Italy and vodka: Two names that, well, I’ve never heard together before. I Spirit bills itself as “the original Italian vodka,” and I’m hard-pressed to argue with that self-assessment. The distillation base includes both grape and grain components, distilled five times in both copper and column stills, then blended with water from the Dolomites to 80 proof.
Results: Despite a harsh, medicinal nose, I Spirit is quite pleasant on the palate. Those medicine aromas are minimized on the tongue,and what’s behind is a mix of earthy, grain-driven character plus some sweetness, presumably a by-product of the white wine component which is distilled down to make the vodka. Secondary characteristics includes a hint of lemon and citrus peel, but on the whole it settles down with a short and surprisingly neutral finish. Works in a martini, no problems.
B+ / $40 / ispiritvodka.com
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