a good price/quality ratio in vodkas

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  1. RicoItaliano

    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]
     
  2. 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]
     
  3. drizzt3117

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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...
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
  6. j

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    Glacier Idaho potato vodka is quite good for the price. Mixes well, good straight. I would bet that in a blind test, most people wouldn't be able to tell it apart from Chopin (which is good stuff). It's around $21 a fifth here, where Chopin is around $30 IIRC. It's been a while since I bought vodka.
     
  7. Mr. Checks

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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.


    Wine Spectator magazine (IIRC) had an article about the guy who bought this brand, and essentially he said he priced it higher so that people would think of it as an aspirational thing, and gladly pay the extra price, which is exactly what happened.
     
  8. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

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    Russians ONLY drink vodka straight.


    Bouji and Huntsman have corrected me. Obviously. I feel like a tool. Maybe I should have said "in the US vodka is typically used for mixed drinks and rarely drunk straight" or something like that. But perhaps that's not even true.

    b
     
  9. bigbadbuff

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    I like Grey Goose, and drink it more often than any other vodka by far (which still only amounts to a drink every few months on average). I like the taste, and it's the only non-low end vodka I consistently see at every bar. Yes, it's a sucker's vodka to a degree, and I could care less.
     
  10. Stax

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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...


    co-sign the Hangar 1.
     
  11. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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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
    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 caña/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.
     
  12. romafan

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    Stoli is cheap vodka? Growing up it was premium stuff! I stopped paying attention during the Absolut adds. French vodka? [​IMG] I've heard people order 'gray goose martinis', and frankly, to me it sounds kind of stupid - I know they're specifying a brand, but it sounds like a kid ordering one of those screamingorgasm/sexonthebeach drinks....

    I think rappers favor Ketel. My bloody marys are made w/ Smirnoff or Gordons [​IMG]
     
  13. SartorialSheepdog

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    Frankly I love Luksowa, a polish potato vodka. Good price, great vodka in my opinion.
     
  14. hermes

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    in addition to some of the above, vox (dutch) is a good choice (and a very nice bottle) and i'm also enjoying reyka (iceland)
     
  15. Matt

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    Hanoi Vodka. 12000 dong (80c) a litre. Cost halves if you want it in a plastic bottle. Cant go wrong [​IMG] Dont get me started on Mekong Rum. The sugar rush and the alcohol fight inside your brain for dominance.
     

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