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Posts from the ‘Grapefruit Vodka’ Category

3
May

Review: Stoli Crushed Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

Stoli Crushed Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka is one of two new vodka varieties Stoli just released in their new Crushed line of flavored vodka.  The other flavor is Crushed Pineapple.  These are the first new flavored vodkas Stoli has launched since 2012.  This follows Absolut introducing Absolut Lime, their first new flavor in four years.  Three Olives will be releasing a Watermelon and a Cucumber Lime flavor later this summer.  There is no doubt there are far fewer flavored vodka’s varieties on the market today, but distillers are focusing on new flavors in 2017 to drive growth.  Stoli has completely redesigned their flavored vodka with the Crushed line.  Corn and buckwheat replace the winter wheat used for the vodka base, and real juice and color have been added.  The bottles shape and labeling have been updated and the vodka has been reduced to 60 proof.  Why?  Real juice seems to be the new buzz word in flavored vodka, replacing natural flavor.  Much of the credit for this goes to Deep Eddy and their release of Deep Eddy Ruby Red in 2013.  For the record Charbay and Belvedere both used real grapefruit in flavoring their grapefruit vodka prior to the release of Deep Eddy Ruby Red, but Deep Eddy got the real juice ball rolling.  Color is also growing in popularity in flavored vodka’s.  Once reserved for the bargain basement vodka brands, color is now seen as more natural looking, even though certified color is added to most colored vodka’s.  Stoli Crushed Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka starts with a vodka base made from 88% corn and 12% buckwheat.  The vodka is triple distilled and quadruple filtered.  Pure artesian spring water is blended to reduce to 80 proof.  Real juice, natural flavor, and certified color are blended before bottling at 60 proof. Read more »

23
Apr

Review: High Noon Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

High Noon Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka was just released along with a Lemon and an unflavored vodka.  My first thought when I saw this bottle, and read the label that stated it was produced and bottled in Weston Missouri was, did 360 Vodka change it’s name?   It is made at the Holladay Distillery operated by McCormick Distilling Company.  This is the same distillery that makes the 360 brand of vodka, but High Noon is the newest member in the growing line of spirits under the E&J Gallo umbrella.  The others include New Amsterdam Vodka and Gin, Camarena Tequila, Rum Haven Coconut Rum, E&J Brandy, and Shellback Rum.  High Noon is currently only available in Denver, Charleston, and Madison Wisconsin.  High Noon Ruby Red Grapefruit starts with their unflavored vodka base made from hand selected Midwest grain.  Natural flavor including real fruit juice is added.  No artificial flavors, preserves or corn syrup are added before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »

7
Nov

Review: Heritage Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

heritage-ruby-red-grapefruitHeritage Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka was released October 31 2014.  Ruby Red was one of 22 naturally flavored vodka’s they launched that day to celebrate the companies second anniversary, and the grand opening of HDC Waterfront, in downtown Gig Harbor Washington.  Heritage Ruby Red Grapefruit starts with their award winning Triple Distilled Vodka as a base.  This vodka is small batch triple distilled from wine grapes in an Italian made still named Nonna.  Natural flavors are then blended before bottling at 60 proof. Read more »

15
Oct

Review: Western Son Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

western-son-ruby-red-grapefruit-vodkaWestern Son Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka was released September 2012.  It is one of six flavored vodkas they craft in Pilot Point Texas.  The other flavors include Hill Country Peach, Piney Woods Blueberry, South Texas Prickly Pear, South Plains Cucumber, and their newest flavor Apricot.  The vodka base is made from American Corn and water filtered through reverse osmosis.  After 10 distillations through a 20 foot column still, the vodka is quadruple filtered.  Natural ruby red grapefruit essence, the result of a fruit juice concentrating process, is infused with the vodka before bottling at 60 proof. Read more »

24
Apr

Review: Three Olives Pink Grapefruit Vodka

Three Olives Pink Grapefruit Vodka - CopyThree Olives Pink Grapefruit Vodka will soon be available.  It is their 32nd vodka flavor.  This is also my 16th review of a grapefruit flavored vodka.  Three years ago only four distillers produced a grapefruit vodka.  Three-O Pink Grapefruit is made with English winter wheat and demineralized water from Lake Vyrnmy.  It is quadruple distilled and triple filtered in England and shipped to Lawrenceburg Indiana where pink grapefruit flavor is infused before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »

23
Jan

Review: Smirnoff Sourced Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

Smirnoff Sourced Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka was just introduced along with a Pineapple, and Cranberry Apple flavor.  Smirnoff just released a Ruby Red Grapefruit vodka 12 months ago in their Fruit Flavors line.  Their parent Diageo also launched their Shady Fruit Real Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka last May.  Smirnoff Sourced Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka is made with 10% real fruit juice from concentrate with no added high fructose corn syrup.  No distillation, filtration, or ingredient information is currently available about the vodka base, except to say it is gluten free.  Certified colors are added before bottling at 60 proof. Read more »

11
Dec

Review: Nue Grapefruit Vodka

Nue Grapefruit Vodka - CopyNue Grapefruit Vodka is one of five vodka’s currently made in Texas at Dynasty Spirits.  The other four vodkas include Peach, Berry, Whipped Cream, and their Original unflavored.  They also make Henderson Whiskey, George Ocean Rum, and Greenhouse Gin.  Nue Grapefruit Vodka is made with corn and it is distilled 6 times.  Natural flavor is added before bottling at 70 proof.  Nue Vodka was created by brothers Dusty and Devin O’Dell and the brand was launched March 2012. Read more »

13
Aug

Review: Burnetts Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

Burnetts Ruby Red Grapefruit - CopyBurnetts Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka was introduced May 2014.  It is one of 36 flavors they create with 100% grain that is quadruple distilled and triple charcoal filtered.  Natural flavors are then added.  Having sold 2,610,000 cases of vodka in 2014, Burnetts has grown their vodka sales by over 1 million cases per year since 2010.  While the price of Burnetts vodka, I paid $7.99 for a 750ml bottle, may have something to do with the success of the brand, price only works for the first bottle of Burnetts purchased.  Having reviewed 355 vodkas without a single Burnetts review, I felt it was time for me to stop ignoring this very popular brand. Read more »

28
Jul

Review: Pinnacle Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

Pinnacle Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka - CopyPinnacle Ruby Red Grapefruit vodka was just introduced, and while they have created over sixty flavored vodka’s, including two cucumber flavored, and five whipped cream flavored vodka’s, this is their first grapefruit flavored vodka.  Grapefruit is the hot flavor in alcohol this year, with several new grapefruit flavored beers, a grapefruit flavored rum, and half a dozen grapefruit vodka’s introduced this year alone.  Pinnacle Ruby Red is made with French grown wheat and it is distilled five times.  Pure French spring water is added before it is shipped to Frankfort Kentucky where natural flavors are added. Read more »

10
May

Review: Shady Fruit Real Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

Shady Fruit Ruby Red Grapefruit - CopyShady Fruit Real Ruby Red Grapefruit vodka is one of two new vodka flavors introduced by Diageo under their new, Shady Fruit label.  The other flavor is Valencia Orange.  It is made with vodka that is triple column distilled and ten times filtered.  Unlike Smirnoff which is also triple distilled and filtered ten times, Shady Fruit vodka is gluten free.  Real fruit juice from concentrate, and no corn syrup, are added before bottling at 60 proof. Read more »