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Review: Crown Valley Pink Lemonade Vodka

Crown Valley Pink Lemonade Vodka is one of four vodkas crafted in small batches from grapes grown on the 8000 acre Joe Scott Sr. owned estate that includes a vineyard and winery, a big cat sanctuary, a bison farm and the Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling estate.  The other vodka flavors include Blackberry, Pumpkin Cheesecake, and their original unflavored.  The brewery and distillery are housed in the old Coffman School House in Ste. Genevieve Missouri.  It was revitalized in 2008, and the distillery opened May 2009.  Beside Beer, Hard Cider, and Vodka they distill Moonshine and Gin.  The vodka is distilled in a custom stainless steel still and then cold filtered.  Natural flavors and certified color are blended before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »


Review: Kanon Organic Vodka

Kanon Organic Vodka is distilled once from locally grown organic wheat.  Each batch is divided into three parts, the head, the heart, and the tail.  Only the heart which is pure ethanol is kept.  The heads and tails are recycled into biogas for local buses.  Pristine spring water is blended before bottling at the Gripsholm Distillery in Akers Styckebruk Sweden.  In 1580 King Karl IV of Sweden built the Akers Styckbruk Foundary to produce cannons for the Swedish Army and the distillery to make vodka for its workers.  By 1775 King Gustaf III had monopolized alcohol production to fund his many wars.  Unable to pay his debt, he made Gripsholm a Royal Distillery.  It soon became the largest distillery in Sweden producing over 1 million liters of vodka a year.  King Gustaf was shot and his successor outlawed the private production of spirits.  The distillery remained closed for over 200 years.  Kanon owner Peter Hjelm began construction of the new distillery in 2008 and shipped his first case of Kanon Organic Vodka to New York in 2010. Read more »


Review: Sugarlands Pumpkin Spice Latte Cream Liqueur

Sugarlands Pumpkin Spice Latte Cream Liqueur is one of four Appalachian Sippin Cream liqueurs, made at the Sugarlands Distilling Company.  The others include Electric Orange, Dark Chocolate Coffee, and Butter Pecan.  The Sugarlands Distilling Company opened March 2014. They also produce 16 varieties of moonshine, rum, and rye.  The Sugarlands distillery grinds their own grain and distill their products onsite.  Each year nearly 1 million people visit the distillery in Gatlinburg Tennessee making it Americas top-rated distillery experience.  Read more »


Review: Earth Vodka

Earth vodka is made from corn and is distilled 6 times before it is bottled at the Levecke Distillery in Mira Loma California.  Levecke is a Private label producer of dozens spirits.  Earth Vodka is a bargain priced vodka.  I picked up my 750ml bottle for $7.99 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa California.  The bottles label made from recycled paper describes Earth Vodka as a Premium Gluten Free California Vodka.       Read more »


Review: Van Gogh Citroen Vodka

Van Gogh Citroen Vodka was introduced in 2000.  It is one of 16 flavored vodka’s currently crafted at the Royal Dirkzwager Distillery in Tilburg, The Netherlands.  At one time they produced 22 flavors.  Van Gogh Citroen is made from a vodka base of wheat, corn, and barley.  It is small batch double distilled by Master Distiller Tim Vos.  The first distillation is in a column still and then it is distilled again in a pot still.  Purified water is blended to reduce to proof.  Lemons grown in the United States and lime grown in Southeast Asia are double infused with the vodka base for six weeks before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »


Review: Nosotros Blanco Tequila

Nosotros Blanco Tequila was introduced in 2016.  Distribution is currently limited, but after being awarded as The Best Tequila at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirit Competition that may change.  It is made from 100% blue agave grown in the Lowland and Highland Region.  The agave is slow roasted in brick ovens for 60 hours.  A German proprietary yeast is used to ferment the agave.  The distillation is described as artisan, followed by a chill filtration.   Read more »


Review: Leopolds Silver Tree American Small Batch Vodka

Leopolds Silver Tree American Small Batch Vodka was introduced in 2001.  It is crafted at Leopold Bros. Distillery in Denver Colorado.  Founders Todd and Scott Leopold started brewing beer and now they craft distill Gins, Whiskies, Liqueurs, Aperitivo, Absinthe, and Amaro.  They malt their own barley and mill their grains.  Silver Tree Vodka is made from a unique blend of potatoes, malted barley, and summer wheat.  Seven separate small batch distillations through a 40 gallon copper Vendome Pot Still, finishing through a column still follow.  The vodka is lightly filtered before it is hand bottled and labeled with the batch number hand printed on each bottle.  Read more »


Review: Devotion Wild Cherry Vodka

Devotion Wild Cherry Vodka is one of six sugar free flavored vodka’s in the Devotion Spirits stable.  The other flavors include Coconut, Blood Orange, Black and Blue, Perfect Cosmo, and Tiki.  They also produce an unflavored Pure vodka.  These vodka’s are made from 100% corn base and are distilled six times at Death Door Distillery in Middleton Wisconsin.  Devotion Vodka was launched by Founder Drew Adelman November 2009 with the release of the worlds first protein infused vodka.  In creating their flavored vodka’s, Drew teamed up with Allen Flavors, the maker of Arizona Iced Tea to develop a process of eliminating sugars as a flavoring agent in vodka.  Devotion Wild Cherry Vodka uses an essence process along with natural flavor compounds. Read more »


Review: St Augustine Florida Cane Vodka

St Augustine Florida Cane Vodka is made at the St Augustine Distillery located in the historic FP&L Ice Plant, built as part of St Augustine Florida’s first Power and Ice complex in 1907.  This plant was the first to make commercial block ice in Florida.  This distillery also crafts Bourbon, Gin, and Rum.  Their Florida Cane Vodka was introduced in 2014 and is made from 100% Florida farmed sugar cane.  The cane neutral spirit is re-distilled in a copper pot still.  The distiller makes cuts by hand ensuring only the best quality spirit goes into each bottle.   Read more »


Review: Koval Vodka

Koval Vodka is a true grain to bottle vodka made from 100% Non GMO Organic rye grown by contracted local farmers.  The rye is milled onsite.  The water is sourced from Lake Michigan using a natural charcoal purification method.  Koval translates to blacksmith but also refers to new ventures, and to forge in new directions.  The Koval Distillery was the first legal distillery in Chicago since Prohibition.  It was established in 2008 by Robert and Sonat Birnecker.  Koval Vodka is twice distilled in a custom built pot still handcrafted in Germany by Kothe Destillationstechnik.  The final product is bottled on site. Read more »