Full Review

Archipelago

Archipelago
Lava Rock Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Philippines
Alcohol: 45%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$38

Archipelago
Lava Rock Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Philippines
Alcohol: 45%
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lemon and orange oil, lemon verbena, and lime with a round, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a complex, long finish with notes of lime, orange, and lemon, mint, and lemongrass. A highly quality distillate that tastes like a Vodka and lime with the lime juice included.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: lemon and orange oil, lemon verbena, and lime
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of lime, orange, and lemon, mint, and lemongrass
Smoothness Smoothness: Normal
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails and neat
Cocktail Cocktails: Bloody Mary, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A highly quality distillate that tastes like a Vodka and lime with the lime juice included.

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

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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.