Vodka - Grain

Death's Door Vodka

From: Wisconsin, United States Liquor Review Category: Vodka Grain Base

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Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2008
  • 2011

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2011

Proof66 Notes

Death's Door vodka is made from a distillate made from a grain blend of local Washington Island red winter wheat and malted barley. This taste is softened with a blend of corn-grain neutral spirit in a process similar to blended scotch whisky. To us, this implies a a soft, beer-like note pervading the vodka that will be appealing to Moscow Mule and fruit-juice cocktails.

The 2011 Beverage Testing Institute review declared Death's Door to be an "herbal nuanced vodka."

Death's Door as a brand was founded in 2005 but opened their own distillery in 2012 under the direction of Brian Ellison with a 2,000 liter 46-stage column still in 25,000 square feet. This completes their plan of moving from contract label work (formerly done by the Wisconsin-based Yahara Bay) and opening their own distillery. Death's Door Spirits is named in honor of the treacherous waters between Washington Island and the Door Peninsula in Lake Michigan near Green Bay. Their stated mission is to use local, fine ingredients grown without pesticide or herbicide. Washington Island wheat forms the basis for many of their spirits selected in cooperation with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and local Washington Island wheat farmers Tom and Ken Koyen. They signed a marketing and distribution partnership with Seralles, the distillery behind Don Q rums (see the press release at Night Club). In an interview with Master Distiller John Jeffries (February, 2013), we learned the new distillery sprang from a desire to exert quality control over all aspects of production during growth. For the $3.5 million investment they will have a capacity of producing 225,000 cases annually. Their operation includes a $100,000 laboratory replete with spectroscopy and chromatography capabilities to meticulously calibrate to the flavors they're looking for.

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This bottle has 2 ratings and 2 reviews.
Sur Sipper Sur Sipper (2) (2014-10-02)
Just found out they removed all organic references from their bottles and boxes and website. Not sure about the rest of their story either. Sorry Chris.
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ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (326) (2010-09-19)
Some may find it a touch pricey but at least you are buying quality and integrity rather than marketing. More money than either Stoli or the Avian Fashion Victim Vodka, but with more honesty, sincerity (meaning they worked for it rather than used short cuts), and sense of place. You are buying organic, green, and sustainable rather than just contributing corporate greed.
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