Oyo // Ohio, USA
This is the flagship of Columbus, Ohio’s Middle West Spirits distillery, an operation committed to showcasing the region’s grain through the lens of craft distillation. The base is a local soft red wheat which is then distilled a whopping 34 times before being bottled unfiltered. Sold as a “Whiskey lover’s Vodka” the grain character is embraced and not meant to be hidden. A fun trivia fact: Oyo is the original word for Ohio.
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 wheat base is immediately apparent on the nose which shows a complex mix of warm caramel, toasted vanilla, and hot, buttered wheat toast. The palate is mid-bodied and hints at the indulgent flavors nosed before finishing dry with a lingering echo of grain laced with spicy tones of cinnamon. A very tasty and complete drink with several layers of flavor."