Flavored Vodka
 

Best Flavored Vodka

 

The Fifty Best Domestic Vodka Tasting 2020


The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 12 flavored vodkas with a panel of 14 judges. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Strict tasting rules were applied. The flavored vodkas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water, unflavored unsalted crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The flavored vodkas were tasted in groups of flavor categories. The judges were informed of the categories and flavors, but not the brands. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the highest. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals were awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded for the tasting. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The distilleries, states of origin, alcohol proof and other tidbits are identified for each brand. Clicking on the brands' names will link to their websites.



DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Hungry Run Distillery Root Beer Flavored Vodka
(PA)  40° prf

Nose: Root beer soda, root beer float, sarsaparilla, sassafras, white birch, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, almond, spice, authentic.
Palate: Root beer, root beer soda, uncarbonated Hine’s root beer, birch beer, sarsaparilla, root beer candies, sugar cane, spearmint, spice, earth, good root beer flavor, natural taste, replicating authentic root beer, tastes like it purports to be, yep – that’s root beer.
Finish: Root beer float, uncarbonated root beer, boozy root beer, sassafras, caramel, creamy, vanilla, just a bit of bite, nice.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



 Hungry Run Distillery Root Beer Flavored Vodka



Vanjak Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka
(CO) Made with a blend of organic oolong teas. Gluten free.   70° prf

Nose: Freshly brewed tea, English breakfast tea, black tea, sun tea, orange pekoe tea, herbal tea, honey.
Palate: Authentic sweet tea, southern tea, Earl Grey tea, sweet Lipton tea, Snapple iced tea, mint, toffee, super light, soft, flavorful.
Finish: Tea, balanced, not too sweet, approachable, well made.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Vanjak Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka



Hungry Run Distillery Blackberry Flavored Vodka
(PA)  40° prf

Nose: Fresh picked blackberries, sweet blackberry, blackberry preserves, blackberry jam, black currants, berry Pop Tarts, cane sugar, cherry cola.
Palate: Ripe blackberry, sweet blackberry, as if eating blackberries from a jar, blackberry marmalade, blackberry jam, black cherry, cherry Tootsie Roll, wax candy, mint, fresh, not too sweet, delivers on lovely blackberry flavor.
Finish: Rich blackberry, blackberry jam, raspberries, ripe mango, Juicy Fruit gum, not too sweet, balanced, great with seltzer, a crowd pleaser, absolutely delicious, perfect.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Hungry Run Distillery Blackberry Flavored Vodka



RocaBella Coconut Mango Pineapple Flavored Vodka
(FL)  70° prf

Nose: Coconut, coconut water, piña colada, pineapple, mango, mango slices, tangerine, dried tropical fruits, Juicy Fruit gum.
Palate: Coconut, coconut milk, coconut water, piña colada, ripe pineapple, pineapple chunks, mango, lemon, citrus, good balance of flavors, delivers on flavors, taste like it purports to be, nicely done.
Finish: Pineapple, sweet pineapple, ripe mango, lemon, Juicy Fruit gum, tropical, smooth, easy, crisp, tasty, summer sipper, a crowd pleaser.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



RocaBella Coconut Mango Pineapple Flavored Vodka



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

ChainBridge Distillery Florida Basil Flavored Vodka
(FL) Infused with 2 types of fresh basil grown on Florida farms.
86° prf

Nose: Fresh cut basil, sweet basil, pesto, herbal, mint, honey, Italian ice, licorice, extra virgin olive oil, alluring.
Palate: Great basil flavor, sweet basil, Thai basil, strong fennel, anise, herbal, vegetal, spicy, licorice, honey, creamy, nicely infused freshness, very fresh, well presented, delicious.
Finish: Honey, clean, flavorful, vibrant, very approachable, nicely done, perfect for craft cocktails.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



ChainBridge Distillery Florida Basil Flavored Vodka



Old Dominick Honeybell Citrus Flavored Vodka
(TN) Flavored with natural orange extract. No sugar added.  80° prf

Nose: Orange, mandarin orange, tangerine, orange zest, orange & lemon peel, orange soda, Sunkist soda, orange Tang, lemon, lemon/lime, citrus, bright citrus seltzer, fresh picked grapefruit blossoms, bright.
Palate: Honeybell orange, mandarin orange, authentic “twist” of rind, like biting into an orange peel, more orange zest, orange pith, tangerine, fresh grapefruit zest, lemon, lime, citrus, bitter citrus, herbaceous, sweet & sour, tart, crisp, flavorful.
Finish: Tart mandarin orange, orange zest, orange peel, orange pith, sour lemon, citrusy, great for a summer cocktail, crisp, zingy, refreshing, flavorful.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Old Dominick Honeybell Citrus Flavored Vodka



