Broken Shed Vodka
40% Alcohol Content (80 Proof)
I can't say that I've had a lot of vodka from New Zealand. Or really had a lot of anything from New Zealand for that matter.
If you can't remember where or what New Zealand is, it's right by Australia and is where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was shot! A gorgeous, gorgeous place!
Broken Shed Vodka is an additive free vodka that uses two water sources, Central Otago on New Zealand's South Island and East Tamaki on the North Island. The water from the South Island is not demineralized, leaving the vodka with true tastes of New Zealand water. It's quadruple distilled and quadruple filtered, two of those times going through charcoal filtering. That all sounds like a lot, but for premium vodka that's pretty much par for the course. Except for being made from whey. That's definitely unique...
Anyway, Broken Shed vodka comes in a classy, relatively simple bottle with a nice cork (I love bottles with corks) and pours clear as clear can be. It smells almost of nothing, with the vaguest hint of alcohol and a bit of sweetness. Tasting brings the crisp, refreshing tastes of mineral water with an underlying mild sweetness followed by a slightly bitter mineraly finish. The mouthfeel is a little silky and sensual, which is characteristic I love in great vodkas (although some premium vodkas lack this trait).
Bottom line, this is a great vodka at the ~$35 price point. Comparing it to things I've already reviewed I would have to say it tastes somewhere between I Spirit Vodka's sweetness and 44 North's mildness, both of which are also premium vodkas. Broken Shed is just a great tasting vodka: mild, easy-drinking, and having a hint of sweetness.
I tried it neat at room temperature, over ice, and in a screwdriver. All were great. Surprisingly, though, when mixed with orange juice it does seem to bring out a touch of menthol flavors which were actually quite interesting, yet incredibly tasty in the mix.
Drink This: if you want an incredibly tasty, unique vodka.
Don't Drink This: if you don't like vodka. That's about the only reason I can think of...