Top of the Hill Vodka Review

top of the hill vodkaTop of the Hill Distillery is a new North Carolina outfit that’s producing small batches of vodka and white whiskey, plus a gin that’s currently in the works. Based in Chapel Hill, they’re distilling their products from local organic wheat sourced from within 100 miles of the distillery. A bottle of Top of the Hill Vodka recently crossed our desks, so let’s start there.

Top of the Hill Vodka (colloquially referred to as Topo Vodka) is crystal clear in the glass and presents a beguiling nose. It’s sweet — really sweet — with lots of buttery vanilla rather than your typical vodka neutrality. We know it’s made from soft red wheat, but tasting blind it’s easy to imagine sugarcane’s at play here. Drink up and you’ll find more of that sweetness. It’s very smooth and shows almost none of that rubbing alcohol quality often associated with vodkas. Toward the finish, the sweetness fades and it becomes much drier, a welcome close to the sweet start.

This is an interesting vodka. It’s easy to drink, naturally sweet and presents a good amount of flavor. So we’d recommend drinkers sample it straight before masking it with mixers. And speaking of mixing, that flavor profile may complement cocktails rather than simply provide an alcohol base.

We’ll crack open our bottle of white whiskey soon, and we certainly look forward to seeing what these Top of the Hill guys do with their gin. In the meantime, if you’d like to score a bottle of Topo Vodka for yourself, you’ll have to look in North Carolina until it expands outside state borders.

– 40% Alcohol by Volume
– $28.95

CE Rating: ★★★

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Written by Kevin Gray


  1. Jared · March 8, 2013

    I travel to NC for work all the time. Will have to check it out.

  2. Dave Gephart · March 11, 2013

    TOPO Vodka is a wonderful addition to any bar. Adds a little sparkle to any drink- I highly recommend it!!!!

  3. Scott Maitland · March 12, 2013

    Kevin….thanks for the great review.

    I encourage anyone that’s in NC to come by for a visit.

    By the way, we just finalized our gin recipe last week. It’s going to knock people’s socks off.


    Scott Maitland
    Top of the Hill Distillery

  4. Kevin Craw · April 23, 2013

    Just tried Topo vodka at the bar at The Grand Bohemian in Asheville this past weekend. Outta town visitor and the barmaid suggested we try something local. It was delicious! Ranked right up there with my all time favorite, U’Luvka. Will search for it here in CT. Thanks! Kevin

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