November 2013 - Vodka and Flavored Vodka

This month's Spirits feature is Vodka and Flavored Vodka
Vodka and Flavored Vodka Reviews
204224
FAIR
Quinoa Vodka
Clear. Very neutral aromas and flavors suggest cream, cake, and minerals with a very soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a exquisitely smooth custard, dried fruit, and limestone accented finish. A superbly silky, elegant, and delicious vodka that is fantastic on its own and will be perfect in cocktails.
96 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203380
Russian Spirit
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas of cream and cereal with satiny, dryish medium body and crisp, dried citrus, powdered sugar, stone, and pepper accented finish. A lively, silky vodka that will cover a lot of bases and be great in fruit based cocktail.
95 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204277
Platinka
Original Rye Vodka
Clear. Aromas suggest lightly toasted citrus pastry, Greek yogurt, and spiced nuts with a buoyant, dryish light-to-medium body and a creme Anglaise, chalk and peppercorn accented finish with lingering warmth. A nice choice for creamy and seasonal fruit-driven cocktails.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203847
Bear Force
Vodka
Clear. Aromas suggest grainy porridge with syrup, toasted nuts, and faint dried meat with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a honey cream and chalk accented finish with very little heat. Quite refined and smooth.
94 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204201
American Harvest
Organic Spirit
Clear. Gentle aromas and flavors of fruity custard pastry, nougat, and butter pecan ice cream with a silky, off-dry medium body with a long, honeyed granola, powdered sugar, chalk and warming spice accented finish. A very nice fruit and honey nuanced vodka for sipping or cocktails.
94 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204420
Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium
Vodka
Clear. Gentle aromas of cream puff, fig, and delicate spice with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long nougat and gently warming spice accented finish. A deliciously, smooth vodka that will be great neat or in martinis.
94 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203706
New Deal Distillery
Mud Puddle Chocolate Vodka
Rich reddish mahogany color. Rich aromas of fresh dark fudge brownies and artisan cacao nib chocolate bars with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chocolate espresso bean, dark roasted nut, mineral and peppercorn accented finish. A serious, dry, adult chocolate flavored vodka that will triumph in cocktails.
94 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203982
Anestasia
Vodka
Clear. Aromas of toasted grainy bread and delicate spiced nuts with a silky, off-dry medium body and a creme brulee, mineral, and delicate peppery spice finish. Very nice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204321
Oddka
Original Vodka
Clear. Aromas and flavors suggest salty teriyaki almonds, dried citrus, and grainy fig pastry with a soft, dryish medium body and creme brulee, nougat, and fine chalk finish. Very expressive, savory, and stylish.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204283
FASHION VODKA
Party Collection
Clear color. Aromas suggest sourdough nut bread and salty roasted root vegetables with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and coconut cream, mineral, sweet pickling spice,and vanilla accented finish. A pleasant all-purpose vodka.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204280
Heritage Distilling Co.
Elk Rider Vodka
Clear. Interesting aromas of honeyed green apple, rye sack, dried pear, leather and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pear cider, nougat, latex, mossy stone, and dried leaf accented finish. A wild and wooly fruit accented vodka that finishes very earthy and is reminiscent of pear brandy.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204332
Alpha Noble
Ultra Premium Vodka
Clear. Soft aromas and flavors suggest meringue, nut bread, and dried fruits with a satiny, dryish medium body and alluring hints of citrus, spice, chalk, and floral herbs on the long, warming finish. A delicious, balanced vodka for all applications.
