Square One

  • Rating: 8
  • Value: 7
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Proof: 80 (40%)
Age: Not Applicable
Price: $ 35.00 750 ML
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Organic, rye, and excellent

Notes: This Vodka is produced from organic rye from North Dakota (pretty much the gold standard for rye grain) and organically fermented (meaning no genetically modified yeast, phosphates, or anti foaming agents – just plain natural yeast) then distilled 4 times by fractional distillation in a column still, then filtered through carbon. All of this is done within 100 ft of where the grain enters the distillery- this is a craft operation that also tries to be efficient as possible.

Appearance: Crystal clear, no sediment whatsoever. On swirling it leaves a thin clear oily coat (sign of nice body)on the inside of the glass with some legs developing then leaving small droplets rather than receding altogether. Viscous look and feel.

First Impression: Clean distillate smell, a touch sweet but no cloying smell. No smell of esters or oils; clean. Later on, it develops a clean rye grain smell, grains, nuts, etc.

Taste: Slightly oily on the tongue, medium body. Crisp, mild bite to it on the edges of your tongue. Dry, grain-like aftertaste, with a attractively oily body/mouthfeel. Traces of a grain-like aftertaste with a smooth heat. Eminently drinkable.

Drinks: The martini was excellent. In other drinks, it proved to be very versatile and more subtle than a number of other vodkas. NOTE: Use Noilly Prat and  keep the vermouth refrigerated after opening for the best taste.  

Final Thoughts: Vodka for conscious and conscientious people. As a majority women-owned and socially conscious company, both in working conditions and products we wish them well (But the above did not affect our ratings).

They are a stand out from the corporate empires that are churning out oceans of soulless vodka for the masses. Buying a bottle of this vodka is not only a political/ideological statement but makes sense from taste point of view.

Bottle: Rectangular clear glass bottle with pressed design of three concentric squares with squared off shoulder. Paper label at top, small one at bottom, clear silk screened label on side show off the purity of the vodka to good effect. Dark silver neck foil.

Distinctive bottle with clean lines and easy-to-handle. Real cork stopper gives it a nice feel (A screw cap detracts from a premium presentation in my mind)

The glass bottle is made form a good grade of glass so you can reuse it for whatever you like,vase,candle holder etc., and the labels are soy inks and so about as environmentally friendly as you can get. Another plus is that the labels are easily removable so you can reuse the bottle for whatever (oils, infusions, etc.) with a minimum of fuss and effort.

Also being square you can use them for construction projects if you (and a lot of your friends) want to build something (saw this done with a house built out of 1000’s of bottles and cement)

Web site:  

Fast loading, attractive layout once you get the hang of it. Decent amount of information. Easy-to-read. Good content and descriptions. Small recipe section although most of the recipes while inventive, are rather exotic and use ingredients not found easily outside of major metropolitan areas.

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