Full Review

Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 40%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$39.95

Georgian Bay
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Grainy, herbal aromas of juniper, ginseng, and rye berry with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-long ginseng, buckwheat porridge, sweet and sour mix, and cashew butter finish. A nice example of craft vodka with nutty notes.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: juniper, ginseng, and rye berry
Taste Flavor: ginseng, buckwheat porridge, sweet and sour mix, and cashew butter
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Moscow Mule, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice example of craft vodka with nutty notes.

The Producer

Georgian Bay Spirit Co.

The Producer
50 Cumberland St, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 1J5
Canada
1 416-997-3069

Their Portfolio

86 Georgian Bay Vodka 40% (Canada) $39.95.
89 Georgian Bay Gin Smash 5% (Canada) $3.50.

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.