Domestic Vodka
 

Best Domestic Vodka

 

The Fifty Best Domestic Vodka Tasting 2021


The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 30 American-made unflavored craft vodkas with 14 members of our spirits judging panel. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Strict tasting rules were applied. The vodkas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips 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 highest. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded for this tasting. Medals are provided based entirely on merit and only to products judged worthy of such award.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The distilleries, states of origin and other tidbits are identified for each brand. All vodkas are 80° proof unless otherwise indicated. Clicking on the brands' names will link to their websites.


DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS


Saint Lawrence Spirits Vodka
(NY)
Distilled from NY corn & wheat.

Nose: Sweet dough, blueberry jam, plum, ripe banana, cantaloupe, papaya, grapefruit, lemon zest, cocoa, almond, spearmint, herbs, wet grass, mineral, clean, crisp, very unique.
Palate: Vanilla, powdered sugar, tapioca, creamy, sweet pastry dough, fruit cake, dates, prunes, plums, mixed berries, fruit bowl, Juicy Fruit gum, anise, licorice, floral, herbal, mint, grass, Thai basil, cashews, spicy cocoa, black pepper, nicely blended, layered flavor, zesty, velvety..
Finish: Cocoa, molasses, creamy, sweet corn, melon, grapefruit, potato skins, mineral, toasty, wood note, well balanced, very smooth, silky, delicate, big, rich, delicious.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal


   Saint Lawrence Spirits Vodka


RocaBella Vodka
(RocaBella, FL)
Distilled from 100% corn.

Nose: Pastry dough, ripe banana, lemon, light zest, subtle citrus, roses, light cocoa, potato skin, grain, almond, pine nuts, linen, cotton, super clean, fresh water, airy.
Palate: Cocoa & cream, layer cake, powdered sugar, black licorice, anise, carrot, lemon, lime skin, citrus, herbal, spearmint, almond, white peppercorn, earth, wet stone, rainwater, clean, zesty, very lively, smooth, very approachable.
Finish: Vanilla, cream, croissant, crushed blueberry, delicate flowers, soft anise, coffee notes, spicy, interesting, crisp, zesty, silky, soft, elegant.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal


RocaBella Vodka


Insurrection Vodka
(Insurrection Distillery, PA)
Distilled from grain.

Nose: Vanilla, sweet pastry dough, young coconut, fresh watermelon, light lemon, grape-y, hint of juniper, floral, grainy, flour, hints of almond, subtle black pepper, grassy, fresh cut grass, mineral, new clothes, clean, crisp, delicate.
Palate: Vanilla, hints of cream, cocoa, cane sugar, almond cookies, almond oil, fresh lime, lime skin, citrus-y, mint, nuttiness, spicy, white pepper notes, black pepper, creamy mouth feel, smooth, robust, very pleasant.
Finish: Cream, dried lime skin, slightly minty, peppery, mineral, well balanced, nicely balanced, assertive, zesty, refreshing, rich, smooth, perfect for cocktails.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal


Insurrection Vodka


Tommy Bahama Vodka
(Coral Cay Distilling, WA)
8x copper pot distilled from grain.

Nose: Vanilla, cocoa dust, pastry dough, grassy, potato, potato skin, lemon, verbena, cucumber, herbs, lemongrass, coffee, pine tree, wet stone, minerality, spa water, crisp, zesty, Christmas.
Palate: Vanilla, cocoa, oatmeal, dark sugar, honeydew melon, watermelon, watermelon rind, lemon, cucumber, celery, vegetal, juniper, mint, rye, pine, pepper, pink peppercorn, black pepper, burnt toast, dusty minerality, nicely balanced, citrus, spice, smooth, rich, lively, zesty.
Finish: Cucumber, pepper, white pepper, beautifully layered, bright, crisp, zesty, vibrant, interesting, an easy drinker, delicious.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal


Tommy Bahama Vodka


Tahoe Blue Vodka
(Tahoe Spirits, NV)
Distilled from 50% sugarcane, 25% grape & 25% corn.
Made with Tahoe water.

