March 2017 - Vodka & Flavored Vodka

This month's Spirits feature is Vodka & Flavored Vodka
Vodka & Flavored Vodka Reviews
218764
elit
Ultra Luxury Vodka
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of bread and dried fruit with a satiny, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a sleek, subtle, very long cream, powdered sugar, and delicate spice finish. A fabulously plush and flavorful vodka of the highest order.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218717
Dutchcraft
Vodka
Clear color. Clean aromas of electrical charge, porcelain, and rainwater with a velvety, vibrant, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-long underripe pineapple, whipped cream, mint jelly, and dried strawberries finish. A clean, nuanced and graceful vodka that hits the spot.
96 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219196
Stalinskaya
Original Vodka
Clear color. Clean, floral, minerally aromas of fresh lavender, lichen, rock, and vanilla wafer cookie with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long mountain stream, whipped potato, yam, and dill finish. Lovely and pure vodka for vodka connoisseurs.
95 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218606
Stolichnaya
Jalapeño Flavored Hot Vodka
Clear color. Grassy, citrusy aromas and flavors of charred agave, royal lime cologne, toilet bowl cleaner, and fresh ginger with a silky, lively, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a hot, gigantic, very long matcha, sage, hot peppers, and tanned leather finish. Exotic spice and tanned-leather notes round out this spicy flavored vodka.
95 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218730
Fire Oak
Vodka
Brilliant clear color. Clean aromas of unleavened bread dough, wet stones, salt rock, and herbs de provence with a satiny, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, long fructose crystal, mountain stream, porcelain, and dried bananas finish. This vodka shines with balance, smooth minerality, and a silky mouthful.
95 points $22 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219197
Stalinskaya
Silver Vodka
Clear color. Clean, minerally aromas of marble and wet clay with a velvety, crisp, dry medium body and a peppery, medium-long wet stone, crushed velvet, fondant, and pink peppercorn finish. A very successful vodka, serious and skillfully composed.
94 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218559
Rock Town
Basil Vodka
Clear color. Exotic, herbal aromas and flavors of lavender bath salt, cumin, rose water, and cardamom with a velvety, lively, sweet body and a peppery, intricate, medium-long basil, green tomato jelly, and cinnamon stick finish. A complex flavored vodka begging for craft cocktails and quality tonic water.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218134
Czar’s
Original Vodka
Clear color. Clean aromas of expressed lemon oil, dried leaves, cucumber seeds, and shredded wheat in milk with a creamy, soft, dry medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-length papaya, vanilla coffee creamer, sugared figs, and ginger and ginseng gum finish. The perfectly creamy flavors in this vodka show what vodka should be.
94 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218600
Stolichnaya
Ohranj Vodka
Clear color. Attractive aromas and flavors of italian oranges, bergamot, orange blossom, and fruit loops cereal with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, long , and chamomile finish. An elegant, grown-up, orange vodka give the feeling of walking into an orange orchard.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218676
Straw Boys
Irish Vodka
Clear color. Aromas of gravel, bamboo, tap water, and birch beer with a soft, crisp, bone-dry light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long orange peels, anise, white tea, and menthol finish. Crisp, clean vodka full of sophisticated nuance.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218658
Sobieski
Estate 100% Dankowski Single Rye Vodka
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of violet candy, grapefruit, and nutmeg with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, brisk finish. A vodka for pineapple cocktails on a back patio in the summer night.
94 points $23 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218458
Van Gogh
Double Espresso Vodka
Dark dark brown color. Aromas of boxed cake mix and brownie batter with a thick, vibrant, very sweet medium-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length mocha fudge, brownie, and powdered sugar finish. A rich mocha-like vodka for after-dinner cocktails.
94 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218460
Van Gogh
Dutch Caramel Vodka
Bright light copper color. Confected, creamy, buttery aromas of caramel latte and melted butter with an oily, sweet full body and an effortless, long salted caramel frosting finish. This on-trend, rock-solid caramel vodka will be a crowd pleaser in hot winter warmers.
94 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219002
PUR
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas of sports drink, honeyed lime and kiwi, and bread crust with a round, bone-dry medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length violet, plum sauce, Nicoise olive, and wax paper finish. A pleasant vodka with umami notes to complement vermouth.
94 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218733
Duckworth
Truffle Vodka
Clear color. Umami aromas and flavors of truffle oil, garlic toast, smoked salmon, and anchovy oil with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a finish. A fun, super savory truffle and garlic driven vodka that will be a hoot to experiment with.
