As gimmicks go, astrology is pretty far up there. Or should I say “out there.” And thus one looks to Zodiac Vodka with a certain skepticism: Available in 12 different, star-signed bottles, Zodiac attempts to merge the astrologic with the alcoholic. How does it fare?
This potato vodka (straight outta Idaho, U.S.A.) is 80 proof and pretty traditional in flavor. It’s got a huge bite, both in the nose and in that first, fire-breathing sip. As it mellows, you can pick out lemon, cinnamon, and lots of pepper. Maybe it’s all that Snake River water that gives Zodiac such a big bite, but despite a reported “four-column, 91-stage distillation process,” Zodiac proves that you just can’t take the fire out of some spirits. If you like old school vodka — the kind that makes you do a double take after you take a shot — Zodiac is your baby, whatever sign you are.