As I mentioned before, the same folks that make Taaka also make Rain vodka. Learning this made me leery of the brew, but I decided to give this organic, supposedly small-batch vodka a shot. I had some trouble getting the plastic seal off of the bulbous cork top, but it was well worth it.
Rain first comes across as sweet, which is surprising coming from a vodka in its price range. It’s so far beyond Taaka, that I feel silly for even mentioning it. There is a bitterness in the aftertaste and a slight burn as it makes its way down to my stomach. I can’t express my surprise enough. This is actually a good shooting vodka. I only barely crave a chaser.
The Mixed Drink
I opted for the tried-and-true Simply Orange High Pulp screw driver for this review. What makes this vodka a good shooter makes it a great mixer. The sweetness I tasted in the shot enhances the flavor of the orange juice. I’ve never had such a pleasant experience with a vodka in this price range.
I mixed Erin’s passion fruit with a little more vodka. When she drank it, she exclaimed, “Whoa! There’s vodka in this!” After a short pause, she reflected in a thoughtful tone of voice, “but it’s good.” She was, overall, fond of Rain vodka. I did a shot with Daniel. He wasn’t wild about it, commenting only on the burn. He got side tracked before he could say too much else. I think his ultimate opinion was that it was alright.
I think Rain vodka is good. I would expect to pay 40% more for a vodka that tastes this good. If you’ve never had Rain vodka, go pick up a bottle right now. If you’ve had Rain vodka before, you should probably go buy another bottle. Bring it to a party. For the price, you can afford to let your friends drink it with you.