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August 2014 - Vodka and Flavored Vodka

August 2014 - Vodka and Flavored Vodka
This month's Spirits feature is Vodka and Flavored Vodka

Vodka and Flavored Vodka Reviews

Gera Premium Vodka
96 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Mild aromas of pastry bread, toasted nuts, and delicate pepper with a satiny, dryish medium-to-full body and a very clean and smooth, powdered sugar, sweet cream, warming pepper, and mineral finish. A fantastically flavorful and elegant vodka to enjoy on its own or in cocktails.
96 points $12.99 Best Buy
Kremlin Award Grand Premium Vodka
95 points
$40
Clear. Mild aromas of white cake, dried fruit, and delicate spices with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, lingering stone fruit, powdered sugar, pepper, and wet stone accented finish. A precise, clean, and delicious vodka.
Monopolowa Potato Vodka
94 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of lemon peppercorn muffin, microgreens, and delicate fresh herbs with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon gelato, lemon mint, limestone, and faint anise. A smooth, stylish, subtly flavorful vodka.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
ERISTOFF Premium Vodka
94 points
$25
Clear. Pure aromas suggest grain, toast and minerals with a silky, dryish medium body and an oily powdered sugar, cream, citrus, and nutskin nuanced finish. A smooth, flavorful, and beautifully poised vodka for all occasions.
Slavic Gold Deluxe Vodka
94 points
$34.80
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of pastry dough, cream, and delicate spice with a silky, dryish medium body and a very clean quartz, almond cookie, and powdered sugar accented finish. A delicious, elegant vodka.
94 points $34.80
Bainbridge Legacy Organic Vodka
94 points
$34.95
Clear color. Aromas of fruit custard pastry and pistachio nougat with a silky, dryish medium body and a creamy, toasty grain, delicate spice, lime, and mineral finish. A zesty, flavorful vodka that will excel in cocktails or on its own.
94 points $34.95
General Beauregard Dixie Mint Vodka
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of peppermint candy cane with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a warming peppermint ice cream finish. Sincere, clean and tasty peppermint flavor.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Haute Vodka
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear. Mild aromas suggest bread and sweet cream with a silky, dryish medium body and a very clean dried citrus, Asian spice, and pepper finish. A smooth, flavorful, well crafted vodka for sipping neat or martinis.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka
93 points
$24.99
Clear. Interesting aromas of spicy peach vinaigrette and chutney with a soft, fruity sweet medium body and a warming lemongrass herb muffin, spearmint gum, menthol, melon, and cherry accented finish. A unique, lively, and flavorful melange of peach, herb and mint elements that will be make innovative cocktails
93 points $24.99
Van Gogh Melon Vodka
93 points
$24.99
Clear color. Rich honeydew melon aromas and flavors with a silky, fruity sweet medium body a tangy mint simple syrup, pear, and mineral accented finish. A delicious and purely flavored melon vodka.
93 points $24.99
Vermont White Vodka
93 points
$26.99
Clear color. Aromas of cream, delicate grain, and delicate herbs with a Silky, Dry Light-to-Medium body and a Smooth powdered sugar, dried fruit, and chalk finish. An elegant, stylish vodka for all occasions.
93 points $26.99
Hierarchy Handcrafted Premium Vodka
93 points
$34.99
Clear. Aromas of cereal with milk with a silky, dryish medium body and a very clean, fruit pastry, custard and mineral finish. A sleek, stylish vodka that will excel on its own or in martinis.
93 points $34.99
Yukon Winter Vodka
93 points
$34.99
Clear color. Grainy aromas of granola, nuts, and honeycomb with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a rye cookie and zucchini bread finish. A fun and flavorful grainy vodka for fall and winter craft cocktails and brown spirits drinkers.
93 points $34.99
Kootenay Country Craft Distillery Valhalla Vodka
93 points
$37.50
Clear in color. Bold aromas of toasty raisin bran and apricot granola with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a honeyed melon, cream, and delicate pepper finish. Lots of fruit character that will make for flavor-packed cocktails.
93 points $37.50
Blue Label Vodka
93 points
$39.99
Clear color. Aromas of banana bread, custard, and dried fruit with a Silky, Dry-yet-Fruity Light-to-Medium body and a Smooth mineral, pepper, and mint finish. A rock solid vodka for a wide variety of cocktails or neat.
