SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah distillery is happy Idaho will sell its cheeky Five Wives vodka by special order.
However, Ogden's Own Distillery lawyer Jonathan Turley said Thursday the company also wants Idaho regulators to stock Five Wives on shelves at state liquor stores.
Regulators are considering the request.
Idaho regulators initially refused to allow any sales of the product – with its not-so-subtle reference to polygamy – after branding it offensive to Mormons who make up a quarter of Idaho's population. The church dropped the practice of polygamy in 1890.
Those regulators reversed course on Wednesday and agreed to take special warehouse orders for the product. But that hasn't satisfied the distillery.
"We still remain deeply concerned about Idaho's original claim of authority that they can ban any product deemed offensive to a part of its population," said Turley, a George Washington University professor.
Turley said making Five Wives available only by special order is a half-measure and "an enormous hassle" for consumers and taverns that want it.
The distillery originally asked Idaho to stock Five Wives on liquor-store shelves. When that request was denied, the company asked for special-order status.
Turley said Jeffrey R. Anderson, director of the Idaho State Liquor Division, agreed to decide by July whether to approve the request for shelf sales. Anderson didn't immediately return a phone message Thursday from The Associated Press.
"We will be watching the process," Turley said, suggesting the company might sue the state if the request is denied.
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Van Gogh Peanut Butter & Jelly Vodka
We're not sure what to make of the alcohol industry's fascination with flavors from childhood, but here's another for the trend: Peanut butter and jelly-flavored vodka from Van Gogh. HuffPost Food recently did <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/peanut-butter-jelly-vodka_n_1415795.html" target="_hplink">a taste test of the product that yielded mixed reactions</a>.
Alaska Distillery Smoked Salmon Vodka
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Naked Jay Big Dill Pickle-Flavored Vodka
Ah, a vodka to make Snooki proud. Naked Jay's pickle-flavored vodka sort of takes the joy out of the <a href="http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/16/case-study-got-your-pickleback/" target="_hplink">pickleback shot</a>.
Three Olives Bubble Gum Vodka
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Purgatory Hemp Seed Spirits
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Bakon Vodka (Bacon Flavored)
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Pinnacle Vodka Cake Vodka
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Skorppio Vodka (Scorpion Flavored)
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Pinnacle Vodka Cotton Candy Vodka
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Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka
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Three Olives Root Beer Vodka
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Underdog Wine & Spirits Cupcake Frosting Vodka
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