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Posts from the ‘Vodka’ Category


Review: Koskenkorva Vodka

Koskenkorva Vodka is made from Saana and Elmeri, custom barley varieties.  These are the northernmost barleys in the world.  The barley is all grown within a 120 mile radius of the distillery.  A continuous distillation process provides the equivalent of 250 distillations.  Pure spring water filtered through the ridges of Salpausselka is blended to reduce to 80 proof.  The vodka is so pure it does not require a separate carbon filtration.  The Koskenkorva distillery has produced this vodka since 1953 in Koskenkorva Finland, a town with a population of 2100.  Each year this town produces the equivalent of 90,476 kilos of barley per villager. Read more »


Review: Rock Town Mandarin Orange Vodka

Rock Town Mandarin Orange Vodka is one of four vodka varieties produced at the first legal distillery in Arkansas since prohibition.  Phil Brandon founded the distillery in 2010 in downtown Littlerock Arkansas.  The other varieties include their Original, Basil, and Grapefruit.  Rock Town Mandarin Orange starts with the Original vodka base made from local Arkansas corn grown by the Stobaugh Brothers.  The vodka is distilled 6 times and filtered to be ultra smooth.  Natural flavors including Satsuma, a Japanese Mandarin variety are infused before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »


Review: Greenbar Tru Vodka

Greenbar Tru Vodka was recently released, replacing Tru Organic Vodka, in The Greenbar Distillery stable of organic spirits.  You may have noticed the new package design of their entire product line including Crusoe Rum, IXA Tequila, and Slow Hand Six Woods Whiskey.  With Greenbar Tru Vodka the change was more than just cosmetic, they changed the recipe.  The husband and wife team of Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Matthew have never been about playing it safe.  Since launching Modern Spirits in Monrovia California in 2004 the two have crafted dozen of spirits including rum, vodka, gin, whiskey, and liqueurs.  They even killed their first brand Modern Spirits to get out of a horrible distribution contract.  Anyone remember Modern Chocolate-Orange or Grapefruit Honey Vodka?  Greenbar Tru Vodka is made from three ingredients American organic wheat, California grown organic pomegranate and pure water.  The organic wheat and pomegranate are distilled separately in a continuous distillation column still and gently charcoal filtered.  They are then blended together.  Pure water filtered through reverse osmosis is added to reduce to 80 proof.    Read more »


Review: Tru Organic Vodka

Tru Organic Vodka is crafted from organic wheat, distilled with a state of the art column still, and gently charcoal filtered.  Pure water filtered through reverse osmosis is blended to reduce to proof.  The Greenbar Distillery was one of the countries first legal distilleries since the repeal of Prohibition when they opened in Monrovia California in 2004.  The distillery relocated to the LA Art District in 2012, and was the first legal distillery to open in Los Angeles.  This version of Tru Vodka is no longer produced, but you may still find a bottle at your local liquor stores.  The husband and wife team of Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Matthew recently changed the formula and the packaging of this vodka.  I will be posting my review of their new Greenbar Tru Vodka tomorrow. Read more »


Review: Chopin Rye Vodka

Chopin Rye Vodka was launched March 2011.  Rye joins the Original Chopin Potato, and Chopin Wheat Vodka.  It is produced at a distillery located in the picturesque village of Krzesk Poland with a history dating back to the 1900th century.  The Dorda family acquired the distillery in 2003, restoring its traditional operations to their former splendor as well as modernizing it’s bottling and packaging facilities.  Chopin Rye Vodka is cultivated from farm to bottle with the finest naturally grown golden rye grown within 25 miles of the distillery.  The vodka is distilled in the distillery’s original four column copper still.  It is then filtered five times.  Purified artesian well water is blended before bottling at 80 proof. Read more »


Review: Chase Orange Marmalade Vodka

Chase Orange Marmalade Vodka was initially a limited edition release.  The response was so strong it was made one of their flagship flavors.  It is made from a vodka base crafted with King Edward, and Lady Claire potatoes, estate grown on the family farm.  16 tonnes of potatoes are needed to make 1000 liters of alcohol.  Once harvested the potatoes are fermented with brewers yeast for one week.  The spirit is distilled four times in a Bespoke copper batch still and then twice more in a rectification column still.  The column is the tallest of its kind on the world.  At 70 feet it raises through the roof of the barn.  Water drawn from an onsite aquifer filtered through reverse osmosis and deionized is blended to reduce to proof.  The vodka base is marinated with thick cut orange marmalade and ribbons of peel from Seville Oranges.  The spirit is distilled again with orange peel from Valencia.  A final maceration with rough cut marmalade is followed by a chill filtration.  The vodka is bottling onsite at 80 proof in Herefordsshire England Wisconsin.             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: Rock Town Grapefruit Vodka

Rock Town Grapefruit Vodka is one of three flavored vodka’s produced at the first legal distillery in Arkansas since prohibition.  The other flavors include Mandarin Orange, and Basil.  The distillery was founded by Phil Brandon in 2010.  Each flavored vodka starts with the Original Rock Town Vodka base, made from corn grown in Arkansas within 125 miles of their downtown Little Rock distillery.  Little Rock Arkansas was originally named La Petite Rock by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bernard de La Harpe because of the rock formation along the Arkansas River in now downtown Little Rock.  The vodka base is distilled 6 times and filtered to be ultra smooth.  Natural flavors are infused before bottling at 70 proof.  The Rock Town Distillery also produces moonshine, bourbon, whiskey, and rye. Read more »


Review: Wyborowa Wodka

Wyborowa Wodka is made by Polmos Poznan at a distillery dating back to 1823.  Wyborowa translates in English to Excellent.  Wyborowa Wodka was launched in 1927.  It is made from rye grain grown in Western Poland and water sourced from a 200 meter well.  Three kilograms of rye are needed to produce one liter of vodka.  The pure rye is mashed and distilled once at 40 small individually owned agricultural distilleries.  The spirit is then distilled in a copper pot still.  After arriving at the Wyborowa Distillery the raw spirit is rectified in a three column continuous still.  The spirit is then filtered through natural cellulose plates and mesh filters. Read more »


Review: Bainbridge Legacy Organic Vodka

Bainbridge Legacy Organic Vodka is named for the Washington State Island the vodka is crafted on.  Bainbridge Organic Distillers was Washington States first distillery producing USDA certified organic spirits when it was founded as a family business by Keith Barnes and his son Patrick in 2009.  Since the beginning, every task in the making of distilled spirits has been done onsite with their own hands.  From the selection of grain varieties and lots, to grinding, mashing, fermenting, and distilling.  They also produce 2 gins, 2 whiskeys and an Organic Vanilla Vodka.  Bainbridge Legacy Organic Vodka is made from soft organic white wheat grown on family farms, and pristine water from the islands deep aquifers.  It is small batch distilled four times in a 300 gallon Vendome copper pot still. Read more »