Today’s sponsor is Stolichnaya (better known as Stoli) and their new gluten-free vodka. This may make you scratch your head. Yes, the distillation process removes the majority of gluten proteins in distilled spirits. Distilled liquor is gluten-free.* (the * is because some people choose to add flavoring or mash at the end of the process). And you have to contact manufactures to assure that their product does not have gluten added back in after distillation – hard work is hard. However, I have met many celiacs that feel safer just drinking alcohol made from gluten-free grains the first time around, regardless of distillation. Or those with a wheat allergy, or those with a true wheat sensitivity – this may be right for you.
Stoli has come onto market with a vodka that is made from gluten-free grains – corn (88%) and buckwheat (12%) – naturally gluten-free ingredients (I know you all know, but if you’re new to Celiac and the Beast we like to remind people that buckwheat is not actually wheat). While other vodkas are made from gluten-free grains, Stoli is a huge brand – global even – so their move to the gluten-free market definitely means changes in the way alcohol is looking at gluten free! And that also means that it will be readily available at most places you buy liquor.
Stoli Gluten Free clearly communicates ‘Gluten Free’ on the front label to make clear to the consumers that their product is gluten free. In order to label and market distilled spirits as gluten free, the U.S. TTB requires products to be made with naturally gluten free ingredients. Corn and buckwheat make a perfect blend for a great-tasting, VERY smooth vodka.
So I know what you’re asking – how does it taste, Erica? It tastes pretty ding-dang good! I made the Farmer’s Mule (like a Moscow Mule but with their gluten-free corn vodka)
I did blind tastings with other gluten-free grain-based alcohols, and I was surprised that a huge brand like Stoli made a gluten-free product that matches the taste of other brands, if not exceeding the taste. It’s rated 92 points – really high – by BTI (Beverage Tasting Institute – the leading authority in independent spirits reviews). But you’re definitely going to have to taste this for yourself – and I can help with that!
**This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stoli. The opinions and text are all mine. This post is a part of the TapInfluence program, and we’re so happy to be talking about vodka this Celiac Disease Awareness Month! Thank you Stoli! Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.**