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Review: Ice Fox Vodka

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IceFox 750mlThis new vodka is made in Treasure Island, in San Francisco Bay off the coast of the city, where there are probably no foxes and definitely no ice — rather, a portion of profits from the sale of Ice Fox vodka are donated “to protect the shrinking population of the Arctic foxes that inspired the product.”

Triple-distilled from American corn, this is straightforward stuff. The nose is lightly sweet and a touch fruity, but more traditional hospital notes dominate. The palate is fairly harmless, lightly sweet with milk chocolate notes, a touch of honey, and brown butter. The body is far from overwhelming, just a modest, simple spirit with a short finish that whisks away, leaving behind nothing much at all. Fine for mixing, but not exciting enough for a straight sipper.

Update January 2015: I tried a sample from a different batch of Ice Fox and had moderately different tasting notes, including strong notes of citrus peel and cinnamon bark. Still plenty of hospital character to go around, but with a considerably more rustic, less sweet secondary character. In other words: Your mileage may vary.

80 proof.

B / $20 / icefoxvodka.com

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. E. Parker May 20, 2015

    What, pray tell, is a ‘hospital’ note? I’m pretty sure I don’t want my vodka to smell like a hospital Did you mean ‘hospitable’? Even that’s a stretch as a descriptor for a smell.

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    1. Christopher Null May 20, 2015

      In this context, hospital notes include medicinal aromas like rubbing alcohol and (fresh) band-aids. A medicinal character, within reason, gives a good vodka a clean structure and a a cleansing finish. Of course, this is a matter of taste. Many people may not appreciate these “old world” notes and gravitate toward sweeter spirits.

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