Akvinta Vodka Review
Triple-distilled organic super-premium vodka
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Review Sample Supplied By: Avkinta Vodka
Typical Price: About $40
Available in: New York, New Jersey, California
The Look: The Akvinta bottle is pretty striking, shot through with crimson and gold on the label and a cool little bronze button on the side. In the glass, Akvinta looks like, well, vodka.
The Nose: Lemon and other citrus peels.
The Taste: Citrusy with some pepper and an herbal bite. Very dry mouth feel, almost astringent, which we liked. Once we chilled it some of the sharper edges went away, and we were left with a very smooth, drinkable vodka.
The Verdict: We thought this was a tasty vodka - hell, maybe they're onto something with their crazy "Quintuple Filtration" idea. They run this stuff through birch charcoal, marble, silver, gold, and platinum, which may sound like overkill but it seems to work. We liked it chilled and on the rocks with a twist of lemon, and it would be a darned good fit for any citrusy cocktail if you ask us, as long as you can foot the super-premium price tag.
They include some pretty fancy Akvinta cocktail recipes on their site, and we're dying to try the Croatian Breakfast, so it looks like we're going to have to round up some orange marmalade and egg whites.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at November 12, 2009 7:02 AM
Filtering spirits such as vodka through activated carbon does wonders to polish the spirits and make it smooth. Activated carbon is a molecular seive. It traps the harsher elements left over from the distilling process and "adsorbs" them (not absorb). Filtering through diamonds, marble, gold, platinum do nothing to make a vodka smoother. Maybe the marble adds some mineral elements, but they don't make a vodka smoother. Chemically, there is no way that filtering through diamonds or gold or other non-adsorbing media does very much except raise the price of the goods. Multiple filtration through carbon is a good thing. Filtration through other mediums is just marketing fluff. Diamonds don't remove squat from vodka to make it taste smoother. Trust me.