94 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218659
Sobieski
Cytron Vodka
Clear color. Exotic aromas and flavors of lime juice, galangal, coconut water, and melon balls with a lean, crisp, dry thin body and a warming, snappy key lime pie and lemon Danish finish. Pair this vodka’s delicate lime flavors with high quality tonic water.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218657
Sobieski
100% Pure Dankowski Rye Vodka
Clear color. Medicinal, nutty aromas of almond skin with a velvety, soft, light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long roasted almond, cocoa powder, candied ginger, and lemon cream finish. A great spicy vodka to try in the 20th-century cocktail.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218771
Pinnacle
Vodka
Brilliant bright clear color. Clean aromas of tomato flesh and honeydew rind with a round, bright, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, distinctive, long lemon peel, juniper, butterfly pea flower, and artisan paper finish. A vodka lover’s vodka, with very clean flavors.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218692
Pearl
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of porcelain, stainless steel, and gloves with a supple, soft, bone-dry thin body and a warming, brief wet chalk, dried lemon and kiwi, licorice, and mint cream finish. A great, clean, smooth vodka to enjoy on its own or to paint beautiful cocktails with.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218603
Stolichnaya
Vanil Vodka
Clear color. Aromas of hostess "cupcake", gingerbread, and croissant with a creamy, vibrant, sweet medium-full body and a peppery, cookies n’ cream shake, marshmallow, chocolate ice cream, and almond milk finish. Mouthwatering dessert flavors shine in this vanilla vodka.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218686
Cutwater Spirits
Fugu Vodka
Clear color. Minerally, elegant aromas of salt scrub, strawberry seeds, and swimming pool with a satiny, bright, bone-dry light body and a peppery, engaging, medium-long vanilla steamer, salted caramel, black pepper, and chalk finish. A sophisticated, creamy vodka well-suited for cocktails and friends.
93 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218610
Purity
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of salted cucumber, toasty wheat cracker, and sourdough with a supple, bright, bone-dry light body and a dolma and powdered milk finish. A precisely made and martini-worthy vodka.
93 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218558
Rock Town
Vodka
Clear color. Floral aromas of orange blossom, carnation, and fresh moss with a satiny, lively, dryish medium body and a peppery, involved, medium-length shortbread cookie, sugared rose petals, white pepper, and mango peel finish. An elegant and floral vodka for tropical cocktails.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218482
SKYY
Infusions Bartlett Pear
Dull clear color. Green, fruity, floral aromas of yellow delicious apple flesh, green jolly rancher, apple blossom, and vanilla extract with a glycerous, crisp, off-dry medium body and a tingling, medium-long pear coulis, baked pear, apple taffy, and pear juice finish. A superbly flavorful and pure pear vodka that will be great to mix with.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218518
VOLK
Vodka
Clear color. Clean aromas of dryer sheet with a supple, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length pistachio meringue, mixed peppercorns, and sourdough bread finish. An everyday vodka that is sure to please.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218695
Colorado High Mtn.
Hemp Vodka
Clear color. Clean aromas and flavors of kosher salt, pressed powder, powder room, and hairspray with a velvety, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy mocha ice milk and wet minerals finish. A clean, pure vodka, fresh as mountain air.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218599
Stolichnaya
Premium Vodka
Clear color. Clean, citrusy aromas of clean laundry, lime cordial, and wonder bread with a satiny, soft, dry light body and a hot, medium-length polished marble, lemon oil, and vanilla almond creme finish. A citrusy and pleasant vodka that needs little fuss.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218605
Stolichnaya
Peachik Vodka
Clear color. Candied, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed peach skin, banana taffy, baby powder, and packaged strawberry frosting with a syrupy, bright, off-dry medium-full body and a warming, amusing, grilled peach, and peach tea white tea finish. An interesting blend of peach flavors in a dry sturdy frame.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218457
Van Gogh
Vodka
Clear color. Aroma of coin with a soft, bright, bone-dry light body and a warming, medium-long scotch oatmeal cookie, icing, and allspice finish. A supple, zippy vodka that will pop nicely in cocktails.
