The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 20 imported vodkas with a panel of 12 judges. Each of the vodkas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery.
Finish: Light almond, strong pepper, clean, fresh, perfect on the rocks.(Nova Scotia)Distilled from Canadian maritime-grown winter wheat, Nova Scotian spring water. Nose: Cranberry, sweet melon, grassy, light grain, dusty, wet stone, delicate.
Palate: Chocolate cream, creamy, powdered sugar, bitter lemon, pink peppercorn, coffee grounds, complex mineral.
Finish: Raspberry custard, pastry dough, peppery, spicy, clean.(Russia)Distilled from wheat & rye. Water sourced from Israel’s natural aquifers and the Sea of Galilee. Nose: Soft peach, citrus, potato, menthol, mineral, very subtle, delicate.
Palate: Caramel, light cream, tropical fruit, peppery peach, nutty, dusty, rounded, extremely smooth, soft, mellow.
Palate: Lovely red berries, orange zest, floral, violets, cream, dough, leather, delicate, smooth.
Finish: Black pepper, clean, delicate, smooth.(Sweden)Organic winter wheat & barley, handmade copper & gold still, distilled 34 times.Finish: Vanilla, soft and creamy, mellow.(Romania)Distilled from premium quality wheat, filtered through birch charcoal and silver ions.Nose: Citrus, hay, straw, light cream, clean slate.Nose: Lemon oil, anise, dough, fresh bread, grain, light cream. Palate: Toffee, sweet cream, powdered sugar, leafy dry maple, melon, dried violet, pepper, smooth.Palate: Raspberry, red fruit, creamy, powdered sugar, nut, coffee, herbal, hot pepper, cigar box, mineral, velvety. Finish: Cocoa, chocolatey, spice, pepper.(Israel)Blend of wheat, barley, olives, figs, dates, grapes & pomegranates.Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.