Robert Brodrecht

Posts and Reviews by Robert Brodrecht

Success Vodka Review

Rating
5/5

You may not have heard of Success Vodka until now, but it has a pedigree any vodka drinker should be familiar with. The lead distiller, Jeff Thurmon, isn’t new to the game; he first helped develop a little vodka out of Texas called Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Jeff worked with Tito from 1998 – 2001 while Tito’s was first kicking off, right before the vodka bested 71 high-priced vodkas to win the San Francisco World Spirit

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Balls Vodka Review

Rating
5/5

Let’s get it out of the way. Balls is an odd name for a vodka. A name like Balls may put a few people off, but, as it turns out, the folks at Balls are pretty cheeky about it. The front page of the website is emblazoned with, “That’s right, we called it Balls.” With balls enough to call a vodka Balls, then put a pinup girl on the label, I have to have confidence

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Breckenridge Vodka Review

Rating
5/5

VodkaBuzz was launched in Breckenridge, Colorado, on March 10th, 2008. I feel like the site has come full circle, after 7 years, now that I have a bottle of Breckenridge Vodka from Breckenridge Distillery. So, it’s with great hope that I crack open this bottle. Straight Breckenridge Vodka is almost flavorless in the mouth except for a slight sweetness. It feels nice in my mouth, almost silky, and has no burn on the swallow. The

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Anestasia Review

Rating
5/5

Anestasia Vodka is ambitious. Hailing from Bend, OR, Anestasia aims to be the true 100% American-made ultra-premium vodka by trying to source the entire supply chain from the US, and the work to achieve that goal is a compelling story. The vodka was conceived by artist and entrepreneur Yuliya Mamontova. Both Mamontova’s parents have a history of producing vodka in Russia and Ukraine. Anestasia is as much the realization of Mamontova’s heritage as it is

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Reyka Review

Rating
4/5

I’ve seen Reyka on the local liquor store shelves for awhile, but I never got around to trying it. Fortunately, I got a bottle from my coworker Logan for Christmas, which, as you may have guessed, is a perfect gift for a guy with a penchant for vodka. The Shot Reyka is a little harsh. It has a stiff burn, but it seems intentional. I can feel it in my mouth like a ball of

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Ivanabitch Menthol Tobacco Review

Rating
5/5

I had a lot to say about the smell of raw tobacco. In short, the smell is somehow intoxicating to me, and Ivanabitch made a wonderful tobacco flavored vodka. The obvious next step, at least in terms of cigarettes, is to go menthol. As I said in my previous review, I don’t like cigarettes. I’m not a smoker. In my opinion, the only thing worse than a plain cigarette is a menthol cigarette. But, menthol

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Ivanabitch Tobacco Review

Rating
5/5

When I poured the first shot of Ivanabitch Tobacco, the tobacco smell hit my nose like a shot. This vodka doesn’t smell like cigarettes. It smells like sweet, pure tobacco. I don’t know where my affinity for this fragrance originated. I detest cigarettes, but I have some fond feeling for the smell of raw tobacco. It is sweet and deeply organic; it is from the earth but etherial because this particular sweetness is atypical of

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Corbin California Estate Grown Sweet Potato Vodka Review

Rating
5/5

Corbin California Estate Grown Sweet Potato Vodka (or Corbin Vodka for short) is unique. Instead of using a traditional potato, they were the first to go the uncharted rout of making a sweet potato vodka. It was no small feat to tame the sweet potato into a vodka worth drinking. It started with the Souza family-owned sweet potato farm in California’s San Joaquin Valley and a willingness to try something different with their sweet potato

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American Harvest Review

Rating
5/5

I had seen American Harvest on the shelves of my local ABC store, then saw a random article calling American Harvest the better version of Grey Goose made in America. I figured I should investigate. The Shot At room temperature, American Harvest is pleasant. Like they advertise on the bottle, the vodka is silky on the tongue with a sweet flavor that is easy to call clean. On the swallow, there’s no burn. After a

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Drinking With A Vodka Sommelier

Kevin Pilley at the New Zealand Herald had an opportunity to drink with Viktor Korheev, “Russia’s only full-time professional vodka sommelier,” which sounds like the greatest job in the world. Pilley was late to the meeting and forced to drink the penalty shot, a Russian custom dating back to the time of the Tsars. Korheev imparts so many short quips about Russian and vodka history, and how vodka is intrinsically tied to Russa, that I

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