92 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218135
Imperial Collection Gold
Vodka
Clear color. Buttery aromas and flavors of orzo, feta, olive, and lemon with a velvety, bright, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long finish. A great, savory vodka.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218702
Breckenridge
Vodka
Clear color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of fresh lemon zest, fleur de sel, and anisette cookie with a glycerous, bright, bone-dry medium body and a warming, intricate, long jasmine tea, bergamot, vanilla, and chai milk tea finish. A stalwart vodka of the spirituous realm.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218731
Duckworth
Sipping Vodka
Clear color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cream of wheat with honey, vanilla yogurt raisins, and white chocolate pretzels with a silky, bright, dryish body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length warm milk and honey, porcelain, and pepper dust finish. A nice tingling vodka with creamy flavor and a zesty finish.
92 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218859
Central Standard
Rye Vodka
Clear color. Grainy aromas of granny smith apple, pancake batter, and vegetable shortening with a satiny, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length granite, zinc, wheat germ, and sourdough milk toast finish. A great mineral forward vodka for elegant spirit-forward cocktails.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218570
Icelandic Mountain
Vodka
Clear color. Creamy, confected aromas and flavors of spumoni, peach jam, and pistachio paste with a round, dryish medium-to-full body and a lychee and mint cream finish. A vodka full of character, body, and confection – balanced and unexpected.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218799
Oma’s
Natural Cherry Vodka
Medium reddish mahogany color. Attractive aromas and flavors of sour cherry skin, dried currant, prune, and cocoa with a syrupy, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long and allspice finish. A multipurpose, true to fruit vodka.
92 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218670
1941
Vodka
Clear color. Minerally, clean aromas of lime custard, white pepper, and stones with a creamy, crisp, dry body and a peppery, quick lime custard, plain popcorn, ginger powder, and white cake finish. A fresh and crisp vodka that will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218811
TOBARITCH!
Premium Vodka
Clear color. Aromas of craft store, linoleum, and cream puff with a creamy, bright, salty light body and a warming, lemon pith, minerals, and vanilla cake finish. A salty, lemony backbone makes this vodka a natural choice for Bloody Mary’s.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218541
Banyan Reserve
Vodka
Clear color. Clean aromas of honeydew, kiwi, and glazed donut with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long melon salad, honey, pistachio cake, and fondant finish. A lazer focused and refreshing vodka for summer cocktails.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218503
Grand Teton
Ultra Premium Vodka
Clear color. Fresh aromas of spring rain, banana taffy, and coconut water with a glycerous, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, wonder bread, and clarified butter finish. This vodka’s fantastic clean, fresh and fruity flavors will complement any cocktail.
91 points $19.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218698
Grand Traverse Distillery
True North Chipotle Vodka
Clear color. Spicy, earthy aromas of grilled peppers, charred pineapple, and apricot coulis with an crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a nuanced, medium-length roasted poblano pepper, dark agave syrup, stewed tomatoes, and ancho chile heat finish. This is a great savory vodka to mix in cocktails for a night of barbecue and close friends.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219198
Stalinskaya
Blue Vodka
Clear color. Minerally aromas of yeasty dough, deodorant, and freshly cut grass with a creamy, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length condensed milk, nutmeg, egg yolk, and wax candy finish. A delightfully custardy vodka for weighty cocktails or sipping on the rocks.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218707
Pickers
Original Vodka
Bright clear color. Aromas of cucumber, chervil, wool, and latex with a creamy, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length cucumber, rose, cardamom, and gravel finish. A delicate and relaxed vodka for everyday use.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218604
Stolichnaya
Citros Vodka
Clear color. Fresh aromas and flavors of key lime juice, lemon lime soda, and tobacco leaves with a glycerous, lively, fruity light body and a tingling, intriguing, relaxed fruit stripes gum finish. Candied fruit flavors make this an easy to love spirit.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218656
Virus
Vodka
Clear color. Clean aromas and flavors of sugar cookie dough, cucumber, nougat, and cotton ball with a silky, bright, bone-dry thin body and a peppery, medium-length pewter finish. A satisfying vodka for craft cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218758
Red E
Vodka
Clear color. Roasted aromas of fresh meringue, roasted nut, overripe persimmon, and caulk with a supple, soft, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-length nougat, banana taffy, and sage finish. A creamy, flavor packed vodka that drinks like a pot still rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218732
Duckworth
French Oak Barrel Vodka
Light golden straw color. Tropical, sweet aromas and flavors of vanilla flan, taro root custard, and yogurt covered raisins with a glycerous, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length , and buttered popcorn finish. A crowd pleaser that will add complexity to any vodka cocktail.
