Potato Vodka

Vikingfjord Vodka Review

Vikingfjord Vodka is an Norwegian potato vodka produced by Arcus AS and imported Capstone International. This fine potato spirit is expertly blended with pristine Norwegian glacial water to create a uniquely balanced and clean vodka, which also happens to be naturally gluten-free!

How is it made?

Vikingfjord is five times distilled through a five-column process, utilizing only pure glacial water from the Jostedalsbreen glacier in the South-Western area of Norway. Made from these glacial waters frozen in time for thousands of years, Vikingfjord Vodka embodies the Nordic history that was forged from the spirit of its ancestors.

What does it taste like?

This is a very clean and well-balanced vodka that I would gladly recommend to anyone. Smooth, true potato taste, no afterburn. Vikingfjord is a strikingly smooth, silky and naturally gluten-free vodka.

Awards & Accolades

2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Award: Bronze
Wine Enthusiasts Score (80-100): 88
Beverage Testing Institute (80-100): 89

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Posted by admin - October 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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Monopolowa Vodka Review

Originally established in 1782, Monopolowa Vodka is a Polish potato vodka currently being produced by JA Baczewski in Austria. Until the beginning of World War II, this vodka was produced in Poland. After the war, production moved to Austria, though the original recipe remains intact. As is usual with potato vodka, Monopolowa is gluten-free and safe for those who are gluten intolerant.

How is it made?

Monopolowa vodka is triple-distilled using a variety of Polish potatoes in accordance with traditional Polish recipes going back several centuries. There are no fillers or other grains added.

What does it taste like?

Taste tests from the Beverage Testing Institute describe the vodka as “clear, with mild aromas of buttercream, candied citrus peel and anise follow through on a round, silky entry to a dryish medium body with notes of banana taffy and minerals. Finishes with long, very smooth fade. A pristine, poised vodka for sipping neat or in martinis.” Vodka Monopolowa is suited for usage in mixed drinks of all kinds, and is sometimes served with a squeeze of lemon juice to “further enhance the flavour and texture.”

This vodka is renowned for being an amazingly clean vodka that makes a great centerpiece for virtually any cocktail.

Awards & Accolades

San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Silver – 2009

Beverage Testing Institute
93 – 2011
93 – 2010
92 – 2008
93 – 2007

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Posted by admin - October 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

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Luksusowa Vodka Review

Luksusowa Vodka is a Polish potato vodka produced by Poznan Distillery in Poland. Being a pure potato vodka, Luksusowa is 100% gluten-free! It is a great alternative to traditional grain-based vodkas for those who are gluten intolerant or those who may have Celiac disease.

How is it made?

This vodka is created using a combination of both modern and traditional production methods. These include an initial distillation at a local farm distillery. Then, it is further refined at a larger centralized plant where a continuous column still processes the distillate utilizing a triple distillation process. Luksusowa potato vodka is filtered through charcoal and oak chips. This process is used in tandem with gas chromatography to produce a pure potato spirit. At then end of the process, this pure vodka is blended with natural spring water sourced from deep within ancient artesian wells.

What does it taste like?

This is a very smooth vodka. It has a noticeably stout flavor profile which is to be expected of potato vodkas. There is virtually no burn or offensive aftertaste. Luksusowa is a really good all around vodka. If you enjoy potato vodkas, you need to add Luksusowa to your shopping list.

Awards & Accolades

San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Gold – 2013
Silver – 2012
Silver – 2011
Silver – 2010
Silver – 2009

Beverage Testing Institute
93 – 2011
93 – 2010
94 – 2009
94 – 2008

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Posted by admin - October 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

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Glacier Vodka Review

Glacier Potato Vodka is an American potato vodka produced by Teton Glacier Distillers in the heart of potato country Rigby, Idaho. The gluten-free nature of potato vodkas means folks with Celiac’s Disease will find this a welcome addition to the kinds of distilled spirits they can consume.

How is it made?

This vodka is blended down with pure Rocky Mountain spring water from Colorado. It is distilled using a four-part, continuous column still, a more modern kind of still than the traditional pot still.

What does it taste like?

