Vodka - Barley
Reyka Iceland Vodka
Rating DescriptionTier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Vodka category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
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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