Nose: Vanilla, sugar cane, cotton candy, morning pastries, dough, grain, subtle rye, peeled potatoes, light floral, melon, light grapefruit, grass, wet stone, fresh linen, cotton, minerality, bright.
Palate: Vanilla, vanilla cream, white birthday cake, Linzer tart, toffee, powdered sugar, clover honey, mocha, bread, sweet grass, wet stone, mineral, peppery, dusty, touch of smoke, balanced, zesty, vibrant, airy, clean, crisp, soft, very smooth, pleasant.
Finish: Spearmint, sweet mint, anise, black pepper, peppery, fiery, wet stone, clean, crisp, creamy, great for martinis, very approachable, yummy.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal


Tahoe Blue Vodka


GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Rocker Vodka
(Rocker Spirits, CO)
Distilled from grain.

Nose: Vanilla, vanilla wafers, lemon, lemon rind, hints of lime, cucumber, melon, herbal notes, mint, sage, bread, nutty, cigar box, mineral, wet stones, rivers of running water, clean, rich.
Palate: Vanilla, sweet cream, powdered sugar, melon, red pepper, cocoa, nutty, rye, coffee, sweet spice, spicy, white peppercorn, chalk, wet stone, well balanced, creamy mouthfeel, rich, very clean, super smooth   like water, approachable.
Finish: Cocoa, creamy, chocolate martini, honey, fresh cut melon, melon rind, lemon zest, light lime, nutty, sweet spice, fresh oregano, peppery, cigar box, wet stone, great balance, very soft, delicate, an approachable, easy drinker, great.


Gold Medal
Gold medal


Rocker Vodka


Highway Vodka
(Highway Distillery, TX)
Distilled from grain & unique strain of hemp seed.

Nose: Toffee, powdered sugar, sweet cream, , banana, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, tangerine, Rice Krispies, sweet pastry dough, baked bread, toast, wheat, white bread, nuts, herbal, floral, fresh cut grass, stone, mineral oil, clean sheets.
Palate: Caramel, taffy, vanilla, creamy, luscious creamer, powdered sugar, sugarcane, honey, banana, apricot, melon, grape, sweet corn bread, mint, spice, white pepper, mossy, forest, pine tree, new pine, minerality, well crafted, creamy mouthfeel, zesty, rich.
Finish: Whipped cream, cocoa, dried fruit, figs, spice, white peppercorn, balanced, well made, interesting, rustic, nature-like, unassuming, smooth, silky, delicate, easy drinking, pleasant, a winner, great.


Gold Medal
Gold medal


Highway Vodka


Kanpeki Vodka
(Milk Street Distillery, NJ)
Distilled from pure rice.

Nose: Vanilla, sweet cream, buttercream frosting, sweet honeydew, pineapple, fresh apple, apple juice, apple martini, green banana, lime, lemon peel, citrusy, floral, cashew butter, almond shells, nutty, tobacco, mossy, mineral oil, new linen.
Palate: Vanilla cupcake, confetti cake, butter cake, creamy, butter, Confectioner’s sugar, warm brioche, cocoa, mocha, cashews, almond, hazelnut, nutty, potato skin, herbal, grassy, pronounced white pepper, wood, complex, smooth, rich.
Finish: Vanilla, almond, hazelnut, nutty, well-balanced, yummy sweetness, soft, smooth, silky, creamy, rich, vibrant, celebration time.


Gold Medal
Gold medal


Kanpeki Vodka


Szczypkowski Vodka
(Holy Ghost Distillery, PA)
Distilled from sugar cane. Kosher certified.

Nose: Creamy caramel, toffee, whipped cream, melon, lemon peel, lemon oil, subtle citrus, spring grass, grassy, hints of grain, light bark, tree, mineral, flint, stone, clean laundry, fresh linen.
Palate: Vanilla, creamy, vanilla cream, vanilla wafers, ripe Bosc pear, melon, citrus notes, herbal hints, mint note, grass, vegetal, toasted cashews, nutty, coffee, white peppercorn, peppery, black pepper, musty, mineral, lightly sweet, creamy mouthfeel, rich.
Finish: Lingering whipped cream, powdered sugar, nutty, baking spices, white pepper, lightly peppery, grassy, mineral, balanced, complex, alive, nice, approachable, silky, very smooth.


Gold Medal
Gold medal


Szczypkowski Vodka


Legends 80 Vodka
(The Spirits of the USA, GA)
Distilled from corn.

