- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 30, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

With Idaho’s most famous crop being, of course, potatoes, it is only natural that craft distillers within the Gem State would spin that legume into its most fascinating end product.

44° North Vodka, named in honor of the latitude line that crosses through Idaho, is crafting numerous flavors of small-batch, craft vodka for choosy drinkers seeking locally sourced and hand-crafted, micro-distilled products — all made from genuine Idaho potatoes, wheat, produce and Rocky Mountain spring water.

And gluten-free to boot.

The flagship 44° Idaho Potato Vodka boasts a bite on its taste profile. I suggest mixing in tonic water or using in a dry martini recipe.

The Rainier Cherry Flavored Vodka is rather fruit-forward, perhaps maybe a bit too much so, as the cherry flavor veers into cough medicine territory. However, this vodka would bring alive a cosmo or other such fruity vodka cocktail.

44°’s Magic Valley Wheat Vodka is a true prize. Unlike many other hefty vodkas, there is no burn whatsoever, and you can actually taste the harvest on the front of the sip. Enjoy this fine craft vodka neat or over ice.

The Sunnyslope Nectarine Flavored Vodka is smooth and pleasant, and would give Absolut Mandarin a run for its money. For sheer enjoyment, this may be the best of the 44° offerings, and should best be enjoyed over ice or mixed in with your favorite punch.

And finally, the Mountain Huckleberry Flavored Vodka is refreshing and earthy, with floral hints on the nose and aftertaste. This flavor was my introduction to 44°, and after my own experience, I recommend it over ice to best enjoy.

May Idahoans keep the vodka goodness coming!

For more on the “Best of the Northwest,” visit 44NorthVodka.com.

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