July 28, 2006

Altius Vodka Review

Altius Vodka
Vodka Micro-Distilled from Grain Sugar in Colorado
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: About $30 for 750ml
Altius Website

Vodka TwistFor most people the great state of Colorado means one of two things - ski trips and John Denver. We've come to discover there are other high points in the state, and we're not talking about the Rocky Mountains. We got our hands on a bottle of Altius Vodka recently, an export from the Centennial State that aspires to distinguish itself from the vodka pack by using fresh Colorado spring water to try to capture the essence of the state's great outdoor heritage. If you've ever hiked in the Rock Mountains of CO you know what we mean...once you get up high enough the air smells cleaner, everything seems brighter and you get a little buzz of the lack of oxygen in your bloodstream.

But does Altius live up to its Rocky Mountain High aspirations? We believe it does so read on for our full tasting notes and decide for yourself.

Color: Clear
Just like all well-made vodkas, Altius is clear as a bell both in bottle and glass.

Nose: Be a Pepper
It's been a while since we reviewed a straight up unflavored vodka, and we'd forgotten how much we liked it. The smell was herbaceous up front with a peppery back end that reminded us a bit of what we like about Ketel One, which ranks high among our favorite vodkas.

Taste: Feel the Burn
The Ketel One comparison carried on in our first taste as well, and the flavor was crisp, clear and smooth. The vodka thickened a bit in our mouths as we rolled it on our tongues. The finish was clear and peppery and not too long. All in all we were impressed. Our favorite drink we mixed with Altius was a bone-dry vodka martini with a twist of lemon, and it was also a favorite among the interns; go to the site for more Altius drink recipes.

Verdict: Buy It
We know this one will be a tough one since it's only available in Colorado right now, but if you find yourself in the presence of a bottle we say give it a try. We think Ketel drinkers will definitely like it, and so will anyone who has a taste for high-end vodka. We don't think Altius is for slopping together with any old fruit juice, but we recommend it on the rocks with a twist, in a vodka martini, or any other way you can mix it without stomping all over the flavor.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at July 28, 2006 7:17 AM
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