Review: Corbin Vodka

corbinYou can make vodka out of anything, they say. Potato’s a common base starch. How about the sweet potato, then?

Corbin Vodka, made in Atwater, California, is column distilled from the gold old sweet potato. (Don’t call it a yam!)

The nose is fairly neutral, sharp with a moderately medicinal character, but balanced by some notes of brown butter. Interesting undertones of unripened grapes, perhaps gooseberry. On the palate, it’s got a creamy texture that pairs well with a kick of brown sugar and a little baking spice. Just a hint of citrus up front. The finish is long and warming, dusted with light medicinal notes and a kick of sweetness. Nice way to go out.

80 proof.

A- / $30 / sweetpotatospirits.com

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  1. BEN D. August 31, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Covington Vodka from Snow Hill, NC is also made using surplus sweet potatoes which are a staple here in Eastern NC. Their tagline is “The Best Yam Vodka on Earth”. I really enjoy it. It has a smooth silky mouthfeel, with a hint of sweetness. Limited to no burn on the finish. If you see it in your area, I’d love to get your take on it.

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