Nose: often notes of citrus, aniseed or liquorice. Depending on method of distillation, they may be some baked bread or yeasty notes.
Palate: the lightest of the grains once distilled, wheat vodka tends to be fresh and light. Aniseed notes are generally the most dominant.Barley
Nose: Clean and fresh with some nutty notes.
Palate: The most savoury of grains when distilled. Slightly savoury with a dry nutty finish.Rye
Nose: The most complex (and expensive) of grains. Ranges from subtle cream and vanilla notes to sharp and robust.
Palate: Depending on where distilled, can range from soft and silky with subtle notes of almond and vanilla to spicy, notes of black and white pepper, warmth on the palate with a long length.Corn
Nose: Butter, corn on the cob, hot buttered popcorn.
Palate: Sweet, oily (like having eaten too much popcorn) short length. Can be quite heavy and dense.Potatoes
Nose: Earthy, mineral nose with hints of stone and/or soil. Occasional boiled potato fragrance.
Palate: Mostly soft and gentle vodka. Some mineral notes carry onto the palate. Notes of mashed potato, creamed potato and a subtle sweetness are common characteristics. Potatoes are the most expensive of all raw ingredients.Molasses
Nose: Relatively neutral nose, some antiseptic characteristics with a spirit note being most dominant.
Palate: Sweet, one dimensional and often flat. Neutral on the palate and very often noticeable burn.
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