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Posts from the ‘Vodka’ Category


Review: Froggy B Vodka

Froggy B Vodka was introduced in the US in 2012.  It was previously available in France.  This is one of the dozen or more vodka varieties I only find at Total Wine and More locations.  Froggy B Vodka is made by Maison Ferrand from the finest organic French winter wheat harvested in July at the peak of maturity.  It is distilled six times with the final distillation in a tiny copper pot still in the heart of France.  Organic sugar and pure spring water are blended before bottling at 80 proof. Read more »


Review: Western Son South Texas Prickly Pear Vodka

Western Son South Texas Prickly Pear Vodka is one of seven handcrafted flavor infused vodka’s made at the Western Son Distillery.  This distillery is housed in a former panty factory in Pilot Point Texas.  The other flavors include Hill Country Peach, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Piney Woods Blueberry, South Plains Cucumber, Hill Country Apricot, and Big Stripe Watermelon.  South Texas Prickly Pear is made from their Texas vodka base made from yellow corn and water filtered through reverse osmosis.  The vodka is distilled ten times through a 20 foot column still and quadruple filtered.  Natural Prickly Pear essence is infused before bottling at 60 proof.  A Prickly Pear is a cactus species native only to the Americas. Read more »


Review: Potocki Wodka

Potocki Wodka, pronounce Po-toht-ski Vood-ka, is created from the highest quality rye sourced from fields around their distillery in Central Poland.  It is produced in small batches from a family recipe.  Fresh from the harvest each August the grain is milled and cooked under pressure.  Yeast is then added to start fermentation.  The mash goes through two slow distillations in a column still.  Pure distilled water is blended to reduce to 80 proof.  The unfiltered vodka is left to rest for a few days before bottling.  Potocki Wodka was first produced by Alfred Potocki who inherited the Lancut Castle Estate in 1816.  The estate included Polands second oldest distillery.  Production was stopped in 1944 due to World War 2 and then brought back in 2002 by the Potocki family.  Today Jan-Roman Potocki tastes every batch of Potocki Wodka to ensure maximum quality.  The Pilawa, a two and a half cross is the Potocki coat of arms, and is prominently featured on each bottle of Potocki Vodka. Read more »


Review: Three Olives Cucumber Lime Vodka

Three Olives Cucumber Lime Vodka was just released.  Three Olives Fresh Watermelon Vodka was also launched.  Cucumber is a surprisingly popular vodka with over a dozen cucumber flavored vodka’s already on the market.  Lime is clearly cucumbers favorite dance partner as Three Olives is the forth cucumber lime flavored vodka.  At one time Three Olives made over 30 flavored vodka’s.  A lot of these flavors can still be found at major liquor stores.  It is unclear as to how many of these flavors are still made, but the recently updated Three Olives website only shows 12 varieties.    Read more »


Review: Three Olives Fresh Watermelon Vodka

Three Olives Fresh Watermelon Vodka was just released along with their other new flavor, Cucumber Lime.  At last count Three Olives had 32 flavors in their lineup.  It is unclear as to how many are still made as their website no longer displays their available offerings.  Three Olives Fresh Watermelon Vodka is made from English winter wheat and demineralized water from Lake Vyrnmy.  It is distilled four times and triple filtered.  The vodka base is shipped to Lawrenceburg Indiana where natural flavors and certified color are added.  This is not Three Olives first watermelon flavored vodka as they released one in 2006.  That version was made with imitation watermelon flavor. Read more »


Review: High Noon Original Vodka

High Noon Original Vodka is one of three vodka’s produced for E&J Gallo by the Holladay Distillery, the makers of 360 Vodka in Weston Missouri.  High Noon Ruby Red Grapefruit and High Noon Lemon are the other two varieties.  All three are currently only available in Madison Wisconsin, Denver Colorado, and Charleston South Carolina.  Production details are limited, but High Noon is made from Midwest grown grain.  For the record, E&J Gallo has a very successful history of building new spirit brands including New Amsterdam Vodka, and Gin, Camarena Tequila, Shellback Rum, and Rum Haven Coconut Rum. Read more »


Review: Stolichnaya Vodka

Stolichnaya Vodka sometimes referred to as Stoli Red label or Stoli Original was launched in 1938.  It was first imported in the US in 1972 when PepsiCo was granted exportation rights to Stolichnaya Vodka in exchange for importation of Pepsi Cola into the Soviet Union.  Stolichnaya controls every aspect of making its vodka from the planting and selection of the wheat and rye grains grown on the company owned Rapuga farms in Tambov Russia, to harvesting, distillation, and bottling.  The wheat and rye grains are fermented for 60 hours, and then triple distilled.  Artesian water is blended with the spirit before it is filtered four times through Russian birch charcoal, quartz, sand, and woven cloth. Read more »


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 »


Review: Stoli Crushed Pineapple Vodka

Stoli Crushed Pineapple Vodka was just released along with Stoli Crushed Grapefruit.  Unlike their other flavored vodkas, that are made from a winter wheat vodka base, Stoli Crushed is made with a blend of 88 percent corn and 12 percent buckwheat harvested from the fertile farm fields of the Tambov region of Russia.  The vodka is triple distilled and filtered four times through quartz, sand, and birchwood charcoal.  Pure natural spring water from the Latvijas Balzams artesian well in Riva Latvia is blended with the vodka to reduce to 80 proof.  Real juice, natural flavors, certified color and FD&C Yellow No. 5 are added before bottling at 60 proof.  While this is Stoli’s first Pineapple flavored vodka, Dole Pineapple has been infused with Stoli Vodka for years and sold as a Doli Stoli at one of my favorite steakhouses, The Capital Grill. Read more »


Review: Two James 28 Island Vodka

Two James 28 Island Vodka is crafted at the first licensed distillery in Detroit since prohibition.  The Two James Distillery was founded in 2012 by David Landrum and Peter Bailey in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.  The distillery is built in what was originally a turn of the century donut manufacturing plant.  Two James is named for the founder’s fathers, James Bailey and James Landrum.  The vodka is named for the 28 islands on the Detroit River.  These islands were used as hideouts for bootleggers during prohibition.  28 Island Vodka is made from a blend of 70 percent corn and 30 percent soft winter wheat.  Two James is small batch distilled in a 500 gallon copper pot still.    Read more »