93 points $34.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204732
Smirnoff
Honey Flavored Vodka
Clear. Delicately floral honeycomb, berry, and potpourri aromas and flavors with a silky, moderately sweet medium body and a honeyed, berry flavored white tea accented finish. Nice complexity and balance, will be excellent in cocktails.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204441
2Nite
Alpine Mint Vodka
Pale nickel emerald color. Attractive aromas of chocolate mint and pink peppercorn with a slick, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a long, penetrating, and cooling peppermint candy and delicate floral herb driven finish. Delicious and vibrant mint flavor for artisan cocktails.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204259
Voli
Light Lemon Flavored Vodka
Clear. Aromas of lemon zests, lemon chiffon, and rain water on a field of grass with a glycerous, off-dry light-to-medium body and a clean lemon rice candy and porcelain accented finish. A very clean, understated, and natural tasting lemon vodka.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204446
Five
Cherry Vodka
Clear. Aromas of maraschino cherry and almond peel with a silky, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and an almond oil, honeycomb, whipped cream and cherry lozenge finish. Nicely styled and balanced cherry flavor for crafty cocktails.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204171
Prairie
Organic Cucumber Vodka
Clear. Very pleasant cucumber salad and gazpacho aromas and flavors with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delicate salted nut, honey cream, and earth accented finish. A nice, mellow, and very dimensional cucumber vodka that will mix well.
92 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203374
Russian Diamond
Premium Imported Vodka
Clear. Aromas and flavors of sweet cream, pastry dough, and minerals with a slick, dryish medium body and a long powdered sugar and talc accented finish. Excellent balance and structure for sipping neat or cocktails.
92 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204117
Grand Traverse Distillery
Wheat Vodka
Clear. Aromas and flavors toasted meringue and grainy, crusty berry tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity dried fruit, sweet cream, grain husk, mineral and pink pepper accented finish. Very tasty with nice nuances of toasted grain and fruit flavors.
92 points $26.98
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204247
Tao
Vodka
Clear. Aromas of cotton candy with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a buttercream, limestone, rice candy and delicate pepper accented finish. Very smooth and tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204282
F VODKA
Luxury Collection
Clear. Neutral nose suggests sour cream frosting, salty cracker, and granola with a creamy, dryish medium body and a long, polished finish with hint of wet stones, frosted cereal, and delicate pepper. A nicely composed vodka that will be great in martinis.
92 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204557
Bong Spirit
Vodka
Clear. Aromas of anise seed, custard, and honey pastry with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body a long, cream, powdered sugar, dried fruit, sweet grass, and mineral nuanced finish. Excellent style and flavor for all applications.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203593
Devynerios
Vodka
Clear. Decidedly non-neutral aromas and flavors of anisette cookie, lush brown spices, and candied ginger with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and grassy herb, licorice, honey, Alpine lozenge, and chalk accented finish. A well-balanced lightly herbal flavored vodka that will fun to mix with, like a mild aquavit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203596
Stumbras
Vodka Pure
Clear. Aromas suggest creme fraiche, grassy herbs, and fruity pastry dough with a silky, off-dry light-to-medium body and a honeycomb, cellophane, dried citrus, and talc accented finish with warming peppery heat. A good choice for vodka tonics.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204364
Smirnoff
Kissed Caramel Flavored Vodka
Clear. Aromas of butterscotch and toasty, buttery caramel corn with a satiny, moderately sweet medium body and a mellow burnt sugar and chalk accented finish. A nice marriage of true caramel and minerally vodka flavors.
91 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202310
SKYY
Infusions Wild Strawberry Vodka
Clear. Rich strawberry cream pie, gelato, and waxy honeycomb with a satiny, fruity sweet medium body and a long, creamy dried strawberry, mineral, and nut oil accented finish. Very clean, flavorful and balanced.
91 points $18.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204170
Prairie
Organic Vodka
Clear. Very clean aromas and flavors suggest creamy pastry and dried fruit with a silky dryish light-to-medium body and a gentle, sweet cream and mineral accented finish. A flavorful and well balanced vodka.
91 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204248
North Shore Distillery
Sol Vodka
Clear with a nickel cast. Interesting aromas of candied lemon and orange peels, delicate herbs and dried flowers with a very soft, lightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a citrus gelatin candy, faint chamomile tea, peppercorn and grassy earth finish with pleasing warmth. Nice combination of delicacy and vibrancy that will pop well in cocktails.
