The term "vodka" is derived from "voda," the Russian word for water. That's why it's also the only liquor historically lauded for having higher quality for carrying less flavor.
This subdued spirit has been long overlooked for this virtue, but that's changing — in both good ways and bad. Bad, as in crappy-flavored mix-ready vodkas. Good, as in small batch blends with lovely accents.
To prove they're not all pretentious mixers, we searched far and wide to find examples of real untapped premiums — great vodkas that can be served tepid after cold winter hunts (yes, we like to be different), without fear of judgment.
Like its pale blue label, this Oregon product
is utlra clean. Seriously, this stuff is filtered ten times through charcoal, crushed lava rock, and oak. How couldn't it be smooth? This offering is probably the nearest to Russian 'voda ' we tried. That doesn't mean it's not useful, just don't expect to taste much alcohol.
Great taste. Not quite manly enough.
Few of us are crazy enough to truly desire more than one wife,
but we can all tip a glass to the spirit of polygamy with Utah's Five Wives Vodka
. Just because saying, 'I bought a few bottles for the wives ' is such a grand conversation starter. We didn't have 'Big Love ' for this one's flavor, but it gets the job done.
Fine for a mixer and great for a laugh.
This artisan vodka
is made from rye, handcrafted and gently filtered.
Put all that together and it sounds pretty sexy. Add in 'from Michigan, ' suddenly it's not so sexy. The finish on this vodka is crisp, clean, and light on your tongue, but still makes your lips tingle. See, we told
you it was sexy.
Damn good. You stay classy, Michigan.
This vodka was gloriously raw in its flavor. But that's what you get with a single-distilled Swedish potato blend that needs no filter. Instead of the flimsy fruits of most non-premiums, virgin 'taters carry Karlsson's
over the top. We love this vodka 'cause it's a lot like us: simple, full- bodied, and even better the second time around.
We loved this one...it was strong but silent.
Hunters are whiskey drinkers not martini-swilling vodka lovers. But we've found the best of both worlds. OYO's
Ohio-based crew calls this 'the whiskey-lover's vodka. ' We agree wholeheartedly. At its core, this red winter wheat small batch has an easy finish and a medium-to-full body that makes it a great sipper.
By far, our favorite choice for sipping or mixing.