April 2019 - Vodka & Flavored Vodka

April 2019 - Vodka & Flavored Vodka
This month's Spirits feature is Vodka & Flavored Vodka

Vodka & Flavored Vodka Reviews

Stolichnaya Cucumber Vodka
97 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh sliced English cucumber, ripe, fruity olives, and roasted red pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish evoking suggestions of key lime, spearmint, thyme, and sesame oil finish. Fresh and vivid cucumber notes make this vodka a summertime vibe delivery system.
Awards: 2019 Best Flavored Vodka
97 points $19.99 Best Buy
Jean-Marc XO Vodka
97 points
$55
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut flakes, bison grass, anise, grilled sweet corn, vanilla latte, and fruit cup with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, breezy finish that exhibits elements of anise cookie, marzipan, and white flowers finish. A playful vodka with a welcoming attitude; exceptionally clean and well-structured.
Awards: 2019 Best Unflavored Vodka
Stolichnaya Stoli Lime Vodka
96 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Hop, like aromas and flavors of lime leaf, mango seed, clementine, finger lime, celery salt, wild lemon, and pine with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish imparting accents of fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and coriander finish. A vibrant, playful flavored vodka with killer citrus notes to elevate cocktails.
96 points $19.99 Best Buy
Stalinskaya Premium Vodka
95 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of frosted wheat, powdered milk, nougat, and sweet white corn with a velvety, dryish light body and a warming, compelling, short-lived lemon-pepper, honeysuckle syrup, and malt finish. A luxurious creamy, sipping vodka with excellent smoothness and structure.
95 points $12.99 Best Buy
Stalinskaya Silver Filtered Vodka
94 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of hint of lemon rind, coconut, and egg white with a silky, soft, bone-dry light body and a warming, long chalk and peppercorns finish. A super clean, Russian-style vodka that leaves all possibilities wide open.
94 points $14.99 Best Buy
Russian Standard Platinum Vodka
94 points
$26.99
Clear color. Aromas of chalk and grapefruit zest with a silky, crisp, dryish full body and a smooth, medium-length lemon zest, shortbread, and vanilla fondant finish. A smooth and velvety vodka that offers crystalline clarity of flavor and lingering finish.
94 points $26.99
Heritage Distilling Co. Seasoned Vodka
94 points
$27.50
Bright golden amber color. Savory aromas and flavors of Thai sweet chile sauce, smoke, smoked oyster, and Worcestershire with a satiny, vibrant, saline light-to-medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish. A wildly appetizing sweet, salty, spicy, smoky vodka that is the ultimate bloody mary base.
94 points $27.50
PUR Vodka
94 points
$39.95
Clear color. Aromas of pink peppercorn, cream of wheat, and carnation with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long buttery pastry crust and herb focaccia finish. Fantastic texture and a lengthy, evolving palate; enjoy this stunning vodka on the rocks or in carefully crafted martinis.
94 points $39.95
TOBARITCH! Premium Vodka
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of corn flakes in milk and vanilla with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a seamless, charming, medium-long finish displaying notes of Japanese milk bread, lemon spritz, and delicate herbs finish. An exceptionally smooth, beautifully textured vodka that floats on the palate; worthy of a martini.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka
93 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of vanilla cream, royal icing, sea salt, and birch with a round, vibrant, light body and a smooth, medium-length sweet rolls, cocoa-dusted yogurt and hint of licorice finish. A round and willing vodka suited to all manner of cocktails; a smooth choice for martinis.
93 points $18.99 Best Buy
Old Dominick Distillery Honeybell Citrus Vodka
93 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of mandarin orange, dried ginger, lime gummies, and sea shore with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a peppery, medium-length finish with notes of dried lime peel, lemongrass, and black pepper finish. A dry, citrusy vodka that is a great addition to the cocktail bar; nuanced and distinctive.
93 points $21.99 Best Buy
New Amsterdam 100 Proof Vodka
93 points
$25
Clear color. Clean aromas of meringue and cannoli with a round, vibrant, dryish light body and a peppery, long orange zest and chai spices finish. A superbly structured vodka with cocktail-friendly ABV that will stand up in full-flavor cocktail recipes.
Lvov Potato Vodka
92 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of parmesan, herb focaccia, minerals, and rye with a supple, bright, dryish light body and an effortless, swift grass and puffed corn finish. A character-rich, classic potato vodka that will be great for cocktail play and traditional serves.
92 points $10.99 Best Buy
New Amsterdam Vodka
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of ice and chalk with a satiny, vibrant, fruity full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length fondant, candied lime, and hint of coconut finish. A sugar-kissed vodka with a superb texture for sipping; try on the rocks or slip into classic cocktails.
