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Review: Bedlam Vodka

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Graybeard Distillery can be found in Durham, NC, and it makes a single product, Bedlam Vodka, which is distilled from rice “with a deep Irish heritage.” The concept behind the vodka: Avoiding harshness. Per Graybeard CEO Brandon Evans. “After years of dissatisfaction with many vodka’s on the market, we came together to create a spirit based on our philosophy that vodka need not burn.”

Results: Bedlam doesn’t “burn” in any overwhelming sense, as it is softened by breakfast cereal notes and a notable sweetness. The nose is so grainy as to evoke a white whiskey, somewhat musty, with a few scattered notes of lemon peel. The body is fairly harmless, again with light citrus notes but with a considerably heavier cereal component. The finish is lightly sweet but bready, with a sweet baked goods element (think doughnuts) to it.

So, yes, Bedlam has successfully removed the bite from its vodka, but that is really to its detriment, as what’s left behind is somewhat saccharine and a bit dull. Really, if you take the burn out of vodka, what do you even have left?

80 proof.

B- / $22 / bedlamvodka.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. David Hulbert December 3, 2019

    Basically this product is a a fortified wine! It’s NOT vodka! Falsely represented as a milder vodka it is really NOT VODKA at all. Good try guys but will NOT be buying it again! Fool me once,….

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  2. Bedlam Vodka December 5, 2019

    Hey David, Sydney from Bedlam Vodka here. That’s a very interesting take! Similar to fortified wines, fermentation is a part of the vodka-making process, however there are some substantial distinctions between these two types of alcohols. We’d love to discuss our process for distillation with you more if you’re interested. If so, shoot us an email at [email protected].

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