Originally Posted by rdawson808
I hate to be pedantic, but vodka is supposed to have neither color, taste, nor odor. Therefore all should be equal. And since vodka is meant to be mixed, not neat, it shouldn't matter what vodka you drink. I have sworn off my "premium" vodka habits and haven't noticed one bit of difference except in the wallet. edit: to each their own, if you want to drink it straight, go for it. Just my two cents' worth. bob
While vodka is not supposed to have distinct flavors/odors/etc., it's the degree of clarity that distinguishes that 1.75L plastic bottle of "Triple Charcoal Filtered" VODKA (in big letters) from that nice glass bottle of Ketel or Chopin. Millions of martini drinkers around the globe would definitely have a bit of an argument with the statement that vodka is supposed to be mixed. Most alcohol is meant to drink straight so that you can taste the "complexities," whether it's Bailey's on the rocks or a fine glass of Macallan or Glenlivet neat (pick your vintage). I will agree, however, that if you're making mixed drinks it may or may not make a difference to the palate if you're drinking top-shelf or not. While I'm not a serious vodka drinker, I can't taste the difference in vodka in my bloody mary or rockstar/vodka. I can, however, tell you that a rail (or cheap) rum & coke tastes like f'ing draino compared to a myers/coke, flor de caÃ±a/coke, etc. It could be argued that the reason being is the difference between a lack of taste in vodka and the fullness of taste in rum. So while I wouldn't recommend adding grey goose to your long island, I won't laugh if you add Ketel to red bull (but I will snicker). Stoli Red (I've seen bottles go for $12 at supermarkets sometimes), Finlandia, and perhaps the occasional Skyy are my picks for cheap vodkas. Svedka, if you can find it, would probably be my top choice. It's usually on sale at places like Bevmo for pennies.