92 points $15 Best Buy
South Fork Vodka
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of wet stones and hint of savory herbs with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long flint, mesquite, and bell pepper finish. A truly unique vodka that offers hints of smoke and a long, nuanced finish; distinctive and highly drinkable.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Effen Vodka
92 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas of dry cereal grain and sand with a supple, bright, dry light body and a peppery, sparse rye crisp and cornichon finish. An unabashedly neutral vodka in a mixer-friendly dry style that leaves all options open.
92 points $29.99
Sobieski Vodka
91 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of chalk, marzipan, and rye toast with an oily, vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, breezy schezuan peppercorns and spritz of lemon finish. A piquant vodka with great cocktail affinity.
91 points $10.99 Best Buy
Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Flavored Vodka
91 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Creamy, sweet aromas and flavors of butterscotch, creamy caramel, and vanilla bean ice cream with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a seamless, quick finish. A rock-solid caramelly vodka that will make decadent dessert cocktails.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
Tahoe Blue Vodka
91 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of rice cracker and quartz with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long mineral water, hint of pear, and pistachio finish. An incredibly smooth and clean vodka; a drinkable diamond.
91 points $19.99 Best Buy
Pinnacle Vodka
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of fresh cream and cereal flakes with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, medium-length pink peppercorn and lemon spritz finish. A soft, forgiving vodka with creamy texture; sip on the rocks or in any manner of cocktail.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Platinum 10 X Vodka
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Creamy aromas of béchamel and sumac with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long lemon zest, peppercorns, sea salt, and horchata finish. A palate pleasing vodka with great balance; hints of lemon zest awaken the palate.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
SKYY Infusions Blood Orange Vodka
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of clementine, orange drink mix, fruit snacks, and lime leaf with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length finish that shows impressions of powdered sugar, ginger, wet stone, and pink peppercorn finish. A bright citrus flavored vodka that will make refreshing vodka sodas or summertime cocktails.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
SKYY Infusions Citrus Vodka
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of fresh lime peel, bitter lemon, pound cake, fresh cane, and tonic with an vibrant, fruity light body and a silky, delightful, medium-length finish. A bold, true-to-life lime-flavored vodka for superb caipiroskas and citrus-forward cocktails; truly captures the essence of lime.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
New Amsterdam Coconut Vodka
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Tropical aromas and flavors of coconut flakes, coconut cream, lime sorbet, and pineapple cake with a satiny, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy finish that shows shades of vanilla ice cream finish. A sweet and creamy coconut vodka to mix into fresh pineapple juice or fun summer cocktails.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Russian Standard Vodka
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cookie dough, wheatgrass, and woodruff with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, swift finish manifesting impressions of pepper dust, vanilla cream, and cherry pit finish. A solid vodka with lots of cocktail potential.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Ravo Vodka
90 points
$22.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of slate, corn flakes, candy corn, and minerals with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and an effortless, relaxed finish. A clean, proudly neutral vodka that’s super smooth; pair with citrus juices.
90 points $22.99 Best Buy
Dixie Wildflower Honey Flavored Vodka
90 points
$23.99
Clear color. Clean aromas and flavors of honey, carnation, melon, and aloe with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy finish with notes of hint of rose finish. A pure and clean flavored vodka that will add kisses of honeyed sweetness to cocktails; try in iced tea with lemon.
90 points $23.99
Van Gogh Vodka
90 points
$24.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cedar, lemon oil, and wax with a supple, bright, dry light body and a peppery, cheery finish that exhibits notes of dried apple and parchment finish. A zesty, peppery vodka well-suited to Bloody Marys.
90 points $24.99
Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
90 points
$24.99
Amber color. Roasted aromas of roasted coffee and hazelnut coffee creamer with a satiny, bright, very sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery tootsie roll, tiramisu, and iced chocolate cake finish. Rich aromas and creamy flavors make this a natural choice for sweet martinis.
90 points $24.99
Broken Shed Vodka
90 points
$26.99
Clear color. Aromas of fresh cream and hint of fresh fennel with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a medium-length cream puff and powdered sugar finish. A creamy, balanced vodka; smooth as silk.
90 points $26.99
Smirnoff Citrus Vodka
89 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Fresh aromas of lemon drop candy and lemon pound cake with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, snappy oleo saccharum finish. A rock solid lemon vodka that’s never cloying with an all-natural appeal.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
360 Mango Vodka
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry compote and pineapple preserves with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of lemon chiffon cake with raspberries and pineapple candies finish. A not-too-sweet, natural fruity vodka with endless possibilities.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Stalinskaya Blue Extra Strong Vodka
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of malt-o-meal, southern biscuit, butter, candy corn, and sweet yogurt with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, cheery vanilla, iced lemon scone, and pecan finish. A thoughtfully crafted, nuanced vodka with ethereal texture for citrus-forward cocktails.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Russian Standard Gold Vodka
89 points
$22.99
Clear color. Aromas of minerals, pepper, and almond skin with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a peppery, medium-length hint of pineapple, fresh cream, and radish finish. A rock solid Vodka that will find its place in any cocktail.
