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Cold River Vodka

JenBoes Nov 2, 2006 09:20 PM

Has anyone tried Cold River Vodka from Maine? Someone gave me a bottle for Christmas, and it took me awhile to try it since I am pretty much a wine drinker exclusively. We went over to our neighbors the other night so I used it to make a pitcher of Cosmopolitans. They were a big hit! I decided to try a little neat and it has almost a sweet taste to it - it's made from potatoes, maybe that's why? And I really like the bottle - It reminds me a bit of the Belvedere bottle but it's a mountain and river scene. I think I might save it!

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    irwin Nov 3, 2006 03:20 AM

    i tired it a few times and did not like it....
    Its not consistant. I also like Belvedere, but recently changed to SKY.... Its the best.

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      emilief Nov 3, 2006 03:51 PM

      WE love it and the bottle is beautiful.

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        MEgal Nov 3, 2006 08:31 PM

        I actually just picked up a bottle recently, and really like it. It is quite tasty served neat, although a little strong for me to have much at one sitting. I put it in the freezer first, as was recommended by some Chowhounds on the spirits board. I have also been mixing up some pomegranate martinis with a Stirrings mixer, which are delicious. I would like to try it with real pomegranate juice, which a I plan to pick up next time I make it to the store. Have you checked out their website? They have a few recipes posted that look pretty good:
        http://www.coldrivervodka.com/recipes...

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          sashimi73 May 18, 2008 03:17 PM

          I just bought this vodka yesterday and mixed it with Stirring's pomegranite too! I was perusing this board for others' opinions of it. We love this vodka!

        2. Raedia Nov 3, 2006 09:44 PM

          Hey there, I'm happy to hear the positive comments! My dad's cousin is one of the Maine potato farmers who started the company (low-carb diets did a number on the spud business, and they had to branch out). I like the pomegranate martini idea a lot!

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            goat Nov 3, 2006 11:39 PM

            Cold River vodka seems to me to be overpriced and inconsistent. At $33, it is priced above basically all super premium vodkas with the exception of Hangar One. I have had batches that have been sweet, some that have been harsh. The first batch they apparently overcooked the potatoes, resulting in a sweeter vodka. The second batch they cooked the potatoes less, resulting in a less sweet batch that I found to be quite harsh for a $33 bottle of vodka. The problem is that the people who liked batch 1 generally did not like batch 2 and the people who did not like batch 1 did not bother to spend the money to try batch 2. I would love to see the vodka succeed since it is a Maine product and the key is to increase production to the point that they can expand beyond Maine and parts of New Hampshire and into the major metropolitan areas, especially around the northeast where I think the product will excell.

            1. TonyO Nov 4, 2006 03:55 AM

              Try Reyka (from Iceland). Available in NH .

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                treb May 19, 2008 03:56 AM

                My buddy's swear by it, I don't drink Vodka myself, they say it's cleaner tasting than Belvedere and most others off the shelf.

                1. jspear May 20, 2008 10:25 AM

                  haven't yet but will sounds great, including the recipes included here.

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                    jbartlet Aug 21, 2009 09:22 AM

                    I've tried 2 or 3 different bottles spaced many months apart hoping that it would get better but as is said the quality and taste are VERY inconsistent. I also find a disagreeable smell to it. The sweetness is the only saving grace. Hopefully for $33+ they can hone down their process and get a consistent product out there.

                    Reyka is excellent stuff, I agree.

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