Time again for some American-based vodka, and sadly the stereotype of good vodka only coming from the Eastern Bloc is getting truer every time we review an American vodka. The story is much the same – while this can do well in the right cocktail – overall it just lacks the cleanliness and clarity that vodkas from Russian or Poland have.
What we get there though goes a step further into a more ‘Austin hipster’ vodka not even going for a more rustic American spirit. I’ll say this though as far vodka with women on the bottle go – go for Snow Queen instead of a woman not willing to dip her toes into the water.
What they Say: “Deep Eddy Vodka is handcrafted in small batches by a team serious about creating a great spirit. Using our experience and years of tinkering, we set out to raise the bar. Great vodka is born from attention to the smallest details. Water, filtration, and distillation are where we shine most. Deep Eddy is column-distilled in a temperature-perfect environment, which means state-of-the-art. We use the finest water in Texas, and because we use local, natural ingredients and charcoal filter our vodka 4 times, nothing but smooth, clean vodka reaches the bottle. Plus, we leave no waste behind in the process, which gets a nice tip of the hat from mother nature. So raise a glass of Deep Eddy, and you’ll see what we’re so excited about. – Dive in”
Taste: 3.5 – In a rare case here this is in both taste and aftertaste are quite like the smell. You feel like a bit of cream and orange, but mostly bad.
Aftertaste: 3.5 – Here it’s less subdued, but it’s just a lingering bleh.
Burn/Smooth: 4.0 –It does burn, and the warmth it gives is somehow bad (likely partial with the lingering aftertaste), but it’s not a fuzzy warmth.
Aroma: 5.0 – It smells like someone mixed a creamsicle with paint thinner. There’s a bit of citrus like smell, and it’s even a bit creamy. However there is definitely vodka in there – so I guess it averages out.
Manliness: 3.0 – I’ll say this of their literature, maybe they shouldn’t use Texas water, and possibly leave some waste behind in their process… Beyond that it’s certainly a bit wanky, and despite what you could call a Texas rancher look with the labeling, and lady dipping toes into the water – when you look closer at taglines like ‘Dive in’, or it going out of the way to say gluten-free you realize something. This is not the manly punch a horse in the face vodka, this is hipster, and you combine that with everything else and manliness suffers.
Vodka Tonic: 3.5 – That certainly helps, but it’s just wrong. It just tastes ‘off’ and I’m not a fan.
White Russian: 7.0 – Okay, good. It seems this vodka will at least have some use for me, as this is actually a pretty good russian.
Value: 4.0 – This is on par with other vodkas of this tier; however how off and bad this is in non-heavy flavor drinks means this does poorly.
Google Shop Average: $17
Metric Score: 28.25/70 |+| Metric Average: 4.03 |+| Reviewer Average: 4.0
Final Thoughts: Let this be a lesson that our old chemist writers would carry on about. “It doesn’t matter how many times you distill it, but how well it’s distilled” (Usually by having larger distillation columns) Because I don’t care if this distilled 10 times, this is just not good.