What, is it sweet vodka week at Drinkhacker.com? 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 / 42below.co.nz
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