Review: Parkland Wheat Vodka (Lone Pine Distilling) / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

100% Hard White Alberta Wheat
Distiller Lone Pine Distilling (Edmonton, AB)

The parkland area of Alberta includes the metropolitan areas of Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer but it still has 2/3 of its area dedicated to agriculture. This vodka is made from wheat sourced from around the Parkland region in Alberta, and distilled twenty times through the 18 foot-high twin distillation columns at Lone Pine Distilling and then carbon-filtered to give a very clean spirit.

Bryan Anderson, the president of Lone Pine Distilling, talks of the character of the grain: “in our view, the wheat tasting profile is reflective of the base wheat used - hard white.” You don’t often see hard white wheat in spirits - typically, distillers go after soft red winter wheat that is found in all the full/part wheat whiskies I know of.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The nose on this vodka is awesome – very grainy, rich, and slightly spicy – not unlike an extremely clean, light, and very refined whisky new make with the grain and spice notes. There are light orange and toffee notes too. The palate is slightly sweet, with a light orange and wheat character and a long, creamy finish with some white pepper, vanilla, and hazelnut. Maybe the best finish I’ve ever had on a vodka. Despite those flavours, don’t interpret them to say that this has big flavour – it’s very light, very subtle. And very good.

Very highly recommended. One of the best vodkas I’ve had this year.