Full Review

Smirnoff

Smirnoff
No. 21 Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$21
Best Buy

Smirnoff
No. 21 Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lemon pepper, parchment paper, cream corn, and boiled peanuts and toasted marshmallow with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish with shades of vanilla cream corn, black pepper, and butcher’s paper. Light and crisp with a delicate citrus note and pepper spice with a light bite of alcohol on the finish.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: lemon pepper, parchment paper, cream corn, and boiled peanuts and toasted marshmallow
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of vanilla cream corn, black pepper, and butcher's paper
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Bloody Mary, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Light and crisp with a delicate citrus note and pepper spice with a light bite of alcohol on the finish.

The Producer or Importer

Diageo North America

The Producer or  Importer
530 Fifth Avenue #4
New York, NY 10036
USA
1 646-223-2000

Their Portfolio

89 Astral Blanco Tequila 40% (Mexico) $34.00.
89 Astral Blanco Tequila 40% (Mexico) $34.00.
87 Cîroc Vodka 40% (France) $29.00.
86 Myers’s Original Dark Rum 40% (Jamaica) $20.00.
93 Myers’s Reserve Dark Rum 43% (Jamaica) $29.00.
86 Myers’s Signature Origin Collection The Guyana Blend Rum 41.5% (Guyana) $49.00.
92 Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva No. 23 Rum 40% (Guatemala) $45.00.
95 Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva XO Especial Rum 40% (Guatemala) $99.00.
93 Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva Edición Negra Rum 43% (Guatemala) $75.99.
89 Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva No. 23 Rum 40% (Guatemala) $44.99.
90 Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva XO Especial Rum 40% (Guatemala) $119.99.
90 Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind Flavored Vodka 35% (USA) $16.00.
91 Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka 40% (USA) $21.00.

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.