There are many great sustainable vodkas on the market, like American Harvest Organic Spirit, but for those who need to be gluten-free when they imbibe, some of them aren’t an option.
Fair Spirits sent me a bottle of Fair. Quinoa Vodka to taste test. Because the grain used in this vodka is quinoa and not a grain like wheat that contains gluten, the spirit is gluten-free. It’s also Fair Trade certified.
The quinoa in Fair. Quinoa Vodka is sourced from over 1200 small independent quinoa farmers from Bolivia. Fair Trade certification guarantees that products are ethically sourced and a fair price is being paid to the producer of the product. The producer also guarantees a fair wage is paid to the workers. No child labor is allowed in the process, which helps to keep children in school, improving the overall education of the community and helping to invest in its future beyond monetarily.
The simple, sleek bottle the vodka came in is newly designed. The new bottle reduces the glass weight by 25 percent. A lighter weight bottle reduces the environmental toll of shipping. The label has also been changed from foil to a more sustainable paper. These changes are helping Fair Spirits move to what they call a “greener profile that reflects the brand’s dedication to sustainability.”
So, it’s sourced ethically and bottled in a more sustainable manner. But, is it any good to drink? Does quinoa make a good vodka? Yes, it does. It’s a little citrusy, a tiny bit spicy, and very pleasant. I went simple with my tasting, drinking it straight and also making a gimlet with 2 parts vodka, 1 part fresh squeezed lime, and 1/2 part simple syrup. It made for a very smooth, enjoyable cocktail. This vodka will work very nicely in mixed drinks, particularly ones with fresh lemon or lime in them.
I mentioned on Facebook that I had received a bottle to review, and lifestyle blogger Starre commented that she thinks Fair. Quinoa Vodka is “delish.”
There you have it. Gluten-free, Fair Trade, citrusy, smooth, pleasant and delish.
Fair. Quinoa Vodka is 40 percent alcohol by volume (80 proof). The MSRP is $29.99 for a 750 ml bottle. Fair Spirits also makes a rum, but I haven’t had the pleasure of trying that yet.
Wine, beer and spirits disclaimer: I am not paid by any producer of wine, beer or spirits to write about their product, although the company may provide me with a sample of the product. I am not a professional reviewer of wine, beer or spirits. I'll write about the product if it's something that I like and if I think the producer is working toward making the product in an environmentally friendlier fashion.
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