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Swallow

Swallow
Smooth Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Kazakhstan
Alcohol: 40%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18.99

Swallow
Smooth Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Kazakhstan
Alcohol: 40%
Steely clear color. Aromas and flavors of ivory, sour lemon candy, and candied orange with a glycerous, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with notes of candle wax and custard finish. A long-lasting and weighty vodka for martinis with developing flavor.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: ivory, sour lemon candy, and candied orange
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of candle wax and custard
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Vodka Martini, Vesper, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A long-lasting and weighty vodka for martinis with developing flavor.

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

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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.