Crater Lake

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Crater Lake is a 40% ABV vodka from the United States. It is filtered with Charcoal. The vodka is produced by Bendistillery, Inc. The quality is considered to be ok. The average price is around $22.45 per 750mL. Rated 2 out of 5 based on 4 reviews.

The bottle states the following:

Pristine Crater Lake was formed from the volcanic eruption of Mt. Mazamama in the Cascade Mountain Range of Oregon. Crater Lake Vodka is handcrafted using crystal clear Cascade Mountain water and filtered ten time S-L-O-W-L-Y, through charcoal and crushed lava rock. Finished off with a touch of aging in oak barrels, Carter Lake Vodka has been internationally awarded for its smooth flavor. If you love pure and natural products, you’ll love our vodka.

Crater Lake Vodka Review

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I got married on October 31st, 2008. Jeremy, my friend of many years brought me several bottles of local vodka for a wedding present. Crater Lake is one.

Crater Lake is small enough batch that it is hand numbered. Very few vodkas we’ve gotten our hands on have that distinction.

The Shot

Crater Lake Vodka is smooth in the mouth but slightly bitter. It has a bitter after taste that burns. It doesn’t quite require a chaser, but it’s nice as the after burn is a little more than I like to leave marinating in my mouth.

The Mixed Drink

Cater Lake Vodka mixed well in a dew driver. It has almost no noticeable flavor at a nearly 50% mix. At least in this application, it’s a good mixer.


Erin said the shot isn’t bad bad. She chased it quickly, but it didn’t have a bad after taste or serious burn.

Crater Lake Vodka is a decent choice of Oregon vodka. It shines brighter as a mixer than it does a s a shooter. If you’re in to the small-batch vodka, this is definitely worth a try.

Rated 2 out of 5.

Robert Brodrecht

  • Crater Lake Vodka Review By Tim

    4 *****

    As good of a Vodka as i can find. I agree with the later reviews with the exception of comparing it to Kettle. It is clean it is smooth and has the perfect nice heat going down.



  • Crater Lake Vodka Review By Jake

    No Rating

    Something is clearly wrong with the above rating. This is a great mild tasting vodka that deserves at the very least a 4 out of 5. It does not have any bitter aftertaste, and even though I use it as mixer the taste is pure enough to drink on ice with just twist of lime. I rank Crater Lake just one small notch below Ketel One.



    • Crater Lake Vodka Review By Robert

      I hope we don’t upset you when we do the Kettle One review! I’ll get a bottle of Crater Lake next time I’m in OR and do a follow up.


  • Crater Lake Vodka Review By Eric

    No Rating

    I live about 150 miles from Bendistillery in Bend Oregon, been to the distillery and sell Crater Lake where I work. I do like this vodka very much…but their Diamond 100 Vodka is the best. It is their Crater Lake vodka filtered an amazing 100 times…this stuff is so crisp, clean and smooth I swear you could quench your thirst with it.



  • Crater Lake Vodka Review By Austijoe

    4 *****

    I’m surprised you didn’t like this vodka more Rob! It reminded me a lot of Titos with the slightly oily velvety mouth feel, but not as intense.

    I still think it has a bit of a slight burn going down, but some might find that enjoyable. It still is a top shelf vodka though!



  • Crater Lake Vodka Review By Alex Karvunis

    No Rating

    Crater Lake Vodka is clean, superbly crafted vodka with just the right amount of after taste to know that you are drinking real vodka and not some flavored, created for the masses, marketing blitz concoction. No gimmicks, no silly names. It is a pure vodka that marries extremely well with just the slightest amount of vermouth. In my humble opinion as a six year bartender, it is hands down the best martini vodka around.

    Alex Karvunis


  • Crater Lake Vodka Review By Dave Youkers

    5 *****

    Had a chance to try both Crater Lake’s regular vodka and their Reserve. The Reserve is absolutely one of the best I’ve tried – clean, smooth with great feel. Makes outstanding vodka-tonics and martini’s. Very good strait with a little ice and a twist of lime. IMHO better than Tito’s (my regular standby), Grey Goose or Kettle One.

    Dave Youkers


  • Crater Lake Vodka Review By Bob S.

    No Rating

    PDG – 4 1/4 out of 5. I actually like it better than GG by about 1/2 pt. I agree better mixed than shots, a little bit too much burn on shots.

    Bob S.


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