Is it vodka or is it gin? Infused with eight ingredients — pear, rose, chamomile, lemon verbena, lavender, rosemary, coriander, and citrus peel — Square One Botanical certainly looks on paper a lot more like a postmodern gin than the vodka it claims to be on the bottle.
Ultimately, labels are meaningless — all gin is really flavored vodka, in the end — but Square One Botanical is of note regardless of what you want to call it. All of those botanical ingredients sound like they’re going to lend this spirit an overpowering flavor, but Botanical is more delicate than you’d think. Very fragrant and perfumy, with the rosemary and flower ingredients the strongest on the nose, Botanical is actually more mild than you expect, although the same characteristics are also the most notable on the palate. A tricky finish — too much rose petal in the mix, perhaps — is the only false note, but that’s likely to be less of a problem when mixing with this vodka — the way it’s clearly intended to be consumed.
B+ / $30 / squareonevodka.com
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