Multi-grain base, herb infused, pot distilled, charcoal filtered vodka date back to the 1700’s and using a windmill to grind the grains that dates to 1795.
Notes: This is a rather complicated vodka, with a equally complicated history. . . involving sailors, innkeepers, secret recipes and the like – all of which one can read about on the website .The recipe for this multi-grain herb infused, pot distilled, charcoal filtered vodka date back to the 1700’s and a windmill that is used to grind the grains dates to 1795. It was immensely popular at the Fabulous Shaker Boys après-workshop bar at Tales of The Cocktail also.
Appearance: Crystalline bright appearance,clear as a bell. Silver pool in the glass. On swirling, it leaves a thin clear coat on the inside of the glass with long thin legs, scalloped edging and droplets forming. Quite the show really.
First Impression: Alcohol and grain – multilayered. You can smell the traces of rye sweet/ sour notes, corn sweetness and some of the higher alcohol notes of the wheat – not the smell of rubbing alcohol that many wheat vodkas suffer from- and the herbs in the background add some mystery, depth and backbone. Nicely done distillation.
Taste: Slightly oily plump grain body glide past the tongue nipping at it with the alcohol edge and nice lingering finish. Herbs provide depth, structure and interesting enhancement to the various grains inherent characteristics. Slight sweetness and the sourness of the rye, backstopped/enhanced by the rosemary and wormwood, the corn sweetness counterpointed by the gentian root,the wheat aromatics complimented by the juniper and cedar. The charcoal filtering leaves a slightly drying effect and adds to a lingering finish. Overall, a complex yet balanced effort.