Full Review

Kalak

Kalak
Single Malt Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Ireland
Alcohol: 40%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$30

Kalak
Single Malt Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Ireland
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Funky aromas of kefir, toasted bread crumbs, fallen banana, saran wrap, and chocolate wafer cookies with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length cheese pastry finish. A distinctive grain-forward vodka with unusual creamy character.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Funky & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: kefir, toasted bread crumbs, fallen banana, saran wrap, and chocolate wafer cookies
Taste Flavor: cheese pastry
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Chocolate Martini, Espresso Martini, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctive grain-forward vodka with unusual creamy character.

The Producer

Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd

The Producer
Seskin
E91 YC95
Kilsheelan, Co. Tipperary,
Ireland

Their Portfolio

84 Kalak Single Malt Vodka 40% (Ireland) $30.00.

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.