Full Review

Swallow

Swallow
Classic Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Kazakhstan
Alcohol: 40%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$17.99

Swallow
Classic Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Kazakhstan
Alcohol: 40%
Steely clear color. Aromas and flavors of marzipan and ivory, white pepper, spring water, and fresh cut grass with a satiny, bright, bone-dry light body and a peppery, medium-length finish with accents of green peppercorn and sour lemon drop finish. A tight and dry vodka for highballs.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: marzipan and ivory, white pepper, spring water, and fresh cut grass
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of green peppercorn and sour lemon drop
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Long Island Iced Tea, Bloody Mary, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tight and dry vodka for highballs.

The Importer

Maximus Spirits Collection

The Importer
1129 Northern Blvd.
Manhasset, NY 11030
USA
1 617-922-4261

Their Portfolio

84 Swallow Classic Vodka 40% (Kazakhstan) $17.99.
87 Swallow Smooth Vodka 40% (Kazakhstan) $18.99.

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.