Roofraiser Vodka is hand crafted with Red Winter Wheat and Pumpernickel Rye farmed on Jake Burtenshaw’s farm, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, only 80 miles from the distillery.
Made from 40% ABV vodka distilled from 50% red winter wheat and 50% unmalted rye. The run-off from the Wasatch Mountains flows through our artesian well, backing each glass with the Greatest Snow on Earth.
Named after a comedy of errors during construction, Roofraiser Vodka, forced the ceiling of our distillery and set the standard for our vodka: through the roof or nothin’!
92 Points – The Tasting Panel Magazine June 2017
Silver Medal – Wine and Spirits Wholesale of America 2018
Along the Wasatch Mountain Front, a special circumstance exists where the runoff from Utah's legendary "lake effect" snow and rainfall, which cannot flow to the ocean, is captured by the closed basin of the Great Salt Lake. The water flows into and is stored in the water-permeable geologic layer - the aquifer. Here and there along the Wasatch Front, the natural pressure of the aquifer creates artesian wells.
We literally had to raise the roof to install our distillation equipment. Talk about commitment!
Make sure you have a clean palate (your mouth). Common palate cleansers are bread or unsalted crackers.
The first thing to look for when tasting a new spirit is what it looks like. Take note of its color, is it clear or cloudy, light, golden or dark – this can help prepare your brain for what is about to come next.
Commonly referred to as “nosing” this is where you sniff the spirit to soak in those delicious aromas. Short quick sniffs are best to capture different aromas. You have about 7 seconds before your nose gives up and stops noticing things so try and identify things quickly.
The first sip is always a bit of a shock to the tongue, so take a small sip to get the light burn out of the way so you can then focus on the flavors.
Take a second, slower sip and let the spirit float around your mouth and the vapors float into your nose to identify more aromas. Here you want to look for sweetness, bitterness and spiciness & acidity. Make a note of what you observe.
Next, take another sip and pay attention to the consistency or the rum, is it smooth, light, thick? Does the flavor intensify or stay the same? Compare this to what you noticed in The View above.
Swallow the spirit and pay attention to the after taste. How quickly does it fade away? Do more flavors present themselves, do other flavors disappear.