Full Review

Grainger’s Deluxe

Grainger’s Deluxe
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Organic
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15.99

Grainger’s Deluxe
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of wheat flakes, toasted oats, and no. 2 pencil with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of breakfast cereal, malted milk, and toasted wheat toast finish. A character-rich vodka for craft cocktails.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Rich
Aroma Aroma: wheat flakes, toasted oats, and no. 2 pencil
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of breakfast cereal, malted milk, and toasted wheat toast
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Bloody Mary, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A character-rich vodka for craft cocktails.

The Producer or Importer

M.S. Walker Inc.

The Producer or  Importer
975 University Avenue
Norwood, MA 02062
USA
1 617-776-6700

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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.