THL: What is it?
If you are going to make a vodka out of maple sap, the best place to start is in Vermont where the maple trees burst with sugary sap. When distilled, it results in the fantastic Vermont Gold Vodka.
THL: Why should you try it?
Vermont Spirits strives to make vodkas with flavor, not flavored vodkas. They maximize the flavor potential by taking their time to select the very best cuts from the process of triple distilling the maple sap that has been boiled over a wood fire before it’s charcoal filtered. It takes 40 quarts of sap to produce one bottle of Vermont Gold Vodka, which is the same amount it takes one tree to produce in an entire year! It takes 6 weeks to harvest the maple sap in early spring, resulting in a flavorful vodka that is well worth the wait.
At first sip, you might think this vodka could be a white rum. The vodka is just sweet enough to comfortably sip neat at room temperature without feeling like you’re downing a bottle of maple syrup. In fact, the maple flavor is present, but not overbearing. The more prominent flavors are vanilla and caramel with a crisp finish that will have you quickly refilling your glass.
THL: Who makes it?
Vermont Spirits makes handcrafted spirits near the New Hampshire border . The distillers are proud to be from the Green Mountain State, and source many of their ingredients locally.
THL: What does it taste like?
maple syrup, rum
THL: How should you drink it?
While there is a hint of maple sap in the spirit itself, try cranking up the maple flavors with the Liberation Libation cocktail.
2 ounces Vermont Gold Vodka
1/2 ounce Grade B Maple Syrup
1-1/2 ounces Sparkling Apple Cider
Rim cocktail glass with cinnamon sugar (optional). Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass.
This is a great example of a vodka that is almost a shame to mix in a cocktail as many of the delicate flavors are lost in the mix. Try this resinous vodka at room temperature to experience the full flavor spectrum.