About Flavored Vodka

About Flavored Vodka
Since Vodka tends to be a neutral spirit, it lends itself to blending with flavors and fortifying other beverages. In the 19th century, high-proof "Russian spirit" was held in high esteem by Sherry producers in Spain, who imported it to fortify their wines.

Neutral spirits are still used to fortify Port, Sherry, and other types of fortified wines, although the source of alcohol for such purposes these days tends to be the vast "wine lake" that has been created by European Union agricultural practices.

Flavored Vodkas have been produced from the start, originally to mask the flavor of the first primitive Vodkas, but later as a mark of the distiller's skill. The Russians and Poles in particular still market dozens of flavors.

Top Picks for Flavored Vodka

Ferdinand’s Saar Quince Vodka
96 points
$63
Brilliant gold color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon, ginger, sandalwood, lemongrass, lime oil, and galangal with a glycerous, crisp, sweet fat body and an even, appealing, medium-length lime cordial, rose water, orange blossom honey, and lychee finish. A spicy and exotic vodka with loads of cocktail play possibilities.
Awards: 2018 Best Flavored Vodka
Drinklab Hop Flavored Vodka
95 points
$24.85
Clear color. Piney, tropical aromas of dried mango, pine resin, and peach pie with a round, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, elegant, long starfruit, lingonberry, and sugared nuts finish. A hoppy but never bitter vodka with beautiful aromatics; a great tropical spirit to add to the cocktail enthusiasts repertoire.
95 points $24.85
Stolichnaya Jalapeño Flavored Hot Vodka
95 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Flavored Vodka
95 points $19.99 Best Buy
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
Stolichnaya Ohranj Vodka
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka
94 points
$24.99
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
Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
94 points
$24.99
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
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
Elation Hemp Flavored Vodka
94 points
$32
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.