90 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218636
Debowa
Lipowa z Ula Vodka
Light straw color. Curious, candied, perfumed aromas and flavors of instant coffee, elder flowers, and packaged vanilla frosting with a glycerous, lively, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long lychee, champagne cola, and coconut cream finish. A fascinating spirit for drinking on its own or with apple juice in a classic polish combination.
89 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218561
Rock Town
Grapefruit Vodka
Light pink color. Floral, fruity, sweet aromas of peach blossom and grapefruit jellies with a round, tangy, sweet medium body and a peppery, medium-length peach pit, grapefruit jellies, orange juice, and diet grapefruit soda finish. A gorgeously hued vodka with fun, lively flavors.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218511
Infuse
Origin Vodka
Clear color. Spicy aromas of cardamom, coconut cream porridge, cocoa powder, and bayou with a velvety, crisp, dry medium body and a peppery, delightful, long gulab jalun, powdered sugar, rice powder, and peppercorn finish. A gorgeous vodka for discerning palates.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218699
Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas of cream of wheat and white pepper with a lean, bright, dry thin body and a hot, medium-length powdered sugar, juicy fruit gum, rubber cement, and candy wrapper finish. A round, straightforward vodka for mixed drinks.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218697
Grand Traverse Distillery
True North Rye Vodka
Clear color. Aromas of carrot cake, cream cheese, and white chocolate pretzel with a satiny, crisp, light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length tapioca, cantaloupe, and cappuccino gelato finish. A stylish vodka with a roasted nose that leads to a crisp and refreshing palate.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218706
Walton’s Finest
Vodka
Brilliant clear color. Clean, floral aromas of stone fruit, banana chips, fresh newspaper, and cucumber with a creamy, soft, bone-dry medium body and a peppery, elegant, medium-long dried lemon, ginger candy, milk, and aloe vera finish. A floral and soft vodka for any occasion.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218662
Sobieski
Vanilla Vodka
Clear color. Interesting aromas of thin mint cookie, mocha lady finger, vanilla frosting, and coconut flake with a glycerous, crisp, sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length chocolate syrup, chocolate caramel, and mint frosting finish. A nice marriage of vanilla flavors that will be very versatile.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218694
Green Palm
Vodka
Clear color. Citrusy, perfumed aromas of citrus oil, green grass, sea spray, and young men’s cologne with a soft, crisp, bone-dry thin body and a sleek, compelling, crisp finish. A fresh and green vacation-worthy vodka.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218602
Stolichnaya
Razberi Vodka
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cantaloupe, sour cherry juice, and fresh mint leaves with a thick, prickly, fruity body and a hot, complex, long underripe strawberry slices, chocolate, underripe peach, and ricola drops finish. Generous fruit flavors with make this vodka a hit.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218660
Sobieski
Raspberry Vodka
Clear color. Candied, jammy, fruity aromas of fruit cake gems, bisquick, and red starburst with a round, lively, fruity body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length fresh crushed raspberries, mint jelly candies, and wild raspberry confection finish. Intense raspberry fruit flavors with a sweet mint nuance.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218772
Pinnacle
Citrus Vodka
Clear color. Clean, citrusy, piney aromas and flavors of lime loaf, lemongrass, green tea, and tobacco leaf with an oily, racy, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a peppery, brisk finish. Confectionary qualities make this vodka a crowd-pleaser.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218776
New Amsterdam
Apple Vodka
Clear color. Candied, floral aromas of green apple candy and apple blossom with a satiny, lively, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length caramel apple lollipop, Washington apple skin, brown butter, and celery finish. A fun flavored vodka for shooting.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218392
The Art of the Still
Organic Vodka
Bright clear color. Tropical aromas and flavors of circus peanut, coconut cream pie, and banana cake with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, limestone, vanilla milk, nutskin, and waxy dried fruit finish. A pleasant fruity vodka vodka that will mix well in carefree cocktails.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218828
Kiki
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of circus peanut and apple cobbler a la mode with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long white toffee, sugared dried tropical fruits, pepper, and chalk eraser finish. A nice lightly tropical vodka will mix like a rum.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218513
Infuse
Cinnamon Apple Vodka
Brilliant golden amber color. Confected, baked aromas and flavors of packaged cinnamon bun and raisin with a round, soft, moderately sweet body and a tingling, medium-length cinnamon bun dough, bread pudding, and stewed raisin finish. A solid cinnamon apple vodka that’s not too sweet.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218514
Infuse
Lemon Vodka
Pale straw color. Aromas of lime pith and earl grey tea with a glycerous, shrill, fruity medium body and a peppery, lime seeds, chalk, clarified butter, lemon blossom, and white tea finish. The bitter lemon flavors in this vodka will pleasingly round out a gimlet.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218757
Success
Vodka
Brilliant clear color. Dusty aromas and flavors of vanilla creme, white grape, cinnamon, and rye toast with a rough, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a hot, swift , tapioca, and powdered milk finish. A zippy vodka for savory cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218687
Cutwater Spirits
Fugu Horchata Vodka
Creamy nearly opaque opaque golden color. Nutty aromas of horchata, nata de coco, tin can, and yellow box cake with a thick, bright, sweet fat body and a peppery, medium-length coconut oil, horchata, metal, and dry nutmeg finish. A sweet vodka for daredevil shots.
