Date:October 28, 2016

Bull Run Distilling Co. Medoyeff Starka vodka

Bull Run Distilling Co. Medoyeff Starka vodkaBull Run Distilling Co. Medoyeff Starka vodka

It’s a Russian tradition to bury a barrel of vodka when a child is born, then dig it back up and celebrate that same child’s wedding as an adult. Lee Medoyeff, owner and founder of Bull Run Distilling Co., decided he could make a version without nearly as much fuss. So he got ahold of some used French oak barrels that had previous held Oregon Pinot noir and filled them with his vodka. After a year in barrel, he deemed the vodka ready to drink with no digging necessary!

The Winerabblers love this vodka for many reasons. Matt is a big vodka fan and likes this one for it’s uniqueness. Like a fine whiskey, he sips it with a big ice cube or straight with just a drop or two of water. Michele thinks the Starka is similar to a fine cognac and has been know to sip it on ice as well as blended in cocktails of all kinds. We found notes of cinnamon, ginger, caramel combined with black and white pepper. And while this vodka has a subtle touch of peat, we found the smokey element was much more prominent. Of one thing we’re certain, it’s likely the smoothest vodka you have ever sipped!

SRP $30.

Starka Improved Cocktail with vodka recipe

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  1. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife Reply

    I’ve had this vodka, and it’s very nice! I’m not a big vodka drinker, so it was nice and smooth — an easy drinking vodka… which might make it a little dangerous too! 😉

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      LOL Marlynn! It can be “dangerous” to have too much in our house too 😉

  2. Catherine Reply

    With the holidays coming up, I keep my eye out for distinctly Oregon gifts, and this definitely fits that description. Thanks for putting this up!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Catherine- you’re right, this vodka would make lovely gifts! Cheers, Michele

  3. Rachel Lloyd Reply

    I’m a huge fan of this vodka! My go-to drink is a moscow mule, so I’m always trying different vodkas- but this one is one of by top choices. I also love supporting local businesses.

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Hi Rachel- we too love moscow mules as well as supporting local businesses! Thanks for stopping by, Michele

  4. Create/Enjoy Reply

    Ooh, very cool! Sounds delicious.

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