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OYO

OYO
Barrel-Finished Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka

Category: Flavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29.72

OYO
Barrel-Finished Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka

Category: Flavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Dusty light gold color. Aromas of vanilla bean, fennel, dill, and nutmeg with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long sugared violet petals, caramel, steamed milk, butterscotch, and cream soda finish. A creamy and delicious barrel-influenced vodka that offers tons of character and charm to the whiskey-shy; try as a sophisticated substitute upgrade from plain-Jane vanilla vodka.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Candied, Herbal & Rich
Aroma Aroma: vanilla bean, fennel, dill, and nutmeg
Taste Flavor: sugared violet petals, caramel, steamed milk, butterscotch, and cream soda
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Vodka Soda, Chocolate Martini, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A creamy and delicious barrel-influenced vodka that offers tons of character and charm to the whiskey-shy; try as a sophisticated substitute upgrade from plain-Jane vanilla vodka.

The Producer

Middle West Spirits LLC

The Producer
470 E. Starr Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
USA
1 614-299-2460

Their Portfolio

90 OYO Sherry-Finished Bourbon Whiskey 43.25% (USA) $61.00.
86 OYO Dark Pumpernickel Rye Whiskey 45% (USA) $45.00.
89 OYO Vodka 40% (USA) $23.25.
89 OYO Stone Fruit Vodka 35% (USA) $27.20.
93 OYO Barrel-Finished Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka 40% (USA) $29.72.
91 OYO Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka 40% (USA) $27.20.
88 Vim & Petal Gin 42% (USA) $29.30.

Flavored Vodka

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Serve in a Shot Glass
Since Vodka tends to be a neutral spirit, it lends itself to blending with flavors and fortifying other beverages. In the 19th century, high-proof "Russian spirit" was held in high esteem by Sherry producers in Spain, who imported it to fortify their wines.

Neutral spirits are still used to fortify Port, Sherry, and other types of fortified wines, although the source of alcohol for such purposes these days tends to be the vast "wine lake" that has been created by European Union agricultural practices.

Flavored Vodkas have been produced from the start, originally to mask the flavor of the first primitive Vodkas, but later as a mark of the distiller's skill. The Russians and Poles in particular still market dozens of flavors.