93 points $39.99
Crater Lake Reserve Vodka
93 points
$59.95
Clear color. Mild aromas of frosted shredded wheat, custard, and nougat with a silky, dryish medium body and a long, clean, powdered sugar, delicate spice, and cream accented finish. A delicious and stylish vodka for all occasions.
93 points $59.95
360 Sorrento Lemon Vodka
92 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of lemon candy and lemon oil with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy limoncello, cinnamon, and mineral finish. A delicious, vibrant Italian lemon flavored vodka.
92 points $10.99 Best Buy
Cutler’s Vodka
92 points
$29.99
Clear. Mild aromas and flavors of whole milk, dried berry and white nut brittle with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy, mint and peppery spice accented finish. Nice creamy, fruity character for cocktails.
92 points $29.99
Aviv 613 Vodka
92 points
$30
Clear color. Aromas of caraway rye bread, herbs, dried fruits, and anise with a Soft, Dry-yet-Fruity Light-to-Medium body and a Smooth chalk and pepper finish. A very interesting and unique vodka with lots of fruit and spice character.
Vermont Crimson Vodka
92 points
$33.99
Clear color. Aromas of cinnamon apple tart, and spumoni gelato with a Velvety, Dryish Medium body and a Smooth finish. A lovely fruity and creamy vodka.
92 points $33.99
Bainbridge Organic Vanilla Vodka
92 points
$36.95
Golden color. Rich aromas and flavors of vanilla nut fudge, malted cocoa powder, and fig cookie with a silky, dryish medium body and a lovely toasted grain, roasted nut, and vanilla pastry accented finish. A really nice dry vanilla vodka for serious craft cocktails.
92 points $36.95
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Eucalyptus Gum Leaf Vodka
92 points
$50
Clear color. Vibrant, medicinal aromas and flavors of eucalyptus oil and menthol mint with a silky, bone dry medium body and a long, penetrating aloe and pepper accented finish. Great purity of exotic herbal flavor that demands attention in cocktails.
Minhas Micro Distillery Platinum Vodka
91 points
Clear color with a platinum cast and a minute haze. Aromas of vanilla yogurt, floral prairie grass, and Brazil nuts with silky, dryish medium body and a creamy, marjoram, chalk, and spice accented finish. An interesting Eastern European style vodka with a slightly herbal, gin-like quality that will make for clever cocktails.
Stawski Classic Vodka
91 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Pleasant aromas of fruit pastry, nougat, and delicate baking spices with a supple, dryish medium body and a citrus, mineral, and cream accented finish. A tasty and zesty vodka that will be great with tonic.
91 points $8.99 Best Buy
Van Gogh Pineapple Vodka
91 points
$24.99
Clear color. Aromas of ripe whole pineapple with a silky, fruity-yet-medium body and a pure, multidimensional pineapple range of flavors and a hint of guava, mineral, and spice. Very tasty and pure.
91 points $24.99
Loon Vodka
91 points
$30
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of honeydew melon, green apple candy, and meringue with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a sugared citrus and stone accented finish. Tastes flavored, but very tasty.
Woody Creek Stobrawa Reserve Vodka
91 points
$119
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of raw sugar, potato skins, and pepper with a silky, dryish medium body and a sweet cream, fig cookie, and chalk accented finish. A rock solid vodka with nice viscosity and flavor.
Soplica Vodka
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of cereal, sweet cream, peppery spice, and dried fruit with a silky, dryish medium body and a clear, wet stone, milk, and birch bark accented finish. A well rounded and nicely made vodka that will cover a lot of bases.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
RWB Ultra Premium Handcrafted Gluten-Free Vodka
90 points
$20
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of toast, herbs, and beeswax with a Silky, Dryish Light-to-Medium body and a Tingling sweet cream, dried fruit, chalk, and pepper finish. A solid all purpose vodka with nice vibrancy and minerality.
90 points $20 Best Buy
Azzurre Vodka
90 points
$32.99
Clear color. Aromas of white toffee, minerals, and fruit pastry with a Silky, Dryish Medium body and a Smooth whipped cream, dried fruit, and pepper finish. A smooth, clean, delicately fruity vodka for martini drinkers.
90 points $32.99
OYO Barrel-Finished Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka
90 points
$36.99
Golden color. Earthy aromas of honeycomb, sarsaparilla, and vanilla salt with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nutty, brown spices, pepper, and cedar accented finish. A pure and nicely flavored vodka that will excel in craft cocktails.
90 points $36.99
Vermont Gold Vodka
90 points
$38.99
Clear color. Aromas of honey pastry, dried banana, and meringue with a Silky, Dryish Light-to-Medium body and a Tingling banana custard, delicate spices, and maple sugar finish. A delicious flavorful vodka.
