Full Review

D. George Benham’s

D. George Benham’s
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$35

D. George Benham’s
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of pistachio gelato and nougat, frosted blueberry pastry, and vanilla caramel bonbon with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, long finish evoking touches of honeyed toast, lemon curd, spiced tropical fruits, and pink peppercorn finish. A vibrant, racy vodka with a nice range of subtle flavors.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Fruity, Mild & Complex
Aroma Aroma: pistachio gelato and nougat, frosted blueberry pastry, and vanilla caramel bonbon
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of honeyed toast, lemon curd, spiced tropical fruits, and pink peppercorn
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, on the rocks and neat
Cocktail Cocktails: Chocolate Martini, Lemon Drop, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vibrant, racy vodka with a nice range of subtle flavors.

The Producer

Graton Distilling Co.

The Producer
9119 Graton Rd.
Graton, CA 95444
USA
1 707-501-0644

Their Portfolio

89 D. George Benham’s Vodka 40% (USA) $35.00.

Unflavored Vodka

Spirits Glass Shot Clear.jpg
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.