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Old 09-14-2013, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Pinnacle vodka for me. Pretty cheap where I go at around only $20 for a 1.75l bottle. If you're mixing drinks, there doesn't seem to be a huge difference in vodka either, whether it's expensive or cheap.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:26 PM
 
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My favorites are Ciroc and Grey Goose. They are so smooth! If you're just looking for fun flavors, then I'd go with Smirnoff or Pinnacle
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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For flavored vodkas I've found it hard to beat UV for value. They're definitely on the sweet/cloying side though.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:05 PM
 
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What do you guys think about the different bases for vodkas? For example, Ciroc is grape distilled, many others are potato, I've even recently started seeing sugar beet vodkas -- and oddly enough, I seem to be preferring the sugar beet ones to most others lately, even though what I've read points to that being the "cheap" way of doing it.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I'm not exactly a vodka aficionado, but in my limited experience the smoothest vodkas are those that are 100% grain-derived. Haven't tried grape-based vodka but potato-based vodka is overrated.
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Old 09-28-2013, 01:32 AM
 
Location: England
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I don't agree Drover. Chase is a superb Vodka, and it's potato based.
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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These have probably been said multiple times so I apologize.

Tito's is the best I've had in my limited experience with sampling vodkas.

I buy Svedka the most for the value. It's one of the only vodkas I can drink straight.

Sobieski is also very good, but it's $1-2 more than Svedka, so I always end up going with Svedka.
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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I've actually conducted blind taste tests at my place occasionally, offering for instance, Grey Goose/Ketel with juice and the generic with the same juice. It's been the rare taster who can discriminate between the choices.
They probably just chalked it up to being poor quality juice. I've had quite a few nasty tasting cranberry and orange juices that will obscure the taste of any vodka, with the possible exception of Belvedere(too strong) and Total Wine's hobo house brand(American Pride). For pricey, i like Grey Goose. Cheap, i like Dubra. Mid-priced, Absolut.
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:34 PM
 
Location: East of the Mississippi and South of Bluegrass
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They probably just chalked it up to being poor quality juice. I've had quite a few nasty tasting cranberry and orange juices that will obscure the taste of any vodka, with the possible exception of Belvedere(too strong) and Total Wine's hobo house brand(American Pride). For pricey, i like Grey Goose. Cheap, i like Dubra. Mid-priced, Absolut.
Not a drinker myself other than some plum wine with Asian food...however we do keep Grey Goose, Absolut and Smirnoff in the house for guests.
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:39 PM
 
Location: S. Nevada
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Meantime, I, living on a more rational income, tried a number of the so-called lesser vodkas, and found Luksusowa:

Luksusowa Flavors (http://www.luksusowa.net/whyluks2.htm - broken link)

... that amazing Polish potato-based vodka. It could easily command a price 3 times as much, because it's got a truly wonderful smoothness, a fine finish and a clarity that belies it's $18 - $20 price tag (here in WA St. that is... I wonder what it costs in a Las Vegas discount liquor store. Anyone?)
Sorry I am ~2.5 years late but I'll look later this week. I may have bought a bottle for ~$14 a few years back but it might have been a Monopolowa?

Also sorry, but I am pretty much a 1.75l plastic jug vodka (Crystal Palace, the unofficial drink of the NSA! ) in the freezer guy. I did get the above mid-priced potato vodka bottle to try, a bottle of Effen because of the funny name, and some Hanger 1 when on expenses. Above bottom shelf is just not worth it *for me.*

I have made my own infusions with 80, ~150 and ~190 proof. Next time I am in Arizona, I'm picking up a case of 190.

I do buy fairly nice beers, single malts, bourbons, rums, gins, liquers etc. I'm still not sure if I like Fernet Branca.

Well <raises glass> to a compelling selection of holiday discount booze this season!
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