March 2016 - Vodka & Flavored Vodka

This month's Spirits feature is Vodka & Flavored Vodka
Vodka & Flavored Vodka Reviews
214277
SKYY
Infusions Citrus Vodka
Bright brilliant clear color. Bright, fresh, citrusy aromas and flavors of limes with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, easy lime sorbet, citrus and nut oils, and minerals finish. A great lime flavored vodka.
94 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214416
Aylesbury Duck
Vodka
Clear color. Bright, creamy, buttery aromas of fresh granola in cream, caramel fondant, and nougat with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length praline, vanilla cream, and raisin bran finish. A delightfully smooth and creamy vodka that is a pleasure to drink.
94 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214265
Elation
Hemp Flavored Vodka
Clear color. Lively, green, herbal interesting aromas of cannabis buds and blossoms, oregano pepper, and conditioned leather and wood with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long juniper-coriander jelly, herb scone, lemon pepper and custard, and chalk finish. A remarkable herbaceous and interesting gin-like vodka that will open up a lot of creative cocktail possibilities.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214097
Snow Leopard
Vodka
Clear color. Delicate aromas and flavors of tarragon, custard, and scone with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length figs in sweet cream, nut oil, powdered sugar, and minerals finish. A smooth and supple, well balanced sipping vodka.
94 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214244
The American Plains
Vodka
Clear color. Mild, spicy, rustic rubbery aromas and flavors of shredded wheat with dried berries, nutshell, pepper bread, and porcelain with an oily, soft, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long cream, limestone, corn candy, and pepper dust finish. A very clean, smooth, and light sweet vodka that will mix nicely.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214083
Poniatowski
Vodka
Clear color. Faint aromas and flavors of porcelain, tarragon, shredded wheat, and cream with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, long coconut water, flan, nougat, and limestone finish. A remarkable flavorful and vibrant vodka for all applications.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214443
Balls
Vodka
Clear color. Mild, piney, vegetal aromas of buttered toast, dried peach and pear, frosted shredded wheat, and wet forest floor with a satiny, shy, dryish light body and a tingling, intricate, medium-length caramel bonbon with white fondant, macadamia nougat, delicate anise, and orange tea finish. A superbly smooth and nuanced vodka for all applications.
93 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214077
Frey Ranch
Vodka
Clear color. Lively, interesting, exotic aromas and flavors of exotic tropical citrus and flowers, pink peppercorn, and spiced lemon custard with a soft, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long dried fruits in sweet cream, pepper, mineral ore, and herbal honey finish. A wonderfully, spicy and vivacious unflavored vodka that has a lot of character and personality for the category and will appeal to gin aficionados.
93 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214266
TOPO
Organic Vodka
Clear color. Bright, creamy, cheesy candied aromas of vanilla raisin cream cheese danish, fondant caramel bon bon, and corn candy with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, breezy buttery praline, latte, tres leche cake, and pepper finish. A vibrant, super creamy vodka.
93 points $28.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214440
Gorgeous
Vodka
Clear color. Mild, minty aromas of nougat, granola in milk, and peppermint bark with a satiny, soft, dryish medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length hazelnut cream, nut oil, pepper dust, and limestone finish. A viscous, nicely layered and elegant vodka.
93 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214270
Dry Fly
Wheat Vodka
Clear color. Lively, interesting, creamy spicy aromas and flavors of cashew brittle, vanilla frosting, honeyed raisin rye toast, and pepper jelly with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length almond milk, sweet cream, and delicate spices finish. A fun, flavorful vodka with lots of interesting creamy, nutty notes.
93 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214095
Long Road Distillers
Original Red Winter Wheat Vodka
Clear color. Bright, creamy aromas of lemon custard, peppery spice, nougat, and vanilla candle with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length pistachio gelato, cereal in vanilla milk, and limestone finish. A nice creamy, delicately sweet vodka that is sure to please.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214153
Sobieski
100% Pure Selected Rye Vodka
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of grain and nut flours and hint of praline with a glycerous, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, breezy nut and mineral oils, powdered sugar, rye cracker, and gravel finish. A nice grainy, spicy vodka for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214394
360
Vodka
Bright brilliant clear color. Mild, hot, grainy aromas and flavors of cream of wheat and nougat with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, fast dried fruits and citrus in cream, candy wrapper, and pepper finish. A solid, very mixable, lightly citrusy vodka with nice tingle.
