Infused Vodka - Citrus

Deep Eddy Ruby Red Real Grapefruit Vodka

From: Texas, United States Liquor Review Category: Citrus Infused Vodka

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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2013

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Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka is their grapefruit flavored expression based upon their all-Texas ingredient vodka. The grapefruits used are locally acquired, Texas products for an all-natural infusion (juice, rind, and all) creating a pink hued product.

Deep Eddy vodka is was founded in 2010 in Austin, Texas by Clayton Christopher in collaboration with Chad Auler of Savvy Distillers. They use local and all-natural products in their production and blend it with aquifer water from Texas. The name "deep eddy" is inspired by the "largest swimming hole" in the Austin, Texas area. According to the 2011 filing with the Tax and Trade Bureau, Deep Eddy is produced by Savvy Spirits out of Texas, whom we've listed here as the producer. Driven by early success, the facility has expanded to a 4-acre, 35,000 square foot facility capable of producing 2 million cases per year. In the interview with Tasting Panel Magazine (November, 2014 by Anthony Head), Auler remains committed to Austin and using "real ingredients" in their flavors. In August, 2015, the Deep Eddy brand was sold to Kentucky-based Heaven Hill. According to the Wall Street Journal (Tripp Mickle), the sale price was not disclosed but estimated between $165 and $300 million. In the article, Heaven Hill said that Deep Eddy would 'operate as an independent company within Heaven Hill and continue to be overseen by its current president, Eric Dopkins."

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This bottle has 2 ratings and 2 reviews.
BDanner BDanner (106) (2015-07-28)
Picked up a couple 50ml bottles to try. The first dip of my toe into the flavored vodka pool. Undrinkable straight. Cloying (and almost artificial) sweetness with bitter aftertaste. They claim they infuse the whole grapefruit (including the rind) to flavor the vodka, and you can tell. The aftertaste definitely reminded me of the oils from the rind. Mixed with sweet iced tea for a decent drink. Mixed with ginger ale was also passable, but the aftertaste is always present. This one is not for me.
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bughunter bughunter (6) (2015-06-13)
I dislike most flavored vodkas, even the highest rated ones. My wife picked up a bottle of Deep Eddy Ruby Red because she is a grapefruit lover. When I first tasted it, I thought I was pouring a pre-mixed cocktail so I didn't sip it... I said, "Whoa! It packs a punch. Both in proof and flavor." Since then I've taken a shine to it. I like it best on the rocks, and I drink very few liquors on the rocks. Let the ice melt a bit it cuts down on the sweetness, and you have something that resembles a grapefruit Gimlet. Look closely and you'll see actual citrus oil floating on the top of the bottle. If you pour the first serving without shaking the bottle, then you'll be getting the entire bottle's proportion of grapefruit oils, which are very bitter. They mean it when they put "Shake Well" on the bottle. The only negative comment I have is that it is not as kind to you the next day. I was surprised by the degree of the hangover that only four drinks left me with the next morning. I'd give it 5 stars if it weren't for this. Overall, it's very drinkable on the rocks or in mixed drinks, and is affordable. Just be sure to shake before every pour, and drink in moderation if you are prone to hangovers.
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