Vodka is often thought of as a drink for cold weather, but it doesn’t have to be; it’s a great drink any time of year, either on its own or mixed in a drink. Some people think it doesn’t taste like much, but we don’t see it that way. It can be made of practically anything – not just grain or potatoes – and even comes gluten-free and made of milk, as you will soon see. And new vodkas are popping up all the time. If you’re up for trying something new and seeing what kind of flavors vodka can really offer, check out some of these best vodkas we’ve found for 2018.
A gluten-free vodka made from potatoes, with a bit of English spirit, Chase was named the World’s best Vodka at the San Francisco World Spirits competition. It’s got a bit of white pepper and fresh potato on the nose, with a creamy, macadamia nut finish. 40% ABV and distilled entirely in Herefordshire, England.
Crafted in New Richmond, Wisconsin, BET is made from sugar beets – a distinctive choice of ingredients, to be sure. All the beets are harvested from a farming collective in the Red River Valley of Minnesota and North Dakota, and then distilled into a smooth, slightly sweet vodka perfect for sipping, with hints of vanilla and hearty spice.
Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Bedlam Vodka is (as the legend tells us) made from a recipe passed down from the co-founder’s Irish ancestors. It’s definitely the most exciting, zesty vodka on our list – with flavors of tropical fruit like pineapple and coconut, and some lemon zest, apples, and vanilla. A fun vodka for both mixing and sipping neat.
This classy drink is distilled in South Carolina by Hilton Head Distillery and is made from a base of granulated molasses and distilled 49 times using water collected with an atmospheric water generator, which actually pulls moisture out of South Carolina’s humid air and distills it, for an ultra-clear, pure water. They like to call it, “cloud-sourced.” The result is a pure, smooth vodka with a hint of sweetness from the molasses, and a clean, mild taste.
Distilled in Dorset, England, Black Cow Pure Milk is the only vodka made entirely from milk from grazed cows. If you didn’t know vodka could be made from milk, neither did we. When the curds are sent off to be turned into cheese, the whey is fermented a beer with yeast, that converts the milk sugar into alcohol, which is filtered into a soft, creamy vodka that is…. well, milky.
This vodka has been awarded the Best Irish Vodka at the Irish Whiskey Awards of 2016. Distilled from wheat, it has a smooth feel and light body, with hints of bamboo, orange peels, white tea and menthol finish. 40% ABV and classy.
This New Zealand vodka comes from the country’s North Island, where it’s made from pure whey and natural spring water from the mountains. In other words, it’s very, very pure. It’s smooth, with hints of citrus, pepper and very little burn.
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