Originally Posted by aybojs
I don't particularly care for vodka, but I do have a bottle of an Austrian potato vodka called Monopolowa sitting in my cabinet for mixing purposes. It cost me something insane like $15 for a 1.75 L bottle, and has rated favorably to hype brands like Gray Goose, Belvedere, and Ketel One in critical reviews.
I second this brand for overall value. I found it at the local Trader Joes and am amazed at the value of $10 for a liter (the 1.75 would be an even better deal). I wouldn't hesitate to mix it or drink it straight. Very smooth, almost as good as those overhyped premiums. Until I find something better, I think this will serve as my utility vodka, formerly held by costco smirnoff at $15 a handle. For premium vodka, nothing can touch TITO'S
handmade vodka. It's made in texas of all places and costs $18.99 at a trader joes. Tastes better than grey goose at half the cost. I still don't get how people can buy into the grey goose hype. Any other obscure liquor recommendations? Any good places in LA? I find the best deals to be the most unassuming stuff in ugly bottles and paper labels. (I'd love to try smirnoff black but I don't think they distribute it in the US) Oh yeah, Im still searching for a good authentic russian brand. Something that looks like it came straight out of the soviet union with arcane characters looking like hammers and sickles