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Favourite vodka?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by PHV, Jul 10, 2005.

  1. jkennett

    jkennett Senior member

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    Homemade Zubrowka that I get from some of my friends in Poland. Otherwise, if I'm buying vodka I typically just get Smirnoff Black Label and spend the saved money on other things like nice Gin.

    Anyone ever have szarlotka (apple pie) mix drinks?!
     
  2. pauliodotnet

    pauliodotnet Senior member

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    I like Grey Goose, though Costco's house brand is apparently the same thing at half the price. I can't tell the difference. So I drink Costco at home and order Grey Goose when I'm out.

    I just saw an advertisement for a brand I had not heard of, though I am entirely familar with its namesake:

    http://www.kalashnikovvodka.com/usa/

    Has anyone tried this?



    costco has a house brand?! LINK PLEASE!
     
  3. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    Why do both of you prefer Chopin?

    I also wonder, GG, Belvedere and Chopin all share remarkably similar packaging.... I wonder if they are at all connected.


    Belvedere and Chopin are owned by the same company. Personally I prefer Belvedere; although Goose and Chopin are good as well. For cheaper mixing vodka, Stoli and Sky are just fine.

    Jon.
     
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    teddieriley Senior member

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    I drink my vodka on the rocks with a lime. Belvedere, hands down. I tried Chopin, but I personally didn't like the taste as much, but I recognize it is a great potato vodka.

    Grey Goose might be of higher quality than Smirnoff, Absolut and the like, but it taste like rubbing alcohol taken straight. Take it from the freezer, then you have thick rubbing alcohol. GG is fine if you mix it with soda.

    Vodka like "Level 1" appear to be marketing hype like Vox water. Level 1, like GG, taste like rubbing alcohol.
     
  5. fcuknu

    fcuknu Senior member

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    Zyr is by far my favorite. Much more smooth than GG, chopin, Bell, Pravada, or anything else I have tried
     
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    Hangar One is the nicest straight-sipping vodka I've ever tasted, it's got a distinctive taste but not as overpowering as Grey Goose (which I find syruppy when unmixed).

    Stoli's my usual fallback - cheap and excellent quality. Was surprised to find when I moved over here it's considered a cheap/generic brand, in the UK it's a premium drink.
     
  7. yachtie

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    Zytnia- Polish Rye Vodka.Wyborowa is pretty good too (potato vodka).
    Grey Goose is overmarketed shit, BTW.
     
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    Not a big vodka drinker but keep some Christiania (Potato Vodka) on hand.
     
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    I'll stick to my Stoli.
     
  12. eg1

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    To paraphrase my brother the banker, when asked what sort of gin he preferred: "the cheapest." [​IMG]
     
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    My list is Chopin, Belvedere and Zubrowka with apple juice, had a great time in Krakow ;-)
     
  14. visionology

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    Anyone tried Ciroc vodka, distilled from grapes?

    My friend works with the company that makes this, tried it recently upon a suggestion from him. Not bad but horribly overpriced. I guess they have to figure out some way to pay for Puff Daddy being the spokesman.

    The same company also makes Smirnoff and he's had me try some of their stuff that I haven't tried before like their blueberry and it was surprisingly very good. I would put it up there in the bang for the buck level with Svedka and Finlandia.

    My old standby is Belvedere, to me its just ultra smooth. I find that Ketel One and GG both have a similar rough taste that I don't enjoy.

    Was recently surprised by Pearl. Was smooth enough to sip, had a nice taste and smell, something that a lot of vodkas don't have as they tend to be very neutral.

    Probably the biggest bang for the buck is Tito's Handmade, at under $20 its a steal and rivals most of the premiums. 100% from corn instead of grain or potato.
     
  15. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    I like Chopin a lot. Tito's is pretty good too but a bit harsh if not chilled. You can find it at Trader Joe's.
     
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    Despite the fact it's French, 90% of the vodka I drink is Goose.
     
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    How about the 1.75L of Nikolai for 11.99? [​IMG] I rarely drink vodka but, when I do, Chopin is just fine.
     
  19. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I buy any inexpensive popular brand and spend my money on premium tequila for sipping.
     
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    Рyсский Стандарт (Russian Standard)

    "Original" for mixed drinks and "Imperia" for sipping.

    I don't think it's imported to the U.S. It seems to be fairly well distributed throughtout Western Europe. We bring a bottle of each when we return from Minsk.

    http://www.russianstandard.com/

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