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Best Vodka 2014

Best Premium Imported Vodka - 2014

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Danzka Vodka


Danish wheat-based, demineralized Nordic underground water, six-column distillation.

Nose: Vibrant citrus, herbs, cinnamon, subtle mint, grain, clean, lovely.
Palate: Bitter chocolate, raisin, grapes, banana, hint of melon, herbs, floral, oaky, silky, classic, exciting.
Finish: Spicy, clean, elegant.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Empire Rockefeller
Organic winter wheat from the Cognac region, French spring water filtered through Champagne limestone, distilled 6 times.

Nose: Zesty, honey.
Palate: Apple, pear, coconut, fruity, honeysuckle, creamy vanilla, butter cream, nuts, raw almonds, nutmeg, coffee, silky, perfect.
Finish: Coffee, pleasant.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Empire Rockefeller Vodka

Esmé Black Shield Vodka

Esmé Black Shield
Wheat grown in the Champagne region, spring water, five times distilled.

Nose: Vanilla, vanilla cake frosting, grain, pastry dough, almond oil, floral, grassy, anise, slight citrus, wet stone.
Palate: Almond oil, rye, white peppercorn, herbal, anise, mint, grain, pastry dough, vanilla, creamy, cherry notes.
Finish: Peppery, grassy, slight grain, slightly creamy, rich, smooth, sweet.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Organic winter wheat and malted barley, mix of deionized water and natural mineral rich water, distilled 34 times. Certified organic.

Nose: Coffee, chocolate, hint of almond, citrus notes.
Palate: Creamy vanilla, cream, almond oil, almond, herbal, peppercorn, peppery, white pepper, grain, potato, mineral.
Finish: Citrus, cocoa, almond, creamy, soft, smooth, silky, delicate.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Purity Vodka

Status Vodka

Grain-based, artesian well water filtered 7 times, distilled 4 times.

Nose: Grain, potato skins, herbal, minty, delicate.
Palate: Orange, citrus, honey, creamy, herbal, grassy, rye, peppery, spicy, well-balanced, beautiful, classic.
Finish: Coffee, peppery, smooth, complex, beautiful.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Gold rye based, artesian well water, 4 distillations.

Nose: Mineral, wet stone, hint of white pepper, mint, anise, crisp.
Palate: Grassy, herbal, mint, potato skin, mineral, rye, creme de cassis, nuts, vanilla, sweet cream, bright, ultra-smooth.
Finish: Crisp, slightly spicy, creamy, silky, soft, delicate, delicious.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Belvedere Vodka

Moses Vodka


Sugarcane-based. Well water from Finland. Naturally organic. Certified kosher.

Nose: Pepper, licorice, subtle citrus notes, lively, complex.
Palate: Vanilla cream, honey, coconut, dough, grain, chicory, spicy, potato skin, fruity, rich.
Finish: Rich, robust, smooth, balanced, fantastic.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Aylesbury Duck

Soft white winter wheat sourced from local farmers in the Western Rockies near Calgary, well water from Mendocino County California, triple distilled.

Nose: Lemon, creamy, yeast.
Palate: Bright herbal notes, mint, slight vanilla, potato skin, wheat, rye, grain, mineral, wet stone, mossy, silky, well-rounded.
Finish: Dry, dusty, zesty, light pepper, grassy.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Aylesbury Duck Vodka

Silver Rocks Vodka

Silver Rocks
Rye-based, 4 times distilled, charcoal filtered.

Nose: Melon, grain.
Palate: Melon, citrus, vanilla, cream, cashews, grain, potato skin, black pepper, mineral, menthol.
Finish: Bread, toast, peppery, silky, complex.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Aviv 613
Wheat and barley distilled 3 times, added to a 3 times distilled mash made from olives, figs, dates, grapes, and pomegranates, then distilled 1 more time, water from the Sea of Galilee.

Nose: Whipped cream, dough, toast, slate.
Palate: White peppercorn, peppery, herbal, grassy, slight citrus, rye, wet potato skin, clean mineral notes.
Finish: Cashews, pepper, light spice, creamy, woody elements, memorable.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Aviv 631 Vodka

M.A. Signature Vodka

M.A. Signature
Canadian corn-based, herbal (Curcuma Longa) infused.

Nose: Lime, fruit, white peppercorn.
Palate: Melon notes, coconut, mango, pineapple, honey, cream, white peppercorn, black pepper, floral notes, herbs, slight mineral, balanced.
Finish: Creamy, fruity, dry, mild.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Potato based, triple distilled.

Nose: Mineral, floral, zesty.
Palate: Bitter orange, citrus, fruity, creamy vanilla, cream, rose petals, mint, white peppercorns, pepper, grain, nutty, hint of rye.
Finish: Hint of charcoal, clean, soft, gentle.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Monopolowa Vodka

Heavy Water Vodka

Heavy Water
Scandinavian winter wheat, purified water from a 10,000 yrs old underground Swedish lake, distilled 5 times.

