Another entry into the organic spirits universe, Rain (a product of Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace Distillery) is a widely available vodka that few will have trouble finding on store shelves.
Pull that eye-catching blue stopper from the raindrop-shaped bottle and a sweet, perfumy aroma fills the air. Rain’s odor gave me much promise, but the taste was a bit disappointing. The sweetness is in the flavor, surprisingly heavy with butterscotch, but it’s overpowered by grainy notes, surely a remnant of its basis in white corn, from which the spirit is distilled. The bite is hard-edged: This tastes a lot tougher than 80 proof. But my real complaint is a strange chalkiness in the glass, literally a powdery texture to the vodka that had me wondering if there was something stuck to my tongue.
Works superbly in cocktails (and you can’t beat the price), but it’s not my favorite straight.