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Cutwater Spirits

Cutwater Spirits
Fugu Habanero Vodka

Category: Flavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$20.99

Cutwater Spirits
Fugu Habanero Vodka

Category: Flavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
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.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Smoky & Herbal
Aroma Aroma: dried peppers, sun dried tomatoes, oregano, and toasted pepita
Taste Flavor: chipotle pepper, peppered acorn squash, tajin, and spiced crickets
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Margarita On-the-Rocks, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Make this vodka your go-to savory cocktail modifier.

The Producer

Cutwater Spirits

The Producer
9750 Distribution Avenue
San Diego, CA 92121
USA
1 858-672-3848

Their Portfolio

92 Cutwater Fugu Vodka Soda Cucumber 7% (USA) $14.99.
85 Cutwater Fugu Vodka Soda Grapefruit RTD 7% (USA) $14.99.
92 Cutwater Fugu Vodka Soda Lime RTD 7% (USA) $14.99.
85 Cutwater Tequila Paloma RTD 7% (USA) $14.99.
94 Cutwater Tequila Lime Margarita RTD 12.5% (USA) $14.99.
85 Cutwater Black Skimmer Bourbon Lemon Tea RTD 7% (USA) $14.99.
88 Cutwater Black Skimmer Bourbon Highball RTD 10% (USA) $14.99.
87 Cutwater Fugu Vodka Mule RTD 7% (USA) $14.99.
93 Cutwater Fugu Mild Bloody Mary RTD 10% (USA) $14.99.
84 Cutwater Ginger Beer Cocktail Mixer 0% (USA) $5.99.
94 Cutwater Tonic Water Cocktail Mixer 0% (USA) $5.99.
92 Cutwater Fugu Vodka Horchata Cold Brew RTD Cocktail 12.5% (USA) $15.99.
93 Cutwater Spirits Fugu Vodka 40% (USA) $21.99.
87 Cutwater Spirits Fugu Horchata Vodka 40% (USA) $20.99.
86 Cutwater Spirits Fugu Habanero Vodka 40% (USA) $20.99.
84 Cutwater Spirits Old Grove Gin 44% (USA) $26.99.
84 Cutwater Spirits Barrel Rested Old Grove Gin 44% (USA) $29.99.
88 Cutwater Spirits Spicy Bloody Mary Mix 0% (USA) $6.99.
84 Cutwater Spirits Mild Bloody Mary Mix 0% (USA) $6.99.
89 Cutwater Spirits Mai Tai Mix 0% (USA) $6.99.
84 Cutwater Spirits Three Sheets Rum and Ginger Ready-To-Drink Cocktail 7% (USA) $14.99.
83 Cutwater Spirits Three Sheets Rum and Cola Ready-To-Drink Cocktail 7% (USA) $14.99.
90 Cutwater Spirits Old Grove Gin and Tonic Ready-To-Drink Cocktail 6.2% (USA) $14.99.
86 Devil’s Share Single Malt Whiskey 46% (USA) $129.99.
87 Devil’s Share Bourbon Whiskey 46% (USA) $129.99.
93 Devil’s Share Moonshine Whiskey 49.3% (USA) $27.99.
88 Three Sheets Rum 40% (USA) $26.99.
86 Three Sheets 2 Year Old Barrel Aged Rum 40% (USA) $39.99.
84 Three Sheets Spiced Rum 40% (USA) $29.99.

Flavored Vodka

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Serve in a Shot Glass
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.