Nose: Subtle citrus, herbal, hay.
Palate: Bright citrus, powdered sugar, buttery, creamy, almond, rye, mint, spearmint, floral, celery, minerals.
Finish: Cedar, bread, hoppy, light mint, silky, satin pleasant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Japanese rice-based, bamboo filtration process, volcanic-origin water from Kyushu island.

Nose: Coconut, butterscotch dream, melon, cherry, fruity, light floral, approachable.
Palate: Grain, toast, pastry dough, potato, dusty, mineral, fruity, cherry, melon, honey, powdered sugar, herbal notes, peppery, white pepper.
Finish: Cocoa, creamy, peppery, mineral, very soft, delicate.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Ao Vodka

Siku Vodka

(The Netherlands)
Grain-based, through a proprietary process the ice harvested from a Greenlandic glacier is never melted to water and with alcohol goes directly to vodka, distilled 5 times. Gluten-free.

Nose: Herbal, grassy, marine notes, mineral, approachable.
Palate: Light citrus, pepper, coca, floral, minty, vanilla, creamy, potato skin, wet stone, salty.
Finish: Rich, creamy, fresh, crisp.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Blue Duck
(New Zealand)
7 distillations.

Nose: Citrus, herbal, grassy, clean, delicate.
Palate: Citrus, roasted nuts, toasty notes, vanilla, creamy, herbal, grassy, spicy, black pepper, balanced.
Finish: Crisp, fresh, pleasant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Blue Duck Vodka

MAMA Vodka

100% rye-based, 5 times distilled.

Nose: Leather, citrus, crisp.
Palate: Soft floral, herbal notes, grassy, almond oil, almond, hint of anise, cashews, vanilla, coffee, peppery, salty, mineral.
Finish: Creamy, hint of coconut, peppery, silky, delicate, very light.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Belvedere Unfiltered
100% "Single Estate" Dankowskie Diamond Rye, artesian well water, 4 distillations, left unfiltered.

Nose: Apple, crisp, mint, coffee notes.
Palate: Cocoa, buttery, vanilla, grains, pastry dough, wet stone, clean menthol, pepper, very dry, well-balanced, perfect.
Finish: Cocoa, rich, soft, dry, lingering.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Belvedere Unfiltered Vodka

I-Spirit Vodka

Distilled 4 times from white wine from Friuli & Veneto and cereal grains, with water from the Dolomites. Active carbon filtered.

Nose: Fruity, citrus, zesty, toast notes.
Palate: Buttery, fruity, floral, mossy, peppery, mineral, cigar box, oaky notes.
Finish: Vanilla, woody, cedar, mineral, fresh, clean.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Buckwheat & winter wheat based, water from the foot of the Julian Alps.

Nose: Grassy, grapefruit, wet stone.
Palate: Creamy vanilla, creamy, grapefruit, fruity, minty, slight pepper, herbal, floral.
Finish: Toast, creamy, spicy, pepper, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Slovenia Vodka

Kruto Flawless Vodka

Kruto Flawless
Ukrainian wheat-based, carbon filtered 5 times, distilled 15 times.

Nose: Subtle coffee notes, vibrant, assertive.
Palate: Coffee, grains, molasses, sugar cane, sweet cream, vanilla, toffee, hint of melon, herbal, peppery, slight mint.
Finish: Soft, clean, spice, complex, Putin's dream.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

European organic wheat-based, spring water from the Dolomites, 3 times distilled, 5 times filtered. Certified organic.

Nose: Lime, citrus notes, herbal, grain, charcoal, slate, clean, delicate.
Palate: Creamy, vanilla, buttery, dough, pastry dough, touch of rye, bergamot, citrus, hint of anise, herbal, mineral.
Finish: Cocoa, spicy, peppery, vibrant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Global Vodka

Ultimat Vodka

Wheat, rye and potato based, artesian well water, 4 times distilled.

Nose: Flowery, zesty, citrus, grassy, light grain, faint wood notes.
Palate: Citrus, bread, grain, hint of vanilla, creamy, butter cream, toffee, earthy, mineral, peppery.
Finish: Citrus notes, crisp, soft, delicate.

Gold Medal
Gold medal


Winter wheat-based, underground mountain well water fed from the Khuten Peak, distilled 6+ times through silver and platinum filters.

Nose: Perfectly neutral, delicate.
Palate: Berries, lemon, banana, melon, creamy, clotted cream, vanilla, nuts, anise, mineral, herbal, moss, dried leaves, floral, light spice, balanced.
Finish: Slight pepper, spice, moss, silky, robust, fresh, clean.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Golia Vodka

VALT Vodka

Scottish malted barley, Scottish mountain water from the Spey River, charcoal and chill filtration, quintuple micro-distilled using a copper still.

Nose: Caramel, vanilla, sweet cream, touch of cocoa, floral notes, herbal, zesty citrus.
Palate: Rye, grassy, slight citrus, potato skin, dusty mouthfeel, mineral, nutty, cashews, cream, buttery, butterscotch, toffee.
Finish: Caramel, buttered toast, mint, very light, silky, soft, incredibly smooth.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Italian organic wheat, water from the Italian Alps, 5 times distilled.

