Full Review

OYO

OYO
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$23.25

OYO
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of lemon poppyseed muffin, pear candies, circus peanuts, and cherry confection with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, easy finish manifesting notes of white chocolate macadamia cookie and pepper jelly finish. A workhorse vodka well-suited to cosmopolitans.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Fruity
Aroma Aroma: lemon poppyseed muffin, pear candies, circus peanuts, and cherry confection
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of white chocolate macadamia cookie and pepper jelly
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails and neat
Cocktail Cocktails: Cosmopolitan, Lemon Drop, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A workhorse vodka well-suited to cosmopolitans.

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.
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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.

Unflavored Vodka

Spirits Glass Shot Clear.jpg
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.