Full Review

Crater Lake

Crater Lake
Hatch Green Chile Vodka

Category: Flavored Vodka

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

Crater Lake
Hatch Green Chile Vodka

Category: Flavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Pale minutely hazy straw color. Aroma of chiles rellenos with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long jalapeño pepper, clay, and hint of caraway finish. A very spicy and natural-tasting pepper vodka that will add a blast of heat to summer cocktails.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Herbal, Rich & Spicy
Aroma Aroma: chile rellenos
Taste Flavor: jalepeño pepper, clay, and hint of caraway
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Bloody Mary, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very spicy and natural-tasting pepper vodka that will add a blast of heat to summer cocktails.

The Producer

Crater Lake Spirits

The Producer
19330 Pinehurst Rd
Bend, OR 97701
USA
1 541-318-0200

Their Portfolio

92 Black Butte Malt Whiskey 47% (USA) $74.00.
BR Crater Lake Rock & Rye RTD 35% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
89 Crater Lake Pepper Vodka 40% (USA) $24.99.
90 Crater Lake Hatch Green Chile Vodka 40% (USA) $24.99.
91 Crater Lake Rock and Rye RTD Cocktail 30% (USA) $19.00.

Flavored Vodka

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Serve in a Shot Glass
Since Vodka tends to be a neutral spirit, it lends itself to blending with flavors and fortifying other beverages. In the 19th century, high-proof "Russian spirit" was held in high esteem by Sherry producers in Spain, who imported it to fortify their wines.

Neutral spirits are still used to fortify Port, Sherry, and other types of fortified wines, although the source of alcohol for such purposes these days tends to be the vast "wine lake" that has been created by European Union agricultural practices.

Flavored Vodkas have been produced from the start, originally to mask the flavor of the first primitive Vodkas, but later as a mark of the distiller's skill. The Russians and Poles in particular still market dozens of flavors.