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a good price/quality ratio in vodkas

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Aficionado, Sep 2, 2006.

  1. Aficionado

    Aficionado Well-Known Member

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    I like usually drink Finlandia, Stoli Red, Russki Standard, Moskovskaya or Viru Valge.

    Tell me some of your experiences about good, "cheap vodkas" . [​IMG]
     
  2. Violinist

    Violinist Senior member

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    I like usually drink Finlandia, Stoli Red, Russki Standard, Moskovskaya or Viru Valge.

    Tell me some of your experiences about good, "cheap vodkas" . [​IMG]


    Iceberg is the best cheap vodka.
     
  3. Bouji

    Bouji Senior member

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    For me Stoli Red is the best value for money.

    I'm not much of a vodka drinker, more so wine, gin, and scotch. Moreover, if I do drink vodka; it tends to me something like Belvedere, Ciroc, or Grey Goose.

    When I drink Stoli, I drink it because of its distinct flavour, rather than it's price, therefore, I would rank it on the same level as Belvedere. I'd say Ciroc and Grey Goose in terms of quality, but at the same time they are quite different drinks - not really traditional vodkas, in the eastern european sense.
     
  4. Bouji

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    Zubrowka and Wyborowa are also good.
     
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    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.
     
  6. Bouji

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    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.

    Austrian... as if they know vodka... yuck is all I can say.
     
  7. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

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    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
     
  8. WN2

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    Well, being a Finn, I'm hardly objective, but Finlandia is my vodka of choice. Wyborowa is good, as is Moskovskaya Kristall, which is very hard to find however.

    The popularity of Grey Goose is one thing I can never understand. Mediocre vodka with a high price tag and everyone thinks it must be good because it's so expensive? French know as much about vodka as Finns/Estonians/Poles/Russians know about red wine.
     
  9. Bouji

    Bouji Senior member

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    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


    Russians ONLY drink vodka straight.
     
  10. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    And the Polish only drink Vodka straight. And Ukrayina. I'm pretty darn sure its not supposed to be mixed, ever -- a recent invention, surely! Anyway, vodka does have taste and odor (apart from alcohol). Ciroc is quite grapey, and a potato vodka is not the same as a grain vodka at all. Were this not the case, distilled water and everclear would be vodka, and it isn't. Anyway, it's not cheap but I drink Chopin or Smirnoff Black. Smirnoff Red for cheap or as a mixer. Regards, Huntsman
     
  11. mizanation

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    a cheap way to turn very cheap vodka into very good vodka is to filter it through a brita filter 4 times.

    you can do this with cheap whiskey as well.
     
  12. hopkins_student

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    The popularity of Grey Goose is one thing I can never understand. Mediocre vodka with a high price tag and everyone thinks it must be good because it's so expensive?

    It's the Armani of vodka.
     
  13. mbc

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    The popularity of Grey Goose is one thing I can never understand. Mediocre vodka with a high price tag and everyone thinks it must be good because it's so expensive?
    I think it's good because I like the taste (or lack thereof), but that's just me. I wouldn't, however, pay the usual retail price ($32 or so?) for it. In the low $20s I think it's an excellent value.

    And for the record, I drink a lot of vodka, and thus far Grey Goose is one of my favorites.
     
  14. RicoItaliano

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    a cheap way to turn very cheap vodka into very good vodka is to filter it through a brita filter 4 times.

    you can do this with cheap whiskey as well.


    Is this a fact? If so why?
     
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    RicoItaliano Well-Known Member

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    http://kwc.org/mythbusters/2006/04/e...red_up_vo.html
    See the last section: "Filtering vodka through a Brita filter will turn it into a high-end vodka"


    P.S. I had seen late last year a video of a bunch of people who filtered low end vodka through a filter however, by the time the video was near end and you would expect a quality report the participants were all hammered. [​IMG]
     
  17. Aficionado

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    Well, being a Finn, I'm hardly objective, but Finlandia is my vodka of choice. Wyborowa is good, as is Moskovskaya Kristall, which is very hard to find however. The popularity of Grey Goose is one thing I can never understand. Mediocre vodka with a high price tag and everyone thinks it must be good because it's so expensive? French know as much about vodka as Finns/Estonians/Poles/Russians know about red wine.
    I´ve ordered my vodkas from Germany usually. Last time I tried this https://www.weinquelle.com/ , it´s new shop for me. There is much more vodkas than in http://www.spirituosen-superbillig.de/ wherefrom I had ordered before last week. Last order: Moskovskaya Green Stolichnaya Red Russki Standard Finlandia Absolut Moskovskaya Kristall in WQ is 10,95€/0,5l . I think that will be one of the bottles in my next order. [​IMG]
     
  18. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Some vodkas I enjoy:

    Youri Dogouski
    Jewel of Russia
    Hangar 1
    Red Army
    Rain
    Three Olives
    Danska
    Ketel One
    Stoli Red and Gold

    Most of the time I'm out I find myself drinking Ketel One, as it's available and decent. Finlandia is ok, and I'll drink Grey Goose if it's around even though it's not really that great, but when in rome...
     
  19. LabelKing

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    [​IMG] Stolichnaya seems to win a fair amount of awards; don't you love their label? I don't have a drinking habit so I can't provide any legitimate opinions.
     
  20. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    P.S. I had seen late last year a video of a bunch of people who filtered low end vodka through a filter however, by the time the video was near end and you would expect a quality report the participants were all hammered. [​IMG]
    I tried a double-blind experiment after watching this but found that the two were indistinguishable.
     

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