Review: I Spirit Italian Vodka

Italy and vodka: Two names that, well, I’ve never heard together before. I Spirit bills itself as “the original Italian vodka,” and I’m hard-pressed to argue with that self-assessment. The distillation base includes both grape and grain components, distilled five times in both copper and column stills, then blended with water from the Dolomites to 80 proof.

Results: Despite a harsh, medicinal nose, I Spirit is quite pleasant on the palate. Those medicine aromas are minimized on the tongue,and what’s behind is a mix of earthy, grain-driven character plus some sweetness, presumably a by-product of the white wine component which is distilled down to make the vodka. Secondary characteristics includes a hint of lemon and citrus peel, but on the whole it settles down with a short and surprisingly neutral finish. Works in a martini, no problems.

B+ / $40 /

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3 Responses

  1. Anonymous June 23, 2011 / 7:02 pm

    Sigh, vodka. Why would you buy this when there is grappa? Or any other multiple of spirits out there with actual flavor?

  2. Damocles June 27, 2011 / 11:51 pm

    Well in my opinion, most grappa sold in the states is awful and tastes like diesel. I do agree that ultra premium vodkas are generally a waste of money, given the alternatives.

  3. jason June 29, 2011 / 5:33 pm

    You can get decent grappa through online distributors, and it generally isn’t cheap, but yeah, buyer beware.

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