87 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218461
Van Gogh
Dutch Chocolate Vodka
Bright clear color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate frosting with a syrupy, soft, sweet body and a smooth, medium-length chocolate ganache and creme Anglaise finish. A crowd pleasing vodka for cocktails and shooting.
87 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218391
Alpine Blu
Vodka
Bright clear color. Spicy, confected aromas and flavors of anise candy and citrus gelatin candy with a lightly tannic, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, brisk powdered sugar and chalk, St. Joseph’s baby aspirin, and whipped cream finish. An all-around solid vodka.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218661
Sobieski
Orange Vodka
Clear color. Spicy, inviting aromas and flavors of lemon peels, fruit punch, and sun tea with a glycerous, shy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy navel orange, orange Jell-O, and orange drink finish. A nice, easy drinking orange vodka.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218560
Rock Town
Mandarin Vodka
Clear color. Aromas of lime leaf and plumeria with a syrupy, lively, sweet body and a peppery, medium-length fresh lime cordial, daiquiri, galangal, and condensed milk finish. Kaffir lime leaf flavors make this an interesting vodka for cocktails.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218430
Five Wives
Vodka
Bright slivery straw color. Grainy, interesting aromas and flavors of porridge with milk, salty kettle potato chip, hard cheese rind, and lemon oil with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-length whipped cream on citrus and cranberries, chalk, pepper, and oatmeal finish. A silky, lightly savory and citrusy vodka that will play nicely in cocktails.
86 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218601
Stolichnaya
Blueberi Vodka
Clear color. Candied, fruity aromas and flavors of blackberry candy, tin, and cotton candy with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, medium-length blackberry candy, cranberry, freeze dried raspberry, and peppered melon rind finish. A fun and versatile un-sweetened, fruit flavored vodka for mixing.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218688
Cutwater Spirits
Fugu Habanero Vodka
Light amber color. Savory, rustic aromas of dried peppers, sun dried tomatoes, oregano, and toasted pepita with a glycerous, racy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, distinctive, medium-long chipotle pepper, peppered acorn squash, tajin, and spiced crickets finish. Make this vodka your go-to savory cocktail modifier.
86 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218504
Born and Bred
Damn Smooth Potato Vodka
Clear color. Minerally, fruity aromas and flavors of apple juice, circus peanut, crayon, and candy wrapper with a round, soft, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery finish. A robust, spicy vodka with a sweet underbelly.
86 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218462
Van Gogh
Pomegranate Vodka
Bright red color. Confected, fruity, sweet aromas of cherry jell-o powder, cherry cola, and cough syrup with an oily, tangy, sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-long black cherry soda syrup and cherry pits finish. A fun and tangy cherry vodka for shooting.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218615
Georgian Bay
Vodka
Clear color. Grainy, herbal aromas of juniper, ginseng, and rye berry with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-long ginseng, buckwheat porridge, sweet and sour mix, and cashew butter finish. A nice example of craft vodka with nutty notes.
86 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218669
Pyla
excellium Vodka
Bright clear color. Confected aromas and flavors of circus peanut, spumoni, cantaloupe, and elder flower with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length finish with shades of circus peanut, cantaloupe, and coconut custard finish. A somehow fruity vodka for shooting by itself or sipping in a spring cocktail.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218635
Debowa
Polska OAK Vodka
Slivery straw color. Herbal aromas of thai chile pepper, purple basil, and fresh oregano with a lightly tannic, soft, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, intriguing, vanilla icing, molasses cookie, and fallen bell pepper finish. An interesting and rich vodka to pair with quality tonic water.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218724
ALOO
Vodka
Bright clear color. Minty, green, funky aromas and flavors of fresh agave, dried mint, aloe vera pulp, and ripe avocado with a round, crisp, dry thin body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long , dried coconut flake, white pepper, and lime zest finish. A fresh vodka with lush flavors.
