Pau Maui Vodka

Pau Maui Vodka is distilled from Maui Gold pineapple

When we think of vodka and pineapple, many good things come to mind: a tropical cocktail that combines the neutral spirit with pineapple juice, preferably served with a tiny umbrella; a pineapple-infused vodka; or biting into a pineapple that's been soaked in vodka for an adult tropical treat. But we never thought of vodka actually made from pineapple!

Truth be told, vodka can be distilled from any starch- or sugar-rich plant matter that ferments. We've tried vodka made from potatoes, grapes, wheat, rye, corn and other assorted starter ingredients. But the LeVecke Corporation has created a line of vodka made from pineapple: Pau Maui.

There's no way to forget the origin of Pau Maui Vodka. Each individually-numbered bottle bears a pineapple skin design, while pineapple leaves adorn the "A" in "PAU" in the logo. The 80-proof premium vodka is distilled from Maui Gold pineapple in unique pharmaceutical grade glass stills. Since nothing comes into contact with the vodka but glass, the makers at Haliimaile Distilling Company claim no other flavors are imparted in the vodka. The distillation, the blending with Hawaiian spring water and the bottling are all done on Maui.

The result is round and smooth, without a hint of its tropical fruit origins. Although there was no chemical aftertaste as found in cheaper vodka, the finish was a little rougher than we'd like. Ironically, Pau Maui's tagline is "finish with style," as "Pau" is Hawaiian for "done" or "finished."

Spirit Information

Pau Maui Vodka

Origin

883 Haliimaile Rd. Makawao HI 96768 U.S.

Spirit Details

Price: $20 for 750 ml. ABV: 40%

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