92 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214395
360
Double Chocolate Vodka
Clear color. Bright, candied aromas of hot cocoa mix with marshmallows and milk chocolate nuts and citrus peels with a glycerous, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a peppery, medium-length cough syrup, chocolate soda, pepper, and burnt marshmallow finish. A bold chocolate vodka for cocktails.
92 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214374
ZVA
Vodka
Bright brilliant clear color. Mild, grainy aromas of cereal in milk, white toffee, and delicate alpine herbs with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length lime gum, quinoa, whipped cream, and chalk finish. A nicely poised, zesty vodka that will mix very well.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215260
Stolichnaya
Gluten-Free Vodka
Clear color. Delicate, sweet aromas and flavors of grainy bread, fondant, and nutskin with a supple, soft, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, wet stones, sweet cream, hint of pepper, dried fruit, and anise finish. A wonderfully smooth and supple vodka with great texture and pleasing delicate warmth on the long finish.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214286
Forex
Standard Vodka
Bright brilliant clear color. Mild, sweet, herbal aromas and flavors of honeyed herb muffin, pink pepper, and hint of anise with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, breezy praline, cream, and minerals finish. A very smooth and elegant vodka for martinis.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214178
Grand Traverse Distillery
True North Wheat Vodka
Clear color. Mild, herbal aromas of herbal zucchini bread, delicate sweet and pepper spices, creamy bread pudding, and praline with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, easy whipped cream, powdered sugar, and white macadamia cookie finish. A very smooth, creamy, and flavorful vodka with a lot to offer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214329
Bardenay
Lemon Vodka
Straw yellow color. Delicate, citrusy, attractive aromas of lemon curd and meringue with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-length lemon pepper and oil, lemon grass gelatin, and limestone finish. A delicious and very pure lemon vodka that will be great in cocktails.
92 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214449
Left Coast
Hemp Vodka
Clear color. Lively, interesting, nutty grainy aromas of hazelnut bran muffin, granola bar, halva, and grain flour sack with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length whole wheat pastry, date cake, straw, and pepper dust finish. A very distinctive and flavorful unflavored vodka for adventurous cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214072
Hustle
Vodka
Clear color. Delicate, minerally aromas and flavors of wet pavement, frosted shredded wheat in milk, and hint of tarragon with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long fresh meringue, fig Newton, and pepper dust finish. A tasty, smooth and appealing vodka that is versatile.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214290
New Deal Distillery
"From Grain to Glass" Wheat Vodka
Clear color. Lively, sweet aromas and flavors of white maple fudge, panettone, and dried pineapple and papaya with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, breezy butter praline, candy corn, and mocha latte finish. A very nice creamy vodka with a lot of character.
91 points $26.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214281
INDIGENOUS
Empire State Wheat Vodka
Clear color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of raisin-fig granola, frosted shredded wheat, dusty grain sack, and clay with a soft, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long nut skin and oil, delicate spices, sweet wheat cracker, and earth finish. A very grain-forward vodka that will appeal to whisky drinkers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214455
Still Pond
"229" Vodka
Clear color. Muted, citrusy aromas and flavors of lime pastry, green peppercorn muffin, and pine with a satiny, shy, dryish light body and a tingling, delightful, breezy pistachio and mocha gelatos, fig Newton, chalk, and chalk finish. A very attractive creamy vodka with delicate fruitiness and good length.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214280
SKYY
Infusions Honeycrisp Apple Vodka
Clear color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of green apple candy and doughy spicy apple pie with a lightly tannic, crisp, off-dry light body and a tingling, compelling, buoyant apple and strawberry Jell-O’s, ambrosia salad, and fruit gum finish. Lively and appealing apple flavor for mixing.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214335
J. Rieger & Company
Midwestern Premium Vodka
Bright brilliant clear color. Mild, nutty aromas of toasted walnuts, cocoa, and raisin bran muffin with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length fruit cake, powdered sugar, and limestone finish. A nice combination of grain, nut, and fruity notes.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214229
Pruf
Vodka
Clear color. Faint, floral, herbal aromas and flavors of floral talc, granola and almond cookie, wheat grass, and orange powder with a silky, bright, light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length gingerbread and peppery spices finish. An intriguingly spicy and subtle vodka.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214304
Lucky Dog
Vodka
Clear color. Muted, confected, minty nutty aromas of green banana, chestnut, and berry vinaigrette with a glycerous, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, quick lemon pepper, lime cream, and chalk finish. A zesty vodka for cocktails.
