Bee Vodka Hidden Marsh Distillery, Seneca Falls, New York

  • Rating: 9
  • Value: 8
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Proof: 80 Proof (40%)
Age: Not applicable
Price: $48.99 750 ML
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One of only two only vodkas we know of made entirely from honey (not a rectified alcohol and honey vodka mix), Altogether very nicely done and deadly smooth. Highly recommend.

Notes: Pot distilled in a copper potstill and and copper column (see pictures in our Adventure Section) this vodka is made from 100% New York Finger Lakes honey – an expensive and difficult proposition. Triple distilled in individual batches to ensure that the purest hearts of each distillation are separated form the fore shots and feints (the off-smelling hangover material). They also make an excellent apple brandy by the way and have some honey brandies (as yet still aging and unbottled) that are simply amazing.

Appearance: Crystal clear, no sediment whatsoever. On swirling, it leaves a thin clear coat on the inside of the glass with crenellated edge line (meniscus) then quickly dissolves to droplets. Wonderful bright appearance.

First Impression: At first whiff you can immediately tell this is not a grain vodka, and certainly not a potato either. A blind taste test guess would probably be a eau de vie of some sort. Honey and slight floral notes.

Taste: No nasty grain/rubbing alcohol scents to it, good body to it. Very nice smooth taste to it with a hint of honey, citrus, dry not sweet. Slight and very pleasant warming finish to it with a echo of a dry honey at finish.

Drinks: Works well in the standard vodka drinks, touch of sweetness and nice body, plays well with other ingredients. They have developed a few cocktails that they have on their website and I believe this vodka would be a great new vodka for mixologists as it has a number of subtle unique flavors and characteristics that make it a standout for new vodka cocktails.

NOTE: Use Noilly Prat and keep the vermouth refrigerated after opening for the best taste.   

Bottle: Brilliantly clear glass, tall cylindrical bottle with a rounded shoulder and no frosting on the glass (a refreshing change). Simple but interesting graphics are silk screened directly on the glass itself (not on a plastic stick on label as many do) decent synthetic cork is a good tight fit without being a challenge to open.

Final Thoughts: I was actually quite impressed with it. Altogether very nicely done and deadly smooth. Highly recommend. The only vodka we know of made entirely from honey (not a rectified alcohol and honey vodka mix), making a vodka made from one of the most expensive base materials around (maple syrup in Vermont Gold being a close second). While it is pricey, it is by far one of the best vodkas in the Ultra Premium Category and given the price of raw materials costs a lot more than the others to produce so the price is more justified. If you intend to spend around $50 for a bottle of vodka and want real quality rather than a name and flash-buy this one and enjoy it.


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