90 points $38.99
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Lemon Myrtle Vodka
90 points
$50
Clear color with a nickel cast. Pure aromas and flavors of lemon myrtle, lemon pith, herbal lemon tea, and lemongrass with a silky, dry light-to-medium body and a long lemon oil and river stone finish. Nice artisan purity that will stand out in craft cocktails.
Tigre Blanc Vodka
90 points
$102
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla candle wax, fig custard pastry, and bbq rub spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming wax candy, dried citrus and flowers, and mineral accented finish. An intricately flavorful vodka
Wisconsin Club Vodka
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Very neutral aromas of milk, nut, and porcelain with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a clean condensed milk, white toffee, stone, and pepper finish. A solid, all-purpose vodka.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
360 Madagascar Vanilla Vodka
89 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of vanilla meringue, almond, and cherry oil with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a powdery marshmallow accented finish. Tasty.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
North Sea Vodka
89 points
$22.99
Clear color. Aromas of berry pastry, meringue, and nutshells with a Silky, Dryish Light-to-Medium body and a Tingling pepper, and dusty minerals finish. A nicely balanced vodka that will cover a lot of bases.
89 points $22.99
Stolichnaya Salted Karamel Vodka
89 points
$22.99
Clear color. Aromas of dark salted caramel, mocha, and roasted nuts with a silky, fruity medium body and a dulce de leche ice cream, vanilla nuts and taffy, pepper, and minerals. A solid caramel flavored vodka that will mix well.
89 points $22.99
Cayman Spirits Company Gun Bay Vodka
89 points
$27
Clear color. Aromas of fruit leather, and whipped cream with a Silky, Dryish Light-to-Medium body and a Smooth banana sundae, and slate finish. A fun, carefree rum-like vodka.
1961 Vodka
89 points
$29
Clear color. Clean aromas of porcelain, fig, and pepper with a single dryish medium body and a vanilla soufflé, cream, mineral, and pepper dust finish. A rock solid, neutral vodka.
CH Vodka
89 points
$35
Clear color. Aromas of frosted shredded wheat, dried fruit, toasted nuts, and cream with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a clean, whipped cream, mineral and pepper finish. An attractive vodka for sipping or martinis.
New Amsterdam Vodka
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear. Mild aromas of gravel road, carnation, and powdered milk with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a sweet cream, dried mango, candy wrapper, and pepper finish. A nicely made and easy-going vodka that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
88 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Clear. Aromas suggest coconut macaroon and toasted raisin nut bread with a very soft, light body and a coconut-almond milk and rice candy accented finish. A light, breezy, rum-like vodka for effortless Asian style cocktails.
88 points $17.99 Best Buy
SKYY Infusions Vanilla Bean Vodka
88 points
$18.49
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of strawberries and whipped cream and toasted marshmallow with a supple, fruity sweet medium body and a gravel, nutshell, and pepper finish. A nice vanilla component for cocktails.
88 points $18.49 Best Buy
SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Vodka
88 points
$18.49
Best Buy
Clear. Bright aromas of peach wax candy, gum and sorbet with a soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy, peach skin, pepper, stevia, and simple syrup finish.
88 points $18.49 Best Buy
AK-47 Vodka
88 points
$28
Clear color. Aromas of clay, straw, and pepper with a silky, dry light-to-medium body and a rice candy, wax wrapper, pepper and dried tropical accented finish.
VeeV Acaí Spirit
88 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas of tropical fruit punch and flan with a soft, fruity medium body and a tangy sugared citrus and mineral finish. A nice tropical styled vodka for fruity cocktails.
88 points $29.99
Minhas Micro Distillery Titanium Vodka
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Mild aromas of meringue, nougat, beeswax, and pepper dust with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a dried lime, cellophane, mineral, and pepper finish. A punchy vodka for vodka tonics or genever cocktails.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Purus Organic Wheat Vodka
87 points
$19.99
Clear color. Aromas of floral herbs, and anise with a Soft, Dryish Light-to-Medium body and a Tingling wax, and pepper finish. A nice, lightly spicy and herbal vodka.
87 points $19.99
Bols Vodka
87 points
$25.52
Clear color. Rather neutral aromas flavors of cream and frosted pastry with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sweet cream, citrus zest, and pepper driven finish. A nice zesty vodka for vodka tonics.