90 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214287
Forex
Atlantic Vodka
Bright brilliant clear color. Clean, minerally aromas of nut baguette and talc with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length citrus, sweet cream, chalk, and pepper finish. A lively, zesty vodka that will play nicely in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214393
Backwards Distilling Company
"Ringleader" Vodka
Bright brilliant clear color. Delicate, creamy aromas and flavors of frosted walnut torte, mocha fudge, and fruitcake with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length dulce du leche gelato, raisin bread, nuts baked in parchment, and chalk finish. A very distinctive and interesting grain forward vodka.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214282
INDIGENOUS
Fresh Pressed Apple Vodka
Clear color. Lively, attractive aromas of fondant caramel bon bon, baklava, apple turnover, and raisin bran with a soft, fruity medium body and a seamless, intriguing, relaxed apple granola cereal in milk, nougat, delicate sweet peppery spices, and chalk finish. A very delicate, elegant and charming apple vodka that will make nuanced cocktails; try in gin cocktails too.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214433
Voo
Ultra Premium Vodka
Clear color. Faint, yeasty, grainy peppery aromas and flavors of frosted berry danish, toasted grain, and rain water with a velvety, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, buoyant delicate spiced dried fruit, orange gelatin powder, and minerals finish. A smooth, nicely polished vodka with a hint of fruit.
90 points $55.15
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214240
Delos
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of wheat and rye flours and doughs, figs, light peppery spices, and pencil eraser and shavings with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length dried citrus, honeyed raisin bran in cream, and white pepper finish. A delicate, grain driven vodka with pleasant sweetness.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214094
Grand Teton
Vishnovka Cherry Vodka
Brilliant light ruby color. Fruity aromas of dried sour cherry, dried apple, and pomegranate jam with a lightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, captivating, buoyant suede, nut skins and shells, and tea leaves finish. A very pure and astringent, "adult" cherry infused vodka for cocktails.
89 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214434
She’s Wild
Ultra Premium Vodka
Clear color. Faint, grainy, peppery nutty aromas and flavors of frosted cereal and damp earth with a silky, shy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, engaging, buoyant powdered sugar, vanilla milk, chalk, and wax candy wrapper finish. A very silky and dainty vodka that will be very versatile.
89 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214221
Effen
Cucumber Vodka
Clear color. Bright, vegetal, fresh aromas of cucumber, honeyed sunflower rye bread, cracked pepper, and melon skin and parsley with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length pith, nut oil, and wet stones finish. A very pure and natural tasting cucumber vodka.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214296
U4RIK
Vodka
Clear color. Delicate, unusual, roasted aromas of roasted nuts and coconuts, tasty fruity granola, mocha fondant, and caulk with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, complex, medium-long berry kefir, white chocolate toffee, and macadamia nut cookie finish. An interesting nutty toasty vodka.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214326
Mamont
Vodka
Clear color. Faint, clean, elegant aromas of cream puff, melon skin, nougat, and minerals with a soft, shy, dryish light body and a tingling, refreshing, brisk marshmallow, cream, and mossy stones finish.
89 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214134
McHenry
"Puer" Triple Distilled Vodka
Clear color. Bright, grainy aromas and flavors of grain sack and flour, carob, clay, and baked nectarine with an even, soft, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long date cookie, wheat cracker, pepper, and chocolate skim milk finish. An interesting combination of sweet grain and creamy notes like a white whisky that will yield excellent cocktail possibilities.
89 points $43.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214242
Summum
Wheat Vodka
Clear color. Delicate, nutty, grainy aromas and flavors of peanut butter on toast, wheat germ, clay, and geranium with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, amusing, breezy peppery spices, caramelized nuts, malted chocolate, and cedar finish. A very different, malty, nutty vodka for clever cocktails.
88 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214686
Hank’s
Recording Empire Vodka
Clear color. Delicate aromas of minerals with a silky, dry light body and a tingling, easy powdered fruit candy and chalk finish. A nice straightforward vodka.