91 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204220
EQUISSOLIS
Organic Vodka
Clear. Very clean aromas and flavory suggest nut brittle, cream, and dried citrus with a satiny, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, oily, sweet cream, and delicate spice pastry accented finish. A deliciously poised vodka for sipping neat or in martinis.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204158
Mark One
Cherry Berry Vodka
Clear. Aroma of berry candy wrapper with a sweet, tannic, light body and a tangy cherry soda, sorbet, and cherry children’s aspirin finish. Good cherry flavor for mixing.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204113
Ivanabitch
Cherry Flavored Vodka
Clear. Meaty sour cherry, almond cookie, and herbal honey aromas and flavors with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy, cherry chutney, pink peppercorn, and cherry fruit leather accented finish. Distinctively flavorful cherry flavor for cocktails.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204242
Pinnacle
Vodka
Clear. Clean grainy pastry, sweet cream, and earth aromas with a silky dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, dried fruit and mineral accented finish. A rock solid vodka.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204440
2Nite
Caffe Espresso Flavored Vodka
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of sweetened coffee with a silky sweet medium body and a warming spumoni, coffee gelato, peppery spice, and mineral accented finish. Will pop well in cocktails.
90 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204255
Voli
Light Original Vodka
Clear. Delicate aromas suggest lemon scone and spearmint with a very soft, dryish light body and a delicate whole milk and grain accented finish. A very clean, understated vodka.
90 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204150
Esmé
Original Vodka
Clear. Herbal perfume, citrus marmalade, and pink peppercorn aromas with a silky, dryish medium body and an oily, blueberry and cranberry accented finish. A distinctively flavorful vodka for artisan cocktails.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204294
Pigalle
Vodka Ultra Premium
Clear. Delicate aromas and flavors of grain flour, minerals, dried fruit, and pepper with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a lively floral honey, cream, powdered sugar, chalk, and herb accented finish. A fine balance of smoothness and zestiness that will excel neat or in cocktails.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204032
ZING
Red Velvet Vodka
Clear. Aromas of sour cream frosting on white cake and nougat with a silky, moderately sweet medium body and and a gently warming, mineral, dried berry, and pepper nuanced finish. A very nice, natural tasting and balanced cake-flavored vodka.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204371
DOT AU
Vodka
Clear. Aromas and flavors suggest cream, cane, anise, honeycomb and plantain with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body with good viscosity and a warming pepper, fruity gelatin, and wet stone accented finish. A nice, flavorful choice for sipping on the rocks or in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204199
Oola
Citrus Flavored Vodka
Clear. Attractive aromas of Key lime pie and delicate peppery spice with a supple, dry light-to-medium body and a warming lemon peel, grain, chamomile, nut, pepper and mineral accented finish. A dry, seriously-styled citrus vodka (with the emphasis on vodka) for craft cocktails.
90 points $32.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204151
Esmé
Black Shield Vodka
Clear. Fragrant aromas of tropical custard tart are attractive with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a gentle vanilla, honeycomb, berry, wet stone, and pepper nuanced finish. Interesting and fun, if verging a bit on flavored territory.
90 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204320
High West
7000' Peach Vodka
Pale golden amber color. Aromas of dried peach, leather, and grainy peach bread aromas with a fruity-yet-dry medium body with a drying, nutshell, peach pit, starfruit, white pepper, and earth accented finish. A complex dry peach vodka with a grainy, earthy character.
90 points $35.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204319
BelleWood
Honeycrisp Vodka
Clear. Interesting aromas of cider vinegar, pepper, and bread pudding with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a very smooth custard, apple peel, and mineral finish with comforting warmth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204635
American Star
Caviar Lime Vodka
Clear. Interesting aromas of lime zest, lime leaf, pickled melon and faint saddle soap with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and grilled citrus rind and medicinal herb and bark driven finish. A bit unusual, but interesting savory cocktail possibilities abound.
90 points $38.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204203
Punzoné
Organic Vodka
Clear. Bright black licorice, citrus gelatin, and tonka bean aromas and flavors with a lightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pleasant grain, anise seed, and custard accented finish. Fun and flavorful anise nuances for cocktails.
