What first struck me as I looked at the review bottle of Reyka vodka I had been sent was the bottle itself and not how you’d think. The bottle design is unique with “Iceland” (it’s home country) embossed around the shoulder, but that’s not what caught my eye. What I really enjoy is the glass itself. In a time where things are becoming purer, cleaner, more sterile, the glass in the Reyka bottle has tiny bubbles. It reminds me of an earlier time when things were made by hand. Now, don’t think I need saving from my naive views. I have no doubt this design detail was fully intentional. Matters not to me, though, I like it.
Okay, moving on to what you’re really interested in, the spirit itself. The color, as you’d fully expect is crystal clear. The aroma is of clean alcohol only and the flavor is crisp and tremendously clean. There is no aftertaste and the finish is very short. This is a top shelf vodka to be sure. This is going to sound campy, so brace yourself. This vodka tastes like my mental image of Iceland. Crisp glacial water flowing over lava rock. Expanses of open country. A slower pace of life. Almost a return to times gone by. Campiness over, thanks for indulging me.
So, here’s the key point. I like this vodka. It’s crisp, clean and nearly flavor/odorless. Exactly what you’re looking for in a high quality vodka. To make things even better, it’s reasonably priced ~$30 depending where you go. And, to seal the deal, it just won the Vodka Trophy at the International Wine and Spirits Competition held in London.
† The product reviewed here was provided to me as a free sample. If you’re wondering what that means check out my sample policy.