Full Review

The American Plains

The American Plains
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$11.99
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The American Plains
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Mild, spicy, rustic rubbery aromas and flavors of shredded wheat with dried berries, nutshell, pepper bread, and porcelain with an oily, soft, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish displaying notes of cream, limestone, corn candy, and pepper dust finish. A very clean, smooth, and light sweet vodka that will mix nicely.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: shredded wheat with dried berries, nutshell, pepper bread, and porcelain
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of cream, limestone, corn candy, and pepper dust
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: neat, on the rocks and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Vodka Martini, Black Russian, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very clean, smooth, and light sweet vodka that will mix nicely.

The Producer

Saranty Imports

The Producer
201 Tressor Blvd, Suite 500
Stamford, CT 06901
USA
1 301-547-0047

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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.