March 2020 - Vodka

March 2020 - Vodka
This month's Spirits feature is Vodka

Vodka Reviews

elit Vodka
97 points
$49.99
Clear color. Aromas of sweet mascarpone, nut brittle, and flint with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, buoyant lemon custard and hint of herbs and pepper finish. An outstanding silky-soft vodka for martinis and more.
97 points $49.99
Russian Standard Platinum Vodka
95 points
$30.35
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of corn silk and fresh grass with a supple, bright, dry light body and a warming, brisk finish. A highly neutral vodka that offers an easy-sipping experience; a clean canvas to color with creative cocktail ingredients.
95 points $30.35
Absolut Elyx
95 points
$34.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lemon bar, cut grass, and dried orange with a supple, prickly, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, long finish with elements of olives and powdered sugar finish. A finely textured, luxurious vodka for superb martinis and more.
95 points $34.99
Zubrówka Bison Grass Flavored Vodka
94 points
$24.26
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream, chamomile tea with honeycomb, caramel candies, and spiced apples with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying notes of french lavender and shortbread finish. A mildly flavored vodka to add weight and texture to cocktails.
94 points $24.26
Heritage Distilling Co. Ds Seasoned Vodka
94 points
$27.50
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of worcestershire sauce, onion salt, marinated water chestnuts and mushrooms, korean barbecue, general tso’s sauce, and sweet chile sauce with a supple, vibrant, saline medium body and a peppery, subtle, medium-long black pepper, unagi sauce, and prepared horseradish finish. A rich, savory and delicious flavored vodka exclusively for a superior bloody mary.
94 points $27.50
Dixie Black Pepper Vodka
93 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh sliced cucumber, green chile peppers, and yellow bell pepper and scallion relish with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length finish manifesting overtones of spicy pico de gallo, radish, cracked pepper, fried squash blossom, and habañero finish. A fresh and spicy vodka for tasty and distinctive summer cocktails.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Ketel One Vodka
93 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of hints of fresh cream, glacial ice, and vanilla pod with a silky, crisp, light body and a tingling, breezy finish manifesting notes of lemon pepper on water cracker finish. A clean, crisp, smooth-sipping vodka for a great martini.
93 points $18.99 Best Buy
Russian Standard Vodka
93 points
$25.71
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of marshmallow, chalk, lemon custard, wax paper, and cream of wheat with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish. A mild and creamy vodka with touches of sweet citrus notes; easy-to-love.
93 points $25.71
NEFT Vodka
92 points
$32.99
Clear color. Clean aromas and flavors of linen, stone, white flowers, and cream of wheat with a satiny, soft, dry light body and a graceful, medium-length finish with elements of cream and white pepper finish. A silky-smooth and mild vodka that will shine in martinis and neat pours.
92 points $32.99
New Amsterdam Vodka
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Fresh aromas and flavors of hints of celery leaf and lemon peel with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish. A rock-solid, clean and neutral vodka with peppery heat.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Stolichnaya Premium Vodka
91 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of sprouts, citrus oils, and iced lemon scone with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length radish and chalk finish. A lively and citrusy vodka for all manner of cocktails.
91 points $19.99 Best Buy
New Amsterdam Vodka
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of wet stone, powdered sugar, and hints of lemon and mint with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, quick finish. A clean vodka that packs a punch; has a great ABV to add weight to cocktails.
90 points $15 Best Buy
TOBARITCH! Premium Vodka
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of frosted flakes in milk, corn silk, gravel, and key lime candies with a soft, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, brief finish with notes of peppercorn cream sauce finish. A creamy, peppery vodka; try in Moscow Mules.
90 points $15 Best Buy
BRU Vodka
90 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of sweet cream cheese filling, peach jam, graham cracker crust, marzipan, and white flowers with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, breezy hint of fruit salad and milk chocolate finish. A creamy, slightly fruity vodka with a lot of character; a creative option for craft cocktails.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Grainger’s Deluxe Organic Vodka
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of chalk, porridge, and ripe plantain with a velvety, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy chamomile tea, honey, and grass finish. A clean and dry vodka that offers a blank canvas backbone for creative cocktails.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Crater Lake Hatch Green Chile Vodka
90 points
$24.99
Pale minutely hazy straw color. Aroma of chiles rellenos with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long jalapeño pepper, clay, and hint of caraway finish. A very spicy and natural-tasting pepper vodka that will add a blast of heat to summer cocktails.
90 points $24.99
Stolichnaya Stoli Ohranj
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of Froot Loops, Lucky Charms, orange Jell-o, and lemon-lime soda with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish that exhibits overtones of Frosted Flakes finish. A dead ringer for your favorite children’s breakfast cereal; fun!
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Stolichnaya Stoli Vanil
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of caramel gelato in a waffle cone, birthday cake, brown sugar latte, and toasted marshmallow with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish conveying shades of dulce de leche finish. A caramel-y, cake-like vodka that offer creamy sweetness for fun desert cocktails.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Stolichnaya Stoli Razberi
