Despite being the most widely consumed spirit category in the United States, vodka remains highly misunderstood. If you ask a casual drinker what it’s made of, they’ll probably say potatoes. In fact, it can be distilled from: Any Fermentable base ingredient.Ask many craft enthusiasts what it is taste If you ask a question like this, they’ll probably tell you it’s a trick question: Neutral grain spirits have no flavor. In fact, in 2021, federal labeling authorities removed the qualifier that it must be distilled “without distinctive flavor.”
There’s actually been some interesting activity happening in the craft vodka space recently. But of course, not all craft vodkas are created equal. This is underlined by the comprehensive results of distinguished judges conducted throughout the year. Certain brands and bottlings tend to rise to the top. Their names are shortlisted multiple times, allowing them to stand out in a dauntingly crowded field.Obviously they must be doing something different, something right.
And that’s true in many ways for GO3, a craft vodka distilled in the heart of Houston, Texas. Only a year old, the brand has already earned an award for Vodka of the Year in the 2023 USA Spirits Ratings. In fact, only one other product received a score of 98 out of 100. all categories Which one had the higher score?
How did this $30 premium product earn so much praise? When it comes to making vodka, one of the easiest ways to find greatness is to start with great ingredients. For GO3, this list includes a proprietary mix of Texas sweet corn, sweet potatoes, and russet potatoes. The finished distillate is fermented with pure glacial melt from the Teton Mountains.
Then there’s the important element of distillation, rectification, and resting the liquor, which creates a refreshing flavor profile and pleasant mouthfeel. GO3 is full-bodied and full of buttery flavors, with even a touch of butterscotch on the long finish. For those who still associate vodka with a tasteless, odorless product, each pour of this 80-proof spirit provides a compelling contrast. Of course, you can enjoy it solo, straight, or rock.
There are also moving stories that go beyond the liquid itself. It was founded by a group of friends and entrepreneurs who wanted to use this spirit as a way to strengthen their communities. The name “GO3” refers to General Order No. 3, a proclamation read in Texas on June 19, 1865, officially abolishing slavery. This historic moment is now commemorated as a national holiday on June 10th. To that end, the brand’s founders have pledged to donate a portion of all sales to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Their mission is to support freedom, equality, education, and economic freedom.
GO3 even has a tagline: “Independence has never tasted so good.” Now, the brand has the medals to prove it.