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Posts from the ‘Potato Vodka’ Category


Review: Zodiac Vodka

Zodiac Vodka was relaunched in 2014 with distribution initially limited to Texas.  Zodiac has since increased availability with an eye on National distribution.  Zodiac Vodka was originally introduced in 1999 so if the name sounds familiar you may have tried it years ago.  Zodiac is produced in Rigby Idaho in a true farm to bottle process by Distilled Resources.  This is the same distillery that produces Square One, Blue Ice, American Harvest, and 44 North Vodka.  Zodiac is made with certified Russet potatoes and pure water sourced from the Snake River aquifer.  After fermenting the potatoes, a 91 stage distillation in a four column still follows.  The vodka is filtered once through Canadian birch charcoal. Read more »


Review: Portland Potato Vodka

Portland Potato Vodka is one of several spirits crafted at the Eastside Distilling Company located in Southeast Portland’s Distillery Row since 2008.  Currently eight independent distillers make their home there.  Eastside also produces several rums, bourbons, whiskeys, and liqueurs.  Portland Hot Potato Vodka, a habanero infused vodka made in collaboration with Secret Aardvark Hot Sauce was just released.  Portland Potato Vodka is made from potatoes and pristine water from Mt. Hood.  The vodka is distilled four times by Master Distiller Mel Heim. Read more »


Review: Vesica Vodka

Vesica Vodka was launched in 2010.  It is made from premium grade potatoes grown in Poland.   The vodka is triple column distilled and triple filtered through activated carbon at the Polmos Poznan Distillery.  Artesian well water is blended for balance and to reduce to proof.  A state of the art ceramic candle process follows to give clarity to the vodka.  Vesica is named for a vesica piscis.  The vesica piscis is a geometric image formed when two circles of equal radius intersect in such a way that the center of each circle lies on the circumference of each other.  This is the case when a 750ml bottle of Vesica is placed next to a 1 liter bottle.  While I still see Vesica Vodka at several liquor stores I frequent, the Vesica vodka website is no longer available, and their Facebook page has not been updated in some time.  This is never a good sign. Read more »


Review: Born and Bred Vodka

Born and Bred Vodka was released in 2016 and is now approaching near national distribution.  It originated on a quest by Channing Tatum to find the best vodka in the USA.  After taste testing vodka from 25 different American distilleries, he selected the family owned and operated Grand Teton Distillery in Driggs Idaho to help craft his vodka.  Born and Bred is made from Idaho potatoes grown within 25 miles of the distillery, and pure glacial waters of the Grand Teton Mountains.  The vodka is small batch distilled 20 times.  The Jackalope pictured on the bottles label is a mythical animal, part rabbit and part antelope.  If you see one of these animals, it may be an indication you drank too much of this vodka. Read more »


Review: Cold River Vodka

Cold River Vodka was introduced in 2005.  It is crafted along with a Blueberry vodka, a Barrel Aged vodka, and a gin at Maine Distilleries in Freeport Maine.  While many vodkas made from a potato base use potato starch, Cold River Vodka is made from whole Yukon Gold, Russet, and White potatoes grown on the Green Thumb Farm owned by Donnie Thibodeau.  He is one of the distilleries four partners that include his brother, a neurosurgeon at Maine Medical Center.  The whole potatoes arrive at the distillery washed and in 2000 pound bags.  3-4 of these bags are dumped into a 1475 gallon kettle where they are steamed and cooked in filtered water.  The potatoes are then fermented with yeast, before being triple distilled in a 1000 liter copper pot still.  Water from Maine’s Cold River aquifer is filtered and blended with the vodka to reduce to 80 proof.  Cold River Vodka is then bottled onsite. Read more »


Review: Grand Teton Vodka

Grand Teton Vodka was introduced in 2012.  It is crafted from Idaho potatoes, grown within 25 miles of the distillery.  The vodka is distilled the equivalent of 20 times and then freeze filtered 6 times with charcoal and garnet crystal.  Pure Rocky Mountain spring water is blended to reduce to 80 proof.  The Grand Teton Distillery is family owned.  They also produces a huckleberry, and cherry flavored vodka, a 100 proof vodka and a few whiskeys, and moonshine’s.      Read more »


Review: Chase Vodka

Chase vodka was introduced in 2008 and it was the worlds first super premium English potato vodka.  Chase is crafted on the Chase family farm in Herefordshire where they grow, mash, ferment, strip and distill King Edward and Lady Claire potatoes.  They start by mashing the potatoes.  Brewers yeast is added and the fermentation takes one week.  It’s distilled four times in a bespoke copper batch pot and then twice more in a 70 foot rectification column still.  Pure water drawn from an aquifer at the farm is blended with the vodka and it is chill filtered before hand bottling at 80 proof.  William Chase is so proud of this vodka he put his name on the bottle. Read more »