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of berry gummies, green apple candies and melon liqueur with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, easy finish. A berry-packed flavored vodka for fun and fruity cocktails.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Crater Lake Pepper Vodka
89 points
$24.99
Light gold color. Aromas of marinated jalapeño, fried pickles, and olive brine with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a hot, long hot chile and cracked peppercorn finish. A spicy hot pepper vodka to add natural zest and heat to cocktails.
89 points $24.99
Platinum 10X Vodka
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of shredded wheat and sweet apple pastry with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a peppery, snappy white pepper and honey-butter on crumpets finish. A silky vodka that’s rife for the mixing; try in everything from martinis to mules.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Integré Vodka
88 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of fresh cream, hints of lavender and lemon, and wrapped candies with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, cheery parmesan, caramel flan, hints of geranium, and minerals finish. A creamy vodka that will play very well in shaken cocktails; easy-to-love.
88 points $17.99 Best Buy
Silver Star Texas Vodka
88 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lemon pepper and fondant with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long finish. A smooth and luxurious vodka for elegant cocktails or sipping neat.
88 points $18.99 Best Buy
Stalinskaya Blue Extra Strong Vodka
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of sourdough, fried plantains, rambutan, and raisin bread toast with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, relaxed finish with impressions of spritz of lime and cracked peppercorns finish. A spicy, savory vodka for creative craft cocktails and spicy bloody marys; character-rich.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Steel Blu Vodka
87 points
$15.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of glacial ice, slate, citrus oils, and hints of coconut with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, medium-length finish. An elegant, clean vodka with great minerality; proudly neutral.
87 points $15.99
Absolut Vodka
87 points
$17.99
Clear color. Smoky aromas of breakfast sausage, brown butter and toast points with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a hot, interesting, cheery lemon curd and green apple finish. A smoky, funky vodka that could play very well in a bloody mary.
87 points $17.99
Stolichnaya Stoli Blueberi
87 points
$19.99
Clear color. Aromas of raspberry liqueur, menthol, and hints of cumin and caramel with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length ripe raspberries and lozenge finish. A fruity, berry flavored mixer that offer piles of flavor.
87 points $19.99
Pure Class Premium Potato Vodka
86 points
$22.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of ghee, boiled peanuts, butter pecan ice cream, cocoa butter, parmesan, and white pepper with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length finish with accents of vanilla flan finish. Rich buttery character shines in this distinctive, flavorful vodka built for craft cocktails.
86 points $22.99
Enchanted Rock Texas Vodka
85 points
Clear color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of fresh lemon peel, poppyseed scone, and hints of juniper with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length finish with elements of spicy ginger finish. A bright, citrus-forward vodka that’s highly drinkable.
Stalinskaya Silver Filtered Vodka
85 points
$14.99
Clear color. Aroma and flavors of pancake batter with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, breezy finish with touches of wet stone, cracked peppercorns, and lime finish. A clean vodka with notes of fresh grain and peppery heat.
85 points $14.99
Dixie Peach Vodka
85 points
$17.99
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe mango, elderflower, sweet ginger-peach tea, and eucalyptus with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish displaying notes of apricot-mango yogurt. A flavor-packed vodka with pounds of sweet stone fruit character.
85 points $17.99
District Made Pot-Distilled Vodka
85 points
$24.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of malted barley, banana bread dough, sweet creamed corn, and cantaloupe with a creamy, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish. A grainy, character-rich vodka with silky texture; the whiskey-lovers vodka
85 points $24.99
Heritage Distilling Co. Bacon Vodka
85 points
$25
Sedimentary hazy amber color. Aromas of imitation bacon, soy glaze, sorghum wine, caramel, and Asian-glazed beef jerky with a slightly chewy, bright, moderately sweet light body and a seamless, eccentric, medium-length honey, smoked salt, and ham finish. A totally unique smoked sweet meat treat in a glass.
Cadée Vodka
84 points
$22
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of magic marker, pencil eraser, clay, moss, and black pepper with an oily, prickly, bone-dry light body and a peppery, medium-length finish. A rough-riding vodka for mixed drinks.
Stalinskaya Premium Vodka
83 points
$12.99
Clear color. Funky aromas and flavors of ripe cantaloupe, saltines, wrapped gouda, peppercorns, and bay leaf with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish that shows nuances of graphite and cream finish. A funky craft vodka for cocktails.
83 points $12.99
Heritage Distilling Co. Sweet Ghost Pepper Vodka
83 points
$25
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of dried cucumber, aloe, and honeydew melon with a glycerous, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, compelling, medium-length finish with accents of chile pepper and rock candy finish. A spicy, vegetal flavored vodka for distinctive cocktails.
Georgian Bay Vodka
81 points
$34.95
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of iced lemon scone, plastic wrap, and bakelite with an oily, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, short finish. A funky vodka for local flair.
81 points $34.95
Fifth State Simply Celery Vodka
80 points
$32
Pale cloudy golden green color. Aromas of crayons in a cardboard box, wood putty and caulk, and distant lemon with a lean, flat, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a polished, short dry hops, dried jalapeño rings, and tinned water chestnuts finish. A weird and wily vodka that confounds the senses.
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