Review: 3 Vodka

Review: 3 Vodka

Get ready for this. 3 is the world’s only soybean vodka. And by “soybean vodka” I mean “vodka that’s made from soybeans.” No, really.

If you were to ask me what a soybean vodka might taste like, I’d probably come up with something like this: A meaty spirit with strong overtones of bitter herbal liqueurs — think Jagermeister or Fernet Branca — pungent like a Turkish bazaar. It’s the least-neutral “neutral” spirit I’ve ever tasted.

That isn’t to say it’s terrible. I can’t imagine drinking this straight for long (despite the bold claim on a sticker affixed to the bottle that it’s scored a “Perfect 100 Rating!”), but in certain heavily herbal/bitter drinks — something with Campari or Sambuca, perhaps? — it would probably work well. That said, most people looking for something to toss a splash of tonic into are going to be knocked off their barstools.

80 proof.

C+ / $20

3 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. Tommy Boy on January 30, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I agree with your review. A few inches away from my right elbow is an extra dry 3 Vodka martini. This is my first bottle of 3 and yes, it will be my last. Not that it is horrible but quite frankly it tastes a little weird – not for my extra dry martinis . For the money (IMO) Teton Glacier or Blue Ice (both potato vodkas) give the smooth minimal burn experience at a moderate cost.


  2. Dopey on April 20, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I bought 3 Vodka because I think rapper Jermaine Dupri (J.D.) owns part of this company and I’m an avid spirits collectors. I have to agree with you guys that it tastes quite funky. However in Anthony Dias Blue’s (founder of SF Spirits Competiton) book entitled The Complete Book of Spirits, gave 3 Vodka 3 star on a 4-star rating system. “Fresh and silky with dry smooth, racy flavors and a clean, crisp finish”.

  3. Thickum on June 22, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    It’s not the smoothest vodka, but when you are looking for a drink that will not pack on the carbs and calories, squeeze in a lemon and it’s not bad at all or add a little olive juice and you might be okay. I know I am.

  4. Fred on July 2, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    BS! You guys are crazy! I have been drinking Goose for years. I have tried 3 and it is incredibly smooth. Had it over ice and as a Martini. It is HALF price of Goose and in my opinion even smoother! I am won over.

  5. James on August 23, 2009 at 2:31 am

    I’m with Fred… this stuff is awesome. Though i typically drink cheap vodkas. This stuff is incredibly smooth for the price. Not saying its the best but deffinitly worth the buck.

  6. Sarah on August 28, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I have spent 2 years bemoaning the inability to purchase 3 Vodka where I live. I found it very, very smooth. The rumor was that it was 3 calories a shot – which seems physically impossible – but that’s what I tell myself and it makes it more fun to drink.

  7. dspring on February 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I’ve bought 3 Vodka three times now. I was withholding judgment until I had a diverse sampling; meaning, put it down and then pick it back up later to determine consistency in my review. I must say that I really enjoy this vodka. I think I’m hooked. I enjoy a Kettle One or Absolute martini just like anyone else, but I really do think 3 Vodka smoother. Different but definitely smoother. Maybe vodka purists condemn it, but I think it’s innovative. I can’t speak to the health claims, but I like it. As someone else posted, the taste is not neutral. I agree that it can’t be just mixed with anything, but I enjoy it on the rocks (alone) or with a splash of club soda and wedge of citrus. To me, it has a naturally subtle citrus flavor (perhaps lime?). I don’t know if this is a natural component of the soy or if they engineer it this way, but I like it.

  8. Leslie on March 15, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I first purchased 3 Vodka at New Year’s to serve at my party as something “new and different”. Other guest would bring over really “cheap” vodkas similar to Wolfsomething and Pavovsomething….at any rate, I found it tasteless when mixed with grapefruit juice, tonic and basically all by itself.