Nose: Toffee, nougat, vanilla, whipped cream, pastry dough, floral, tamarind, lemon, mint, almond oil, potato skin, hot biscuits, peppered bread, white peppercorn, leafy, fresh linen, clean, mountain air, cozy, pleasant.
Palate: Vanilla, creamy, cocoa, chocolate, sugar cane, Confectioner’s sugar, powdered sugar, slightly sweet grains, sour dough, crenshaw melon, fresh apples, hint of citrus, mint, almond, peppery, mineral, wet stone, well water, nice roundness, nice balance, distinctly dry, clean, super soft, satin, easy to drink.
Finish: Creamy, potato, white pepper, lingering spices, mineral, wet stone, mojito-esque, well balanced, well made, tasty, clean exit, breathless, delicate, soft, silky, perfect up, easy going, really lovely.


Gold Medal
Gold medal


Legends 80 Vodka


Arctic Wolf Vodka
(Morton Distilleries, OK)
Distilled from potatoes.

Nose: Caramel crème, buttery, powdered donut, layer cake, confetti cake, sprinkles, banana, cantaloupe, grape, red wine, rye, vegetal, almond oil, white pepper, sweet whiskey grains, grain mash, woody, dusty, mineral, asphalt, wet stone, funk, tequila, mezcal.
Palate: Vanilla, cream, cocoa, toffee, sweet pastry, pastry dough, creamed corn, cereal, grain, melon on ice cream, apple, citrus, anise forward, licorice, nutty, pink peppercorn, black pepper, peppery, briny, salty, humidor, complex, assertive, surprisingly bright, approachable, white vermouth.
Finish: Ice cream, fermented sugarcane, molasses, cantaloupe, apple, beautiful fruitiness, pink peppercorn, spicy, salty, grappa-like, rum-like, complex, different, spa, clean, rich, soft, smooth.


Gold Medal
Gold medal


Arctic Wolf Vodka


Deep Ellum Spirits All-Purpose Vodka
(Deep Ellum Spirits, TX)
10x distilled from corn.

Nose: Lemon candy, Haribo lime candy, lime, tangerine, citrus fruits, blueberry jam, cherry candy, red berries, cranberry, red apple, dark grapes, melon, tropical fruit, fruit punch, powdered pastry, bear claws, floral, yellow squash, potato skin, almond, ocean breeze.
Palate: Candied lemon, lemon balm, melon, tangerine, grapes, apple, cranberry, tropical, floral, honeysuckle, honey, sweet cashews, grain, mossy, potato skin, spices, pepper, creamy, delicate.
Finish: Lemon curd, Lemon Heads candy, Gummy Bears, mandarin orange, citrus, honeysuckle, rose, hot white pepper, black pepper, spicy, zesty, lively, interesting, approachable, creamy, smooth, tasty, yummy, delicious.


Gold Medal
Gold medal


Deep Ellum Spirits All-Purpose Vodka


Upstate Vodka
(Sauvage Distillery, NY)
Distilled from 100% NY State apples.

Nose: Custard cream, sweet cream, vanilla, powdered sugar, cotton candy, fruit & nut bar, piña, corn, cocoa, mocha, grains, rye, juniper, leaves, potato skin, wet stone, cedar, smooth.
Palate: Vanilla cream, crème brulée, powdered sugar, candy corn, Fig Newton, date pastry, sweet plums, pineapple, grape, melon, maize, corn, spicy coffee with cream, peppery, mineral, floral, forest, woody, sweet wood, soft, rich, pleasing.
Finish: Vanilla, creamed corn, sweet cornbread, powdered sugar, honey, spice, white pepper, peppery, grappa, Echo Falls strawberry, rum-like, zesty, assertive, clean, crisp, very creamy, rich.


Gold Medal
Gold medal


Upstate Vodka


American Harvest Organic Vodka
(Darco Spirits, ID/NV)
Distilled from wheat.

Nose: Vanilla, floral, lemonade, subtle citrus, lime notes, subtle cucumber, herbs, white peppercorn, light pepper, woody, wet stones, fresh rain, fresh laundry, fresh cotton sheets.
Palate: Cocoa, milky cocoa, creamy, dairy creamer, salt water taffy, pastry, grain, lemon verbena, lime oil, citrusy, anise, sweet spice, white peppercorns, peppered, nice balance, edgy with character, zesty, very silky, soft, smooth, velvety.
Finish: Nutty, milky spice, lingering spice, spicy, peppery, black pepper, wet stones, clean, bright, vibrant, very soft, delicate, classic vodka, easy drinking, great for cocktails.


Gold Medal
Gold medal


American Harvest Organic Vodka


Holystone Distilling Perla Vodka
(UT)
Distilled from grapes.