88 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214341
Dixie
Black Pepper Vodka
Clear color. Bright, vegetal, grainy aromas and flavors of cucumber relish, squash blossom, honeyed nut, and cracked pepper with a velvety, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, captivating, cheery melon, pink peppercorn, and chili powder and paprika finish. A fun spicy cucumber vodka.
88 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214367
Lithuanian
Gold Vodka
Bright brilliant clear color. Delicate, clean, minerally aromas of lemon scone with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, refreshing, relaxed sweet cream, honeyed herb muffin, pepper, and minerals finish. A rock solid vodka that will cover many bases.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214445
Bakon
"Bakon Rosemary" Vodka
Bright gold color. Bold, meaty, herbal aromas and flavors of spicy teriyaki jerky, rosemary focaccia, mixed peppercorns, and BBQ rub with a velvety, shy, dry medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length olive oil, hard cheese rind, nut brittle, and grilled fennel finish. A fun herbal, meaty vodka for savory cocktails and shots.
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214213
Alphabet
Vodka
Clear color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced apples and pineapples, fruit loops cereal in milk, and lemon oil with an even, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length whipped cream, chalk, and pepper finish. A light, delicately fruity vodka for cocktails.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214447
Emory
Ultra Premium Vodka
Clear color. Delicate, oaky, nutty citrusy savory aromas of berry scone, lemon custard, flour, and shower tile with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long powdered sugar, whipped cream, and delicate spiced nuts finish. A nice creamy vodka that is sure to please.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214288
Forex
Pacific Vodka
Clear color. Faint, peppery, nutty floral aromas and flavors of shredded wheat, macadamia brittle, tea leaves, and honey with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy fruit and spice powder, sweet cream, wax candy, and wet limestone finish. A very supple and delicate vodka.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214396
360
Bing Cherry Vodka
Clear color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of cherry-berry gum and fruit punch soda with a silky, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, short cherry powder and rice candy, marzipan cookie, and diet cherry cola finish. A punchy cherry vodka for cocktails.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214373
ALIMOV
Vodka
Bright brilliant clear color. Faint, grainy aromas and flavors of cereal, flax, hint of roasted nut, and plaster with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, momentary gelatin, raisin scone, pepper, and chalk finish. A sturdy vodka for mixing.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214276
SKYY
Infusions Pineapple Vodka
Clear color. Lively aromas and flavors of pineapple slices and candy with a glycerous, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, buoyant pineapple and lemon sorbets, bubblegum, and pepper finish. A nice fruity, tropical vodka for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214340
Dixie
"Southern" Vodka
Bright brilliant clear color. Bright, herbal, peppery aromas of mixed peppercorns, dried herbs and citrus peels, and honey with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length strawberry milk, nougat, frosting, and wet stones finish. A creamy, well balanced vodka with a wisp of fruitiness.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214437
3 Howls
Vodka
Clear color. Muted, umami aromas of buttered herb muffin, toasted grain, sweaty cheese rind, and cannabis with an oily, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed vanilla yogurt, powdered sugar, dried citrus, and chalk finish. An herbal, frisky vodka for citrusy and savory cocktails.
87 points $19.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214295
Belmont Farm
Single Estate "Grain to Glass Kopper Kettle" Vodka
Clear color. Mild, grainy aromas of dry cereal and grain, honey roasted nuts, and lemon scone with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length rice candy, nutskins, fig, and chalky minerals finish. A sturdy, grainy, earthy vodka with lots of interesting congeners.
87 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214239
Prohibition 1920
Vodka
Clear color. Mild, grainy, fruity aromas of frosted scone, date cake, flour, and Playdoh with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length tapioca, gelatin candy, plastic wrap, and pepper finish. A solid mixing vodka.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214245
Veil
Vodka
Clear color. Bright, herbal, grassy phenolic aromas and flavors of cereal in milk, dried fruit, clay, and pepper with a satiny, soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long citrus gelatin, chalk, and pepper finish. A solid mixing vodka.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214238
Blackfish
Vodka
Clear color. Bright, creamy aromas and flavors of maple nut cream of wheat cereal, white chocolate fudge, and pineapple yogurt with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length praline, horchata, and minerals finish. A nice nutty, creamy accented vodka.
