Full Review

Stateside

Stateside
Urbancraft Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$27.99

Stateside
Urbancraft Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chalk, frosted pastry, and grassy meadow with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length finish with accents of wet stones, cream, and hint of nougat finish. A clean and balanced vodka for all applications.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: chalk, frosted pastry, and grassy meadow
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of wet stones, cream, and hint of nougat
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: on the rocks, neat and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Cosmopolitan, Vesper, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A clean and balanced vodka for all applications.

The Producer

Federal Distilling

The Producer
1700 N. Hancock St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
USA
1 215-264-1944

Their Portfolio

88 Stateside Urbancraft Vodka 40% (USA) $27.99.

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.