Flavoured VodkaFlavoured Vodkas have been produced for centuries. Initially, extra ingredients were added to mask the harsh taste of rough cuts in early distillates. Nowadays flavouring vodka is a mark of the distiller's skill. The best examples offer a pure, non-confected representation of the key note flavour - not so easily achieved, as many fall into the 'too sweet' trap. Flavoured vodkas are now in vogue with several celebrity affiliated brands leaving a mark on popular culture. Their convenience and versatility as mixers means there's a steady demand, and the flavour range currently available is better than ever. Click here to learn more about Vodka.
- ABV 40%
The pioneering Square One Organic Spirits Co. is a female-owned venture with the sole mission of creating innovative, eco conscious organic spirits. Made from 100% organic American-grown rye and pristine water from the Teton Mountains, this latest addition aims to capture the luscious sweet and savory qualities of garden-fresh basil. It's infused with four basil varieties -- Genovese, Thai, Lemon and Sweet, before a touch of organic coriander, honeysuckle and lemongrass are added to balance the spirit's robust herbal nature.
"When creating a new spirit, we think about the taste complexities that the spirit can bring to the cocktail. We want it to enhance and elevate the cocktail experience," explains Allison Evanow, Square One Organic Spirits Founder and CEO, "The sweet and savory magic that fresh basil brings to cuisine applies equally as well to cocktails. Our master distiller and I found that by layering select basil varieties we got the best expression of basil."
Tasting note: Crystal clear. Aromas are an intriguing interplay between dried herbs and citrus including dill, white pepper, sweet basil, orange peel and grapefruit. Entry is soft with a gentle pepperiness developing; the palate is medium dry and more keenly defined by dried basil, followed by hints of thyme, fennel, lemongrass and citrus peel before finishing wonderfully crisp and clean with good persistence. Terrific complexity by flavoured vodka standards, this is interesting enough to enjoy on its own, or take your Bloody Mary's to the next level. 40% Alc./Vol.
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- Rigby, Idaho, UNITED STATES$89.99 Bottle
- ABV 45%
An unusual product from Square One distillery, 'Botanical' is neither a Vodka or Gin - Yet strong parallels can be drawn to both. Square One's Organic Vodka forms the base for Botanical, before the infusion of pear, rose, chamomile, lemon verbena, lavender, rosemary, coriander and citrus peel. The results are again outstanding, bearing full, complex flavours seamlessly integrated into Square One's impeccably balanced and textured spirit. Thanks to the "get it right the first time" distilling methods, and quality North Dakota Rye, Square One is an outstanding Gin inspired drink. Try on ice, or in a Martini.
California, UNITED STATES$79.99 Bottle
Tasting note: Produced from a wheat spirit base infused with nine botanicals. Clear. Aromas of crushed mint over background coriander and dill. Light bodied with brisk herbal flavours building pepper heat through to a fresh, drying, mint accented finish. Will be a novel base for savoury cocktails. 35% Alc./Vol. Certified organic.
- ABV 35%