Nose: Pastry dough, ripe banana, lemon, light zest, subtle citrus, roses, light cocoa, potato skin, grain, almond, pine nuts, linen, cotton, super clean, fresh water, airy.
Palate: Cocoa & cream, layer cake, powdered sugar, black licorice, anise, carrot, lemon, lime skin, citrus, herbal, spearmint, almond, white peppercorn, earth, wet stone, rainwater, clean, zesty, very lively, smooth, very approachable.
Finish: Vanilla, powdered sugar, honey, anise, minty, peppery, wet stone, mineral, touch of heat, clean bright, smooth, soft, silky, approachable, lively, zesty, tasty.


Gold Medal
Gold medal


Holystone Distilling Perla Vodka


Roofraiser Vodka
(Dented Brick Distillery, UT)
Distilled from local red winter wheat & pumpernickel rye.

Nose: Vanilla, nougat, coconut, melon, fresh picked grapes, lemon, apple skin, grassy, rye, true bark, mineral, stone, interesting.
Palate: Vanilla, toffee, raw brown sugar, spring honey, flavored jelly beans, banana, green apple, lemon, anise, grass, Thai basil, peppery, black pepper, coffee, mineral, wet stone, grappa-like, smooth, silky, cool, clean, crisp, rich, approachable, easy drinking.
Finish: Cotton candy, rye bread, licorice, anise, grass, white pepper, mineral, marble, cool, pleasantly sweet, interesting, flavorful, assertive, complex, nice, smooth, creamy, rich.


Gold Medal
Gold medal


Roofraiser Vodka


Silver King Vodka
(Red River Brewing Co.& Distilling, NM)
Distilled from grain.

Nose: Pastry, cream, fruit gum, juniper, mint, gardenia, lightly grassy, leafy, clean.
Palate: Vanilla, light cocoa, cream, powdered sugar, Juicy Fruit gum, pineapple, banana, grape, mint, licorice, cinnamon, baking spices, grain, vegetal, grassy, mineral water, assertive, soft, rich.
Finish: Creamy, touch of honey, fruit cake, banana peel, fruit lingers, mint, spicy, touch of wood, clean, lively, nice, smooth.


Gold Medal
Gold medal


Silver King Vodka


Cold Chisel Vodka
(Blacksmith Artisanal Spirits, MO)   100° prf
7x distilled from Missouri corn. 7x filtered through limestone & charcoal.

Nose: Lemon, cashew, nutty, grain, potato, potato peel, white pepper, musty, earth, dusty, cedar box, cotton balls, clean, fresh rain water.
Palate: Vanilla, vanilla cream, honeysuckle, crenshaw melon, sweet grains, wheat, corn, potato skin, cocoa, cashew, nutty, spicy, peppery, white pepper, wet grass, mineral, wet rocks, nice balance, soft mouthfeel, velvety, tasty.
Finish: Vanilla, melon, vegetal, peppery, lingering spice, slightly oaky, mineral, wet stone, clean, assertive, lively, very approachable, rich, silky smooth, easy drinking.


Gold Medal
Gold medal


Cold Chisel Vodka


Two Titmice Vodka
(Sweet Potato Spirits, CA)
Distilled from sweet potatoes.

Nose: Caramel, butterscotch, buttery, vanilla, powdered sugar, breakfast cereal, sweet, grains, sweet potato, grapes, Concord grape, melon, fermented corn, almond oil, sourdough, musty, dusty, mossy, wet gravel, wet stone, garden dew.
Palate: Spearmint, sweet mint, sweet eucalyptus, grapefruit, banana peel, mocha, nutty, buttery, milky, mineral, spring water, white pepper, new barrel, woody, charred notes, well balanced, approachable, big, rich.
Finish: Lingering butterscotch, cookies, pecans, vegetal, peppery, tannins, mineral, wet stone, complex, zesty, well balanced, well made, very nice, pleasant.


Gold Medal
Gold medal


Two Titmice Vodka


SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

The Tides Vodka
(Gatsby Spirits, OR)
Distilled from grain.

Nose: Vanilla, pastry dough, sweet grain, bright lemon zest, thyme, pink peppercorn, musty, minerality, fresh cotton.
Palate: Sweet grain, dough, pie pastry, cream, honey, cocoa, roasted cashews, nutty, white peppercorn, lemony, spring water, mineral, dusty, sawdust, wood chip, creamy, smooth.
Finish: Chocolate bar, coffee flavored vodka, lingering cream, honey, citrus, hay, peppery, balanced, lively, approachable.


