How we learned to stop worrying and love the vodka
Vodka would be a supermodel if spirits were people.
It is one of the industry's largest moneymakers and a staple of most bars. Nonetheless, vodka is frequently accused of lacking substance.
But if you’ve been wringing your hands over your vodka-loving friend, cease. There are some new beauties available with brains (thanks to a little age) to fawn over:
Karlsson’s Vodka Batch 2008 ($75): Vodka with terroir may seem like an oxymoron, but no: This Swedish distillery has made a habit of producing small-batch releases made with a single variety of potatoes that changes yearly. The just-released 2008 batch uses the Gammel Svensk Röd potato, and boasts an intensely peppery flavor, perfect on its own or in a Bloody Mary. Click here to buy.
Chase Kentucky Bourbon Aged Vodka ($65): This luxe vodka is aged for several months in American oak barrels that previously held bourbon, resulting in a gentle balance of sharp, earthy heat (the stuff is cask-strength), and mellowed toffee and honey notes. The vodka acts in versatile and delicious ways when mixed; try it in this hybrid cocktail. The vodka is not yet distributed in stores Stateside, but you can snag a bottle online. Click here to buy.