Review: Rain Vodka

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.

B / $16 /

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3 Responses

  1. cange January 9, 2014 / 11:51 am

    This stopped being organic and it’s nearly 20 bucks now soooooo won’t be buying another bottle.

  2. Anonymous October 31, 2014 / 1:45 pm

    Have you ever had any other kind of vodka? The bite is hard? The taste is a lot tougher than 80 proof? You are the only person that has given this vodka a bad review and your review is way off. Without a doubt, the smoothest vodka I have ever drank……

    • Christopher Null October 31, 2014 / 1:52 pm

      Yes I have. That said, this review is over 6 years old and lots has changed for the brand since then. As Cange notes, perhaps not for the better.

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