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A clean and environmentally responsible Vodka from Iceland is the definition of glacial soft.
Founded in 2005 by William Grant & Sons, Reyka Distillery is located in a costal Icelandic village called
Borgarnes on a narrow peninsula about thirty miles north of the capital of Reykjavik. The town is so small that their master distiller — Pórõur Sigurõsson — also serves as the police chief… and the fire chief. The facility is 100% powered by environmentally-friendly geothermal power and utilizes natural glacial run-off water. Thus they call their Spirit the “world’s first green Vodka.” Notably, they use a copper Carter-head still, which makes us suspect that a Gin is in the works for the future.
Reyka Vodka is distilled from a mash of wheat and barley. And as they famously claim, the water is pure glacial water that runs through a 4,000 year-old lava field and the final Spirit is filtered through volcanic rock, adding to its purity. They make the Vodka in small batches of two hundred and fifty-five cases — which is just a drop in the bucket for a large production facility.
Reyka is derived from Iceland’s capital city — Reykjavik — which in turn comes from the old Norse words “reykr” meaning “smoke / smoky / steam” and “vik” meaning bay. Since the distillery is power by geothermal steam, this seems a fitting name.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is soft with a faint whisper of white pepper and distant zest.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The opens with a soft mouth-feel and gentle tones of citrus, toasted grain, and light spice.
The finish is crisply clean.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Reyka Vodka and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.