Vodka - Glacier
Teton Glacier Potato Vodka
100% Idaho Potatos
PROOF: 80 (40%)
AGE: Not Applicable
TYPE: American, Potato
PRICE: $ 25 - 750 ML
Notes: This Vodka is produced in Idaho from potatoes. It is distilled in a four column still then filtered through garnet and crystal. The vodka is then cut to 80 proof with Rocky Mountain well water.This is one of the few vodkas made with potatoes - which contrary to popular prejudice (particularly vociferous among Russians for some reason)- is a premium ingredient for vodka.
About 1/3 less yield per kilo and a lot more prep work to ferment and distill make it a difficult and expensive undertaking. Also people who suffer from Celiac's Disease (a genetic intolerance to gluten found in grains) will find this a welcome addition to the kinds of distilled spirits they can drink.
Appearance: Crystal clear, no sediment whatsoever. On swirling, it leaves a thin clear coat on the inside of the glass with uniform legs. A crystal clear limpid pool in the glass.
First Impression: A slightly sweet smell to it, slight alkaline (cocoa ?). No smell of esters or oils- this is clean stuff.
Taste: Sweet and slightly oily on the tongue, thick body, with a crisp, mild bite to it. A slight warming of alcohol as it goes down the throat, not the burn like you get from a lot of other vodkas- it is beguilingly smooth stuff. It has a lingering warmth and tingle to the lips. Chilling brings out the sweetness and body even more.
Drinks: The Martini was marvelous. A slowly stirred 3 or 4 to 1 ratio of Glacier to vermouth with a 1-2 dashes of a good bitters and lemon zest yields a wonderfully viscous yet piquant martini- a subtle yet wonderful thing.
NOTE: Use Noilly Prat and keep the vermouth refrigerated after opening for the best taste.
Final Thoughts: An good value for the money - cheaper than many of the other potato vodkas out there and better tasting!
Bottle:You may find this bottle in two incarnations depending on age. The first is a short squarish decanter style bottle and the second a taller rectangular bottle with flat edges to the corners. Both use a silver label with black and white lettering. Simple and nicely done, it shows the clarity of the vodka to nice effect.
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