I’ve never been a big vodka drinker because the initial hit to my mouth from the pungent taste always makes me feel I’m drinking a lighter version of rubbing alcohol. I prefer smooth and silky libations which has not been easy to find in vodka-based drinks. Recently, I am introduced to Blue Ice Vodka, which is surprisingly smooth and does not possess the usual throat burning sensation most vodka leaves after a sip.
Most vodka today is made from fermented grains such as sorghum, corn, rice, rye or wheat. Blue Ice is made from Idaho Russet Burbank potatoes where high-altitudes, warm days, cool nights, and light volcanic soil produce high quality potatoes with excellent taste and character. It is also great news for those who have Celiac’s Disease or are gluten-sensitive, as it limits the kinds of distilled spirits you can drink. Blue Ice is GLUTEN FREE!
Less than 3% of the world’s vodka is made from potatoes, and each bottle requires about 9 1/2 pounds of potatoes. It also takes a lot more prep work to ferment and distill, making it a difficult and expensive undertaking. If you’re a vodka drinker (or not) you might like to try Blue Ice (retails for $22.99/750ml) available from ReserveBar.com