Full Review

XIII Kings

XIII Kings
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$18.99

XIII Kings
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Unusual aromas of polished pleather sneakers, damp fern, dry grain, and burlap sack with a soft, shy, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk grapefruit pith, powdered sugar, and peppered almonds finish. A distinctive vodka with a pleasing mild palate.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: polished pleather sneakers, damp fern, dry grain, and burlap sack
Taste Flavor: grapefruit pith, powdered sugar, and peppered almonds
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Bloody Mary, Long Island Iced Tea, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctive vodka with a pleasing mild palate.

The Producer

Southern Champion

The Producer
2114 McDaniel Drive
Carrollton, TX 75006
USA
1 972-242-3777

Their Portfolio

84 Andrew John’s Gin 40% (USA) $19.99.
83 Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey 40% (USA) $27.99.
83 XIII Kings Vodka 40% (USA) $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.