Clique Vodka really promotes its Russian connections (despite being produced next door in Latvia). According to its website, this wheat-based vodka is the result of “Russian production standards of distillation and the highest level of Russian equipment.” I guess with vodka, and maybe only with vodka, those are two things to brag about. While the contents of the bottle are clearly presented as Old World, the packaging sure looks like something out of a nightclub I’d never get in to.
The nose on Clique Vodka is a little sharp and initially dominated by band-aid notes that sweeten quickly with just the slightest amount of lemon drop. The palate doesn’t have nearly as much of the medicinal punch as I’d expect from the nose. It’s soft and almost restrained, becoming more crisp on the tongue as some sweetness arrives with a creamy vanilla note. The finish is clean with cracked black pepper and a hint of lemon zest. All in all, Clique is a vodka that can hold its own against other wheat-based vodkas on the market, many of which are higher end brands at twice the cost, like Ketel One.
Even better, a bottle of this on your home bar might make you look 10 years younger!
A- / $16 / cliquevodka.com