Full Review

Flamingo

Flamingo
Black Diamond Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$32

Flamingo
Black Diamond Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of orange flesh and cream soda with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, crisp finish that shows shades of orange pith and cotton finish. A nice workhorse vodka with fruity character for sweeter cocktails.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: orange flesh and cream soda
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of orange pith and cotton
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Lemon Drop, Cosmopolitan, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice workhorse vodka with fruity character for sweeter cocktails.

The Producer

RCCI Inc.

The Producer
75 Fort Street, Clifton House
Grand Cayman Island, KY1-1108
Cayman Island
345 -7073331191

Their Portfolio

87 Flamingo Crystal Vodka 40% (France) $28.00.
87 Flamingo Black Diamond Vodka 40% (France) $32.00.

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.