85 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218505
Copperworks Distilling Company
Northwest Washington Malt Vodka
Clear color. Medicinal aromas of farmer’s cheese, shallot chutney, rubber cement, and banana with a round, lively, dry body and a peppery, charming, medium-length pink peppercorns, wonder bread crusts, coriander, and skim milk powder finish. A peppery and earthy vodka full of character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218525
Azeo
Vodka
Bright clear color. Tropical, funky aromas of cane field, tropical soft fruits, hop candy, and brown sugar with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, nuanced, long fountain pen ink, marshmallow, and long grass finish. A funky vodka for playful cocktails.
85 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218205
Global
Vodka
Bright clear color. Aromas and flavors of porcelain, chalk, and cream with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long powdered sugared lime zest, hard candy wrapper, pepper, and grape skin finish. A bright, zesty vodka that will excel in citrus based drinks.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218847
Corridor
Vodka
Clear color. Cheesy aromas of semi-soft cheeses, overripe berries, and shoe liner with a round, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, subtle, medium-length baby, cheddar cheese, and old fudge finish. A funky vodka for mixology experiments.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218637
Debowa
Orzech Walnut Vodka
Bright dark amber color. Creamy, perfumed aromas and flavors of orgeat, chicha morada, and soy marinated mushrooms with a glycerous, crisp, off-dry body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-length finish with suggestions of toasted almond slices, orange blossom water, orange peel finish. A curious earthy vodka of indeterminate flavor; try like a vermouth.
84 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218515
Infuse
Spiced Pear Vodka
Dull straw color. Herbal aromas of dried juniper berries, over-baked pear, stewed rhubarb, and smoke with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, refreshing, long over-brewed cinnamon-ginger tea, fallen orchard fruit, white peppercorns, and gentian root with vanilla yogurt finish. An unusual vodka for mixing or cooking.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218572
Roofraiser
Vodka
Clear color. Rubbery aromas of sugarcane, parmesan wax, marinated cucumber, and raisins with an oily, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long warm salted pecans, apricot syrup, and chocolate mousse finish. A nutty and funky vodka brimming with character.
84 points $23.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218459
Van Gogh
Acai-Blueberry Vodka
Neon steely purple color. Candied, sweet, fruity aromas of fun dip, grape powdered drink, and berry lip gloss with a body and a peppery, medium-long artificial berry, powdered gelatin, and lanolin finish. A straightforward candy flavored vodka for mixing.
84 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218752
Stud World
Premium Vodka
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of grainy bread, yogurt nuts, and pepper with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, cheery vanilla taffy wrapper, cream of wheat with cream, and pepper finish. A round, character rich vodka for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218512
Infuse
Peach Vodka
Bright golden amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried apricot, sour cream, and mature apricot pastry with an oily, soft, medium-full body and a warming, interesting, long mossy earth, durian, overripe papaya, and juice of canned peaches finish. An earthy, blush colored peach vodka.
83 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218516
Infuse
Mango Habanero Vodka
Brilliant gold color. Fruity, jammy, sweet aromas of peach jam, sweet tea, pickled banana pepper, and mambo candy with a medium-full body and a peppery, charming, very long banana pepper and Hungarian wax pepper finish. A blazingly hot condiment-like vodka designed to crush the palate; try in daredevil shots.
82 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218393
Veil
Caramel Vodka
Clear color. Off, putting, sour aromas and flavors of blue cheese, fermenting apples, fallen mango, and maple with a syrupy, soft, very sweet medium body and a polished, odd, medium-length maple syrup, pecan fudge, sherry, and soy sauce finish. A robust and complex caramel vodka with umami nuances.
81 points $9.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218428
Death Wish
Coffee Vodka
Dark dark brown color. Smoky aromas of stale instant coffee, chicory ash, zinc, and horse hair with a syrupy, vibrant, sweet medium body and a peppery, interesting, burned coffee, summer sausage, and chocolate covered peanut finish. Austere, smoky and dry coffee vodka for black Russians.
81 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218860
Central Standard
Anodyne Coffee Vodka
Dark brown color. Aromas of bagged coffee beans, elmer’s glue, smoked meats, and charred minestrone with an oily, shrill, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a medium-length metal coffee filter, baking chocolate, burned coffee bean, and roasted nut shell finish. A very dry, austere and angular mashup of coffee and spirit; try with cigars.
80 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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