I finally got to try the new Dry Fly vodka and gin this week, spirits distilled in our very own Spokane, Wash. (Backstory here) Wow and wow.
The vodka: it's not duodeca-distilled like all the other mass market vodkas available. The flavors are clean and bright, but there's still a residual aroma and flavor, more like a fine Japanese shochu, that gives you a hint at the grain that made the booze. This is a very pleasing, sipping vodka. Not right for olives, I'd go for a twist.
The gin: It's not juniper heavy, Dry Fly's gin is floral and fruity, more in the Hendrick's camp than the Tanqueray school. I kept smelling vague hints of somewhere between pear, apple, and currant, with a little peppery spice. Again, olives wouldn't be quite right with this spirit, I'd go for and orange or lemon twist or a light squeeze of lime. I wouldn't do anything more than a splash of Lillet or Calvados because it'd be a shame to cover up what Don Poffenroth gave it.
Not available for store purchase by we regular folk just yet (come on LCB, get it together!), ask your local barkeep if they plan on carrying it. With the way restaurants cheerlead for local wines, I expect many to fall all over themselves to stock Dry Fly.
In other neutral spirit news... Maui's Ocean Vodka, the organic, viscous deep seawater-based spiritwhich I wrote about a few months ago, isn't available in wide distribution in our state, but establishments can special order it. However, some liquor stores have started stocking it for single bottle purchase, namely: Seattle store #101 on 4th Ave. S., store #96 in U-Village, store #119 in Sammamish, and the Gig Harbor store #646. Call ahead to double check.