Review: 42 Below Vodka

What, is it sweet vodka week at 42 Below is New Zealand’s entry into the vodka world (the name refers to the latitude of the distillery), a sweetish spirit thrice distilled from “GE Free” wheat and “washed in spring water” until it hits 84 proof, then distilled once more.

The result is a more rustic vodka but one that offers interesting complexity that grows as you sip it. There’s a medium-strength nuttiness here, rare in vodkas, balanced by a nicely sweet aftertaste and a slightly bitter, metallic finish. It is still unmistakably a vodka, but it’s complex in the way that gin can be, with hints of citrus on the palate, too. And yet it’s easy to drink, too.

Amazingly, 42 Below can be found for as little as $17 a bottle, an impressive bargain for something that comes from so far away. It’s definitely worth a spot in the old liquor cabinet for cocktails or sippin’ as shots.

A- / $17 /

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4 Responses

  1. jared December 14, 2009 / 11:54 am

    really a great bottle. i picked one up on sale for 13.00 and it is comparably one of the best ive had in a while.

  2. Premi November 19, 2010 / 5:20 am

    After you had Pravda you wont want to have any other vodka. It is real ultra-luxury at about R180.

  3. yasin March 26, 2011 / 9:41 am

    nice and smooth

  4. Sonny August 14, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    I dont know why there arent enough vodka snobs (like whisky snobs) that only drink vodka from Russia.

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