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Pinnacle Vodka

Pinnacle Vodka


By Robert Plotkin

Don't let its transparency mislead you, handcrafting a world-class vodka is tremendously challenging. Every flaw, shortcut or misstep in production is immediately apparent. Distillers can't rely on barrel aging to obscure any mistakes in the finished product. In short, there's no room for error. The difficulty factor is a large part of what makes a great vodka such a thing of beauty. A perfect example of how thoroughly enjoyable the experience can be is Pinnacle Vodka.

The premium French import is five-times distilled using naturally filtered spring water and wheat from the Brie region. To achieve optimum purity, only a small percentage of the distillate coming out of the still—what is referred to as the "heart of the run"—is used in production. The final quality assurance is rigorous charcoal filtering. It is bottled at 40% alcohol content (80 proof).

For a spirit that is ostensibly neutral, Pinnacle Vodka certainly has a lot going on. The vodka is crystal clear with a full, lushly textured body and a light bouquet of wintergreen and fresh snowfall. Its clean, crisp aromatics contribute greatly to its appeal. The vodka barely raises any heat as it slowly bathes the palate with the flavors of mint, baking spices and semisweet wheat. The lingering finish is spicy and satisfying. Kudos!

It should come as little surprise then that Pinnacle Vodka has had more than its share of critical acclaim. At the prestigious 2013 International Wine & Spirits Competition, Pinnacle outscored more than 100 other entrants to be named the event's best vodka. Equally impressive is the brand's phenomenal sales growth, which according to the Adams's Beverage Group outpaced all other brands of spirits between 2008 and 2011.

Pinnacle Vodka is well suited to be the foundation of any vodka-based cocktail assignment. That said, it is an ideal vodka to savor neat or served with a slight chill.

As marvelous as this vodka is, the brand is perhaps best known for their expansive range of flavored vodkas. The Pinnacle Whipped (whipped cream) Vodka is the brand's most popular offering. Other flavors include Pinnacle County Fair Cotton (cotton candy) Vodka, Pinnacle Tropical Punch Vodka, and Pinnacle Cake Vodka.

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