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Left Coast

Left Coast
Hemp Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 40%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$32.00

Left Coast
Hemp Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Lively, interesting, nutty grainy aromas of hazelnut bran muffin, granola bar, halva, and grain flour sack with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length whole wheat pastry, date cake, straw, and pepper dust finish. A very distinctive and flavorful unflavored vodka for adventurous cocktails.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Complex, funky, herbal & spirity
Aroma Aroma: hazelnut bran muffin, granola bar, halva, and grain flour sack
Taste Flavor: whole wheat pastry, date cake, straw, and pepper dust
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Bloody Mary, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very distinctive and flavorful unflavored vodka for adventurous cocktails.

The Producer

Victoria Spirits

The Producer
6170 Old Saanick Road
Victoria, BC V9E 2G8
Canada
1 250-516-6509

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.

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