90 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203594
Lithuanian
Vodka Auksine
Clear. Very neutral aromas suggest porcelain and bread with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a clean plum, powdered sugar, cream, and chalk accented finish. Rock solid character for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204327
Frïs
Whipped Freeze Vodka
Clear. Aromas of warm meringue and white toffee with mildly sweet light-to-medium body and whipped cream, pound cake, and mineral accented finish. Solid whipped cream flavor without the cloying sweetness, nice.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204160
Mark One
Watermelon Peach Vodka
Clear. Aromas and flavors of hard watermelon candy and ripe peach with a lightly tannic fruity light-to-medium body and a juicy, mouthwatering sweet citrus and honeyed green apple accented finish. Nice concentration of realistic and candied flavor for cocktails.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204114
Ivanabitch
Dutch Apple Flavored Vodka
Clear. Convincing aromas of green apple cider and hard candy with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a sweet apple sorbet, honey syrup, pepper, and sweet spice accented finish. Tasty, sweet apple flavor for mixing.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204323
Oddka
Fresh Cut Grass Vodka
Silvery pale green beryl color. Curious aromas and flavors of cut wheatgrass, green caramel apple, and honeydew melon candy with a glycerous, fruity medium body and a simple syrup, grassy herb, and pepper accented finish. A fun choice for adventuresome woodsy, spring and fall cocktails.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204379
Idol
Vodka
Clear. Interesting aromas suggest orange-fig pastry, grape preserves, and lemon chiffon with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a stony, oil and pepper finish.
89 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204031
ZING
Premium Vodka
Clear. Very neutral aromas suggest nut pastry and porcelain with a silky soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a hint of vanilla and banana taffy on the nicely warming finish. A solid vodka for a variety of applications.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204206
Moon Vs. Sun
Premium Vodka
Clear. Aromas and flavors of spicy pistachio nougat, dried wild berries and flowers, and fruity rye pastry with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a gently tingling sweet spice, herb, cream, and putty accented finish.
89 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204284
Beethovens Fifth
Premium Vodka
Clear. Mild aromas suggest custard pastry, nougat, delicate spice, and dried cherry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body with a powdered sugar and earth accented finish. A rock solid vodka for mixing.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204226
Ultimat
Vodka
Clear. Quite neutral on the nose with suggestions of multigrain bread crust, dried fruits, and nuts. Silky and dry with an even medium body and a touch of creamy vanilla Greek yogurt, beeswax, chalk, and pepper dust on the finish. Nicely styled.
89 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204111
Sonavavitch
Vodka
Clear with a nickel cast. Aromas and flavors of circus peanut and baklava with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming whipped cream, banana taffy, white pepper, and mineral accented finish. A touch of fun and balanced confectionary flavors.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204330
Frïs
Vodka
Clear. Aromas of buttercream, kettle corn, dried citrus, and clay with a satiny, dryish medium body and a creamy tapioca, grainy pasty, chalk, peppery spice, and straw accented finish. A nice gutsy vodka that will do well in cocktails.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204359
Smirnoff
Citrus Flavored Vodka
Clear. Aromas of lemon chiffon and minerals with a silky, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, gentle lemon zest kissed finish. A clean, understated lemon vodka.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204325
Oddka
Apple Pie Vodka
Luminous golden amber color. Bright, spicy, unbaked apple pie aromas and flavors with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a honeycomb, mineral, nut oil, and delicate peppery spice finish. Nicely balanced apple and minerally vodka flavors.
88 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202314
SKYY
Infusions Raspberry Vodka
Clear. Rich fruity raspberry tart and gelato aromas with an oily, dryish medium body and a relaxed mineral oil, floral talc, dried raspberry, and warming pepper finish. A rock solid raspberry vodka for mixing.
88 points $18.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204181
Traveller
Black Edition Vodka
Clear. Mild aromas of toasted bread and pepper dust with a silky, dryish medium body and a powdered sugar, mineral, creamy nougat, and white pepper accented finish with tingling heat.
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204205
TOPO
Vodka
Clear color. Bright aromas suggest fondant and vanilla-cherry nut fudge with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried fruit, creme brulee and kettle corn. A little on the confected side, but quite nice.
88 points $28.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202848
Kealy’s Moonshine
Premium Vodka
Clear. Light aromas suggest lemon yogurt, grass, and nougat with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a wax paper, sweet cream, wet stone, and pepper finish. A solid, well rounded vodka that will be good in cocktail with citrus or cream.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204198
Oola
Chili Pepper Flavored Vodka
Pale golden silver color. Aromas and flavors of spicy frosted carrot cake and pepper bread with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chocolate mint, sweet cream on grainy, fruity granola, and chili pepper driven finish. Nice balance, complexity, and restraint that will show well in cocktails.
