Reyka Vodka is a spirit as inventive as the land that inspired it. Living in a place like Iceland, gives one an interesting view of the world. It’s a beautiful place, but it’s also rugged and provocative. It requires its people to live creatively and take an inventive approach. And so when it comes to making vodka, Reyka followed this path. You can see it in their unique distillation method and innovative process. And you can surely taste it in the distinctive flavour of Reyka’s award-winning vodka which has now been launched in South Africa, right in time for summer!
A product of Borganes, a small village steeped in Viking history, Reyka Vodka is hand crafted in preciously small batches in Iceland’s first vodka distillery. Hailing from a land of fire and ice, Reyka makes the most of Iceland’s resources – using nearby glacier spring water and lava rocks as a natural filtration system. On top of that, the distillery is also powered by geo-thermal energy from nearby hot springs. This gives every drop of Reyka its smooth taste and silky finish.
“Fuelled by living on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Icelanders come from a tradition of self sufficiency and making many things by hand, infusing nature and our own unique perspective in virtually everything we do,” said Shaun Stemmett, Brand Manager for Reyka. “From the resourceful use of lava rock and glacier spring water, to being the only vodka in the world that uses a Carter-Head Still in distillation, Reyka Vodka is able to bring you the essence of Iceland by producing a smooth tasting vodka unlike any other.”
Reyka’s hand crafted process takes about 6 hours to produce a small batch of only 1,000 litres of vodka, using one of the only Carter-Head Stills in the world – and the only one that is used to make vodka. This precious spirit is then analyzed by the Master Distiller to ensure each and every bottle retains the highest of high quality.
Reyka made its debut in Iceland in 2005, when William Grant and Sons set out to make the cleanest and smoothest vodka in the world. It has developed an exceptional taste reputation internationally; in 2011 Reyka was awarded the Vodka Trophy at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) and in 2013, the Gold Medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and ‘Very good—Strong recommendation’ at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
With a taste described as exceptionally smooth and rounded with a soft natural sweetness and a slight hint of wild fruits, Reyka Vodka is now available at leading liquor stores. Bottled at 43% ABV, RRSP R299.95.
Reyka Nose and Tasting Notes:
Nose: Fresh, rounded aniseed with creamy vanilla, light spiciness, and underlying savoury grain.
Taste: Soft, delicate texture that becomes fuller-bodied and lightly creamy, with elegant, rounded aniseed and vanilla, a sweet-dry balance, luscious light spiciness, and underlying savoury grain.