The 6 Best Vodkas for Sipping Straight
Vodka’s original selling point has proved its undoing. Turns out that regardless of it being marketed as odorless or tasteless, you can both smell and taste an 80-proof spirit. So, while it’s content to lie low in your Bloody Mary or Dirty Martini, there is such as thing as good stuff and said good stuff has flavor, dammit. What’s more, it deserves to be appreciated on its own. So if you are in possession of a good bottle, next time chill it in the freezer or pour a good slug over a big ice cube like you would with a nice bourbon, and go one-on-one with the eastern Europeans’ gift to civilization. If you’re stuck for which brands are worth a shot, here are six great vodkas that work just fine on their own.
Absolut Elyx ($42)Absolut’s small-batch, luxury offering is distilled in copper stills and made with single-estate winter wheat. It’s sweet, a touch nutty and incredibly silky with a weighty heft, oozing out of the rectangular, copper-flecked bottle and easing down your throat, with no trace of vodka’s signature burn.
Nikka Coffey Vodka ($43)
Made by one of Japan’s top whisky distilleries, this fresh, nuanced vodka is crisp and clean but also filled with soft flavors of citrus essence, green mint and sweet peas, with just a hint of white pepper bite on the finish. Not only is this vodka delicious on its own, but it would be a shame to cover it up with any other ingredients. If you absolutely must, top it with some soda water. But otherwise, keep it in your freezer and pour it straight into a glass.