Wine Enthusiast 96 points - The bouquet rushes out from the sampling copita offering concentrated notes of fresh-picked raspberries; with time, the bouquet takes on a densely preserves-like personality. The entry flavor is lean, astringent and fruity; at midpalate the flavor turns vinous, leafy, off-dry to bitter, just as raspberries off the vine can be. Ends on a bittersweet note.
— P.P. (3/1/2005) — 96-100 (Jun 2006)
People get excited about the Fraser River Raspberry vodka because it’s just like fresh raspberries, not the bubblegum chemical compound you expect from “raspberry flavored” products. They don’t add sugar. They don't add anything. It’s just raspberries and vodka.
They macerate and distill the berries, then blend in raspberry juice. The juice adds complexity and a natural color. They had a totally fabulous design for their raspberry bottle, but when they put the finished product in it, the fresh juice didn’t like the UV rays that came through the clear glass. Now they use a green bottle that gives full UV protection, so they can keep distilling what they think is a truly exceptional spirit.
They buy red Meeker raspberries from some folks up in Washington state’s Fraser River valley. Try the vodka with some dark chocolate.