Every new vodka that comes out these days has a gimmick (how could it not?), and Akvinta’s — which hails from the sunny shores of Croatia, which the company says earns it the moniker of the Mediterranean’s first luxury vodka — is this: It’s triple distilled and filtered five times, five different ways: Through charcoal, marble, silver, gold, and platinum.
Sounds like a waste of precious metals to me, but hey, maybe the proof is in the bottle.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Akvinta is a pretty staid vodka. With a forceful medicinal character, this spirit, distilled from Italian wheat, doesn’t venture far from the beaten path. A touch of sweetness on the entry is present through to the finish, but it’s overpowered by the astringency of the vodka. Additional notes — some herbal character perhaps — are fleeting at best.
In any event, it sure doesn’t taste like platinum.
B- / $34 / akvintausa.com