Robert Brodrecht

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Oryza Review

Rating
4/5

Oryza is the first vodka I’ve had that is distilled from rice. Normally, I’d insert the normal copy about the Vodka Wars and whether a true vodka can be made from rice, but I’m tired of repeating it as more people are trying to produce neutral spirits from different ingredients under the name “vodka.” Mini Review Oryza tastes a lot like really strong saki. There is no burn and it sits well in the mouth.

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Solid Granite Vodka Review

Rating
5/5

Solid Granite Vodka stakes their claim on New Hampshire spring water and locally sourced corn, fermented in-house and distilled 3 times. Unlike some other vodkas, they make their own grain alcohol in small batches. Small batch vodka is typically very opinionated, and sometimes takes a lot of effort to decode. Solid Granite Vodka was a little easier. Straight Solid Granite Vodka is exceptional. It starts with the nose. I don‘t think I‘ve ever talked about

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Azzurre Review

Rating
5/5

Azzurre vodka is sourced from uncommon ingredients. Azzurre one-ups Ciroc, a grape vodka, by claiming apples, grapes, and sugar cane as the ingredients that make up the vodka. As we discussed some time ago, the constituents of vodka is of great debate. In the mid-2000’s, the European Union was in an uproar over Ciroc. According to the incumbents, vodka is made only from the traditional ingredients of cereals (grains, corn, etc), potatoes, and sugar beet

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Cathead Honeysuckle Review

Rating
5/5

As a Southerner, I remember pulling honeysuckle flowers from the vine, flipping them over, grabbing the little green nub, and pulling out the stamen. The nectar of the flower sticks to the silky filament using the anther as a dredge and provided just a drop to taste (forgive me if my armchair botany is incorrect). My sister and I would break down honeysuckle until our parents told us we had to go home or until

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Praga Review

Rating
5/5

Long before vodka became a vehicle for saccharine flavors to pacify clubgoers, vodka was a drink of the people. Vodka, much like beer today, was a part of daily life. Praga brings old world sentiments about vodka from those bygone days to modern culture. While the aesthetic may be out of place in a nightclub, it should resonate well with true vodka aficionados. Praga is trying to make a vodka true to the history of

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1.0.1 Ultra Premium Vodka Review

Rating
5/5

The thing about 1.0.1 Ultra Premium Vodka that struck me hardest was a line from the introduction on the back of the bottle. “Being in the worst situation and making the best of it, experiencing failure.” In the tech industry, we have a saying: fail early, fail often. Surviving adversity makes you stronger if you grow from it. Hermoz Parsa inherited the distillery that his father created. He worked hard to create a vodka that

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Score Review

Rating
5/5

Score Vodka bills itself as “gourmet vodka.” That’s not a term used often in the American vodka market. This phrase got me interested. The more I researched the methodology behind Score, the more it became clear: applying a centuries-old technique with modern high-technology to food products is the very heart of gourmet. It’s easy to forget that vodka is a food product, but juxtaposing the centuries-old technique of milk filtering brings more focus to the

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Twenty 2 Peppercorn Review

Rating
5/5

The Northern Main Distilling Company makes an excellent vodka called Twenty 2. We reviewed the straight vodka previously, explaining the care and craft the company puts behind their product. As it turns out, they are also highly committed to infusions. The produce a 150-proof and 160-proof vodka for at-home infusions. Recently, though, they have introduced their own line of infused vodkas they dub Rested Expressions. Twenty 2 Rested Expressions Black Peppercorn Flavored Vodka is a

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Twenty 2 Orange and Lemon Review

Rating
5/5

The Northern Main Distilling Company makes an excellent vodka called Twenty 2. We reviewed the straight vodka previously, explaining the care and craft the company puts behind their product. As it turns out, they are also highly committed to infusions. The produce a 150-proof and 160-proof vodka for at-home infusions. Recently, though, they have introduced their own line of infused vodkas they dub Rested Expressions. Twenty 2 Rested Expressions Lemon and Orange Flavored Vodka is

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Twenty 2 Coffee Bean Review

Rating
5/5

The Northern Main Distilling Company makes an excellent vodka called Twenty 2. We reviewed the straight vodka previously, explaining the care and craft the company puts behind their product. As it turns out, they are also highly committed to infusions. They produce a 150-proof and 160-proof vodka for at-home infusions. Recently, though, they have introduced their own line of infused vodkas they dub Rested Expressions. Twenty 2 Rested Expressions Coffee Bean Flavored Vodka is probably

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