If you’re making booze in Idaho, chances are it’s vodka made from potatoes. Who can blame you?
Glacier is a brand that has recently relaunched, using Idaho Russet potatoes and Rocky Mountain water to produce a very traditional vodka that is nonetheless distinctly American. The packaging is updated, but inside the spirit is the same, quadruple-distilled and both charcoal and crystal filtered.
This vodka has a very distinct character to it, one that takes considerable time to really analyze. On the nose, unique yet light tones of charcoal, wood, and a touch of smoke. Almost like an unaged whiskey. The body brings on more of vodka’s traditional medicinal character, but not in an overpowering way. It’s tempered with sweetness — like nougat — and a finish reminiscent of burning embers. That sweetness lingers, too, along with a refreshing but far from overpowering level of burn. It’s clean but also complex, which is what a good vodka really should be.
Glacier doesn’t offer hipster-friendly packaging or the street cred of imported liquor, but it’s certainly worth checking out as a solid “house vodka” even if you aren’t going to call it by name at your local watering hole.
A- / $25