June 7, 2007

Reyka Vodka Review

One thing we really like in our booze is personality. Of course, the real important thing is the taste and quality, but it's great to see a little blush of cool in your drink. We're big fans of the marketing campaign for Reyka Vodka - they've got some humor going for them, and we like the tongue-in-cheek things they're doing with their Iceland connection.

Check out some of the humor on their website (link below), and find out if the flavor of Iceland is everything we ever hoped it could be.

Vodka Imported from Iceland
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: About $25 for 750ML
Available at Internet Wines & Spirits

The Company Line:

Reyka is:
- The first vodka distilled and bottled in Iceland (land of puffins, volcanoes and a female president)
- Made from glacial water (sort of like how Jesus turned water into wine, not that Reyka is like Jesus or anything)
- A Vodka flavored Vodka (because if you wanted to taste banana you would just eat a banana)

The Look:
A clear, squat bottle festooned with stylized steam (Reyka is the Icelandic word for geothermal steam). The vodka itself was clear and completely sediment free - as much as we wanted to see chunks of lava rock in there.

The Nose:
Not a huge nose on this guy. Smelled like booze - not much more to it than that, really, but we caught a hint of something sweet there too.

The Taste:
The biggest flavors here were lemons and pepper, but they didn't get in the way of a nice straightforward vodka flavor with a smooth finish. The lingering taste was the spice of pepper, and we could see Reyka making a kickass Bloody Mary. We guess filtering vodka through lava rocks works - it's a good, solid neutral spirit with some nice character we don't often taste in more conventional distillation methods.

The Verdict:
We're fans of Reyka's attitude, and we're fans of the vodka too. Definitely worth picking up for a night of mixing up vodka cocktails or even sipping on the rocks, but we'll have to reserve judgment on whether it actually tastes like Iceland until we actually make the trip over there. Don't be afraid of Reyka just because it's from the land of scary creatures like Bjork - take a deep breath, buy the bottle, and thank us later.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at June 7, 2007 6:50 AM
Recent Comments

Lemon and pepper? Don't taste that at all. It is a good vodka though. I would recommend it over Absolute (the unflavored variety). Its also very easy on the hangover so they aren't bullshitting on the quality

Posted by: Alcoholic at April 5, 2011 9:41 AM

Interesting, they don't even list the geyser label on their website, although they list many other ones.

Posted by: Joshua A. at June 7, 2007 8:38 AM
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