Review: Glass Vodka

Review: Glass Vodka

Glass vodka

A somewhat strange new spirit hailing from Seattle, Glass Vodka is distilled from Washington wine grapes (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc) in a German copper pot still. That’s two unusual approaches to vodka in a single product, and the result is also… unusual.

Lately we’ve received a rush of semi-sweet, largely flavorless vodkas, and Glass fits in nowhere near that description. The nose is lightly medicinal, with a kind of light muskiness that is difficult to describe, especially since this blows off quickly with exposure to air.

On the tongue, a whole host of flavors begin to mess with you. There is orange and lemon peel, vague peat-like smokiness, caramel, and then a sort of animalistic, aggressive finish — the palate’s counterpart to that musky aroma. If you’ve ever smelled pomace — the solid residue of seeds and skins from winemaking — you’re close. In fact, Glass is almost more in the world of grappa than it is in vodka.

That is a good and a bad thing. Good because it gives this vodka loads of character. Bad because grappa is often a daunting spirit to drink. Glass isn’t nearly as difficult as that, but you’ll want to don your thinking cap before pouring a glass.

80 proof.

B+ / $33

Glass Vodka

$33
8.5

Rating

8.5/10

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

2 Comments

  1. Zach on September 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I have had the pleasure of tasting this and I love it. I do dread it a little due to having to watch how much I drink. It can get away from you quick because it mixes so well.

  2. Jeff Burnside on November 27, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    My wife and I love Glass Vodka. The taste is full of character. They’re most beautiful vodka bottles ever (great gifts and proudly displayed on our liquor shelf). Further, the company has made an aggressive commitment to sustainability and the environment. Buy it. You’ll love it. The whole Seattle area (where its based) is going nuts over Glass.

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