November 14, 2005

Ikon Russian Vodka Review

Ikon True Russian Vodka
80 proof Russian premium vodka
Typical Price: Less than $15 for 750ml - Buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits

Ikon VodkaInitial Thoughts: One of the things we find interesting about vodka is the fact that it's not really supposed to have a taste. Other liquors brag about their distinctive and bold flavors, but with vodka it's more like, "We taste the most like water." OK, maybe that's an oversimplification, but one of the things we liked about Ikon vodka was the fact that it had such a clean taste without an overpowering alcoholic tinge. We did some reading on the stuff, and that might have something to do with the fact that it's quadruple-distilled, and then filtered through birch wood four times before it's bottled.

We're not sure what effect the birch wood has on the taste, but we were impressed with the clean nose when we sniffed a glass of it straight. When we first discovered Ikon we were impressed by the vodka's lineage and the awards it has won all over the world. When we took our first sip, we were impressed by the taste. Clean and distinctive, it offered a slight mineral tang but it was never overpowering or oily on the tongue. When we sipped it over ice we liked it even better, and all in all we found it lived up to its claim that it could "out-Ketel" Ketel One. On top of everything else, typical retail price is somewhere in the neighborhood of $12.99, a damn good price for a damn good vodka.

Cocktail Recipes: We went simple with Ikon, enjoying it the most on the rocks or mixed with a splash of seltzer or tonic water. We also mixed up a mean martini that was a hit among the interns, and we were big fans of the Vodka Chiller, a recipe we found on the Ikon site:

Vodka Chiller
1.5oz Ikon Vodka
7oz Ginger Ale
Garnish with Lime Wedge

Finishing Thoughts: Not only was Ikon great-tasting vodka, we were impressed with the value. You can get a bottle of the stuff for about the price of a twelve pack of micro-brewed beer. The last time we paid less than $15 for a bottle of vodka we nearly regretted it, but Ikon has once again restored our faith that great taste doesn't have necessarily have to be accompanied by a high price. The next time you're reaching for a top-shelf brand, think about picking up a bottle of Ikon instead, especially if you'll be using it as a mixer. Your tongue - and your wallet - will thank you.

Learn more about Ikon vodka and find out where to get a bottle near you at IkonVodka.net.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at November 14, 2005 9:32 PM
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