    The reason I am even commenting, is this……I am on my third bottle of 3 Vodka which I purchase locally for about USD 29.00. I also have a “wheat” vodka in my pantry, which is a “liquor store grand 3 brand”. After drinking 3 Vodka and then going to the “other” wheat, potatoe, etc. brands, both expensive and not, 3 Vodka wins. I never wake up “filled with puffiness or allergies, like I will when I have another vodka. This soy stuff is a puzzle, and I will continue to investigate. For now, 3 Vodka offers a quality punch, moderately priced, and exceptional different.

    I would adice or challenge you to compare, especially to log how you feel after 2 to 3 drinks of 3 Vodka over any other brand. It’s clean and healthy (in some way), and if you were to offer a taste test to unknown suspects……it would be my bet that they would select 3 Vodka every time.

  9. ByeByeKettleOne on March 22, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I agree with most of you, It was smooth and I’ve been a KettleOne snob. More 3 for Me Please!

  10. Rebekah on April 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    3 Vodka is extremely smooth. I was impressed and it actually give you a quicker kick than any other Vodka I’ve tasted—–and I love to drink and try new drinks out….I drink dark, light, in between and so on! I am a professional! You’re going to love it if you know anything about good, quality booz!

  11. Tom on May 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I don’t know where the author is coming from. Yes it tastes different from other vodkas but it has a very light taste and the kick of water. If you are looking for mixed drinks that casual drinkers will find palatable despite being high in alcohol content then this is the vodka. When mixed this stuff will hide more alcohol than a catholic sorority.

  12. Kennedy on March 31, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I’m drinking 3 Vodka right now. It smells alot like turpentine. I had my mother take a sniff and she asked to have it returned to the store. Mixing it with green tea is yummy. I phoned a few friends who own a restaurant and they don’t carry it; nor do they care to carry it. I was told “who cares”. I got my 750 milliliter bottle for $9.99 in Boca.

  13. Shaun on June 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Absolutely fucking disgusting…..smellls like rubbing alcohol…tastes like shit

    Never ever buy it

  14. Mike on January 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I’m with Shaun and Kennedy and the reviewer. This stuff is nasty, smells horrible, tastes horrible. My taste buds should be ready for anything, had a few vodka drinks earlier with Taaka Platinum, which was actually very smooth. This stuff immediately rubbed me the wrong way, with its gross gasoline smell and its crappy taste. Yuck.

  15. Z on January 9, 2015 at 12:34 am

    I think Shaun is the only reviewer here who wasn’t paid to post. 3 Vodka is undrinkable. A case somehow ended up at a bar where I worked. No matter what we mixed it with — we tried everything from citrus to savory to sweet to bitter — every drink we made with 3 Vodka was returned. Every. Single. One.

    Even the free drinks we gave as prizes were refused. We actually lost business because people were insulted after being served the stuff.

    One year later, a half-empty bottle sits lonesomely atop the shelf, knowing its contents will never touch another tongue. Someday a group of men may walk in, their friend having just turned 21. In celebration, they’ll order a cement mixer and a prarie fire. They’ll laugh heartily at his agony, offering him a shot of 3 Vodka to wash the taste away. He will refuse to ever touch another drop of alcohol after the grueling experience. He’ll grow up with a new direction, become President and bring accords to warring nations. The world will unite in a global pact, and we will finally realize world peace. Thank you, 3 Vodka. Without you, this great deciding moment in history will never happen, and that is the ONLY WAY YOU COULD EVER BE CONSIDERED A GOOD VODKA!

  16. Sam on April 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I just bought a bottle of 3 vodka and have had a few shots and now I’m trying to figure out what to do with the rest. I guess it’s the first soy vodka and I can see why nobody else uses soy. I would be surprised if this stuff is still being produced. If you want to quit drinking, 3 vodka can help with that also this would be a good choice if you wanted to embalm a cat. I don’t have a cat so naturally I thought maybe I could give it to a homeless person. I think this would be dangerous because you might cross paths with them later on down the road. They might be homeless but they still have standards and would be much happier with a can of spray paint and a bag to huff fumes.

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