Reyka

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Reyka is a 40% ABV vodka from Iceland. It is filtered with Lava Rock. The vodka is imported by William Grant and Sons. The quality is considered to be great. The average price is around $21.81 per 750mL. Rated 4 out of 5 based on 6 reviews.

The bottle states the following:

EIMAĐ Á ÍSLANDI

Small batch vodka hand crafted in Iceland.

Traditionally distilled and filtered through ancient arctic lava rocks.

Arctic Spring Water.
Carter Head Still.
Lava Rock Filtration.
Crafted in Borgarnes, Iceland.

Reyka Vodka Review

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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 lead. That said, it’s almost sweet in the mouth. It’s smooth on the swallow with the same slightly sweet flavor left on my tongue. It’s a good shooter in the right setting, maybe with meat-based hor dourves, but I would pick something else up if I wanted to enjoy straight vodka.

The Mixed Drink

I mixed Reyka with sweet tea. The vodka isn’t terribly assertive but I can definitely taste the vodka, especially in the aftertaste. It’s not the best mixer I’ve had, but it is distinctive. I’d rather drink it straight, but it’s not bad in a cocktail.

Final Opinions

Reyka is an odd vodka. It’s small batch, and I typically have problems with small batch. It’s a good vodka, but I don’t have a place for it. I think it’d be a good dinner party vodka or maybe a good vodka for a bloody marry. If you’re in that sort of market, give Reyka a try. Otherwise, you might want to look for something else.

Thanks again, Logan!

Rated 4 out of 5.

Robert Brodrecht

  • Reyka Vodka Review By taffyg2003

    4 *****

    I had a Reyka martini up with olives for the first time several weeks when I noticed it on the shelf of the bar at a local restaurant. I was impressed overall. It seemed very smooth and had little flavor. In a way, it reminded me of Crystal Head.

    Fast forward to yesterday at my home. I recently found Reyka at a local liquor store, so I picked up a 1 liter bottle for $28. The martini it made was a bit more assertive than the one I had at the restaurant, so perhaps the bartender let the vodka sit on ice longer than I do. Though it had a mild Russian vodka-like bite that the restaurant martini did not, it was creamy, sweet, and smooth on the swallow. In fact, it was possibly the sweetest and creamiest vodka that I’ve ever tasted. I don’t know what starch is used to create this vodka, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were potato, due to the creaminess. There is a bit more initial bite than I have become accustomed to from my go-to at-home inexpensive vodka, Luksusowa, which detracts slightly from the overall experience.

    Ultimately, I really enjoy Reyka, and am torn between rating it 4 or 5 stars. Given that I can’t commit to 5 stars without hesitation, I will give it a very high 4 stars.

    Cheers!

    taffyg2003

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  • Reyka Vodka Review By Scott

    1 *****

    I’ve purchased Reyka twice. The first time I had it, I liked it. Several months later, I purchased it again. This time, I swear, it smells like feet. I mean this literally. It’s disgusting. I hate it. Even in a mixed drink, I’m hating it. My preference for or against other drinks (including vodkas) has not changed, so I can only assume that the product has changed somehow. It’s revolting.

    Scott

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  • Reyka Vodka Review By Milan

    4 *****

    I like it. smooth, clean and nice on the nose. More for sipping than in mixers.

    Milan

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  • Reyka Vodka Review By Eric

    4 *****

    I think it’s the best vodka I have drank in years . Especially if chilled James Bond would be proud to have a vodka martini with reyka

    Eric

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  • Reyka Vodka Review By Frank

    1 *****

    This was harsh, and unbearable straight at room temp. Stoli costs the same and as bold as that is, you won’t feel like gagging.

    Frank

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    • Reyka Vodka Review By Milan

      Frank, its OK not to like the taste, but comparing it to Stoli is insulting.

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