GO3 Vodka achieves the highest rating at this year’s USA Spirits Ratings
Vodka, although it is the most consumed spirit in the United States, is often misunderstood. A common misconception is that it’s always produced from potatoes, when it can actually be distilled from any fermentable base ingredient. Also, many discerning drinkers often state that vodka, as a neutral grain spirit, lacks any distinctive taste. However, back in 2021, the federal labeling authority removed the qualifier requiring that it must be distilled “without distinctive taste”.
Currently, there is an interesting shift happening within the craft vodka industry. However, not all craft vodka is created equally. This is made evident by the results of various prominent judgings throughout the year. Some brands and bottlings consistently rise to the top, making a name for themselves in a highly competitive market. It’s obvious that these standouts are doing something distinct and successful.
This is especially true for GO3, a craft vodka distilled in the heart of Houston, Texas. Even though the brand is just over a year old, it has already earned the title of Vodka of the Year at the 2023 USA Spirits Ratings. With a score of 98 out of 100 points, only one other product across all categories scored higher.
Imagine a $30 premium product earning such a striking honor. The secret to achieving excellence in vodka production is simple – start with superior ingredients. GO3 employs a unique blend of Texas sweet corn, sweet potatoes, and russet potatoes in its recipe. The final product is then diluted with pure glacial water from the Teton Mountains.
The critical steps of distilling, rectifying and allowing the spirit to rest result in unique flavor profiles and pleasantly smooth textures. GO3 presents a full-bodied vodka, rich in butteriness, and hinting at butterscotch in the lengthy aftertaste. For those who consider vodka bland and odorless, this 80-proof sipping beverage offers an intriguing argument to the contrary. The enjoyable experience doesn’t have to come from a cocktail; it is equally delightful neat or over ice.
Beyond the product, there exists an inspiring story. A group of friends and entrepreneurs initiated this venture to contribute positively to their community via the spirit. The label “GO3” corresponds to General Orders Number 3, the historic proclamation in Texas on June 19, 1865, which officially abolished slavery. This significant event is now celebrated as the Juneteenth national holiday. Accordingly, the creators of this brand have pledged a fraction of all sales to historical Black colleges and universities for the cause of supporting freedom, equality, education, and economic liberty.
GO3 proudly carries the slogan, “Independence never tasted so good,” and is rapidly gathering medals to substantiate this claim.
TOPSHOT – A man sleds down a snow covered hill in Houston, Texas on February 15, 2021. – Much of the United States was in the icy grip of an “unprecedented” winter storm on February 15 as frigid Arctic air sent temperatures plunging, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, making driving hazardous and leaving millions without power in Texas. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the White House has issued a Federal Emergency Declaration for Texas in response to severe winter weather across the state. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)