Full Review

North Shore Distillery

North Shore Distillery
Ultra Premium Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

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

North Shore Distillery
Ultra Premium Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Aromas of ground macadamia, shortbread, and buttered sweet corn with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length mild gingerbread and black pepper finish. A lengthy and coating vodka that will make for weighty martinis or a sophisticated choice on the rocks.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: ground macadamia, shortbread, and buttered sweet corn
Taste Flavor: mild gingerbread and black pepper
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Vodka Martini, Vesper, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lengthy and coating vodka that will make for weighty martinis or a sophisticated choice on the rocks.

The Producer

North Shore Distillery

The Producer
13990 Rockland Road
Green Oaks, IL 60048
USA
1 847-574-2499

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.