Vodka - Barley

Reyka Iceland Vodka

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  • Proof66 Rating
    586 / 791
    Rabble Rating
    4.2 / 5.0
    Price (USD)

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94th Percentile
This score falls in the 94th percentile of all spirits in the Vodka category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Proof66 Notes

Reyka vodka is made with a Carter Head still--they claim 1 of only 6 in the world and the only one used for vodka--from a base of barley and wheat. In a behind the scenes write-up at Drink Spirits (Geoff Kleinman), they mention that Reyka imports barley spirit from Scotland that is then redistilled on the Carter Head still, which itself isn't capable of distilling to the required strength for vodka. The batches are quite small from the traditional still, making only 250 cases at a time and the still is heated through Iceland geothermic energy. The vodka is filtered through lava rocks (in abundance in Iceland) and blended down with pure, Icelandic glacier-fed springwater from the Riback Spring. The label is oned by William Grant & Sons

The term "reyka" is translated as "steam" and is probably a reference to the geothermal techniques they use to process their spirits.

According to the 2011 Beverage Testing Institute review, the Reyka will "sparkle in cocktails."

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This bottle has 5 ratings and 5 reviews.
ryansomerlot ryansomerlot (6) (2015-01-10)
I would give it 10 stars if I could. This is a amazing smooth vodka that mixes well!!! Highly recommend
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BDanner BDanner (56) (2014-10-22)
The first vodkas I purchased when deciding to assemble a home bar. $20 in my area. Great packaging for a vodka. Really stands out on the shelf among many generic looking vodka bottles, which is probably why I chose it. Solid 4 stars. Definitely a grain based vodka. Neutral nose. Similar to Stolichnaya, but with less burn. Mixed well in all cocktails without overpowering. Would buy again, although I've discovered I lean more toward corn or potato based vodkas. .
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Bond007mgm Bond007mgm (6) (2014-02-27)
Another great vodka. One of the most neutral vodka smell ever. Great for mixing and shots. A little burn going down but very minimal. Comparable to other top shelf vodkas at a cheaper cost.
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bdehoog bdehoog (73) (2012-11-20)
Really light low flavor no oil or richness vodka. clean and maybe slightly minerally. i have seen several really cool looking labels on this stuff. i like the geothermal thing but that does not mean it doesnt contribute to global warming - glass bottles and transportation. i have seen for $16 - $26 dollars.
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ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (326) (2010-09-01)
A well made vodka with a lot of unique points about it that would make good conversation while you are drinking it. Environmentally responsible - does not contribute to global warming.
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