Vodka - Barley

Reyka Iceland Vodka

From: Iceland Liquor Review Category: Vodka Barley Base

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Tier 1
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2011
  • 2013
  • 2015
  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2010
  • 2011

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2006
  • 2013

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.

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This bottle has 8 ratings and 8 reviews.
Yankel W. Yankel W. (71)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-07-16)
Bold and good bite. I might seem medicinal to some but the ethanol nose disappears quickly and you have real vodka. The water source is a real plus. It is not particularly "green" since it is distilled in Scotland, then shipped to Iceland for further distillation and blending down with water. The carbon footprint of cargo vessels is huge. It is a bit pricier than other good vodkas, so the taste and water source would need be a selling point, I think. I drink at room temp or with frozen orange twist. Barley and apparently grain? No lingering sweet finish. 7/16/15 - Went to pickup a bottle today and all glass - both sizes .75 & 1.75 - were full of bubbles - gobs of them. The bottles normally have several bubbles in the glass, but this was striking in the flaws in the glass. PRC handiwork, I imagine. So, I'll wait until they get some fresh stock. Paying a premium for junk bottles is not acceptable. The Absolute bottles were perfect, as were the 4 other vodka brands I purchased. The vodka remains a favorite, but if Wm. Grant bottled their expensive Scotch in cruddy bottles like this batch of Reyka, they would lose business.
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Spastic_kid Spastic_kid (2)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-05-10)
If you can find a real dislike with this vodka you should have your head examined. This is the cleanest vodka of the close to 500 I have tried. The only taste I was able to determine was a very mild hint of vanilla bean in the finish. It is the perfect mixing vodka as it does not impart any distractions into the final drink. I prefer it best straight from the freezer with nothing more than a lemon twist dropped into it.
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Allan Allan (207)
Rating: 2.0 (2015-05-03)
Tried side by side with several other vodkas and found this one to have a very neutral nose it was a bit hash and bitter on the finish. Didn't get to try it in a cocktail but I don't believe these characteristics are strong enough to be detected when mixed.
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ryansomerlot ryansomerlot (7)
Rating: 5.0 (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 (275)
Rating: 4.0 (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 (8)
Rating: 5.0 (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 (81)
Rating: 3.0 (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 (328)
Rating: 4.0 (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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