I Spirit Vodka is a new Italian vodka created in partnership between restaurateur Arrigo Cipriani (owner of the famed Harry’s Bar), the enterprising Lapo Elkann of the Fiat family and Friuli distiller Marco Fantinel. Using a traditional recipe from the northeastern region of Italy, I Spirit Vodka is distilled from grains and white grapes, blended down to 80 proof with spring water from the Dolomites and then chill filtered. And though it’s distilled a whopping five times, it seems I Spirit still has some flavor left in it per it’s 91 rating at the recent Ultimate Spirits Challenge in NYC.
On the nose, I Spirit is light and fresh with a subtle hint of alcohol and sweetness. Take a sip and find a vodka that’s very smooth and velvety on the palate. It’s slightly sweet with no discernable burn. You can stretch to claim flavors of grain and vanilla, but like most vodkas, the taste is fairly neutral. If that’s what you’re going for, then I Spirit ups the ante with its fresh backbone and pleasant, creamy texture.