Some think you can't bottle the independent spirit. We just did.
Well, that certainly sounds optimistic, maybe too optimistic. They go on to say:
Let the other producers re-distill industrial produced product, artificially flavor neutral grain spirits, over-distill, and chemically treat their vodka. We’ll stick to using real Idaho-grown ingredients without all the smoke and mirrors.
Okay, so 44° North uses some fancy vodka distilling equipment, local wheat and potatoes, and local delicious Idaho water. Does it live up to the hype?
44° North Magic Valley Wheat pours clear as air and smells like, well, nothing. Some vodkas, okay most vodkas, have a distinct smell, with the cheaper ones being reminiscent of rubbing alcohol. It sucks, but it's true. 44° North smells like nothing. That's right, nothing. It could just as soon be water for all I know. Upon sipping it, I am greeted with a very clean, crisp, cool taste with remarkably no alcohol burn. It does have a mild mineral-like aftertaste much like fancy bottled waters, perhaps from the mineral-rich Rocky Mountain water. That is really the only flavor I can detect.
This is easily one of the purest, smoothest vodkas I have had the pleasure of tasting. It is up with many more expensive vodkas in terms of quality and taste. It works quite well neat or on the rocks. Or if you want to be like The Dude from The Big Lebowski, you can always make a White Russian. But in this case the extra-smooth vodka could cause you to make an extra strong drink. Not that The Dude would mind...