A Delicate Expression of a Ginger Vodka, Replacing chemicals and brute force with natural and finesse .
Notes: This distillery is a little over 2 years old now and producing even more products.The distillery located in Ovid, New York ( north of Ithaca, New York if that helps anyone) has been producing a number of excellent products over the past couple of years and now with stocks of spirits reaching maturity they are releasing more aged products such as this Ginger Flavored Vodka
Myers Farm Distillery is an organic farm to flask distillery that grows, harvests and distills and bottles their own organic distillates right on their own farm. You can’t get much more organic, low carbon footprint than that. Their products include their Meyer Farm Wheat Spirit White Dog, Myer Farm Corn Whiskey White Dog, Myer Farm Gin, Cayuga Gold Barrel Aged Gin, John Myer Four Grain Whiskey and their Myer Farm Wheat Vodka. An Aged Wheat Vodka has been laid down and currently aging for sale at a later point to be determined. Established in 1868 the farm is a family farm of roughly 1000 acres that grows organic grains and 2 years ago they caught the distilling bug after selling their grain to a number of other distillers .
Grown on their farm is the base grain of this spirit, the organic soft white winter wheat is a softer and more unusual wheat than the more common varieties such as the hard and hard red winter wheats you usually encounter in distilling. The organic ginger used in the vodka comes from The Good Life Farm a source of extremely crunchy organic goodies of almost beyond imagination and scope.
This vodka not only qualifies as craft, local, handmade and organic in ALL it’s ingredients but crunchy granola organic.
Appearance: Clear as a summers day ,with a slight natural ginger tint ( not colored with palate killing caramel or worse) . On swirling it displays a nice wheat germ oiliness in the glass with thick droplets forming on the edge line and no separation of vodka and ginger oils. Nicely done and attractive to the eye.
First Impression: Nicely aromatic real ginger, not some capsicum or worse yet candied chemical crap.
Taste: A delicate expression of a ginger vodka that whispers,vnot shouts, ginger or relies on corn and hot peppers ( or worse – chemical hell broths) to simulate a ginger or what most people believe to be a ginger.
More like a Fiji ginger ( noted for mildness and subtlety over the industrial ginger from China) in subtlety yet presence, it is a breath of fresh air in the flavored vodka field. Buttery ginger with slight vegetal cellulose taste and nice high aromatic ginger notes in a well done oily vodka base which anchors the ginger notes and provides a cream or fatty mouthfeel.
Drinks: Mixes well with anything calling for a ginger flavored vodka ( OK I admit not many of those cocktail out there but the website yummly has quite a few) and the Myer Farm Ginger Flavored vodka works well with tequila and mescal among many other spirits.
Bottle: Heavy clear bell or apothecary shaped bottle with heavy decanter bottom. Simple but tasteful graphics on a ginger colored paper label ( in this case it has a graphic of a ginger stalk with flower buds) and a black synthetic cork with a nicely ridged top make it easy to open. Overall a nicely done if not overly distinctive package.
Other: 100 % organic wheat and grown on the property – Field to Flask ! with th ginger locally grown on the most crunchy granola organic farm you can imagine. Also unlike a lot of other flavored vodkas this one is a full 80 proof ( many of them are now a piddling 70 proof)
Final Thoughts: A light delicate version of a ginger flavored vodka. If you favor subtlety over chemical brute force you will like this one. Using organic ginger from a nearby farm it does not get anymore organic than this – and it actually tastes good too despite all this healthiness !
Website has some information as to the farm and history, product list ( with great tasting notes), list of where to find/buy but could be more informative. There is also a link to their Facebook page which contains much more current information and updates.