About Vodka from USA

About Vodka from USA
The spirit industry in America is much like the beer industry; some large corporate distillers turning out good quality vodka, gin and whisky along with a growing number of artisan producers of these same products. In large cities such as Chicago and San Francisco, small distilleries turn out superb spirits, many of them organically produced. Vodkas and gins are most common, but there are even a few examples of single malt whiskey. This is certainly an encouraging alternative to the commercially produced spirits in the US, but the truth is that these artisan spirits are a drop in the bucket next to the huge amount of vodkas, gins and whiskeys made by the large companies and are sold in huge numbers; given the promotional money spent by these firms. But the new competition is a bright sign at least in terms of some of the famous whiskey producers that have recently introduced specialty bourbons, aged for a dozen or more years, many of them single barrel products. They are responding to a public looking for more high quality American spirits. The success of these products is a great thing for the American sprits industry.

Top Picks for USA

Vodka

Fire Oak Vodka
95 points
$22
Best Buy
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
Ms. Cameo Vodka
95 points
$24.95
Clear. Very neutral aromas suggest milk, praline, and minerals with a silky, dryish medium body and a nougat, melon, and limestone accented, gently warming pepper finish. Very clean with a nice rising arc of subtle flavor and well-integrated heat. Impressive and a great choice for martinis.
95 points $24.95
Rock Town Basil Vodka
94 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Duckworth Truffle Vodka
94 points
$49.95
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
SKYY Infusions Citrus Vodka
94 points
$18
Best Buy
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
Bainbridge Legacy Organic Vodka
94 points
$34.95
Clear color. Aromas of fruit custard pastry and pistachio nougat with a silky, dryish medium body and a creamy, toasty grain, delicate spice, lime, and mineral finish. A zesty, flavorful vodka that will excel in cocktails or on its own.
94 points $34.95
Pearl Vodka
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Cutwater Spirits Fugu Vodka
93 points
$21.99
Best Buy
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
The American Plains Vodka
93 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Balls Vodka
93 points
$21.99
Best Buy
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