Nose: Cocoa, soft cedar, herbal, zesty.
Palate: Coffee, vanilla, sugar cane, cedar notes, fruity, melon, anise, minty, grassy, mossy, wet stone, mineral.
Finish: Toast, slight pepper, subtle, soft.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Punzoné Vodka

Kruto Original Vodka

Kruto Original
Ukrainian wheat-based, distilled 9 times, carbon filtered.

Nose: Toasted seeds, maple, floral notes.
Palate: Vanilla, coffee, nutty, anise, allspice, herbal, floral, minty, wet stone.
Finish: Coffee notes, spicy.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Broken Shed
(New Zealand)
New Zealand whey-based, pure spring water sourced from both the North and South Islands, distilled 4 times.

Nose: Lemony, citrus, vanilla, herbal, crisp.
Palate: Rhubarb, grapes, citrus, almond oil, almond, butter cream, floral, zest, mineral, rich, complex.
Finish: Coffee notes, wet stone, spicy, crisp.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Broken Shed Vodka

Babička Vodka

(Czech Republic)
Moravian corn, wormwood (extracted thujone), blend of natural mountain spring water and spring water from a 10,000 year old deep spring.

Nose: Lemon, lime, light melon notes, minty, very expressive, vibrant.
Palate: Woody, cigar box, melon, lime, citrus, grain, mint, anise, pastis, grassy, herbs, pine, mossy.
Finish: Cocoa, grain, mint, anise, fresh, lingering.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

The world's only 'structured' vodka, a unique and fully-patented process, 100% wheat-based, osmosis purified water.

Nose: Floral, herbal, fruity, blackberry, complex.
Palate: Blackberry, fruity, creamy vanilla, pepper, mineral, wet stones, cigar box, oak barrel.
Finish: Herbal notes, woody, elegant.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Oval Vodka




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Sun. May 17, 2015 5:32 PM - by: Azar McTavish
Jenkins. The runaway winner in a blind taste test of five (mid-range to ultra-premium-priced) name brands. If you can find it...Try it.
Thu. May 14, 2015 2:29 PM - by: Gorki
Oh jeez... top fifty vodkas, the FAMOUS Mama vodka o.0 . Distilled in Lithuania, bottle designed in Denmark and price inspired by Norway. The vodka is basically the same of the as the very average Sobieski vodka... in a fancy bottle. The only premium thing is the price.
Tue. May 12, 2015 7:00 AM - by: Alex
do you realy convinced that vodka should have the well-known name or the original bottle? No, the real vodka must be healthy (it dipends from the quality of the water used for the production), the tipe of water treatment systems and the quality of the grain and tipe of it's destilation. Ask some famous producer of vodka!
Mon. May 11, 2015 12:14 PM - by: thuba
Where is my ciroc
Mon. March 23, 2015 8:17 PM - by: albert
New Amsterdam. That's all I have to say
Fri. March 6, 2015 8:58 PM - by: Chuck Bazylinski
Has anyone ever heard of Soboloff Vodka? If so, where can it be purchased. I had it in Florida last year and have been searching unsuccessfully since then. Thank you.
Tue. February 17, 2015 3:47 PM - by: Jack Cowley
A cheap but very good vodka is KRU82. A half gallon sales for $19.00.
Mon. January 19, 2015 9:55 PM - by: tayfun
BELUGA Simply the best.
Sat. December 20, 2014 6:34 PM - by: Eric D.
I haven't tried any of these, but I am curious so I will give some a try. My current favorite, and the best vodka that I've ever put to my lips is Beluga from Russia. Topping that one would be a very tall order. It is incredibly smooth, which is what I want out of a premium vodka.
Sat. December 20, 2014 4:53 PM - by: Brian Taylor
How does Absolute vodka compare to premium vodkas
Mon. November 17, 2014 6:20 PM - by: Bill Ferguson
Some great selections in this article. I just came across another brand new Polish vodka at Nic's Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills called Roxx. Very smooth.
Mon. November 3, 2014 10:07 AM - by: P. Niles
Try V5 Cherry Vodka. One of our largest liquor sales chains in Texas is Specs and they cannot keep it in stock
Tue. September 30, 2014 9:37 PM - by: Takila Baus
Lovely compilation of fine vodkas. Must get my hands on Empire Roccafella, it sounds sublime.
Wed. July 30, 2014 4:25 PM - by: Mary Ann
Thu. July 10, 2014 8:34 AM - by: Paco Pickworth
I had tried two ............BelvedereUnfiltered N Punzone it's awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mon. July 7, 2014 3:03 PM - by:
My absolute favorite is Elit.
Mon. June 30, 2014 1:31 PM - by: David Howe
When will you release your domestic vodka results? Thanks David
Tue. May 13, 2014 7:27 PM - by: Ben De Haan
Great to see two New Zealand vodkas in the medal positions - Blue Duck Vodka is well deserving of its Gold Medal!

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