We all know that vodka is one of the most beloved drinks on the planet. It has a crunchy taste and a smooth finish without any bitter taste that comes with alcohol. But today we’re here to tell you about some of the more unusual types of vodka. You might find them interesting and therefore worth trying. But first, let me give you a little recap on vodka.
Vodka, usually made from fermenting grain, is a distilled beverage. If you are an ancestry enthusiast, you can trace the origins of this drink to Poland, Russia, and Sweden.
Main components? Vodka is mostly ethanol diluted with distilled water. With a strength of 40%, vodka is drunk neat, mixed with cocktails, tonics, juices, etc. (you get the point), and is all the rage right now.
If no artificial flavors are added to it, the vodka is essentially flavorless with a hint of alcohol. But it’s all about regular vodka, and we’re not here for regular vodka. We are here for the unusual vodka. The question that lingers is how can one good vodka fundamentally differ from another.
Different levels of purification, crystal clear water, high-quality raw materials – many can boast of such components, and these are now rather mandatory criteria than something special. And yet, manufacturers never tire of looking for new ways to surprise customers.
Thanks to companies that like to change things up a bit, you can now find unusual types of vodka on the shelves. In some, spring water is replaced by water from melted icebergs.
We also have vodka that fizzes like champagne or changes color to black. Excited a lot? Let me start with some unusual varieties of flavored vodka that are worth trying.
1. Fruit Vodka
Well, a whole bunch of people like their drinks to be zesty and fruity. Fruit drinks are in great demand due to their mild and sweet taste. This is where fruit vodka comes in. You combine the sweet taste of vodka with the sweet taste of fruit and bam! You get the best of both worlds.
Fruit vodka is made from various fruits, including grapes, pears, apricots, and apples. One brand that excels in this area is the famous Absolut brand which produces a great range of smooth and delicious fruit vodkas.. Some of the amazing flavors they offer are passion fruit, raspberry, mango, lime, and orange.
Fruit Vodka is made from real fruit and can be made from any of the following different materials:
- fruit (cherries, plums, Mirabelle plums, apricots and peaches)
- from berries (raspberries, blackberries and currants)
- from apples or pears.
Fun fact: One of the best known apple vodkas is Calvados. It is made from cider, that is to say Norman apple wine. If you want to try this delicious fruit vodka, just buy it from PuninWine and enjoy it as much as you want.
2. Rice vodka
Rice vodka ranks second on the list of unusual vodkas. The name simply indicates that it is vodka made from white rice. The main representative of this category is Shochu – a Japanese distilled drink with an ABV content of up to 45% (higher than the ABV of regular vodka).
It is divided into several types based on strength, quality, and alcohol content. People drink it cold and hot, and it can be added to various dishes. In Japanese cuisine, this drink is generally used to reduce the strong odors of various specific dishes.
Unlike your usual vodka, this unusual vodka is unclear. This drink usually has a yellow-green or slightly amber color. This drink is creamy with a slight bitterness. Many people describe its taste as a hybrid of vodka and whiskey. With such an interesting flavor, it is definitely worth trying.
3. Grape Vodka
Whenever we make the connection between grapes and alcohol, we always think of wine, right? But that’s about to change as you’re about to experience a whole new world of grape vodkas.
Grape vodka is not only made from the best varieties of grapes, but also uses the best fermentation and cold maceration technologies.
Technically, grape vodka is made by distilling materials from fermented wine. This gives the vodka a hint of winey and floral taste. Grape vodka is also a strong alcohol with an ABV percentage varying from 37.5 to 55%.
In different countries there are their types of grape vodka:
- Armenians make Airen vodka from white varieties of local grapes;
- Chacha is Georgia’s national vodka. Unripe fruits of Rkatsiteli, Kachichi or Isabella are used for its production.
- Grappa is a grape-based version of vodka of Italian origin.
- Cîroc is a French grape vodka made by cold fermentation and quintuple distillation.
If you want a mix between berry wine and smooth vodka, you have to take a delicious grape vodka. It will definitely be worth it!
4. Hemp vodka
Unlike the other unusual vodkas on the list, hemp vodka is not so easy to get your hands on hemp vodka. This exclusive vodka cannot be purchased in all stores. The main producer of this drink is the Czech Republic, where the drink is marketed under the Cannabis Vodka brand.
The alcohol content reaches 40%, but the taste will surprise lovers of classics. This is because hemp vodka is not flavorless at all. Instead, it’s tart and bitter, with floral and herbal notes.
Many people like to correlate its taste with gin. The interesting flavors and unique ingredients make hemp vodka a must try at least once.
5. Iceberg Vodka
Finally, we have iceberg vodka on the list (I gave you a small extract in the introduction). But it’s not a flavor but a matter of purity. We all know that Canada is renowned for its clean air and water.
At the same time, Canadian alcohol producers went further than their counterparts and began to produce the purest vodka. The weird part? It is made from iceberg water!
The water comes from the Iceberg Valley near Newfoundland. Since 1994, sailors have been delivering multi-ton iceberg fragments (weighing up to 10 tons) to the Iceberg vodka production site.
On the site, the purest melted water is combined with triple distilled grain tinctures to give you the purest of pure iceberg vodka. Company representatives claim that this is the purest vodka in the world. Well, we suggest this pure vodka is definitely a try!
We all love the taste and smooth finish of regular vodka. But it’s good to change from time to time. So, it’s always good to have a fun list handy so you know what would be a great and unusual thing to try.
Well, these were the 5 unusual vodkas worth trying. Do you agree with my list? Let me know in the comments. You can also tell if I missed an unusual type. I’ll see you next time with something more interesting. Until then, happy tasting!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is Iceberg Vodka made with real icebergs?
Yes, Iceberg vodka is made with the water from melted icebergs.
Does grape vodka taste like wine?
Grape vodka tastes similar to berry wine and has similar floral notes.
Is sake a rice vodka?
Sake cannot be classified as rice vodka even though it is made from rice. It has its own category of alcohol.