19/10/2014 at 12:57 PM
Best Vodka 2014
Vodka is still the most popular spirit in the U.S., with close to 300 imported brands available to consumers. Even after five tastings in seven years, the diversity of imported vodkas never cease to amaze us. The Tasting Method: The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 31 imported, unflavored premium and ultra-premium vodkas with 17 pre-qualified judges. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the vodkas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water and neutral unflavored nuts and crackers were available to cleanse the palate. The judges tasted through 4 flights of 7 vodkas each and 1 flight of 3 vodkas.


100% rye-based, 5 times distilled.
Nose: Leather, citrus, crisp.
Palate: Soft floral, herbal notes, grassy,
almond oil, almond, hint of anise, cashews,
vanilla, coffee, peppery, salty, mineral.
Finish: Creamy, hint of coconut, peppery, silky,
delicate, very light.