Silver Medal
Silver medal


The Tides Vodka


Salt Flats Spirits 622 Vodka
(UT)
Distilled from grain.

Nose: Dough, sour dough, toast, grain, corn, potato, boiled potato, lemon/lime, mossy, slight minerality, clean, light.
Palate: Vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, mocha, pastry dough, sweet corn, grain, rye, potato skin, cashews, peppermint, fresh cut flowers, baking spices, white peppercorn, dry moss, leather, clean linen, great mouth feel, clean, crisp, bright, very delicate, super soft, silky, smooth.
Finish: Melon, vegetal, white pepper, black pepper, peppery, mineral, woody, balanced, clean, smooth, delicate, rich, elegant, drink neat, an easy sipper.


Silver Medal
Silver medal


Salt Flats Spirits 622 Vodka


West Branch Distilling Co. Vodka
(PA)
Distilled from corn & rye.

Nose: Vanilla, caramel, toffee, cream, buttery, warm pastry, baked goods, lemon curd, bright coconut, strawberry, melon, honeysuckle, a touch of orange blossom, floral, anise, white peppercorn, clay, light mineral, new pine, cedar chips.
Palate: Vanilla, cocoa, creamy, strawberries & cream, dough, fresh cut melon, lime, mint, spearmint, light grass, rye, cashews, white pepper, peppery, earth, mineral, wet stone, cloud like, crisp, bright, zesty, smooth.
Finish: Nutty, mineral, wet stone, clean, crisp, zesty, tasty, silky mouthfeel, soft, delicate, creamy, smooth.


Silver Medal
Silver medal


West Branch Distilling Co. Vodka


Crostwater Vodka
(Holy Water Distillery, PA)
Distilled from grain.

Nose: Sweet grains, corn, oat, wheat, white bread, dough, pastry dough, potato, dried potato skins, vegetal, almond oil, white peppercorn, mineral, dusty, musty, old wood, autumn, grassy, crisp leaves, cider, tequila/mezcal.
Palate: Vanilla, pastry, Graham Cracker, whiskey grains, corn, roasted corn, lettuce, cabbage, vegetal, almond, mint, hint of spice, peppery, white peppercorn, dusty, earth, mossy, wet wood, silky.
Finish: Honey, apple, white peppercorn, peppery, spices, mineral, woody, complex, interesting, unique, fiery, assertive, fades elegantly, super light, smooth.


Silver Medal
Silver medal


Crostwater Vodka


King’s Family Distillery Vodka
(TN)
Distilled from grain.

Nose: Vanilla, cream puffs, powdered sugar, honey, lemon verbena, citrus, fresh herbs, herbal, nuts, peppery, talcum powder, mineral, wet stone, fresh rain, clean air.
Palate: Vanilla, rock candy, hints of apple, potato, grains, mint, herbal, white pepper, spicy pepper, earth, minerality, river stones, fresh linens, well balanced, clean, crisp, zesty.
Finish: Pastry dough, lime peel, green olive, herbal, floral, spicy, black pepper, mineral, wet stone, nice balance, different, clean, crisp, lively, nice, easy to drink.


Silver Medal
Silver medal


King’s Family Distillery Vodka


IslandJon Vodka
(FL)
Distilled from 100% grain.

Nose: Vanilla, pastry dough, natural sourdough, light flour, lemon zest, delicate citrus, floral notes, salty sea water, wet stone, mineral, dry paper, cotton, very clean.
Palate: Vanilla, creamy, whipped cream, powdered sugar, cocoa, sweet corn, herbal, spearmint, cinnamon bark, spicy, white peppercorn, black peppercorn, peppery, minerality, light wood, delicate, silky, smooth, velvety, rich, well made, pleasant.
Finish: Floral, lavender, grain, mineral, peppery kick, nice heat, assertive, clean, soft, creamy, delicate, easy drinking, elegant on the rocks.


Silver Medal
Silver medal


IslandJon Vodka


M&O Spirits Vodka
(OH)  84° prf
Pot distilled from potatoes.

Nose: Orange peel, citrus notes, pastry dough, tobacco leaves, light pepper, mineral, clean, fresh snow.
Palate: Honeydew, melon, lemon, potato skin, grain, toast, rye, pink peppercorn, black peppercorn, peppery, spicy, cashews, hints of sweetness, great balance of sweet & grain, mineral, clean sheets, creamy, smooth.
Finish: Mint candy, spice, peppery, mineral, well-balanced, crisp, vibrant, assertive, smooth, an easy sipper, great.


