Reyka Vodka: Tastes Like Iceland
We like ice. Ice is an ingredient in a lot of our drinks. Iceland has lots of ice, so they must just make drinks all the time. OK, so the logic isn't that great, but one drink from Iceland we'd like to try is Reyka Vodka.
Reyka Vodka is Iceland's first ever vodka. The word derives form the Icelandic word for steam; it is geothermal steam that powers the distillery. They also use perhaps the purest water yet used in the production of vodka, drawn from a 4,000-year-old lava field it is so pure that it requires no treatment or demineralization, which most other distillers have to do. Apparently the water used for Reyka is so pure that Volvic has a content of dissolved solids that's five times higher than Reyka's, Evian's level is nearly 15 times higher.
We were unaware that Iceland was known for its lava, being ICEland and all, but apparently Reyka is filtered through volcanic rock instead of the charcoal used by a lot of other vodka companies. I guess there aren't many trees in Iceland, and they don't want to burn them up to make vodka. Understandable. We've never had vodka filtered through lava before, but we bet it's AWESOME.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at November 12, 2005 7:01 PM
Purchased a bottle of this on a whim one night for some pre-gaming... the Vodka is so smooth you can literally drink it with a full glass and little more than a shot of mixer and even then the flavor just taste like watered down mixer. Excellent Vodka, the best I've tried by far ... it's been over a month since that night and Reyka has become a weekend ritual for me and a few friends... I highly recommend it.
Took a bottle of Reyka to my tailgate party last weekend.It allowed me to taste about 15 of my closest friends and everyone agreed that this is one of the best Vodkas they had tried. Straight, Mixed and as shooters it held up well. Very impressive
I was introduced to Reyka about a week ago at Bar 21 in Burbank CA, and I will never go back... I am a vodka-rocks drinker, and I am the designated 'taster' for all new vodka that they are thinking of stocking. Up until Reyka, I was drinking Ultimat, and thankfully they were stocking a bottle just for me... now I am disappointed that I have to finish the bottle of Ultimat in order to make room for more Reyka.
This brand is super-smooth - when its cold it really is just like water... Even people I know that don't like vodka admit it is the best stuff they have ever tasted - and that is chilled with no mixer(s)! I think it would be a waste to make this a mixing vodka, however, if you don't want to taste your alcohol this stuff could be dangerous. The folks in Iceland did very well with this one.
I tried Reyka last night at a tasting. Out of the bottle, it seemed to have more body than what I'm used to. I should mention that I prefer Stoil's 100 and Ciroc. It also seemed to have a little bite to it, but no after taste. My first impression was that it would make good vodka to use in mixes. Now after some reflection, I'd say it's worth picking up a bottle just to sample its unique character.