89 points $22.99
Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka
89 points
$24.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of coffee fudge, caramel creme candies, and maple long john donut with a satiny, crisp, very sweet medium body and an effortless, medium-length dulce de leche finish. A smooth and tasty, caramelly liqueur-like vodka that will make decadent dessert cocktails.
89 points $24.99
Five Wives Vodka
89 points
$29.99
Clear color. Herbal aromas and flavors of Spanish anise, fresh mint, cream de violette, and tarragon with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with suggestions of schezuan peppercorns finish. A highly nuanced vodka that defies the category to present a truly character-rich spirit.
89 points $29.99
Smirnoff Raspberry Flavored Vodka
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Candied aromas and flavors of blue-raspberry candy, blueberry compote, whipped cream, and creme brulee with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of blackberry jelly finish. A bold berry-flavored vodka that’s not too sweet; use in all manner of citrus-accented cocktails.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Smirnoff No.21 Vodka
88 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of corn flakes in milk and radish with a silky, bright, dry light body and a peppery, relaxed finish evoking accents of kasha and rye toast finish. A peppery, clean vodka well-suited to cocktails.
88 points $15.99 Best Buy
Crop Harvest Earth Organic Cucumber Vodka
88 points
$23.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cucumber cordial, lime peel, rice cracker, and lemon grass with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, refreshing, easy finish revealing accents of prickly cucumber finish. A pleasantly dry cucumber vodka to liven up vodka sodas.
88 points $23.99
Haku Vodka
88 points
$27.99
Clear color. Confected aromas and flavors of orange blossom, honeydew melon semifreddo, and cumin with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, easy finish. A lightly sweet vodka with lots of nuance that will work just as well in a classic classic cocktails or chilled shots.
88 points $27.99
New Amsterdam Mango Vodka
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of mango candies, apricot nectar, and fruit punch with a silky, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy finish with accents of peach-mango yogurt finish. A fun flavored vodka to mix with.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Pike & Clark Vodka
87 points
$18.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cream, candied ginger, mint, and chalk with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish evoking accents of lime finish. Hints of citrus and ginger make this vodka a great choice for vodka tonics.
87 points $18.99
Six & Twenty Heirloom Rye Vodka
87 points
$22.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of oat porridge, overripe cantaloupe, banana bread, and cocoa puffs with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish displaying impressions of meyer lemon glaze finish. A rich, grain-forward vodka with a lengthy finish and coating mouthfeel; lots a character and body to enhance craft cocktails.
87 points $22.99
Crop Harvest Earth Organic Meyer Lemon Vodka
87 points
$23.99
Clear color. Aromas of lemon curd on yogurt and bubble gum with a supple, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy lemon tea finish. A sweet lemon vodka that will play well in iced tea highballs.
87 points $23.99
Effen Cucumber Vodka
87 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas of watermelon, cucumbers in olive oil, gazpacho, and banana cookies with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length watermelon rind, honey, and barley finish. A smooth and mild cucumber vodka that adds instant style to cocktails.
87 points $29.99
Voda Vodka
86 points
$7.49
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of water cracker, chalk, and nougat with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a hot, swift ethanol, ground pepper, and ground ginger finish. A peppery vodka best for mixed drinks.
86 points $7.49 Best Buy
SKYY Infusions Cold Brew Coffee Vodka
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of salty dark roasted espresso, orange essenced dark chocolate, and char-grilled peppers with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length espresso bean and almond milk finish. A smooth, understated espresso-like vodka that offers pure flavor without excess sweetness.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Smirnoff Red, White & Berry Vodka
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Confected aromas and flavors of fruit stripes gum, cherry cola, coconut-lime, and pistachio paste with a glycerous, crisp, very sweet medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-length finish with notes of maraschino cherry and amaretto finish. A confected, candy-like vodka.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Grainger’s Deluxe Vodka
86 points
$15.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of wheat flakes, toasted oats, and no. 2 pencil with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of breakfast cereal, malted milk, and toasted wheat toast finish. A character-rich vodka for craft cocktails.
86 points $15.99
Old Fourth Distillery Vodka
86 points
$25
Clear color. Aromas of ground pepper, wood-fired flatbread, and labneh with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length dill and pickling spice finish. A distinctive vodka that easily slips into craft cocktails.
BLK EYE Vodka
86 points
$26.99
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of banana peel, yogurt, wheat cracker, and warm milk and honey with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with notes of apple compote, marshmallow, and tapioca finish. A bold and character-rich vodka for cocktail play.
