11 Best Vodka To Drink Straight
We all know how versatile vodka is, but this has hampered vodka as a spirit for so long with it being seen as a clean, yet tasteless spirit. Well, we think it is time that vodka steps into the limelight a bit. Afterall, all of the award winning vodkas in recent times have a subtle hint of flavour with interest around taste on the palate. They have sweet scented aromas and warm pleasant aftertastes. They’re not bland. They’re certainly not tasteless anymore.
What Makes A Good Vodka To Drink Straight Up?
Similar to how you’d rate a normal vodka, vodka to drink neat should have a creamy texture. The flavours should combine harmoniously citrus and a pepper or spice undertone for depth. It also doesn’t matter what the base ingredients are, be it potato, rye or wheat - as long as they are the finest quality and the distillation process creates purity but also adds flavour. It is also worth noting that many in this list are from potatoes as they tend to have a slightly sweeter taste than wheat or barley which many prefer in a vodka to drink straight. Lastly, the vodka should be clean and obviously shouldn’t burn the throat (meaning it has a smooth finish). Nowadays many vodkas are infused or flavoured, however this list is only focused on vodka that is plain.
Best Vodka To Drink Straight Up
Elyx is Absolut’s premium luxury vodka offering, yet many do not associate it as any different to Absolut’s main offering. It is. Firstly, it is distilled entirely by hand using a vintage copper column from 1921 giving it full bodied, silky texture. Secondly, its flavours of macadamia nuts, creamed cereal, garnishes of white chocolate and buttery notes of freshly baked bread make it a well-balanced hint of mellow spice and balanced richness. Thirdly, others agree with it’s quality. Absolut Elyx was awarded 2 Gold Medals in the Vodka Category at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012 and 2013. It is also the first Vodka rated 96 out of 100 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2016. The recommended serving is either on the rocks, in martinis or in cocktails. We say it is best for drinking neat with ice.
Beautifully crystal-clear in appearance, Stolichnaya Elit Ultra Luxury Vodka is fresh on the nose with a sweet aroma. It comes with a smooth and harmonious flavour on exquisitely pure and clean vodka that is balanced with a rounded and smooth finish. A sweet citrus zest and creme anglais undertone is tasted throughout. Delightful.
Known as being one of the purest vodkas, Reyka stands out with its unique filtration through Icelandic lava rock. Distillation is through a copper still and uses pure arctic spring water giving it an unrivalled purity in quality. Produced in small batches, this award winning vodka, has an extremely smooth, clean flavour making it great to enjoy on the rocks or mixed in a vodka.
Produced according the strict quality regulations by the acclaimed Polmos Bialystok Distillery, the only distillery in Poland authorised to produce Bison Grass Vodka.
The water used for Zubrowka comes from the deepest well in the ecologically cleanest region of Poland.
The grass is harvested by hand in the Polish summer when it has reached full height and maximum flavour intensity. It is then left to dry naturally and cut down to the proper length.
As one of the finest, if not the finest Polish vodka Belvedere admired around the world. Many regard it as the best Polish vodka. What is fascinating is that in Poland it is a lot less popular. But what makes Belvedere so good?
It comes down to two things; it is distilled four times (whereas the standard is two or three times) and it is made with rye grain. This all makes it one of the most recommended vodkas to drink straight up. For all of this extra processing Belvedere does cost more than other Polish vodka, however its worldwide popularity shows it is worth it.
Recommended to be served chilled and store in fridge or freezer, Beluga Gold Line is the standard for vodka to be consumed straight. It is produced from malt using a natural fermentation process without the addition of enzymes. After distillation Beluga undergoes quartz sand filtration and is rested for three months prior to bottling. Beluga Gold Line is a limited edition product and each bottle comes with an elegant hammer and brush for cleaning out the sealing wax.
Chase original potato vodka
Ketel One represents one of the oldest distillery traditions in the world where for over 325 years the Nolet family has been in the business. The quality of this wheat based vodka comes from a combination of original 19th century coal-fired copper pots and modern distilling techniques creating a silky softness and subtle flavours. The taste includes hints of citrus and honey with a clean, crisp snap. It is highly recommended to drink both neat on the rocks or within cocktails and mixers.