Review: Akvinta Vodka
Every new vodka that comes out these days has a gimmick (how could it not?), and Akvinta’s — which hails from the sunny shores of Croatia, which the company says earns it the moniker of the Mediterranean’s first luxury vodka — is this: It’s triple distilled and filtered five times, five different ways: Through charcoal, marble, silver, gold, and platinum.
Sounds like a waste of precious metals to me, but hey, maybe the proof is in the bottle.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Akvinta is a pretty staid vodka. With a forceful medicinal character, this spirit, distilled from Italian wheat, doesn’t venture far from the beaten path. A touch of sweetness on the entry is present through to the finish, but it’s overpowered by the astringency of the vodka. Additional notes — some herbal character perhaps — are fleeting at best.
In any event, it sure doesn’t taste like platinum.
B- / $34 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
I like to sip my vodka. Yet. I agree, most definitely “alcohol” on the palate and astringent in the nose…overpowering any flavor other than a hint of sweetness as it burns down your throat. Too bad, really wanted to like it as much as the specialist seller sold it.
I guess I’m not a very sophisticated drinker. I like it. Yes, it’s got a strong alc aroma and all. Can’t argue there. But I genuinely like this stuff… so much so that the bottle is fast disappearing and I’m trying to decide how many to buy at once next time so I don’t run out. I like the very subtle flavor and the coolness in my mouth. Very smooth on the tongue and yes, a warm glow going down the throat but this ain’t bottled water we’re drinking. A very refreshing break from all the pretentious scotch I’ve tried and a summer of Tanq and Tonic. I will keep it in stock.