Full Review

Haku

Haku
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 40%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$27.99

Haku
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Japan
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Confected aromas and flavors of orange blossom, honeydew melon semifreddo, and cumin with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, easy finish. A lightly sweet vodka with lots of nuance that will work just as well in a classic classic cocktails or chilled shots.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Candied
Aroma Aroma: Orange blossom, honeydew melon semifreddo, and cumin
Taste Flavor: orange blossom, honeydew melon semifreddo, and cumin
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Cosmopolitan, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lightly sweet vodka with lots of nuance that will work just as well in a classic classic cocktails or chilled shots.

The Producer or Importer

Beam Suntory Inc.

The Producer or  Importer
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654
USA
1 312-964-6999

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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.