88 points $32.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204245
Kas’tell
Vodka
Clear. Slightly floral aromas are creamy and fruit with a silky, dryish medium body and Concord grape note and herbal and a wax edge. A nice flavor nuanced choice for cocktails.
88 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204636
American Star
Vodka
Clear. Mild aromas of talc and custard pastry with a silky, dryish medium body and a vanilla yogurt, grassy earth, and dried berry nuanced finish with pleasant warmth.
88 points $38.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203412
360
Glazed Donut Vodka
Aromas of candied toasted nuts and caramel corn with a silky, sweet medium body and a peppery, honeyed toast, and beeswax accented finish.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204038
Alaska
Vodka
Clear. Aromas of citrus, delicate spice and cream with a supple, dryish medium body and a powdered sugar, pepper, and vanilla candle accented finish. A solid vodka.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204444
Northern Peak
Peach Vodka
Clear. Delicate peach jolly rancher and skin aromas with a lively, lightly tannic, fruity sweet light body and a peach soda, lemon pepper, and waxy honeycomb finish. Solid peach flavor for mixing.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204173
UV
Citrus Vodka
Clear. Lightly floral aromas of baked lemons in wax paper and lemon-lime soda with a soft, fruity sweet light body and a lemon diet candy, jasmine, and lip balm accented finish. Nice floral lemon flavors.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204358
Smirnoff
Vanilla Flavored Vodka
Clear. Bright aromas of fresh vanilla frosting and whipped cream with a supple, mildly sweet light-to-medium body and a mineral, pepper, and nut oil accented finish.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203375
Kalinka
Export Vodka
Clear. Aromas suggest bread crust and nuts with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a salt water taffy, limestone, pepper, and beeswax accented finish.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204439
2Nite
Sicilian Blood Orange Vodka
Clear. Interesting aromas of candied orange peels with a hint of anise, nut and mint leaf. Silky and fruity sweet with a medium body and a tangy, almost juicy, tangerine, simple syrup, and warming pepper finish. An almost liqueur-like orange vodka that is a bit cloying on it’s own, but will mix well.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204258
Voli
Espresso Vanilla Fusion Vodka
Clear with a nickel cast. Aromas of chocolate espresso beans and hazelnut latte with a supple mildly sweet light-to-medium body and a pleasant, savory salted chocolate and mocha ice finish.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204254
Voli
Light Raspberry Cocoa Fusion Vodka
Clear. Aromas and flavors of malted cocoa powder and dark roasted nuts and soy beans with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a mild chocolate-raspberry ice cream, cookie, and wax accented finish. Fun mild chocolate vodka for artisanal cocktails.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204256
Voli
Light Orange Vanilla Fusion Vodka
Clear. Aroma of orange yogurt and candy with a silky, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a slick orange rice candy and vanilla cream finish. A mild orange vodka.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204072
Tahoe Blue
Vodka
Clear. Delicate aromas suggest frosted berry pastry, grainy cereal, and tapioca with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a creamy, slate and honeyed nut accented finish. Nice robust grain character for cocktails.
87 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204057
Vodka Viracocha
Vodka
Clear. Earthy aromas of toasted grain, shredded wheat cracker, salted nuts, and polenta with a silky, dryish medium body and a powdered honey, savory cream, pickling and pepper finish with lingering, tingling heat.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204328
Frïs
Citrus Freeze Vodka
Clear. Bright aromas of fresh lemon meringue pie with a satiny dryish light-to-medium body with a drying orange and lemon oil, flour, and mineral accented finish. Very clean and understated citrus flavor for refined cocktails.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204112
Ivanabitch
Blackberry Flavored Vodka
Clear. Aromas of berry scented talc powder and dried flowers with a silky, fruity medium body and a lingering, perfumed violet candy,berry sherbet, and sweet spice accented finish. Pungently floral.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204363
Smirnoff
Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka
Clear. Aromas of coconut macaroon and marshmallow with a silky, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, sugary whipped cream and pepper finish. Pretty sweet, almost a liqueur.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204317
Graham’s
Texas Tea Vodka
Copper color. Convincing aroma of recently brewed tea has a nice woody quality with a silky, off-dry medium body and a sweet lemon tea finish. Simple and direct.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204241
Komouraska
Vodka
Clear. Husky grain, roasted chestnuts, cheese rind, and peppered jerky aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a sautéed mushroom, honeycomb, powdered sugar, and grassy earth finish with peppery warmth. Lots of umami notes here for savory cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202311
SKYY
Infusions Passion Fruit Vodka
Clear. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit punch and bubblegum with a soft, odd-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy, pepper accented finish. Nice vibrancy for tropical cocktails.
