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October 2016 Issue | Vol. 4, No. 19               Small-batch vodka from one of the world's happiest countries.




 












 
 
 
 

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Reyka Vodka | The Spirit of Iceland | National Ambassador Trevor Schneider Iceland is a happy country. It ranks among the top ten of the happiest countries in the world. Chefs often comment when the kitchen staff is happy, the food is good. Does Iceland’s general happiness quotient have something to do with the taste and quality of Reyka Vodka? Reyka Vodka, the first vodka produced in and sold outside of Iceland, won the Vodka Trophy in the 2011 International Wine & Spirits Competition. It has continued to win awards on a smaller scale, including a silver this year. But perhaps more telling are the left-hand compliments the vodka’s national ambassador, Trevor Schneider gets—and, he said, it never fails—from non-vodka drinkers. “Everybody says,” Schneider repeated, “I don’t drink vodka, but I would drink Reyka. Or, I don’t like vodka, but I like Reyka. I smile and file it in the back of my memory. Reyka has a great story, and I’m so happy to share it with people.” That great story truly does have some great elements. Reyka is handcrafted in small batches in Borgarnes, Iceland (pop. 2,000+/-) by master distiller, Thordur Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson, who claims Viking heritage, also pinch-hits for the town’s fire and police departments. It takes Sigurdsson six hours to produce 1,000 liters (255 cases) of the vodka, and he utilizes the best natural resources that Iceland has to offer.