In the vodka space, there’s seems to be lot of interest in vodka made from potatoes. Good potato vodka is wonderfully sweet and clean, and for people who can’t tolerate wheat, it’s an alternative to wheat, rye and other grain-based vodkas. Some vodkas don’t even cite what the source is of the spirit, and vodka made from “Neutral Grain Spirits” can literally be from almost any source (including fermented soy or grass). With Schramm Vodka, the source is clearly identified as organic potatoes.
Produced in the Pemberton Valley of British Columbia, Canada by the Pemberton Distillery, Schramm Vodka is made in extremely small batches using a pot still (the distillery only produces 700 bottles a month). Schramm isn’t your typical vodka – it’s an excellent example of a new breed of handcrafted sipping vodkas that have as much focus on their flavor as their drinkability.
Schramm Organic Potato Vodka (80 Proof – $50) has an extraordinarily inviting nose that reminds us of toasted marshmallows. It’s sweet with some nice roasted notes that clearly come out of the pot distillation process. The entry is extremely smooth with a nice sweet center surrounded by some deep toasted marshmallow notes. The fact that Schramm Vodka comes from potatoes is clearly present in the taste, with some notes which remind us of a baked potato, skin and all. The toasted notes in the mid palate provide a nice, slightly bitter, coffee-like counterbalance to the lovely sweet core of this vodka. There’s the slightest hint of heat at the end of the mid-palate and then it finishes very nice, cool and clean.
Schramm Organic Potato Vodka – is priced towards the top end of the vodka market, but what you are getting is a unique handcrafted product that is as delicious as it is distinct. Schramm is clearly a sipping vodka – the toasted notes don’t mesh well with citrus in cocktails, aren’t as welcome in a vodka soda, and are best enjoyed neat. There’s a significant shift going on in the marketplace with a new generation of vodkas that aren’t just “odorless and tasteless”, and Schramm Vodka is a fantastic example of what’s possible in this space. We highly recommend it, even at this price point. Very Highly Recommended