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Rökker Premium Vodka PDF Print E-mail
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Originally published in the Product Spotlight section of Volume 5, Issue 3 of Alcoholmanac Magazine

By Ben Alger

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Are you ready to Rökk? The man known as ‘Rökker’ who founded Madison-based Maximum Ink Music Magazine ventures into the spirits arena with the recently-launched Rökker Premium Vodka. The website reads like a tour diary revealing the motivation for this loud but simple vodka. While spending time on tour in Iceland with Madison-based rock band Last Crack, Rökker discovered a local favorite called ‘Black Death Vodka,’ which inspired his own brand of hard ‘rökkin’ nectar.

In general, vodka is a clear and pure spirit born of few ingredients. Heavy filtration is used in some varieties to allow the addition of flavors. More traditional vodka is not filtered as extensively, allowing the retention of the pure taste of the original ingredients. Because of this, taste from brand to brand can vary immensely. Rökker is a simple and clean-smelling vodka the instant your nose enters the glass. Its smooth flavor reveals a slight grain taste reminiscent of more traditionally-produced Polish vodka. For those about to Rökk, “we salute you.”

 
Ocean Vodka PDF Print E-mail
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Originally published in the Product Spotlight section of Volume 5, Issue 3 of Alcoholmanac Magazine

By Daniel Downes

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What’s the next step for a family that already owns cookie, pineapple and sausage companies? Why, get in the vodka business, of course! That’s exactly what Shay Smith, president of Hawaii Sea Spirits LLC, did in 2005 when he started producing Ocean Vodka. Hand-crafted in Maui using sugarcane, Ocean Vodka is USDA-certified organic, gluten-free and blended with deep ocean mineral water. The name derives from the family’s “deep love” of the ocean and a portion of the profits from sales of the vodka are donated to ocean conservation efforts.

Having never had sugarcane vodka before, I was surprised that more companies aren’t using it. Leaving a light, crisp taste, there is a pleasant level of sweetness. This is by far one of the smoothest, cleanest vodkas I’ve ever tasted. Perfect as a mixer or cocktail ingredient, but be forewarned—the martinis made using Ocean Vodka go down far easier than should be safe.

 
Three Olives SuperCola Vodka PDF Print E-mail
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Originally published in the Product Spotlight section of Volume 5, Issue 3 of Alcoholmanac Magazine

By Colleen Rook

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Three Olives is certainly not new to the scene, and since 1998 has expanded in distribution and popularity by means of producing a solid range of vodkas whose variety of flavors now numbers 20.

Distilled and produced in the UK, Three Olives’ increasingly-unconventional vodkas have elbowed their way onto shelves and menus nationwide here in the US. The company cranks out spirits with flavors ranging from run-of-the-mill cherry to the near-ominous-sounding ‘Purple.’

One of their newest endeavors, SuperCola, delivers a smooth flavor without any medicinal aftertaste. It smacks of a non-carbonated mixed drink—the soda flavoring is powerful enough that the vodka itself barely announces its presence.

SuperCola is an accessible choice for folks who like it sweet and simple. It seems odd at first to taste cola without carbonation; a splash of lemon-lime soda solves that, leaving no complaints in its wake.

70 proof, gluten-free and vegan-friendly, Three Olives SuperCola adds to the growing list of possibilities of taste combinations, especially when paired with some of their other offerings. It’s most definitely not for purists, but for those who like a sweet little kick to our cocktails, it certainly remains an attractive option.

 
Pau Maui Vodka PDF Print E-mail
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By Ben Alger

a picture of Pau Maui VodkaPau Maui Vodka
Price Range: $29-$30/750 ml

Vodka distilled from Hawaiian pineapples? Now, that sounds like something that will get us out of our winter funk and dreaming of warm tropical vacations. Made in Hawaii, Pau Maui vodka comes in an interesting bottle almost resembling an exclamation point. It looks as clean as the pure Hawaiian spring water used in its creation. Instead of using traditional copper stills, master distiller Mark Nigbur designed unique clear glass stills for production with the goal of retaining the original flavor of this premium vodka.

I mentioned pineapples earlier, but don’t expect to catch any on the nose or palate. Maui Gold® pineapples are used in the very beginning of the production process as they provide a clean mash to start from. The finished product is a little intimidating on the nose, but you can almost pull out a hint of clean Hawaiian spring water. The flavor is a bit more reserved than the aroma would lead you to believe, but it is still full with a short finish. In a time when flavored vodka is king, Pau Maui is a refreshing return to pure and simple vodka. Think Hawaii. Think Pau Maui. Okole Maluna!

 
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