With a very bright and fresh nose, there are gentle notes with none of the citrus cleaner scents you get with some of the cheaper vodkas on the market. The entry is amazing easy-going, gentle and surprisingly sweet. Sugar notes are noticeable right away, but more of a confectioner’s sugar rather than table sugar. There’s a gentle hint of a ginger-like bite that screams gingerbread cookie by the end of the mid-palate.

Awards & Accolades

Beverage Testing Institute – 93 – 2010
Beverage Testing Institute – 93 – 2007

In a rave review in 2010, the Beverage Testing Institute said Glacier Potato Vodka is “A delicious, expertly made vodka that will glow in cocktails.”

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Posted by admin - October 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm

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Famous Vodka Review

Famous Vodka is a premium and gluten-free, American potato vodka produced using the finest ingredients and distilling processes on earth.

How is it made?

This vodka uses harvested potatoes that are considered among the finest in the world, born deep within the rich volcanic soil of eastern Idaho.

The pure artesian water used to create Famous Vodka is sourced from an aquifer beneath Idaho’s Snake River.

They use a four-column distillation method which is quite different than the “pot” distillation and subsequent charcoal filtering used by other vodka producers.

At the mixing stage, de-ionized water harmonizes with the ethyl-alcohol derived from potatoes. These two elements blend together during a state-of-the-art, fractional distillation. This process is fused with a unique recipe to create a bottle of Famous Vodka.

What does it taste like?

This potato vodka is characteristically luxurious and creamy while remaining crisp and clean. It is pleasurable to the palate with minimal burn.

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Posted by admin - October 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm

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Cold River Vodka Review

Cold River Vodka is an American potato vodka produced by Maine Distilleries in the state of Maine. Cold River potato vodka is a perfect example of a classic gluten-free vodka and is triple-distilled in a copper pot still – giving it a great level of refinement.

How is it made?

This vodka is distilled in a solid copper still, a deliberate process that results in a smoothness and purity that is truly worthy of a 5-star rating. The folks at Maine Distilleries take a lot of pride in creating a world-class spirit that is truly worthy of its proud Maine heritage.

Cold River is a true farm-to-table vodka: All potatoes in every bottle are naturally grown by partner Donnie Thibodeau on his Green Thumb Farms in Fryeburg, Maine. It takes about 15 pounds of potatoes to create one bottle of Cold River potato vodka. This potato vodka is distilled by hand and created with crystal clear water from the nearby Cold River aquifer, after which it is bottled by hand.

This entirely local, manual production process sets Cold River apart from most other vodkas in a market where most others are mass-produced using ethyl alcohol purchased from an industrial distillery, blended with water and additives to produce the final product.

What does it taste like?

You may find this vodka to be a bit sweeter than a grain vodka with a full-bodied creamy mouth-feel – it’s also quite smooth. It’s very good on its own and I’d almost hate to add anything to it.

Awards & Accolades

Top 120 Spirits in the World – F. Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal – June 2013

Double Gold Medal – Best Domestic Vodka, The Fifty Best – 2012

Top 140 Spirits in the World – F. Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal – June 2010

Double Gold – Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America – 2008

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Posted by admin - October 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm

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Chopin Potato Vodka Review

Chopin Potato Vodka is one of the most well established names in the potato vodka industry. It helped reshape western notions of vodka when it was introduced to the U.S. market way back in 1997.

How is it made?

Produced only between mid-September and into early December, this potato vodka is carefully crafted from the highest quality local potatoes grown organically in the fertile Podlasie country side. These potatoes are harvested late in the growing season to make sure that the result is a high starch content (about 22% vs. the average vodka’s 12%). What you get is an amazingly rich and strikingly flavorful vodka.

About 55 tons of Polish potatoes are processed each day at the historic Chopin distillery. Each 750ml bottle of Chopin vodka can require as many as 40 potatoes (about 7 lbs). The potatoes are carefully cleaned and remain unpeeled. They are then pressure-cooked to produce a “mash,” which is in turn left to ferment for 3 days.

This fermented mash is four times distilled, resulting in a vodka that’s nearly 100% alcohol. This spirit is then taken to Chopin’s bottling plant in the nearby town Siedlce, where it is expertly blended with crystal clear artesian well water and filtered 5 times before it reaches its final resting place – the exemplary frosted 750ml bottle that bears the profile of this vodka brand’s inspiration, Polish classical composer Frederic Chopin.

What does it taste like?

