Vodka

Review: Wolfhead Vodka by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of wolfhead distillery.

Image courtesy of wolfhead distillery.

ABV
40%
Aging
None
Recipe
100% wheat
Distiller Wolfhead (Amherstburg, Ontario)

Wolfhead distillery makes this vodka from wheat, which tends to give vodkas a good mixture of sweetness and texture with a bit of a grainy bite. Once the wheat mash is fermented, it is distilled seven times to get a pure product.

I’ve done a lot of vodkas recently, which may surprise some - but, it’s mainly because I’ve had a pandemic discovery - I quite enjoy both vodka martinis and gin martinis if there is a good dry vermouth to use. And, pretty well, the better the vodka, the better the martini.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

  • Bottling Code: N/A

Very clean and slightly creamy with very subtle light blueberry, white pepper, almond, and a slight note of plaintain chips. There is a slight perception of sweetness on the nose. It is clean, light, and very smooth on the palate. The finish is clean, creamy, and maintains that slight perception of sweetness. Once the initial finish fades, everything brightens up slightly with some bean sprout notes.

Highly recommended.


Review: Field Corn Vodka (Lone Pine Distilling) by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

ABV
40%
Aging
None
Recipe
100% Alberta Corn
Distiller Lone Pine Distilling (Edmonton, AB)

This vodka is made from Alberta corn, and made quite intensively - it is distilling twenty times and carbon filtered before bottling. Lone Pine makes two different vodkas - one from corn, one from wheat. If anyone thinks vodkas from different grains taste the same, or that all vodkas taste alike, these are two perfect examples of why that isn’t true. Corn tends to give vodkas with good body and an underlying sweetness.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The nose here is quite sweet for a vodka- slight vanilla, nutty chocolate notes (like Ferrero Rocher), citrus zest, and some light earthiness. It’s thick on the palate, slightly sweet, with a background of earthy notes and a big flourish of spice on the finish especially white pepper.

Very clean, very easy, but still sharp and spicy. It’ll shine however you drink your vodka (and for me, especially in vodka forward cocktails).

Highly recommended.


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

Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

ABV
40%
Aging
None
Recipe
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.


Review: Mr. Jones Premium Vodka by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Jones Distilling.

Image courtesy of Jones Distilling.

ABV
40%
Aging
None
Recipe
100% corn
Distiller Jones Distilling (Revelstoke, BC)

This vodka is made from corn, single-distilled and then charcoal filtered. This was the first product released from Jones distilling in Revelstoke - followed by their gins, cordials, and bathtub gins.

This vodka is distilled to a high proof and then watered down using pristine mountain water from Greely creek, located on the northern slopes of Revelstoke Mountain Resort. It is bottled without addititives.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The vodka is light, and clean with the lightest notes of almond, citrus peel, and berry notes. Towards the end, a light earthiness builds up before letting down into a soft, glowing finish. Notably, there are light touches of mineral notes which add great complex subtlety.

The mouthfeel is terrific and full. Corn is known to produce a rich, buttery mouthfeel on vodkas - well, it did the trick here.

Assessment: Highly Recommended.


Review: Presence Vodka (Copper Spirit Distillery) by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
40%
Aging
None
Recipe
100% BC Wheat
Distiller Copper Spirit (Bowen Island, BC)

This vodka is made from 100% wheat from a co-op in Armstrong BC, using organic, non-GMO grain and yeast. It is based on an old russian recipe, distilled 22 times (!!!) to 95% alcohol before being diluted down to 40% with water. However, the 5% that isn’t alcohol is where the presence of the grain character is transmitted to the drinker - soft, light grain notes. Hence, the name presence.

The label is beautiful, and if you take a close look, you’ll see that it is representative of water - a crucial ingredient in vodka.


Review (2021)

  • Batch:

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

Very creamy, with light grain notes on the nose. Subtle nuances of fresh berries, baking bread, and a light nuttiness. The wheat notes, indeed, create subtle nuances and works well with some of the perceived sweetness. The finish is drying, which I really like. It’s clean and clear, but with some nice subtle nuances.

Assessment: Highly Recommended.