Lime can be almost impossible to distill. After all that hard work and time, you can still end up with a spirit that smells and tastes like artificially-flavored candy. Enter the Kaffir lime. It's an unlikely customer, bumpy and uglier than the limes we're used to seeing. But the Thais use this citrus - along with its leaf - because of its high aromatic oil content and intense flavor. When I began to infuse these limes together with the leaves, I tasted rich notes of wood, white pepper, and cucumber. The resulting spirit is like nothing we've ever tasted - unmistakably lime, and endlessly complex.
FLAVORED VODKA CLASSIC (96-100)/Wine Enthusiast Highest Recommendation: The acute citrus-lime intensity of the bouquet is unlike anything I've experienced in 13 years of spirits evaluation; the aroma slaps you in the face, forehand then backhand. The keen limey tartness at palate entry makes my face twist; the midpalate is intriguingly sweet and sour. Aftertaste is intense, but manageably citrusy-limey and tart. For the ultimate vodka gimlet.