86 points $26.69
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214298
Marz
Vodka
Clear color. Bright, boozy, medicinal aromas of nougat, granola, and dried fruit with a glycerous, soft, dryish medium body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length vanilla milk and berry gum finish. A pleasant mixable vodka.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214230
Quartz
Vodka
Clear color. Delicate, candied aromas and flavors of fruit stripe gum, circus peanut, and whipped cream with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, intriguing, easy berry marshmallow cereal, creamy tapioca, and chalk finish. A somewhat candied and mild vodka for carefree, fruity cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214255
Veil
Green Apple Vodka
Clear color. Bright, candied aromas and flavors of apple starburst candy and apple cider with a tannic, puckering, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, odd, short tart apple skin, chalk eraser, children’s aspirin, and bitter lemon finish.
84 points $9.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214510
MVP
Wheat Vodka
Clear color. Faint aromas and flavors of white nut, porcelain, dried fruit, and rain water with a velvety, soft, dry light body and a tingling, crisp nut oil, soy milk, and wax citrus candy finish. A solid vodka for mixing.
84 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214093
Grand Teton
Huckleberry Vodka
Golden copper pink color. Fruity, toasty curious aromas of berry tart, nut brittle, berry vinaigrette, and artificial sweetener with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length dried wild berries, saffron meringue, and pepper finish. A delicate creamy berry vodka.
84 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214222
Effen
Black Cherry Vodka
Clear color. Lively, confected aromas and flavors of vanilla frosted cake and black cherry ice cream with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk marzipan custard and almond and almond oil finish. A mellow vanilla cherry vodka for mixing.
84 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214299
Marz
White Cranberry Vodka
Clear color. Lively aromas of berry marshmallow cereal and craisin with a satiny, shy, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a tingling, brisk strawberry milk, mineral oil, and pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214096
Long Road Distillers
Rye Vodka
Clear color. Lively, sweet aromas of frosted banana cake, white wine vinegar, and whiff of window cleaner with a velvety, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, brisk plastic wrapped vanilla cookie, rubbing alcohol, and vanilla candle finish. A wild and wooly vodka.
84 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214243
Eight Degrees
Vodka
Clear color. Mild, pungent aromas and flavors of frosted scone, dried cherries, and dried paint and lacquered wood with a glycerous, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length Styrofoam, wax paper, pepper, and stones finish. A stony mixing vodka.
83 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214375
Wiggly Bridge Distillery
Small Batch Vodka
Bright brilliant clear color. Delicate, tropical, grainy rustic aromas and flavors of rye toast, cooked rice, and roasted nut with a lean, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length raisin bran in cream, flour, plastic, and pepper finish. A grainy, almost white whisky like vodka.
83 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214175
Glass
Spice Vodka
Brilliant copper color. Bright, spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon red hots candy, spice cake, and cinnamon roll with a chewy, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, charming, medium-length bitter herbs and barks, hot pepper, over steeped tea, and grass finish. A hot and dry cinnamon vodka.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214278
SKYY
Infusions Coastal Cranberry Vodka
Bright brilliant clear color. Rich, fruity aromas of berry sorbet and gum and mild cough syrup with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a smooth, momentary diet cranberry soda and children’s vitamin and aspirin finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214279
SKYY
Infusions Tropical Mango Vodka
Clear color. Rich, pungent, fruity grassy aromas and flavors of mango sorbet, peppercorns, dandelions, and lit candle with a silky, bright, off-dry light body and a peppery, buoyant banana taffy, tropical fruit punch and gum, chili pepper, and lemon cleanser finish. A wild and wooly, tropical flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213996
Happy Buddha
Jasmine Tea Flavored Vodka
Gold color. Bright, green aromas of jasmine tea and rice cake, hibiscus-orange water, and floral hand lotion with a satiny, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy jasmine-berry rice candy, pepper, chalk, and rice paper finish. An interesting lightly floral tea like vodka.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214241
Akademicka
Vodka
Clear color. Delicate, brash, dusty aromas of plastic wrapped frosted cake, sarsaparilla float, and plastic dust pan with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a peppery, rapid wax candy and vanilla candle finish. An earthy, waxy, peppery vodka.
80 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214399
Epicus
Ultra Premium Vodka
Bright brilliant clear color. Delicate, unusual aromas of warm rubber eraser, burnt nuts, white pepper, and cleanser with a supple, shy, dryish light body and a warming, short flat tonic water, glycerin, and plastic wrap finish.
80 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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