August 3, 2007

Cold River Vodka Review

It's time for us to review our second potato vodka in the last few weeks (the other being Zodiac) and we're excited for this one. Cold River Vodka is distilled in Maine from local potatoes by some local folks, and we've been sort of tracking its progress ever since its release a couple years ago.

We've heard some mixed anecdotal reviews about the stuff, but that's mostly from inexperienced drinkers who expect a robust potato vodka to taste like their wussy wheat ones. It's time for us to finally dig in and check out this starchy goodness for ourselves.

Cold River Vodka
Super-Premium Domestic Potato Vodka from Maine
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: Between $30 and $35 for 750ML
Website

The Company Line:
Cold River is triple-distilled in small batches to create a clear, smooth vodka with a subtle sweetness. Our vodka is 100% gluten-free.

The Look:
Cold River stands tall in a frosted bottle that reminds us a bit of the other top shelf vodkas, like Belvedere and Grey Goose.

The Nose:
We detected that sweetness they were talking about, maybe even a slight tinge of vanilla. There was a very faint hint of the sourness we've come to expect from potato vodka as well.

The Taste:
A nice, round mouth, with a bit more burn and a lot more flavor than your typical wheat vodka. If you're an Absolut drinker, you may not like this stuff, but give it a try if you're feeling adventurous. We liked it best chilled or on the rocks, and it made beautiful cocktails if your mixers can stand up to its bigness.

The Verdict:
What is it about potato vodka that makes us want to whip up some Russians? We swear there's something genetic. We also flirted with the idea of creating some kind of meat-based cocktail (meat 'n potatoes, get it?) but refrained. We really liked Cold River, though our gluten-sensitive intern hogged most of the bottle because he was so excited to have a vodka he could enjoy for once.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at August 3, 2007 8:01 AM
Recent Comments

A resident of Maine, my opinion may be a little biased, but I've tasted many vodkas and find this one exceptional. Simple is best. For a vodka it's somewhat complex, so while I've tried it as a Martini base, shaken or stirred is mixing enough. This is Brilliant spirit. If I could afford it, my humble liquor shelf would always hold at least one bottle of this wonderful stuff!


Posted by: M at March 15, 2012 11:01 PM

I have been drinking Cold River for just over a year but the last bottle "tasted funny." The I noticed the plastic stopper instead of the cork. I noticed the taste difference first and the only difference I could determine was the plastic "cork." I will never drink this stuff again unless they reinstitute real cork.


Posted by: Sarge at February 20, 2011 4:58 PM

The Blueberry is quite good but I'm not a big fan of a vodka having a flavor of its own. Another really good vodka in Maine is Twenty 2. I've tried it a couple times and everyone says it's top-notch.


Posted by: Tristan at October 14, 2010 6:02 PM

I attended a recent event at FP3 in Boston & they served the blueberry flavored Cold River Vodka (I know, I thought it would be gross too!) on the rocks with fresh crushed strawberries and basil- SO GOOD and fresh!

I've also had it mixed with lemonade- very tasty!


Posted by: Angie at September 29, 2010 5:18 PM

My Father-in-law got me a bottle of Cold River Vodka for my Birthday. I'm not a straight vodka drinker, but I do love Vodka Tonics. Makes one of the better tasting versions I've had. The extra flavor in CRV that lacks in Absolut and Smirnoff makes for a balanced, smooth and flavorful vodka tonic. The flavors meld well!


Posted by: ooglek at August 31, 2008 8:25 PM
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