Top Shelf Vodka Picks From The Distiller Community

Check out the Distiller community's favorite top shelf vodkas from last week.
Jun 29, 2020
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    10 Charbay Clear Vodka
    76
    Chemical
    Charbay has been distilling in California since 1983. It all started with Alambic Pot Still Brandy and they’ve branched out extensively since then. Their Clear Vodka is made American Midwest corn and rye. Then distilled to 192 proof and gently filtered. Charbay does not use charcoal, limestone, or filter-agents. The vodka is then watered down to 80 proof using a “proprietary water process.”
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    9 360 Vodka
    79
    Neutral & Sweet
    Made in Missouri using locally sourced corn, 360 Vodka is "eco-friendly" and gluten free. Their bottle is made from recycled glass, recycled paper, and printed using eco-friendly ink. Bottled at 40% ABV.
  • 8
    8 Stolichnaya Gluten Free
    87
    Neutral & Grain
    Released in 2016, this vodka from Stoli is made from corn (88%) and buckwheat (12%). Distilled in Russia and bottled and brought to proof in Riga, Latvia.
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    7 Stolichnaya Blueberi
    81
    Fruity & Sweet
    First introduced in 2006, this is Stoli's blueberry flavored vodka. Grain based (wheat and rye). Bottled at 37.5% ABV.
  • 6
    6 Belvedere Single Estate Rye: Lake Bartężek
    95
    Neutral & Rich
    First announced in fall 2017, this single-estate vodka gets all of its rye from a farm on the lakeside village of Lake Bartężek in northeastern Poland. Diamond Dankowskie rye is grown and harvested here for Belvedere. This vodka is intended to explore the idea of terroir and joins their other single-estate rye, Smogóry Forest, in this endeavor. Expected release for both vodkas to occur in early 2018.
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    5 Reyka Vodka
    82
    Grain & Oily
    Reyka's distillery is located in the town of Bogarnes on the west coast of Iceland. Barley grain spirit (barley and some wheat) is brought to them from Scotland where it is redistilled in a single distillation in a copper-lined Carter-Head still. Each batch produces about 255 cases and takes six hours to complete. The vodka is filtered through lava rock and the water used to bring the vodka to proof is arctic spring water. The distillery is powered by geothermal energy from underground volcanoes and as a result, produces zero emissions.
  • 4
    4 Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
    85
    Neutral & Grain
    Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, now made in several countries around the world, has origins in Russia. In 1864, Pyotr Smirnov founded his distillery in Moscow. Years later under his heirs' ownership, the distillery was lost during the Russian Revolution in 1917 when the Bolsheviks took control. Vladimir, one of the sons, fled and wound up in France where he established another distillery. He gave that distillery a French version of his last name, Smirnoff. In 1934, Vladimir sold the rights to Rudolph Kunett to sell Smirnoff in the US and Canada where Kunett had established a distillery in Connecticut. The ownership has changed a few times, but is now owned by Diageo. Smirnoff is distilled via continuous distillation and made from grain. It is charcoal filtered and bottled at 40% ABV. Note: As of October 2018, Smirnoff No. 21 is now made with non-GMO grain, specifically non-GMO corn. It is gluten free. Updated packaging as well.
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    3 Chopin Wheat Vodka
    96
    Grain & Neutral
    Released in late 2011, this marks the third release in the family-owned Chopin Vodka brand. It is made from 100% golden Polish wheat. It is distilled in a copper column-still and bottled at 40% ABV.
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    2 Stolichnaya Elit
    95
    Neutral
    This ultra premium vodka first hit the market in 2003. Stoli Elit is made using "freeze filtration" inspired by the old Russian tradition of leaving casks outside in plummeting winter conditions. This grain based (wheat and rye) vodka is bottled at 40% ABV.
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    1 Stolichnaya Vodka
    94
    Spicy & Grain
    Established in 1938, Stolichnaya or Stoli as it is most often called, was first introduced to the US in 1972. This grain based (wheat and rye) vodka is distilled in Russia and bottled and brought to proof in Latvia. It is filtered through Russian birch charcoal and quartz sand. This is bottled and sold at an ABV of 37.5-40% depending on your location.