Cinco Vodka hails from San Antonio and is billed as “the five star vodka.” It’s actually crafted from amber wheat shipped in from Idaho, but it reclaims its Tex-centricity by using water that’s filtered through the Cordova Creme limestone found beneath San Antonio. In keeping with the cinco theme, the vodka is distilled five times and then blended and filtered in small batches.
The Cinco website claims that it’s a “martini lovers vodka”, but we all know martinis are made with gin, so we’ll just dive in, sans mixer.
Cinco has the slightest top note of alcohol, but beneath that is a light, pleasant aroma of grain. Take a sip and the flavors are mostly neutral, with hints of wheat and some vanilla. It’s very drinkable, maintaining a soft, lush and smooth mouthfeel from entry to mid palate. Toward the end it exhibits a peppery, lightly astringent bite that fades into a dry, clean finish.
Overall, Cinco Vodka is clean and smooth; it neglects the harsh, overly alcoholic characteristics present in many vodkas, even many in its price range. Right now it’s only available in Texas, but if you can get your hands on a bottle, Cinco is a solid buy.
– 40% Alcohol by Volume
CE Rating: ★★★