“From the heartland,” the bottle boldly proclaims. Water from Lake Fort Smith, grain (corn) from Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Triple distilled in Kansas, bottled in Fort Smith, Arkansas. And Blake Shelton is the brand’s spokesperson.
So yeah, that’s some heartland stuff right there.
I’m happy to report that the heartland acquits itself admirably with this production. The vodka is solid stuff.
The nose is clean, offering lightly medicinal notes and a modest charcoal undercurrent. While lightly sweet on the palate, Smithworks keeps the sugar in check and lets some other elements shine on the body, including florals and quite a bit of fruit: a light dusting of cherries, red apples, and a hint of rhubarb. The finish is clean, again a touch sweet but on the whole working well with those light fruit elements.
All told it’s a versatile vodka, and one you can feel proud of pouring into your punch on the Fourth of July, dad gummit!
A- / $16