Double Cross Vodka Review
We got our bottle of Double Cross Vodka a little bit ago, and we've sort of been reluctant to open it. No ulterior motive other than that rectangular bottle looks pretty darned cool front and center in the Liquor (Snob) Cabinet, and we didn't want to sully it by draining it. But, of course, our curiosity to try out the nectar inside overtook our aesthetic sense, and we had to pop it open for some sniffing, sipping, and cocktails.
OK, maybe it wasn't as existential as all that. But you're curious about how it all turned out, aren't you?
Double Cross Vodka, Imported from Slovak Republic
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: About $40-$60
Available: In New York & New Jersey, as well as online
As we mentioned above, we think the bottle is pretty badass. You have to admit the vodka market is pretty jam-packed, and anything you can do to stand out on the shelves can only help. This angular (rectangular even) bottle is just what the doctor ordered.
The nose was very mild, one of the smoothest we've encountered in our time here, and there was very little fragrance in the glass. With other beers or liquors this might be a damning comment, but vodka is a neutral spirit, key word neutral. Double Cross touts its 7x distilled, 7x filtered process, and it shows in the nose, if you will. Just going by the sniff test, this is a vodka for even the most cautious drinker with the most sensitive palate.
The smoothness of Double Cross carried into the tasting, with a nice mouth feel even when we drank it straight. Over ice, it all but disappeared. This might not be exciting for those of you who like big, bold spirits, but there are some cocktails that call for the liquor to fade into the background, and you have to pay for that. We got an herbal taste, and the finish was dryer than we expected - when we drank it straight it lingered for a moment like diamonds on our tongues. Not that we've ever had diamonds on our tongues, but you know.
The Verdict: We can tell you from experience that you can make a STRONG drink with this stuff and barely know there's booze in there. Our test? We mixed two-thirds Double Cross and one third fruit juice, and gave it to our Inspector 12 - the Liquor Wife. She is like the princess and the pea when it comes to booze in her drinks, and she doesn't want to taste any alcohol residue.
She sniffed it and didn't believe there was any booze in there, and kept that conclusion after she tasted it. Now that's one damned smooth vodka. This is a premium spirit so you're paying for the opportunity not to taste your booze, but if that's your bag, this is definitely your drink.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at March 24, 2009 10:04 PM