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Review: Purus Vodka


Organic vodka from Piedmont, Italy? An oddity, for sure, but this wheat-based vodka is expanding into its eighth state in the U.S. this year, so growth is in the works.

Made in Lagnasco, Italy, Purus (also written in all caps) is quintuple distilled in column stills and bottled in a decanter that “pays tribute to the pristine water flowing from the Italian Alps.”

The nose: smoky, with limited medicinal notes. The palate continues the theme: charcoal character is the primary component, along with muted apple and brown sugar on the finish. The body has a really nice fleshiness to it, and the finish ends up on a savory and sweet combo.

Lots of nice components here, but the smoky nose and hefty charcoal character are a bit much, weighing down the experience. Nifty bottle, though.

80 proof.

B / $25 / purusvodka.com

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  1. Bob Siddoway June 12, 2012

    Any word on how this is filtered? That may account for the charcoal notes. Nice looking bottle for a $25 vodka, though.

  2. Christopher Null June 12, 2012

    Bob: Yes, heavily filtered through active charcoal.

  3. Bob Siddoway June 13, 2012

    Well, that makes sense, as I assumed. Sounds like it may mix well with cola, though, just not served neat.


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