87 points $25.52
79Gold Caramel Spirit
87 points
$29.99
Golden straw color. Aromas of mocha toffee, dried cherry, and white pepper with a soft, mildly sweet light-to-medium body and a mocha ice cream, pepper, and caramel nut nut bar finish.
87 points $29.99
Wishkah River Distillery Vodka Distilled from Honey
87 points
$35.99
Clear color. Aromas of fruit pastry, mocha, and roasted nuts with a Lightly Tannic, Dryish Light-to-Medium body and a Warming wax paper, and maple sugar finish. A solid, straight forward vodka.
87 points $35.99
General Beauregard Dixie Southern Vodka
86 points
$19.99
Clear color. Delicate aromas of anise, citrus, and bread pudding with a silky soft, dryish medium body and a wax candy, rice candy, and pink peppercorn accented finish.
86 points $19.99
Magnotta Distillery True Vodka
86 points
$24.75
Clear color. Aromas papaya yogurt, pink pepper, root vegetable, and pickled melon with a supple, dryish medium body and a wax candy, Styrofoam, cream, and hot pepper finish. An brash vodka for flavorful packed.
86 points $24.75
Tsar Alexander I Vodka
86 points
$24.95
Clear color. Aromas of ethanol, pepper, and stones with a supple, dryish medium body and a plastic wrap, mineral and creamy custard accented finish.
86 points $24.95
Veil Peach Vodka
85 points
$11.99
Clear color. Aromas of peach custard pie, and toasted nuts with a Lightly Tannic, Fruity Sweet Light-to-Medium body and a Tingling peach sorbet finish.
85 points $11.99
Corbin California Estate Grown Sweet Potato Vodka
85 points
$32
Clear. Mild aromas and flavors of latex, marjoram, and coconut gelato with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming dusty turnip, nuts, and white pepper accented finish. A somewhat brash vodka that will pop in cocktails.
Glass Vodka
85 points
$40
Clear color. Aromas of dried fruit, ink, and nougat with a supple, dryish medium body and a warming latex, powdered milk, pepper and wet stone finish. Very good texture, but more uneven and congener-laden than previous bottlings. Try with tonic.
Jestony Vodka
84 points
Clear color. Aromas of rubbing alcohol, vanilla cream, and inky newspaper with a supple, dryish medium body and a cellophane and wet stone finish.
McCormick Strawberry Flavored Vodka
84 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Clear. Aromas of crispy toasted meringue and warm strawberry milk with a sweet medium body and a slightly sour goat’s milk caramel (cajeta) and berry macaroon finish.
84 points $5.99 Best Buy
Lone Elm Texas Wheat Vodka
84 points
$19.99
Clear color. Aromas of yogurt, banana cake, and latex with a Soft, Dryish Thin body and a Tingling roasted nuts, vanilla taffy, pepper, and chalk finish. A zesty, lactic vodka for cream cocktails.
84 points $19.99
Old Republic Distillery Battlefield Vodka
84 points
$25
Clear color. Aromas of soufflé, vanilla cookie, and beeswax with a Lightly Tannic, Dry-yet-Fruity Thin body and a Peppery citrus, pepper, and powdered sugar finish. Bright citrusy with racy acidity.
Veil Red Berry Vodka
83 points
$11.99
Clear color. Aromas of cherry lozenge, and cough syrup with a Lightly Tannic, Off-Dry Thin body and a Warming cherry gelatin, pepper, and whipped cream finish.
83 points $11.99
Skinnygirl White Cherry Vodka
83 points
$17.99
Clear. Aromas of maraschino cherry hard candy with a soft, dryish light body and a cherry and mineral oils, wet balsa, and pepper dust finish.
83 points $17.99
Soft Tail Spirits Handcrafted Vodka
83 points
$28
Clear color. Mild aromas of dusty geranium, cloth, and dried apple and citrus with a dry light-to-medium body and a short, somewhat bitter citrus pith, straw, and chalk finish. A lean, rustic vodka.
Cardinal Sin Starka
83 points
$35.99
Pale amber color. Aromas of pepper, toffee, banana leaf, and rubber sap with a brisk, dryish medium body and a tannic and hot, slate and pepper dust finish.
83 points $35.99
General Beauregard Dixie Black Pepper Vodka
82 points
$19.99
Clear color. Aromas of char-roasted and marinated green and chili peppers with a flat, dryish light-to-medium body and a pepper dust, sugar water, and oak chip finish. Try in Bloody Marys.
82 points $19.99
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