86 points $26.99
New Amsterdam Orange Vodka
85 points
$15
Clear color. Aromas of orange slushee, raspberry-lime candies, lemon zest, and sugar with a silky, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, breezy orange gelatin and fruit stripes gum finish. A decadently candied orange-flavored vodka for fun, citrusy cocktails.
New Amsterdam Apple Vodka
85 points
$15
Clear color. Aromas of green apple candies and caramel rice cake with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy honey-roasted nuts, dried apple, and lemonade finish. A fun and fruity vodka for appletinis.
Kharaso Vodka
84 points
$12.99
Silver color. Aromas and flavors of lemon custard, plantain, and fondant with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish with accents of rice cakes, confectioner’s sugar, and apricot finish. An easy-going slightly sweet and fruity vodka for mixed drinks.
84 points $12.99
360 Lime Vodka
84 points
$14.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of freshly juiced lime, coconut confection, terracotta, whey, and green mango with a supple, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish conveying accents of key lime pie, basil, and candy corn finish. A sweet lime vodka with a tropical vibe.
84 points $14.99
New Amsterdam Lemon Vodka
84 points
$15
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lime sherbet and cucumber with a silky, tangy, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of granny smith apple and sour lime candies finish. A tart citrus vodka for fun chilled shots.
New Amsterdam Pineapple Vodka
84 points
$15
Clear color. Fruity aromas of cherry-almond, raspberry snow cone, tinned pineapple, and pina colada mix with a velvety, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length honey, shortbread, and red delicious apple finish. A fruity, candied vodka to effortlessly add flavor to mixed drinks.
Crop Harvest Earth Organic Artisanal Vodka
84 points
$23.99
Clear color. Sweet aromas and flavors of butterscotch, creme caramel, and lemon cheesecake with a glycerous, bright, off-dry medium body and a tingling, rapid finish imparting notes of caramelized orange, butterscotch syrup, and powdered milk finish. A somewhat candied, butterscotch-forward vodka for shots and creamy cocktails.
84 points $23.99
Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry Vodka
84 points
$24.99
Steely purple color. Confected aromas and flavors of grape jelly, flavored gelatin, iced tea, licorice, and purple drink mix with a round, vibrant, very sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, buoyant finish. An intensely candied flavor experience for sweet-tooths.
84 points $24.99
Van Gogh Pineapple Vodka
84 points
$24.99
Clear color. Pungent aromas and flavors of fallen granny smith apple, butter, sour grape candies, and tinned pineapple with an oily, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, quick finish with nuances of butterscotch coated nuts finish. A solid flavored vodka to slip into mixed drinks.
84 points $24.99
Central Standard Door County Cherry Flavored Vodka
84 points
$29
Pink color. Aromas of cream soda, strawberry gelatin, and marzipan with a glycerous, vibrant, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk berry gelatin and tinned maraschino cherry finish. A sweet and candy-like vodka for festive mixed drinks.
Northern Latitudes Distillery Horseradish Flavored Vodka
84 points
$29.95
Hazy pearlescent slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh grated horseradish, steamed asparagus, and fresh celery with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish revealing suggestions of lemon zest and horseradish creme finish. Balance heat and flavor intensity make this an easy-to-use horseradish vodka that will gussy up bloody marys.
84 points $29.95
New Amsterdam Red Berry Vodka
83 points
$15
Clear color. Curious aromas and flavors of rice cakes, apple compote, raspberry syrup, and peanuts with a supple, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, odd, brisk finish that exhibits accents of sake finish. A curious vodka for adventurous cocktails.
New Amsterdam Peach Vodka
83 points
$15
Clear color. Tropical aromas of honeydew melon, ripe mango, peach candle, coconut water, and pisco with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet light body and a warming, medium-length sweet melon agua fresca, tres leches cake, and strawberry sauce finish. A sweet and summery flavored vodka for refreshing summer cocktails by the poolside.
New Amsterdam Raspberry Vodka
80 points
$15
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of teriyaki sauce, glazed shitake mushroom, candied raspberry, and caramel latte with a satiny, tart, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a smooth, odd, breezy finish with notes of fallen apple finish. A wild flavored vodka with a curious balance of umami, sweetness, and acidity.
Vitzellen Vodka
80 points
$19.95
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lemon cleanser, frosted lemon scone, and tea bag with an oily, bright, fruity light body and a hot, medium-length finish evoking notes of marmalade, grapeseed oil, and moss finish. A very citrusy vodka that will pair well with ginger beer in a Moscow Mule.
80 points $19.95
Old Dominick Distillery Memphis Vodka
80 points
$21.99
Clear color. Aromas of stuffed poblano, breakfast cereal, and roasted mushrooms with a supple, soft, fruity light body and a tingling, breezy bubble gum and sea salt finish. A distinctive blend of earthy and confected aromas make for a curious vodka for mixed drinks.
80 points $21.99
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