Full Review

The Reid

The Reid
Single Malt Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 44%
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$75

The Reid
Single Malt Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 44%
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of banana, banana vanilla taffy, curing meat and sweaty leather, and diacetyl with a glycerous, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-length finish revealing notes of banana, umami, and wet paper. Interesting and full of character but showing some flaws.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: banana, banana vanilla taffy, curing meat and sweaty leather, and diacetyl
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of banana, umami, and wet paper
Smoothness Smoothness: Normal
Enjoy Enjoy: neat and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Bloody Mary, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Interesting and full of character but showing some flaws.

The Importer

Tenjaku Whisky USA

The Importer
1129 Northern Boulevard
Suite 312
Manhasset, NY 11030
USA
1 516-869-9170

Their Portfolio

91 Tenjaku Pure Malt Japanese Whisky 43% (Japan) $70.00.
88 Tenjaku Japanese Gin 43% (Japan) $29.00.
91 Tenjaku Japanese Vodka 40% (Japan) $29.00.
BR The Reid Single Malt Vodka 44% (New Zealand) $75.00. - Bronze Medal

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.