Winter is here and the cold and rain make me think of warm summer days on a recent trip to O’ahu. On the island I found vodka, not just any vodka, one distilled in downtown Honolulu, made from local island sugar cane, and then filtered through lava rocks. Hawaiian Vodka has a creamy viscosity a unique sweetness backed by a rich maple, almost rum like note with a minimal burn and small wisps of mint. Sounds like hype, but it’s not. The lava, actually a large cube of crushed lava rock, and the copper pot still work their magic to create a very fine and unique version of how cool vodka can be. Currently it’s only available on the islands but will hopefully make its way to the mainland, and beyond. But distiller Dave Flintstone is having a tough time keeping up with demand. And that’s a good problem to have. Once you taste it, you’ll understand why. Typically vodkas suffer from having no personality: benign, tasteless, insipid – a trait I abhor, so when I find vodka that tastes like something, I get excited, and Hawaiian Vodka tastes like Hawaii. So when you visit the Islands get Hawaiian Vodka and you’ll be hanging loose all day.
$25/ 750 ml – Alc: 40% HAWAIIAN VODKA
BOOZEHOUNDZ RATING: 89 POINTS