Sukari Spirits Fruit Infused Vodka
(CA) Infused with natural dragon fruit, pear, pineapple
& blood orange flavors.  50° prf

Nose: Pineapple, bright cherry, persimmons, cranberry, pear, apple, quince, orange juice, lemon, lime, crème de cassis, strawberry fruit roll-up, tropical fruit, fruit punch, Welch’s grape juice, Kool-Aid, prune/cherry pie, spearmint.
Palate: Cherry, sweet berry, sorrel, quince, persimmons, orange juice, fresh fruit juice, fruit punch, grape, grape soda, berry Kool-Aid, Sno-Cone, crème de cassis, hibiscus, black tea, good representation of mixed fruit, natural tasting, very smooth, nicely done.
Finish: Cherry, sweet berries, mixed fruit punch, cooked fruit, grape, clove, nutmeg, burst of flavor, approachable, pleasant, enjoyable, great, excellent.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Sukari Spirits Fruit Infused Vodka



Spa Girl Cocktails Pear Martini
(CA) Natural flavors. Low calorie. Vegan. Gluten free.   33° prf

Nose: Fresh ripe pear, Anjou pear, Bartlett pear, authentic pear, pear juice, caramelized pear, stone fruit, lychee, citrus, Gummy Bear, white flowers, cucumber, mint, crisp, clean.
Palate: Asian pear, perfect natural pear, light airy pear, pear compote, sweet pear candy, pear skin, apple, watermelon, honey, very light, subtle, clean, nice.
Finish: Apricot, mint, cinnamon, well balanced, clean, gentle, soft, crisp, fresh.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Spa Girl Cocktails Pear Martini



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Central Standard Door County Cherry Flavored Vodka
(WI) Infused with Door County cherries and Wisconsin honey.
80° prf

Nose: Cherry, black cherry, sweetened cherry, maraschino cherry, maraschino cherry juice, cherry soda, cherry candy, black currants, blackberry jam, cherry vanilla Coke, vanilla, minty, fresh from a tree.
Palate: Big bright cherry, robust rich cherry, lots of cherry, very sour cherry, candied cherries, maraschino cherry, raspberry, cherry Coke, caramel, eucalyptus.
Finish: Ripe cherries, sweet cherry, cherry compote, rich blackberry, Dr. Pepper, made well, great with seltzer, mix this with a little Bailey’s, yum.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Central Standard Door County Cherry Flavored Vodka



Hungry Run Distillery Peach Flavored Vodka
(PA)  40° prf

Nose: Freshly cut peach, Georgia peach, donut peach, white peach, stewed peaches, peach jam, peach cobbler, Jolly Rancher, mint.
Palate: Peach, cling peaches, sweet grilled peach, peach spread, candied peach, creamy peach, butter, peach pie, peach gummy candy, mango, pineapple, honey, sweet, tangy, balanced.
Finish: Nice sweet peach, sugary peach, strawberry, honey, sweet, tangy, balanced, mix it, lip-smacking, delicious.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Hungry Run Distillery Peach Flavored Vodka



Spa Girl Cocktails Peach Martini
(CA) Natural flavors. Low calorie. Vegan. Gluten free.   33° prf

Nose: Fresh juicy peach, white peach, sweet peach, candied peaches, peaches and crème, apricot, citrus, honey, rich, robust.
Palate: Ripe white peaches, peachy, apricot, mango, pear, cucumber, summer, great for a punch, very easy sipper.
Finish: Peach, white peach, apricot, toast, lightly sweet, clean, porch pounder, delicious.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Spa Girl Cocktails Peach Martini



Seven Jars Pickleback Vodka
(NC) Infused with real McClure’s pickles.  80° prf

Nose: Pickles, jarred pickles, pickle brine, brine, salty, mustard, mustard seeds, strong dill, coriander.
Palate: Pickles, pickle juice, pickleback, brine, salty, agave, mint, flavorful.
Finish: Pickles, salty, good for Bloody Marys and dirty martinis.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Seven Jars Pickleback Vodka

 

 

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