Oak by Absolut- Vodka? Whiskey? Whisky?

“I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.”
-Humphrey Bogart’s last words

Oak by AbsolutMinneapolis is one of three markets where Absolut has launched Oak– a vodka aged six months in new oak and of course, we had to bring it in. But Absolut Oak begs the question- is this vodka? Is this whiskey? Frankly, the release somewhat bothers me as it blurs category lines that can already be a bit confusing.

Oak by Absolut is made from wheat and distilled to a proof higher than allowable to be considered whiskey. Aside from that, it looks and tastes like a very light whiskey. It’s certainly not the worst I’ve tasted, but I’d take a bottle of Booker’s over this any day. Oak by Absolut was launched with the intention of bringing vodka drinkers into the whiskey category. While we love to get people turned on to whiskey here, I’m not sure we want vodka drinkers raiding our increasingly scarce supplies, but I suppose if they stick to this, we’ll be good. 😉

I’m curious to hear what you think about this… Anyone?

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