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Vodka - Vermont Gold


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Vermont Spirits Gold Vodka

Duncan Spirits, St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Maple Syrup Sap
PROOF: 80 (40%) 
AGE: Not Applicable
TYPE: American, Non Grain

PRICE: $ 38.00 - 750 ML 


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: We are revisiting this vodka as they have recently come back to the market and their situation (after changing hands a number of times) has stabilized. This Vodka is produced in St Johnsbury, Vermont from maple sap in a distillery that is seriously crunchy granola, even for Vermont. The operation is off the grid- no electricity hookups.

The distillery has glass sides to maximize natural light for working. As someone from the Northeast and descended from a long line of maple syrup makers, I have a lot of respect for what they are doing. Maple sap gathering is a time-and-labor intensive process. Anyone who has done it will respect what these people have accomplished (and not complain about the price).

One important note is this is a wheat/gluten free product (in fact entirely grain free - one of the few vodkas that can lay claim to that) so anyone with a intolerance to wheat should consider it as an alternative to many of the vodkas out there.

AppearanceCrystal clear, no sediment whatsoever or separation. Medium thick body. On swirling it leaves a a thin clear coat on the inside of the glass, then some beading (droplets) and legs forming.

First Impression Maple sweetness with clean alcohol notes. You can tell at first whiff this is going to be a treat.

TasteSweet, thick, and slightly oily on the tongue, toasted wood and grain notes (carmelization of sugars) leading to a incredibly smooth taste like the lightest (and best) grade of maple sugar or the butter cream you can make from same with a wonderful warming alcohol tale to it. Almost a vodka malt syrup if one can imagine such a thing. Damn near perfect!

DrinksI'll cop out and quote from Duncan, the original distiller, he said it very succinctly: 'Vermont Spirits Gold stands on its own alone. Let first-time tasters drink it neat at room temperature, in a clean glass with no ice. For a martini, shake it with ice and add nothing but a twist of fresh, preferably organic lemon."

For mixed drinks that feature fruit juice, vermouth or Kahlúa, use another vodka. My suggestion might be to try it with a flamed twist to caramelize the lemon oil a bit. Another suggestion is if you are making a petit punch (rum, cane syrup, wedge of lime, one ice cube) use this instead of the cane.    

Bottle: Distinctive, in that it is tall, rectangular, bright clear glass with rounded shoulders, and NO frosting unlike the sea of others. The bottle has changed in that they no longer use a hand dipped wax seal to finish the bottle anymore - they use a simpler metal foil cap instead - which we personally think is a pity. Simple graphics silkscreened or printed directly onto the glass. Gold maple leaf shows through back to front to distinguish the ingredients. Nice heft to the bottle and a good grade of clear glass with nice foot to it. Bottle was imported from France and is of very high quality - lovely sparkling glass to showcase an excellent product.

Final Thoughts: Finally, a high end vodka that is clearly worth the money on merit, not name or just plain greed. This vodka has both a ingredient and quality class that is singular. There is no other vodka that uses these ingredients or has a similar taste profile.

Website: http://www.vermontspirits.com  

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