
U.S.


Fresh brewed flavor, dark steeped tea, lemon, honey, Southern molasses done well, unique, great finish, lovely, delicious.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Deep Eddy Sweet Tea

 

  Flavor Category: Tea-Espresso  

St. Claire Green Tea
U.S.


Tea, licorice, green tea ice cream, herbal, eucalyptus, spicy, sweet, nice strong flavor, full bodied, balanced, complex, lingering flavor, authentic, good mixer, very good, pleasant, delightful.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

St. Claire Green Tea

 

  Flavor Category: Tea-Espresso  

Belvedere Lemon Tea
Poland


Nice herbal blend of flavors, tea, sour lemon, mint, spice, dry, fresh, easy finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Belvedere Lemon Tea

 



 
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