86 points $18.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204243
Ballast Point
FUGU Small Batch Vodka
Clear. Stony aromas suggest wet grain, brown apple, praline, and putty with a supple, dryish medium body and a stone, vanilla yogurt nut, and earth accented finish. A husky balance of sweet grain and earth tones. Will be good in vodka tonics.
86 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201452
ID
The Black Onyx Edition Vodka
Clear. Aromas suggest praline, honeycomb, and wet grain with a supple, dryish medium body and a powdered sugar, mineral and white pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204329
Frïs
Orange Freeze Vodka
Clear. Aromas of orange sherbet and Tang with a glycerous dryish light-to-medium body and a rather dry dried orange and powdered milk accented finish.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204360
Smirnoff
Raspberry Flavored Vodka
Clear. Aroma and flavor of creamy raspberry gelato with a silky, sweet light-to-medium body and waxy berry candy wrapper, balsa, and vanilla cream finish. A solid berry flavored vodka for mixing.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204731
Smirnoff
Cinna-Sugar Twist Flavored Vodka
Clear. Toasty cinnamon roll and nut aromas with a supple, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a mineral, nut oil, pastry dough, and pepper finish. Pleasant.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204449
Alpine Blu
Peach Vodka
Clear. Aromas of peach sorbet and pie with a lightly tannic, fruity sweet medium body and a peach nectar, soda, and slightly prickly pepper finish. Good peach flavor for mixing.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204169
Excalibur
Vodka
Clear. Aromas of starched and ironed linen, toasted nut bread, prairie grass, and vanilla taffy with a satiny, dryish medium body and a sweet cream, toasty praline, wet limestone, and model wax accented finish.
85 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204174
UV
Sriracha Vodka
Clear with a platinum blue cast. Bold aromas of sriracha pepper sauce are quite convincing with a silky, off-dry sweet custard and pepper jelly of raisin scone accented finish with tingling warmth. The juxtaposition of hot and sweet is a little too toward to sweet to be very practical in savory cocktails, but the Asian pepper sauce character is true. For daredevil cocktails.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204175
UV
Vodka
Clear. Fruity and flavors aromas suggest berry Jell-O, cereal, and nougat with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a relaxed wax candy and warming pepper finish. A good mixing vodka.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204374
Veil
Citron Vodka
Clear. Aromas of Italian lemon soda and gelatin with a soft, fruity light body and a lemon cream, lemon leaf, chalk, and warming pepper accented finish.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201451
ID
Premium Vodka
Clear. Grainy aromas and flavors suggest wet grain, hay, nuts, and wax with a soft, off-dry medium body and an warming,, oily, honeyed cereal, chalk, and hot pepper accented finish. Very much like a white whisky; will be good in vodka tonics.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204451
Alpine Blu
Raspberry Vodka
Clear. Mild aromas and flavors of berry powder drink, shredded wheat cracker, and evaporated milk with a soft, mildly sweet and lightly tannic, light body and quick, flour and berry phosphate accented finish.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204326
Oddka
Salty Caramel Popcorn Vodka
Brilliant golden yellow color with a green cast. Aromas of brown butter and dark roasted nuts with a silky, mildly sweet light-to-medium body and a mineral, nut oil, and pepper accented finish.
84 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204318
Starlite
Vodka
Clear. Aromas and flavors of papaya custard, celery soda, and nut bread aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a peppery, melted wax, chalk, and dried pineapple accented finish. Interesting.
