Full Review

Cutwater Spirits

Cutwater Spirits
Fugu Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$21.99
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Cutwater Spirits
Fugu Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
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.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: salt scrub, strawberry seeds, and swimming pool
Taste Flavor: vanilla steamer, salted caramel, black pepper, and chalk
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Lemon Drop, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A sophisticated, creamy vodka well-suited for cocktails and friends.

The Producer

Cutwater Spirits

The Producer
9750 Distribution Ave
San Diego, CA 92121
USA
1 619-942-2603

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.
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.

Unflavored Vodka

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Serve in a Shot Glass
Unflavored vodka is defined in the US as a "neutral" spirit devoid of color, aroma, and taste, however, the finest unflavored vodkas are served neat and do have a subtle taste, sometimes of the base grain or ingredient, citrus or even anise. But most vodkas are used for cocktails, often mixed with fruit juice (cranberry juice for Cosmopolitans or orange juice for Screwdrivers.), tonic, or soda for the ubiquitous bar-hopper favorite Vodka & Soda. To which craft bartenders these days like to say, "vodka pays the bills."

Unflavored vodka is made by fermenting and then distilling the simple sugars from a mash of pale grain or vegetal matter. Vodka is produced from grain, potatoes, molasses, beets, and a variety of other plants. Rye and wheat are the classic grains for Vodka, with most of the best Russian Vodkas being made from wheat while in Poland they are mostly made from a rye mash. Swedish and Baltic distillers are partial to wheat mashes. Potatoes are looked down on by Russian distillers, but are held in high esteem by some of their Polish counterparts. Molasses, a sticky, sweet residue from sugar production, is widely used for inexpensive, mass-produced brands of Vodka. American distillers use the full range of base ingredients, but most are made from the abundant supply of corn from the US heartland.