Review: Straw Boys Irish Vodka
As the name suggests, Straw Boys is vodka from Ireland, made from wheat and distilled in copper pots. (The distillery, Connacht, based in County Mayo, also makes poitin, gin, and Irish whiskey, among other delights.)
Straw Boys Vodka is a solid example of the spirit. The nose is quite clean, with a light herbal note and hints of Lemon Pledge. In time, with air, a gentle mushroom note is evoked. On the tongue, the vodka is clean and a little sweet, with a graham cracker character to it along with a hint of caramel. As this sugar quickly fades, it reveals a racy astringency and a significant amount of heat — all good stuff when one is drinking vodka. The finish is appropriately modern — sweetness and that astringency in balance.
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