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Grey Goose Vodka

Grey Goose Vodka is produced by Grey Goose – a France based spirits brand. Founded in 1997 by Sidney Frank and François Thibault, they began with a focus on creating vodka with less neutrality and more distinct flavor. Grey Goose was bought out by Bacardi in 2004. It is made using high quality Picardie wheat that is single origin and non-GMO. The wheat is milled on site, before going through a saccharification process, and then fermented using a custom system they call a “cascade”. Grey Goose is only distilled once, with the goal of preserving the character of the wheat. The pure, natural spring water used is sourced from a well in […]

Bottle of Monopolowa Vodka sitting on a wooden table, in front of a mixed white and wooden background

Monopolowa Vodka

Monopolowa Vodka is produced by J.A Baczewski, a family-owned company that produces several spirits such as vodka, whisky, and gin. Founded in 1782 near Lviv, the brand has undergone a long and complex history, and takes pride in once being the drink of choice among elites of the royal court. Although the Polish operations were destroyed for political reasons in 1939, family heirs recovered the recipes and continued the brand’s legacy in the 1950s. It is now based in Vienna, Austria. This particular bottle of Monopolowa Vodka is made using potatoes, which are cooked in steamers before being fermented with yeast for about 72-96 hours. It […]

clear liquid in a rounded glass bottle with blue lettering that reads Trader Joe's Small Batch Vodka

Trader Joe’s Small Batch Vodka

With the overwhelming number of other spirits available on the market, I’m not usually interested in any produced by grocery stores. But while browsing for some new cocktail mixers, I found Trader Joe’s Small Batch Vodka hard to pass up because of the surprising low price. I’m also always a sucker for a simple bottle design. So, let’s see if I would come to regret my first experience with a grocery store branded spirit. Trader Joe’s Small Batch is a corn-based neutral spirit that, as the name suggests, is distilled in small batches. In fact, it’s distilled 10 times before being charcoal filtered and bottled at 44% ABV. I couldn’t find […]

Bottle of Pravda Vodka sitting on a wooden table, in front of a mixed white and wooden background

Pravda Vodka

Pravda Vodka is produced by Pravda – a Poland-based brand that produces handcrafted rye vodka. Made using sweet rye grain and spring water from the Carpathian Mountain Reserve, Pravda Vodka undergoes a thorough 5-step distillation process in column stills. They take special pride in the next step, which involves a uniquely designed copper still that claims to result in an extra fine and gentle flavor. The spirit and the spring water are then blended through a slow, 2-week long process to produce what Pravda describes as an “Azeotropic mixture”. Afterwards, the mixture undergoes a charcoal filtration process using a unique charcoal […]

Meili Vodka

Meili Vodka is produced by Meili Spirits, a celebrity vodka brand owned by Jason Mamoa and Blaine Valvorson. Based in Bozeman, Montana, Meili is created with locally sourced grains and pure, unprocessed spring water from an alpine aquifer. They own the family-run farms that produce their grains, which are strategically located close to the distillery for a lower carbon footprint. Although not much is disclosed about their production process, they do mention that their vodka is rested at the end of the distillation process, before being bottled in hand-blown, post-consumer recycled glass bottles. They take pride in the fact that no two […]