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July 30, 2017

Review: Hanson of Sonoma Organic Boysenberry Vodka

by Jeff Ellingson

Hanson of Sonoma Organic Boysenberry Vodka was introduced in 2013.  It is one of six vodka varieties crafted by the Hanson Family in Sonoma California.  Each of their flavored vodka’s start with their original vodka base.  This vodka base is small batch distilled with organic Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, French Colombard Grapes, and pure artesian well water in a pot and column still that has 50 distillation plates.  A proprietary seven stage filtration follows.  Fresh wild boysenberry’s are immersed in the vodka, infusing and naturally coloring the vodka. It pours to a peach color.  The aroma is fresh boysenberry, crushed grape, soft caramel and licorice.  The natural boysenberry entry is joined by tart and juicy peach flavor.  It fades with grape, tart boysenberry, and caramel flavor.  The finish is warm, semidry, and smooth with mineral texture, and bittersweet grape skin taste.  Bottled at 80 proof, most flavored vodka’s way in at 70 proof, Hanson of Sonoma Organic Boysenberry has the feel of a lower proof vodka, and a clean real fruit taste.

Five Point Scale

Flavor: 3.5

Flavor Intensity: 3.25

Sweetness: 2.25

Vodka Flavor/Presence: 3

Finish: 3.25

Made in Sonoma California

40% Alcohol

Score: 90

Award: Silver Medal

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