Full Review

Archipelago

Archipelago
Lava Rock Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Philippines
Alcohol: 45%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15
Best Buy

Archipelago
Lava Rock Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Philippines
Alcohol: 45%
Clear color. Aromas of soft white bread and sweet corn with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk hints of sweet stone fruit and lemon pepper finish. A round and undulating vodka that’s perfect for martinis.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: soft white bread and sweet corn
Taste Flavor: hints of sweet stone fruit and lemon pepper
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Bloody Mary, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A round and undulating vodka that's perfect for martinis.

The Importer

Preiss Imports, LLC

The Importer
432 Maple Street, Suite 4
Ramona, CA 92065
USA
1 760-789-9000

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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.