Full Review

Five Wives

Five Wives
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$29.99

Five Wives
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Herbal aromas and flavors of Spanish anise, fresh mint, cream de violette, and tarragon with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with suggestions of schezuan peppercorns finish. A highly nuanced vodka that defies the category to present a truly character-rich spirit.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Herbal & Complex
Aroma Aroma: Spanish anise, fresh mint, cream de violette, and tarragon
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of schezuan peppercorns
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Gimlet, Vesper, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A highly nuanced vodka that defies the category to present a truly character-rich spirit.

The Producer

Ogden’s Own Distillery

The Producer
3075 Grant Ave
Ogden, UT 84401
USA
1 801-458-1995

Their Portfolio

89 Five Wives Vodka 40% (USA) $29.99.
92 Madam Pattirini Gin 44% (USA) $23.99.
84 Porter’s Peach Whiskey Liqueur 33.3% (USA) $18.99.
84 Porter’s Apple Whiskey Liqueur 33.3% (USA) $18.99.

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.