Charbay Clear Vodka
Charbay // California, USA
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.”
Unflavored VodkaDistilled from any agricultural product, most commonly grains or potatoes. Typically distilled to 95% ABV. Water is added to bring the spirit down to as low as 37.5% ABV in the EU and 40% ABV in the US. It is usually filtered, often with charcoal, prior to bottling. It is almost always clear and unaged.
"The aroma does not give a great first impression, as it initially smells of hot plastic and rubbing alcohol. These characters pass and the aroma becomes neutral. The palate follows suit, almost devoid of flavor. There are small notes of mineral oil, bits of grain, and a chemically clean finish. The best trait in this is its texture, a little viscosity makes for a warm and silky experience. Use this to bolster a lean cocktail."