Oyo Barrel-Finished Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka
Oyo // Ohio, USA
What a mouthful of a name! This vodka starts out as all vodkas do at Oyo as Ohio red winter wheat that is distilled a whopping 34 times. This is infused with local wildflower honey and organic, single-source, fair-trade vanilla beans. Lastly, the spirit enjoys up to a year in a barrel that formerly held the distillery’s bourbon.
Flavored VodkaDistilled from any agricultural product. It will be labeled with the (pre)dominant flavor(s) listed and can be artificially or naturally flavored.
Cask TypeUsed Bourbon Barrel
"This is a vodka that has been transformed deeply from its original state that it’s hardly recognizable as a vodka at all. It pours an attractive golden color with amber highlights. The nose is stacked with a stable of flavors from vanilla custard, wild flowers, charred oak, to baklava. Their voices never quite make out a harmony, but there is certainly a lot there. The palate is rich and vicious with the honey and vanilla driving the sweetness factor, and the bourbon barrels picking up with a spicy, grain quality. This is a big and complex spirit, but it seems to be having an identity crisis. Tasty enough on its own but may be a bit too outré for almost any classic vodka cocktail."