WE 95pts. - According to the Wine Enthusiast: Initial nosing passes reveal a zesty and mildly spicy aroma thatﾒs focused on the cereal grain; the bouquet registers on the leaner, drier side of neutral grain spirits and as such is in direct opposition to other creamier, sweeter Dutch vodkas. Palate entry is moderately sweet, almost smoky; at midpalate, a flash of black licorice tempts the taste buds, then recedes, allowing the sweet, nearly smoky/pipe tobacco leaf taste to dominate. Distiller Notes - The EFFEN Vodka taste profile was developed with support from leading bartenders who pour spirits every night. Bartenders, the true drink experts, served on our panel to improve upon a centuries-old Dutch recipe that is perfect on the palate. The water used in EFFEN Vodka goes well beyond the standard filtering process. Pure spring water is forced through specifically constructed filters under extremely high pressure. This process ensures that all impurities are removed for the purest water attainable.