Review: Pervak Vodka Homemade Rye and Homemade Wheat

Review: Pervak Vodka Homemade Rye and Homemade Wheat


Pervak hails from the Ukraine, and in its rustic-looking bottles with a swing-top-closure, it certainly feels very “Old World” from the get-go. Seriously, Old World: One of the core bottlings in the Pervak lineup is garlic-flavored vodka.

While the two vodkas reviewed below are both straight spirits — one made from rye, one from wheat — both carry on their labels a notice of “natural flavor added.” And yet, there appears to be no flavoring agent in either of these. Is that just an unfortunate spillover from the garlic (and horseradish!) vodka? Perhaps no one thought to change the fine print on the label? Who knows.

In any event, that may be what the label says, but I’m treating them both as unflavored spirits for the purposes of categorization. Thoughts follow.

Both are 80 proof.

Pervak Vodka Homemade Rye – The starter spirit, a single distillation of rye — which should in theory retain more of the residual flavor of the base grain. It’s surprisingly gentle for a single-distilled spirit, moderately medicinal on the nose but rounded on the body with a touch of cracked black pepper, rosemary, and a touch of burnt caramel on the finish. Fairly mild on the whole, it finishes with a lick of sweetness that doesn’t really offend. B+

Pervak Vodka Homemade Wheat – A double-distillation of wheat. Sweeter, with very mild medicinality on the palate. Quite neutral, with a touch of honey on the finish, along with a bit of a floral element. Otherwise it’s a very straightforward and almost simple vodka, a definitive mixer and quite a pleasure on its own, too. A-

each $22 per 1 liter bottle

Pervak Vodka Homemade Wheat




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.


  1. Zhao on June 8, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Dear pervak Manager,

    I am interested in marketing your 4 products of 2013 Nepbak in China. Could you please advise me about a few questions as the followings: (1) Do you have any exclusive distributors in China already? (2) Do you have registered any trademarks?

  2. Zhao on June 8, 2018 at 2:57 am

    If yes, please advise me about the registration number. Thank you very much for taking your time to consider my request.

  3. Zhao on June 8, 2018 at 3:00 am

    I am looking forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely yours,

    Mei Zhao

  4. Mark Munkholm on April 10, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    the red label is simply heaven!!!

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