Silver Medal
Silver medal


M&O Spirits Vodka


Wynn's Revenge Vodka
(Cold Spring Hollow Distillery, PA)
Distilled from 100% corn.

Nose: Lemon curd, candied citrus, orange peel, burnt orange peel, peach, vanilla, dough, potato, corn starch, dusty, mineral.
Palate: Lemony, orange, zest, anisette, bread dough, cereal grains, grassy, white peppercorn, peppery, spicy, oily spice, creamy, milky, powder, chalky, mineral, wet stone, well made, flavorful, soft, smooth for mixing, easy drinking.
Finish: Vanilla cream, citrusy, early season melon, lingering spice, pepper, pink peppercorn, mineral, wet stone, vibrant, nice, easy drinking, silky, soft, elegant.


Silver Medal
Silver medal


Wynn's Revenge Vodka


Dry Fly Vodka
(Dry Fly Distillery, WA)
Distilled from local Washington wheat.

Nose: Vanilla, caramel, cream, powdered sugar, cotton candy, candy corn, peppermint stick, lemon/lime, lemonade, cut flowers, pizza dough, grain, toasted grain, nuts, tannins, mineral, wet stone, interesting.
Palate: Vanilla, creamy, caramel, candy corn, coffee cream, sweet cereal, lime, lime skin, almond, black peppercorn, black pepper, peppery, rain, water, mineral, wet stone, rich, very zesty.
Finish: Caramel, lingering whipped cream, dough, grains, nice citrus, baking spices, spicy, peppery, salt, mineral, sea wet stone, crisp, vibrant, lively, fiery, smooth.


Silver Medal
Silver medal


Dry Fly Vodka



BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS

Ballard Family Farms Vodka
(Full Throttle Sloon Shine, TN)
Distilled from corn.

Nose: Fresh lemon peel, lemon, ripe watermelon, melon ice, blueberry, Juicy Fruit gum, bubble gum, green olives, cumin, seasoning, mineral, woody note, clean, rain, well water, laundry.
Palate: Sweet vanilla cream, caramel milk shake, candied lemon peel, penny candy, honey, fruity all the way, coconut, pineapple, tropical, lime skin, herbs, grassy, black tea, bread, cocoa, blend of seasonings, spices, pine, birch, new wood, rich.
Finish: Sugarcane, watermelon candy, sweet corn, berry notes, citrus peel, black tea, grassy, mineral, rain, soft, assertive, zesty.


Bronze Medal
bronze medal



Ballard Family Farms Vodka



Drake’s Organic XII Premium Vodka
(Drake’s Organic Distilleries, NY)
12x distilled from organic sugar cane.

Nose: Dried cherry, fig, celery, fermented grapes, manuka honey, raisin bran, grain, cloves, hops, hay, moss, mineral oil, earth, resin, tannins, cigar box, wood chips, tree bark, tea tree wood, sweet whiskey.
Palate: Cherry, red grape skins, rose, honey, creamy, grain, saffron, baking spices, fermented grapes, hops, mushroom, musty, earth, leather, minerals, minerality, very woody, whiskey like, grappa.
Finish: Cherry, juniper, ginger, tea leaves, herbal, wintermint, menthol, dried spices, malt, leather, earth, Negroni cocktail, unique.


Bronze Medal
bronze medal



Drake’s Organic XII Premium Vodka

 

 


 

Vodka's illustrious history in the Old World is well known. What about American-made vodkas? Whenever a new distillery opens its doors, it’s vodka that they usually produce first, since vodka is made from simple ingredients and doesn’t require a complicated distillation process or barrel aging. There are now over 1,400 brands of unflavored American vodkas – currently produced by micro-distillers all across the country.

Much like craft brewers and vintners, the entrepreneurial master distillers proudly use local grains (or potatoes, corn, grapes, sugarcane, apples, etc.) and local water sources to produce their small batch craft vodkas. These particular ingredients (as well as distillation methods) impart distinctive character and flavors to the finished products. The water sources and the soil from which the base ingredients are grown adds an extra emphasis of "terroir" to the individuality of these artisanal spirits.

The biggest players remain the imports, but the larger imported vodka brands are the slowest growing, losing share to the many newer local hand-crafted American-made vodkas. While most U.S. distilleries do not have the scale advantages of the large brands with distribution, these smaller producers have proven their ability to gain share in their own immediate markets.

 

 

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