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Old 05-17-2014, 02:16 AM
 
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The best vodka really depends on what you are using it for. For mixing...something like Smirnoff is fine....it's not rut-gut...but not outrageously expensive either.....just a solid mixer.

If you are drinking martinis, or minimally flavored shots, or something straight up...then maybe a higher end vodka is called for....and most any of them are acceptable....it depends on personal taste.

I happen to like Absout and Gray Goose....but that is my taste. Other people might have other preferences....and the good thing about it is...when it comes to booze....there is no one 'right' answer.
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:11 PM
 
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I like Belvedere and Zyr.
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:16 AM
 
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Russkiy Standart is the only one that tastes... acceptable. Don't like vodka at all.
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:56 AM
 
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Chopin. Hands down.

Stoli is a top contender as well because of its price and wide availability.
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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So what is it? I prefer Polish Vodkas such as Chopin, Belvedere, Zubrowka, Sobieski, Wyborowa, Luksusowa and Ultimat. I believe that Vodka was born in Poland but that's for another thread. Just wondering if you sip your vodka with dinner and is there anyone out there that likes it straight up. Nowadays everyone is in love with these flavored vodkas.

I highly recommend Luksusowa Vodka. It is cheap vodka but everyone I have talked to says this is the best vodka they have had. People I know would rather spend 15 bucks for a bottle than spend 50 for Chopin.

Any other recommendations?
My usual go to vodka (Kru82) had the price raised $4 so I finally got around to trying Luksusowa.

Wow. Very good. Very smooth, which is how I prefer vodka. I'd put it right up with my favorites of

1. Kru82 (Netherlands)
2. Svedka (Sweden)
3. Sobieski (Poland)

I'll buy which ever one of these is cheapest when it's time to get more.

Regarding drinking it straight up. Well, for these 4 I drink it straight with 3-4 ice cubes (not sure if that's still considered straight). Most other vodkas I need a splash of water, &/or lemon juice or soda.

I prefer middle shelf vodka. The extra price for top shelf vodka definitely isn't worth it for me. I don't have the palate to appreciate it, & I also strongly wonder if top shelf is any better.

I like this website & I've used it to find most of the above. Notice he gives 5/5 stars for some of the cheaper vodka's while some of the pricier ones like Grey Goose get 3/5 stars.

Vodkas Vodka Review | VodkaBuzz: Vodka Ratings and Vodka Reviews

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Old 06-17-2014, 11:21 PM
 
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I really like Titos. I haven't done much vodka exploring but I have had some small batch/artisanal vodkas and they were just ok. What are some in the $20-$40 per 750ml range to try?
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:12 AM
 
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My usual go to vodka (Kru82) had the price raised $4 so I finally got around to trying Luksusowa.

Wow. Very good. Very smooth, which is how I prefer vodka. I'd put it right up with my favorites of

1. Kru82 (Netherlands)
2. Svedka (Sweden)
3. Sobieski (Poland)

I'll buy which ever one of these is cheapest when it's time to get more.

Regarding drinking it straight up. Well, for these 4 I drink it straight with 3-4 ice cubes (not sure if that's still considered straight). Most other vodkas I need a splash of water, &/or lemon juice or soda.

I prefer middle shelf vodka. The extra price for top shelf vodka definitely isn't worth it for me. I don't have the palate to appreciate it, & I also strongly wonder if top shelf is any better.

I like this website & I've used it to find most of the above. Notice he gives 5/5 stars for some of the cheaper vodka's while some of the pricier ones like Grey Goose get 3/5 stars.

Vodkas Vodka Review | VodkaBuzz: Vodka Ratings and Vodka Reviews
I haven't had Kru82, but have had the other three, along with most every "premium priced" vodka out there. It's not your palate. Sobieski, Luksusowa and Svedka are as good if not better as a straight vodka option than the more expensive bottles. I'd add Moscovskaya and Russian Standard in that group. And my personal favorite, Zu (Zubrowka outside the US).

Here in PA a 750ml bottle of Sobieski is $11.95. That's $15+ less than Grey Goose or Chopin or Belvedere. More proof that Americans are suckers for slick marketing and packaging.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:59 AM
 
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Either that or it's proof that some people have had their taste buds scalded off from drinking so much rotgut that they couldn't tell the difference between fois gras or chicken gizzards. I have no idea what Grey Goose tastes like, but Svedka? Sobieski?? Good heavens, you might as well drink kerosene. At four bucks a gallon, it's a relative bargain.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:49 AM
 
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Either that or it's proof that some people have had their taste buds scalded off from drinking so much rotgut that they couldn't tell the difference between fois gras or chicken gizzards. I have no idea what Grey Goose tastes like, but Svedka? Sobieski?? Good heavens, you might as well drink kerosene. At four bucks a gallon, it's a relative bargain.
Check your own taste buds. Mine are perfectly fine.
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