It seems as if a lot of vodkas are wending their way to the GSN drinking desk lately. The latest arrived in a beautifully elegant bottle that belied the spirit within. Designed to hearken back to the days of prohibition, Bootlegger 21 is an 80 proof, 100% corn based vodka created at the Tuthilltown Distillery in upstate New York. Of course, vodka didn’t really make much of an impact on U.S. soil until after repeal, but that withstanding, it’s still a product for the bar well worth looking into.
Bootlegger 21 starts out with a pure and clean nose, giving off a slight scent of rubbing alcohol. There is an overall somewhat sweet aroma with hints of grain and mineral notes. The first taste is very smooth and rich. I immediately detected a fine distillate, which was no surprise considering it is distilled six times and then charcoal filtered. As the flavor opens up, there are shades of fresh rainwater with a slight salinity. The finish is dry with a warming and somewhat complex earthy quality.
This is a great vodka for ice cold shots, a Kangaroo cocktail, or as a base spirit in anything citrus based. It also works especially well as the canvas in a Harrington cocktail. GSN Rating: A-
Bootlegger 21 retails for $27.99 and is currently available in NY, NJ and CA and also online at www.drinkupny.com.