Vodka - Potato

Blue Ice Potato Vodka

From: Idaho, United States Liquor Review Category: Vodka Potato Base

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Blue Ice Potato vodka is made with Idaho Russet Burbank potatoes... they claim it takes 9.5 pounds of potatoes for each bottle of blue ice vodka. The water is drawn from the Snake River aquifer with snow-melt from the Rockies.

Blue Ice Vodka is made in Rigby, Idaho, famous for its potato farms by Distilled Resources, a microdistillery founded in 2001 by Gray Ottley and Bill Scott. The label is owned and managed by 21st Century Spirits.

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This bottle has 4 ratings and 4 reviews.
Yankel W. Yankel W. (45) (2015-08-15)
Aug 14,2015 EDIT: Price raised $5. per 1.75L Not worth the price jump. No reason for increase. Down two stars for rip-off. It is just ethanol diluted with water - no ageing, no barrelling cost, no storage cost, no Master Distiller to blend aged spirits. Compare with BORU- same ratings, but BORU on sale is $16. cheaper. Same ratings. You could take that $16. and buy a pretty fair.75L Bourbon. Or, you could just pay $2 bucks more than Blue Ice and pick up Reyka. Or you could buy Everclear 95%, reduce the ABV by addtion of good spring water down to 40%, and you have vodka. NOTE: I live in an ABC State, which maintains a legal_fascist_enterprise characterized by political patronage and other spurious activity, operated as tax machine and a cash cow for "management". The system operates similar to the old G.U.M. store of the USSR, the only store in town. ///A good American entry - spuds plus Snake River aquifer (if true) water. It is definitely vodka in the mouth, typical nose, not harsh and has a somewhat sweet finish. I only drink vodka straight -room temp or with a frozen orange slice. No advice on mixing. I think it is good vodka but cheaper and just as good is out there. The price point of this in my location hovers $14 USD (1.75 liter) above Finlandia. Handcrafted. of course, is BS, since the product is manufactured by DRinc (their claim), and 21st Century Spirits apparently buys the finished product from DRinc. Since DRinc advertises essentially a fully automated, modern distillery facility, there may be a hand perhaps from which a finger touches a start or stop button. A good Polanski spud vodka sells for $13 USD cheaper here (1.75 liter bottle ). Why pay the difference if you can't taste the difference?
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Review Comments
Proof66 Staff (2015-05-17):
Hi Yankel, staff editor here. Thanks for leaving your review! You're quite right about Distilled Resource, Incorporated. They make a number of (rather well-regarded) vodkas out of Idaho. The "handcrafted" thing is under intense scrutiny right now. If you're looking for Idaho vodkas that are actually made by hand, we've personally interviewed the folks at Koenig, Bardenay, and Grand Teton. (Two potato vodkas and a sugar-base vodka.) We're convinced that all three of these are truly "handcrafted" as the non-lawyer person might expect it to be defined. Hope that this helps!

monkeyxx monkeyxx (40) (2013-07-07)
I like trying all the vodkas I can. This one doesnt really have a heavy potato vibe like some of the other potato vodkas. I'd compare it to Fris, pretty smooth, a bit of bite. It does have that nice creamy thing. It's light in the mouth, not that heavy. The flavor is not very complex, I'd put it on par with the other better lower priced vodkas, but, it costs a little more. Not worth it in my opinion, but, it is good, and it does come in glass which is a plus.
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ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (326) (2010-09-19)
Master Distiller Bill Scott has managed to capture the depth and roundness of a good potato vodka and deliver it up An outstanding value for the money - possibly the cheapest potato vodka out there and one of the best tasting!
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Phizbin Phizbin (204) (2010-08-10)
I loved this vodka. It has a very gentle aroma and a full, richness in the mouth even at room temperature. It has a soft, creamy taste that warms rather than burns as it descends to your stomach. An excellent, full bodied vodka.
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