84 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204372
Lucky Player
Vodka
Clear. Somewhat neutral nose with suggestions of clay, paper, and nutshell. Silky textured, dry and light-to-medium body with a vanilla candle, pepper, and plastic wrap finish.
84 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204055
Infuse
Mango Vodka
Pale emerald straw color. Interesting aromas of frosted carrot cake and banana bread with a supple, fruity medium body and a dried mango and apple cereal, hot pepper, and and polished cedar finish. Curious, but should make for interesting cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204200
Oola
Rosemary Flavored Vodka
Slightly hazy silver amber color. Aromas of rosemary marinate, treated cedar, and white chocolate fudge with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sweet-and-savory, Middle Eastern honeyed rosemary-cardamom pastry finish. Interesting.
84 points $32.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202312
SKYY
Infusions Moscato Grape Vodka
Clear. Concord grape juice, grassy herb, waxy honeycomb with a soft, fruity light body and a perfumed lilac water and grape sorbet finish with a hot peppercorn and melted wax notes.
83 points $18.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204438
2Nite
Vodka Premium Italiana
Clear. Aromas suggest beeswax, overripe citrus, and sour cream with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a dusty grain, wax candy wrapper and straw finish. A rustic vodka for mixing.
83 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204445
Five
Citron Vodka
Clear. Aromas of lemon Jell-O and lemonade with a soft lightly tannic light-to-medium body and a granulated sugar and diet lemon cream soda finish.
83 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204202
Batch 206
Mad Mint Vodka
Clear. Enticing aromas of chocolate mint fudge, pepper, and delicate medicinal herbs and barks with a silky, dryish medium body a penetrating mint mouthwash and peppery alcohol finish with lingering tongue-tingling heat. Intense, primal mintiness, use sparingly.
83 points $25.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204107
Seraphine
Chai Tea Flavored Vodka
Amber color. Aromas of spicy chai tea and pumpkin and apple pies with a supple, bone dry, flat medium body and a drying, tannic, and earthy tea leaf, dried brown spice,pithy reed, and chalk finish. A little too astringent and ungenerous on the finish.
83 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204450
Alpine Blu
Whipped Cream Vodka
Clear. Aromas of vanilla yogurt and candied peanuts with a soft sweet light body and pepper, wax paper, canned whipped cream, and metal accented finish.
82 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204257
Voli
Light Mango Coconut Fusion Vodka
Clear. Earthy caramelized canned mango, nutskin, dried flowers, and coconut husk aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a slick nut oil, creamy nougat, balsa, and suntan lotion like finish. A bit off the mark.
82 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204273
Wild Roots
Northwest Red Raspberry Vodka
Dark garnet color (looks like a shiraz). Attractive natural aromas and flavors of crushed raspberries and baked raspberry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and somewhat fleeting, earthy beet, weedy gravel road, and slight artificial sweetener finish. Promising nose, but falls a little flat on the mid-palate and especially the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204361
Smirnoff
Sorbet Light Mango Passionfruit Flavored Vodka
Clear. Aromas of mango sorbet have a wax paper edge with a soft, mildly sweet light body and a mango core, pepper, cooling menthol mint, tinny artificial sweetener powder, and melted wax accented finish. A bit too mild and artificial.
81 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204362
Smirnoff
Sorbet Light Raspberry Pomegranate Flavored Vodka
Clear. Aromas of strawberry shortcake with whipped cream and berry Starburst candies with a soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a cooling menthol mint and diet berry seltzer water finish.
81 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204447
Five
Peach Vodka
Clear. Aromas of singed peach pie crust, toasty praline, and overripe peach with a soft, fruity light body and a peach pit, honey,parchment, moss, and hot pepper finish. A bit of mustiness detracts.
81 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204448
Five
Raspberry Vodka
Clear. Tinny aromas of dried berries and berry flavored vitamin powder with a tannic, fruity sweet light body and a tart berry aspirin, canned whipped cream, and dusty hay finish.
81 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204159
Mark One
Passion Fruit Vodka
Clear. Aromas of fruit punch soda on burn candle with a gritty fruity sweet light body and an acrid children’s baby aspirin finish.
80 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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