Vodka - Zodiac
Zodiac Potato Vodka
Zodiac Spirits - Richardson, Texas
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 . Distilled in a 4 column fractional distillation still then filtered through birch charcoal (the best traditional vodka filtration). The vodka is then cut to 80 proof with Rocky Mountain spring 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. With about 1/3 less yield per kilo and a lot more prep work to ferment and distill, it makes for 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 some legs and lots of small droplets. A crystal clear viscous pool in the glass.
First Impression: A slightly sweet smell to it, slight alkaline (cocoa?) smell (could be because it is a member of a alkali plant family). Rounder,deeper smell than a grain vodka. No smell of esters or oils; clean.
Taste: Sweet and slightly oily on the tongue, thick body. Crisp, mild bite to it on the edges of your tongue. A slight warming of alcohol as it goes down the throat, no the burn like you get from a lot of other vodkas, it is beguilingly smooth stuff, with lingering warmth and tingle to the lips. Chilling brings out the sweetness and body even more.
Drinks: The martini was slow seduction. A slowly stirred 3 or 4 to 1 Ratio of Zodiac to vermouth with a 1-2 dashes of a good bitter 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 - One of the few potato vodkas out there and of the even rarer American ones.
Bottle: Complicated to describe but pleasing to the eye...Frosted Cylindrical withraised band at shoulder. Silkscreened sun and zodiac symbols on front with face of sun on back (through the vodka). Blue neck foil and sythetic cork stopper (not screwcap), give it a premium touch
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