Grey Goose takes great care in its field-to-bottle process while crafting this vodka. The spirit retains a sweet grain flavor from winter wheat while going down smoothly, partly from the brand's specialized methods.
Unlike some other brands, this spirit distills only once through a five-step continuous process through columns made from stainless steel and copper.
Following a 600-year history of vodka making, Belvedere crafts its spirits in the traditional Polish manner. For the consumer, this means no additives, creating a clean, crisp product without impurities.
The resulting vodka has a velvety texture with underlying notes of pepper and vanilla, making this a lovely complement to either sweet or savory cocktails.
Many factors make this spirit an excellent example of the smoothest vodka. Single-source grain plays the first part. The brand inspects every grain harvest, monitoring for imperfections before using it in its vodka.
Artesian wells ensure a pure water source, while triple distillation creates a smooth and refreshing vodka.
In addition to being one of the smoothest vodkas, Ketel One also ranks among the best-selling spirits of its kind. The Dutch vodka brand showcases a clean vodka flavor with a slight aroma of honey and citrus.
The balance on the palate plays with the brand’s signature soft mouthfeel that lasts through the subtly flavorful finish.
The Crystal Head bottle shows as much craftsmanship as the spirit inside. These skull-shaped art pieces are easy to pick out at any bar. Luckily they aren’t just flashy. They provide another smooth option for sipping or mixing.
The clean-tasting vodka makes its spirit from corn and pure water from Newfoundland, using a process filtering the spirit seven times.
Glaciers and geothermal activity shaped Iceland. Today, they contribute to the smoothness of Reyka Vodka. The brand uses glacial spring water and Carter-Head stills, creating a refreshing vodka with no bite.
A specialized filtration system using the region’s lava rocks also contributes to this spirit’s easy character. The clean palate of the spirit makes this nice for sipping neat or in cocktails.
Chopin’s potato vodka ranks among the smoothest vodka, but it’s not their only velvety spirit. This Polish brand’s reserve vodka improves on the original, using young potatoes of experimental cultivars, creating a more flavourful product.
The sweet earthy taste lasts through the medium finish, leaving a lingering warmth but never a burn.
This Japanese vodka differs from others in both ingredients and methods. Rather than using a more traditional grain mash, the brand uses regional rice and techniques.
This includes a two-time distilling process as well as bamboo charcoal filtration. Filtration removes impurities while flavoring the spirit with minerals, resulting in a smooth yet flavorful character.
I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.
In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.