Reviews Vodka

Nemiroff Honey Pepper Vodka, 90 Points

Flavored spirits are always a challenge, in large part because one of the reviewer’s tasks is to suggest a prospective place in the cocktailian’s toolkit. That said, while not an extraordinary sipper, I think this Nemiroff entry has a place in that toolkit. Cocktail Recommendation: A classically-rendered Sherry Cobbler, but with the Nemiroff Honey Pepper Vodka subbing for sherry, resulting in a comparatively high-proof refresher served over pebbled ice.

Three Olives Rosé Vodka

This is a new entry in an increasingly crowded field. While I won’t be sipping this neat, I can see myself serving it on the rocks with a splash of soda and enjoying it with friends on a warm summer’s evening. Cocktail Recommendation: This is a tough one, in part because I have trouble imagining wanting to modify this very delicate juice, in part because, in a manner of speaking…

Seattle Distilling Vodka

This vodka is no blank canvas. In fact, it’s one of the more distinctive ones I’ve tasted, and its price reflects that. Cocktail Recommendation: Because it’s characterful to the point of aggressive, I don’t think it’s a sipper. Rather, I think its highest and best use is in any standard vodka cocktail where one wants the vodka to play a featured role and not serve as mere spirited background.