Full Review

Van Gogh

Van Gogh
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Netherlands
Alcohol: 40%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24.99

Van Gogh
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Netherlands
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cedar, lemon oil, and wax with a supple, bright, dry light body and a peppery, cheery finish that exhibits notes of dried apple and parchment finish. A zesty, peppery vodka well-suited to Bloody Marys.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy
Aroma Aroma: cedar, lemon oil, and wax
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of dried apple and parchment
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Bloody Mary, Dirty Martini, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A zesty, peppery vodka well-suited to Bloody Marys.

The Importer

375 Park Avenue Spirits/Sazerac North America, Inc.

The Importer
Ascent Plaza
Louisville, KY 40223
USA
1 631-991-3618

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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.