Favorite Vodkas?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by drizzt3117, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

    Messages:
    13,141
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2004
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    My favorite vodkas:

    Mainstream:

    Finlandia: Eminently drinkable and pretty affordable, Finlandia is a good choice for a commonly found vodka.

    Stoli: A nice punch and distinctly Russian, Stoli is a staple for me.

    Ketel One: My favorite mainstream vodka, Ketel has a nice kick to it while still remaining smooth as silk. One of the best tasting vodkas regardless of price.

    Boutique:

    Rain: This US vodka is smooth and packs a nice punch as well. Very affordable.

    Three Olives: Another affordable but outstanding vodka, this English vodka is great.

    Charodei: One of the best Vodkas in the world, a Russian vodka that is ultra smooth and still retains distinctive Russian character.

    Red Army: Another classic Russian vodka, this one comes in an artillery shell bottle, and packs just as much punch. You can almost feel the biting wind of the steppes of Central Asia.

    I'm not a huge fan of Grey Goose, it is ultra smooth but doesn't really have the distinctive kick I am used to with vodka...
     
  2. Kevin

    Kevin Senior member

    Messages:
    280
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    May 9, 2004
    Location:
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I second the recommendation of Rain, a very drinkable vodka that also mixes quite well.  A nice looking bottle too.  Other favorites include Grey Goose and Belvedere.

    As an aside, I've been thinking about infusing vodka on my own, maybe with some berries or vanilla to start.  Anyone else ever tried?
     
  3. Mike

    Mike Senior member

    Messages:
    437
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2002
    Location:
    Detroit Area
    I've never done it myself, but I hear infusing it yourself gives a much better flavor. Tell us how it turns out if you end up giving it a try
     
  4. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

    Messages:
    13,141
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2004
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    Some others that I am going to try in the next couple weeks are Kristall and Ultimat. Any comments?
     
  5. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

    Messages:
    20,605
    Likes Received:
    390
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Location:
    greater chicago
    drzzt,

    if you can, try to put your hands on some "siwucha". polish, best vodka you will get, hands down.

    costs about Eu 3 a half liter, comes in bottles with a cork (cause hey, once you open a half liter bottle, what sense is there to close it again?). unfortunatly, I ahve never seen it outside of poland or russia.

    I had a friend visit me a few weeks ago who is a big fan of ketel and he was blown away by it.

    It has a fantastic texture when served at the right temperature, thick and oily on the tongue.
     
  6. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

    Messages:
    13,141
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2004
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    I will have to try it... I drank quite a few polish vodkas while in Austria but never really liked any... especially Wybrowya (shudder) I had a bad experience with a bottle of Wybrowya and a 6 pack of red bull in Prague...
     
  7. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

    Messages:
    7,733
    Likes Received:
    465
    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Ahhhh, Chopin.

    After that, the late and thoroughly lamented Smirnoff Black Label.

    I once infused some Stoli with, of all things, cloves . Wow, that was quite interesting. Anyone know where I got that idea from? Under the shade of a sycamore tree...

    Regards,
    Huntsman
     
  8. jasonpraxis

    jasonpraxis Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2004
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    I try to keep a bottle of Stoli in my apartment should the need arise, traditionalist that I am. But every time I walk into a liquor store in my neighborhood, dozens of bottles of Polish vodka tempt me. Does anyone have any experience here, or recommendations? A few months ago I tried Ciroc, a French vodka made from grapes. It was impossible to drink neat (too much grape flavor), but was pretty good mixed with cranberry juice. Also, one of my father's colleagues in Chicago gave him a bottle of Effen last Christmas. I remember it being very strong and very clean, on par with Grey Goose. Suppress the giggle and ask for it by name. [​IMG]
     
  9. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

    Messages:
    7,733
    Likes Received:
    465
    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Hmmm, interesting, I wondered about that stuff -- seemed an off-the-wall concept to me.
    So when you get a hangover, the next morning you wake up and moan, "That Effen vodka..." Regards, Huntsman
     
  10. Andrew V.

    Andrew V. Senior member

    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2004
    Location:
    Ohio, United States
    My favorite vodka lately is Ketel One.

    Among flavored vodkas my favorite is Absolut Kurant. It could be better and there are probably better flavored vodkas out there, but I am simply obsessed with all things black currant.
     
  11. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

    Messages:
    14,914
    Likes Received:
    93
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2002
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    You sold your friend, and he sold.. thee? No, that's a chestnut tree. Victory vodka? I think not. Perhaps to go with your freedom fries.

    Anyway, Chopin, Belvedere, Stoli gold, all excellent. I haven't ventured into the vodka world much lately. Haven't even ever had Ketel, though it seems to be the trendy "new Absolut" (which I don't like). By all costs stay away from Finlandia cranberry. I don't even want to talk about it. Tanqueray (silver?) was good as well.
     
  12. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

    Messages:
    7,733
    Likes Received:
    465
    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    (Huntsman @ 16 Nov. 2004, 6:33) I once infused some Stoli with, of all things, cloves . Wow, that was quite interesting. Anyone know where I got that idea from? Under the shade of a sycamore tree...
    You sold your friend, and he sold.. thee? No, that's a chestnut tree. Victory vodka? I think not. Perhaps to go with your freedom fries. Anyway, Chopin, Belvedere, Stoli gold, all excellent. I haven't ventured into the vodka world much lately. Haven't even ever had Ketel, though it seems to be the trendy "new Absolut" (which I don't like). By all costs stay away from Finlandia cranberry. I don't even want to talk about it. Tanqueray (silver?) was good as well.
    Oh, --insert obscenity here -- you're right. It is a bloody chestnut tree. It's 'I sold you, and you sold me.' Always did like Orwell, but I suppose I shouldn't go around mis-quoting him... Anyway, the cloves worked out well, doubt if they'd go with my French fries, though. Regards, Huntsman
     
  13. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

    Messages:
    14,914
    Likes Received:
    93
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2002
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    I was just messing with you. I couldn't remember what kind of tree it was without looking it up myself; thought you were making another reference. I'll have to try the cloves sometime if I am stuck with some bad vodka I 'need to get rid of'.

    Don't forget to hold your cigarette just above horizontal, to prevent the tobacco falling out.

    J.
     
  14. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

    Messages:
    7,733
    Likes Received:
    465
    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Yeah, I wouldn't put cloves in good stuff, either.

    <laughs> I forgot the cigarette reference. What a book.

    Regards,
    Huntsman
     
  15. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

    Messages:
    13,141
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2004
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    Anyone try Level or the other new one yet? I don't remember what it's called but it's pretty publicized.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by