Ohio Buckeye Vodka trumps best-selling brands in taste test
on 03/04/11 at 11:05 amSpirits
Before we get to the story that is scheduled to run in the Dayton Daily News on Sunday, April 3, let’s talk about how this newly released Buckeye Vodka tastes. I’ll be the first to acknowledge that I’m a wine guy, not a spirits guy. But a side-by-side taste test of Dayton’s own Buckeye Vodka next to three well-known international brands is illuminating, even to a wine palate.
If you’re looking for an assertive vodka that announces its presence brashly and leaves a burn in whatever it’s mixed with, Buckeye Vodka is NOT for you. Stick with Absolut ($19.25 for a 750 ml bottle), which matches that flavor profile and which came across as the harshest of four vodkas in this taste test.
DAYTON — The Dayton-based Buckeye Vodka that will start hitting liquor-store shelves in the Miami Valley and across Ohio this week is surfing the wave of a national trend of micro-distilleries producing relatively small batches of premium spirits for thirsty enthusiasts.
The new 80-proof vodka is the brainchild of a family-based team that includes Jim Finke, president of The Finke Company in Moraine and co-owner and CEO of Crystal Spirits LLC, the maker of Buckeye Vodka and his brother-in-law Tom Rambasek of Kettering, who owns and operates Crystal Water Company on South Patterson Boulevard in Dayton and who also serves as president of Crystal Spirits. Finke’s brother Chris is chairman of the company.