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June 16, 2017

Review: Western Son South Texas Prickly Pear Vodka

by Jeff Ellingson

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.It pours to a bright pink color.  The aroma is bubble gum, strawberry, watermelon, lime, and cantaloupe.  The sweet bubble gum entry is joined by watermelon, orange, lime, and kiwi flavor, building to a tart and tangy strawberry citrus peak.  It fades with floral flavor.  The finish has lightly bittersweet watermelon rind taste with a warm peppery sting.

Five Point Scale

Flavor: 2.75

Flavor Intensity: 3

Sweetness: 3.25

Vodka Presence/Taste: 3

Finish: 2.5

Made in Pilot Point Texas

30% Alcohol

Score: 88

Award: Silver Medal

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