Review: Viking Vodka / by Jason Hambrey

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100% BC Malted 2-row barley
Distiller Mad Lab (Vancouver, BC)

You don’t see malted barley vodkas too often - in this case, it’s convenient since Mad Lab is focused on eventually making single malt so using barley is convenient. This is one of two vodkas made at mad lab - this one is distilled twice - sort of.

Viking Vodka is made beside Mad Lab’s "standard” vodka which is distilled three times. When distilling with a pot still, the spirit running off the still isn’t all usable - the best spirit comes out in the middle of the distillation run. This is called the “hearts” cut. For Mad Lab Vodka, only a very narrow hearts cut is taken from the third distillation, representing only the cleanest part. However, on either side of this narrow cut is clean spirit which is a part of the hearts cut - this is also collected. And this goes to Viking Vodka. So, I suppose, it’s mostly double distilled, but not fully.

Review (2021)

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  • Bottling Date: ~2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

A slightly grainy aroma, with light coconut notes, toasted grain notes, and light citrus notes. On the palate, it picks up in lemon zest and toasted grain character with a vigorous, creamy, and clean finish. Clean, easy, but it keeps you in check with a bit of bite.

Assessment: Recommended.

Value: High. $25 for a BC barley vodka? Pretty good stuff.