Review: 42 Below Vodka

Review: 42 Below Vodka

42 below vodka

What, is it sweet vodka week at 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.

84 proof.


42 Below Vodka




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. jared on December 14, 2009 at 11:54 am

    really a great bottle. i picked one up on sale for 13.00 and it is comparably one of the best ive had in a while.

  2. Premi on November 19, 2010 at 5:20 am

    After you had Pravda you wont want to have any other vodka. It is real ultra-luxury at about R180.

  3. yasin on March 26, 2011 at 9:41 am

    nice and smooth

  4. Sonny on August 14, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I dont know why there arent enough vodka snobs (like whisky snobs) that only drink vodka from Russia.

  5. Anonymous on March 28, 2019 at 8:21 am

    along with the latitude reference to the name , at 84 proof, it would also be 42% alcohol content :)

  6. Emmie on September 22, 2021 at 8:26 am

    “Bitter matallic finish???” Not even mate. This is world class Vodka like a clear mountain stream in all phases.

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