Effen Vodka

Difford's Guide

alc./vol: 40%

Proof: 80°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: Unaged

Product of: Product of Netherlands Netherlands

Effen is stylishly presented in a rubber sleeve-covered bottle. Each seamless rubber sleeve is handmade and hand-applied one bottle at a time by spraying with water and then slipping over the bottle. No adhesive is required as once applied the rubber sleeve sits within a valley in the bottle.

Launched in the US in 2003 and then in the UK in September 2006, Effen is named after a Dutch term meaning 'smooth, even and balanced'. The vodka is distilled from wheat grown in Northern Holland using a continuous distillation process. Its makers claim their vodka "is distilled at much lower temperatures than other luxury vodkas to avoid 'caramelisation' of the distillate". They apparently also use a 'bottom-up' filtration process which forces the liquid through peat rather than the more typical charcoal.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 15/12/2011


Clear (but with platelet particles in bottle).


Neutral, mineral nose gives little away.


Very clean palate with only cracked black pepper spirit spice offering any discernible flavour. For those who like their vodka clean and neutral this is almost impossible to fault.


Clean, long cracked blacked pepper finish.

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Product Information

Closure: Screw / Stelvin cap

More about Effen Vodka

Produced by: Hooghoudt Distillers B.V.
Owned by: Beam Suntory
UK distribution by: Top Selection