Just when you thought the flavored vodka thing was over, because every flavor under the sun had been used, along comes Saltworks Property with a range of vodkas that are flavored… with salt. Salted vodkas? Right. I do have more of a sweet tooth, but I’m open-minded, if also a little open-mouthed at the prospect. Several are promised, and the first two are already available: Smoked Sea Salt and Himalayan Pink Salt. Both are distilled seven times before being infused with the salt.
Both are 80 proof.
Saltworks Property Smoked Sea Salt Vodka – Nosing the smoked sea salt, the two aromas you would expect, smoke and salt, immediately pop up. They are very subtle, though. It isn’t like sniffing the ocean breeze, it’s as if you’re driving to the ocean and get your first hint of a saltiness in the air, while at the same time someone ten blocks away has just started a bonfire. There’s not a whiff of petrol-like, medicinal alcohol at all. On the palate it is much more strongly salty, in a very pleasant way. Our salt taste buds are said to be on the front of the tongue at each side, and when you sip a vodka that’s exactly where the liquid goes. The smokiness is less apparent, but re-emerges on the finish. The company’s claim that they use a super premium vodka from Boston Brands of Maine certainly holds up. A- / $25 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
Saltworks Property Himalayan Pink Salt Vodka – This salt gets its pinkness from the natural minerals found where it’s mined in the Punjab region of Pakistan. You would expect a minerality, then, and you get it, along with an earthiness, but both of these are balanced with citrus and floral notes. On the palate the saltiness is much less evident than the smoked sea salt vodka. It’s countered by a vanilla sweetness, as well as those floral and citrus flavors. The salt comes back on the finish, along with a clean mineral flavor. A- / $25 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
I preferred the smoked sea salt, surprisingly, although it’s not a vodka you will be sipping too much of at one time unless, of course, you’re addicted to salt.