Chopin potato vodka has an enticing nose with gentle notes of green apple and hints of vanilla bean. It’s soft, creamy and versatile with a comforting earthiness and a vibrant, clean finish.

Awards & Accolades

Chopin Potato’s singular taste has caught the notice of connoisseurs and critics alike. It is consistently rated at the top of its class, earning Double Gold in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Gold Medals from the Chicago Beverage Testing Institute’s International Review of Spirits Award.

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Posted by admin - October 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

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Boyd & Blair Vodka Review

Boyd & Blair is an American potato vodka that is produced by Pure Distilleries in Pennsylvania. This distillery is led by Distilling Master and co-owner Barry Young. Every single bottle of Boyd & Blair potato vodka is personally approved by Barry and literally signed off on after it has met his strict quality standards.

How is it made?

The distilling process for this vodka is vastly different than many others. Because of this, you’re not going to get just any ordinary vodka when you open a bottle of Boyd & Blair. They strictly use local potatoes and utilize a single 1,200 liter copper still. Yes, that’s correct — they make this potato vodka one 1,200 liter batch at a time! You won’t find a sprawling complex of fancy machines and godzilla-sized stills here. All the potatoes used in every batch are mashed by hand – every batch takes about 2 1/2 to 3 days to finish. Boyd & Blair is three times distilled and filtered through charcoal to ensure the very best flavor possible.

Boyd & Blair is strictly bottled from the high quality “heart” of the distillate – the lower quality “tails” are never used and are always discarded.

What does it taste like?

The bouquet is one of a kind. Right away you’ll notice floral notes that are very subtle. As Boyd & Blair hits the palate, I immediately get a very sweet grapefruit/lemon-y taste. It features a nicely inviting finish with the grapefruit flavor taking over and standing on its own. This vodka will easily stand up to virtually any premium vodka on the market today. As a matter of fact, I would argue that it is worthy of being served in a brandy snifter – it’s that good.

Awards & Accolades

#22 of 140 Top Five-star Spirits in the World, Spirit Journal, June 2011

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Posted by admin - September 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm

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Blue Ice Vodka Review


Where is it from?

Blue Ice Potato Vodka is produced by Distilled Resources in Rigby, Idaho; a town that is world-renowned for its potato farms. Founded in 2001, this micro-distillery is spearheaded by master distiller Bill Scott. They also hold the distinction of being the first major distiller of potato vodka in the United States.

How is it made?

Blue Ice Vodka starts its life as an Idaho Russet Burbank potato — or about 9.5 pounds of these potatoes per bottle, to be exact. As you can imagine, when you begin the process with some of the best potatoes available, you’re going to end up with some very good vodka.

Vodka in general is about 60% water, so the source of your water is also going to be a very important factor in how good your spirit will taste. The water used to distill this vodka is drawn directly from the adjacent Snake River aquifer with snow-melt from the Rockies. The water naturally filters through hundreds of feet of volcanic rock on its way to an enormous 200 foot well!

This source of water remains at a constant temperature of 52 degrees fahrenheit year-round.

Most importantly, this vodka is certified gluten free and filtered five times to create one of the purest potato vodkas on the market.

What does it taste like?

This vodka is clean and earthy and a great example of a well-made potato vodka. The Idaho Russet Burbank Potatoes bring a very nice rich texture and mellow flavor to Blue Ice Vodka. It makes great mixing in any type of cocktail

I loved this vodka. It features a very soft aroma and a full, rich mouth feel – even at room temperature. It also has a gentle, creamy taste that warms rather than burns as it goes down. Blue Ice is an excellent, full bodied vodka.

Usually, when you think of potato vodka, mostly Russian and Eastern European vodkas may come to mind, vodkas that are noticeably oilier than grain-based vodka. Blue Ice Vodka really challenges those notions by presenting the American public with a home-grown local potato vodka that is absolutely comparable in quality and taste with one of the leaders in the premium potato vodka market: Chopin. The vodka is filtered five times, passing a filter press, charcoal, travertine, garnet or crystal and submicron, before it is mixed with the crystal clear waters of the Snake River Aquifer — after which it is finally bottled.

Awards & Accolades

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2005 – Gold Medal

Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

  • Gold Medal

Beverage Tasting Institute

  • 94 Point Rating

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Posted by admin - September 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm

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