A staple of the high-end bar scene (and even available at most dives), Effen is distilled from wheat in Holland and bottled at 80 proof.
All pretty standard stuff, and Effen is indeed a fairly straightforward vodka. Grainy and a bit medicinal on the nose and on the tongue, it offers a moderately long finish but suffers from a lot of bite and significant burn.
Secondary characteristics? Hard to find and what’s there isn’t so hot: There’s something of a funky character in the nose, almost like pool chlorine. It’s hard to place and it doesn’t follow through into the body, but it’s not all that pleasant. This may be dressed up in a modern bottle and a futuristic label, but it’s old school spirit all the way.
What’s to love though is the rubber sleeve designed to both prevent slipping and look cool. It succeeds admirably on both of these fronts, at least.
B / $30 / effen.com
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