Full Review

Grand Traverse Distillery

Grand Traverse Distillery
True North Rye Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

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

Grand Traverse Distillery
True North Rye Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Aromas of carrot cake, cream cheese, and white chocolate pretzel with a satiny, crisp, light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length tapioca, cantaloupe, and cappuccino gelato finish. A stylish vodka with a roasted nose that leads to a crisp and refreshing palate.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: carrot cake, cream cheese, and white chocolate pretzel
Taste Flavor: tapioca, cantaloupe, and cappuccino gelato
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, on the rocks and neat
Cocktail Cocktails: Vodka Martini, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A stylish vodka with a roasted nose that leads to a crisp and refreshing palate.

The Producer

Grand Traverse Distillery

The Producer
781 Industrial Circle, Suite 5
Traverse City, MI 49696
USA
1 231-947-8635

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.