Bah. This is a ridiculous assertion from someone who cares about food. Do you have vodka in your house? If not, buy some Smirnoff, some Chopin, and some Ciroc. Taste. Come back and tell me there is no aroma or flavor. Hell, straight up Everclear has aroma and flavor -- ethanol is a flavor (though I suggest you dilute it with water). Better yet, do a controlled blind tasting with Everclear in the mix (corrected with distilled water for proof). Yes, they may be subtle relative to the explosions of flavor we are used to, but that makes then neither less genuine nor less authentic. Some things are subtle.
Limited Production vodkas? Geez. What are you talking about? Flavored vodka? Just kill me, don't torture me. That's inhumane (at least the artifically flavored ones have no place on this earth).
Meh, I'm firmly in the camp with foodguy that vodka has no, or very little taste. Sure, some vodkas have faint whiffs of things, and you might be able to tell differences between some vodkas, but by and large, you pay more to have it more refined and taste like less. Hence, why I don't really like it and never drink it. Whisky is my drink of choice.
It's useful for making ice cream, though!
Whisky is my drink of choice, too -- better be, I have like 60 or so. But I think vodka is an authentic and storied spirit also. It has its place. I also don't think that with vodka as price increases, flavor decreases. Certainly not true for Goose, Karlsson's, or Ciroc, which are all not cheap. Also, if mere rectification reduced flavor, you could make cheap-ass grain neutral spirits, rectify it to death, and get really cheap, really 'clean' vodka. But that's not vodka, that's Everclear. There's a difference.
Good point. Perhaps the best.
True, too. High proof vodka would be a good compromise. Smirnoff Blue/Silver is like 100pf. Perfect!
Bro, I am fighting only for principle. The instigators and partisans are of no consequence to me.