Double Cross Vodka
I know Double Cross Vodka has been around since 2008, so I’m a bit behind the curve on the topic. But, I was recently finally able to try the vodka side-by-side with the big players in the premium vodka game. Here goes my musings on the experience.
I could start by saying that the “competition’s goose is cooked” or something equally cheesy, but, I won’t. This is a serious vodka and deserves a serious review. Double Cross Vodka, distributed by Old Nassau Imports, is distilled in Stará Ľubovňa in the Tatra Mountains of Slovakia. I guess from the quality and flavor of Double Cross, the Tatra Mountains must be Vodka Country.
There, the vodka starts with Winter Wheat & spring water and is distilled & filtered 7 times to create a very clean, smooth and crisp flavor. That master distiller Dr. Jan Krak has spent a lifetime perfecting his methods is obvious from the first sip of Double Cross Vodka. Tasting Double Cross next to Grey Goose, Belvedere and Ultimat vodkas clearly illustrates how smooth a beverage this really is.
On first appearance, Double Cross is impossibly clear with no sign of sediment. On a pour, it leaves faint legs on the inside of the glass with just the right viscosity. The aroma is equally clean. There is just the faintest hint of grain and citrus.
Tasting Double Cross completes the experience. Best served very cold, there is a little bite on the tongue, but it is there. It is obvious your drinking vodka not water. In the mouth, it has a fair amount of body and you can notice the viscous texture demonstrated by the legs. The citrus present in the nose is on the tongue as well. If anything it adds to the overall “clean” sensation. On the finish, you get a bit of dry heat that lingers for a few moments. Overall, drinking Double Cross Vodka is a very pleasant experience.
Looking through their website, DoubleCrossVodka.com, it seems apparent that they are very proud of their bottle, stating “An elevated spirit deserves a sacred vessel.” The bottle in the standard 750ml is a clear rectangular glass bottle made in France. The glass is festooned with Slovakian poetry from the 1800s done in a Declaration of Independence-like script. It is a cool effect.
|Slovakian Coat of Arms|
Each bottle is sealed with an individually numbered red scroll-work seal and the “double cross” logo to complete the look. The logo is actually inspired by the Slovakian Coat of Arms. The only problem is because of the rectangular shape of the bottle and the position of the neck, it is almost impossible to pour into a glass without making a mess.
Overall, Double Cross has become my favorite vodka. At about $40 a bottle, it’s not an ideal choice for the sugary and fruity mixed drinks favored by college students. But it makes one hell of a martini and is great served on the rocks with a twist of lemon.