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Yazi Ginger Flavored Vodka

Yazi Ginger Flavored


By Robert Plotkin

Introduced in 2005, culinary-inspired Yazi Ginger Flavored Vodka has a palate stimulating character tailor-made for contemporary mixed drinks. Search long and hard, but you'll find nothing remotely like it on your backbar. Considering today's cocktail-centric culture, the vodka's singular personality traits make it a legitimate lottery pick.

Premium Yazi Ginger Flavored Vodka is made at Hood River Distillers, Oregon's first licensed distillery. Located near the town of Hood River in the Columbia River Valley, it is distilled from grain and flavored with four different types of ginger, plus lemon, orange, cayenne and red pepper. The vodka is rendered to 35% alcohol by volume (70 proof) using glacier-fed spring water from Mt. Hood, Oregon's highest mountain peak.

Yazi Ginger Vodka is a sophisticated gustatory treat. It has crystalline clarity, a lightweight satiny textured body and a generously spicy, semisweet nose. Its pronounced aromatics are a serious treat. The soft, smooth entry quickly expands into an appetizing array of ginger and citrus flavors. As good as the first two acts are, the lingering, spicy warm finish is its strong suit. Its ginger and pepper flavors are full, fresh and classy.

"Yazi Ginger Vodka is so much more than a beautiful bottle," states Keri Eliason, Marketing Brand Manager for Hood River Distillers. "Yazi is a conversation starter. It brings newness and a sense of excitement that inspires mixologists to create fresh and innovative pairings. The vodka invites discerning, sophisticated consumers to discover something unique. Yazi adds an exhilarating sweet and spicy twist to a traditional cocktail, but is so smooth and easy to drink that you don't need a mixer."

Yazi get its name from the Chinese dragon, a symbol of strength and confidence, which best explains the feeling you get when using the vodka to make cocktails. The vodka enjoys numerous applications behind the bar. The brand's mixologist recommends featuring it in a specialty Lemon Drop, Bloody Mary and Martini. That said, its creative potential seems almost unlimited.