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Old 02-27-2011, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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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?
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:09 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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^^^ All of the above! I just wish they would serve it ice cold in ice cold glass, instead of pouring warm vodka over ice cubes
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:00 AM
 
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The Polish Vodkas don't have the mega-money marketing campaigns of the other "prestige vodkas" but match them in quality. I never understood the appeal of a $50 bottle, as a result of the glossy ad does one magically transform into a sexy model sipping a martini at a high end club?
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:27 PM
 
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I usually go with Grey Goose, or Limon Vodka
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:34 PM
 
Location: North of the border!
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Most North American vodkas are made from corn not potatoes, just like Rye is only 5% rye and most rums aren't 100% authentic. Get a Jamaican rum and smell the difference. Any European vodka is at least made from spuds.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:36 PM
 
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I tend to rate a vodka as good if I can drink it straight-up without mixing it with anything. Some vodkas I can only handle in a mixed drink.

I won't comment on regular vodka, because I think so much is individual taste, and it's hard for people to agree.

But,
If you like chocolate vodka, I just discovered 360 brand's Double Chocolate. It's delicious straight-up. Vodka 360 (http://www.vodka360.com/ageverify.php?accesscheck=index.php - broken link)

If you like coffee flavored vodka, Van Gogh's Double Espresso is great. Van Gogh Vodka - Creating a Masterpiece One Bottle at a Time

These are both moderately priced, and smooth enough to drink straight.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Default "Drink up, Kom-rahd!"

Some of my pre-retirement and now ex-business friends, a bunch of "hubritic" high-spending management types from a major but later bankrupted large American mega-automobile manufacturer rife with pathologically bad upper management... (Oh yeah, sorry! This is about vodka... I forgot..) were confirmed vodka drinkers.

Well, the relativity is that... they were very arrogant vodka drinkers who liked to spend the company's seemingly unlimited entertainment funds on high-end liquor: the $500/bottle single malts and $50 - $100 bottles of wine. And they always insisted on $85 Grey Goose or other art-bottled vodkas.

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?)

My ex-friends would not drink (or even try...!!!) it when I had a little party one summer evening at my SoCal home. They made fun of it, my "immature vodka pallet" and my proper sense of corporate hubris. Funny, huh?

Their loss. "And..." (he said, with a slightly vengeful tinge in his voice...) "...I hope they're enjoying their layoff status... and the facts that that they'll probably never afford Grey Goose ever again!"

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Old 02-28-2011, 03:00 PM
 
Location: North Shore Long Island
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I enjoy Grey Goose L'Orange on the rocks.

I love Grey Goose L'Poir mixed with cranberry juice.


if the above aren't available, I rely on Ketel One.


However, I do have a bottle of The Tall Blond (Estonia) that I need to try!!!!
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:05 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I'm a restaurant/bar owner and my generic "well" vodka is Mohawk which is grain distilled. It doesn't have the nasty aftertaste and "raw" taste of many other generics and mixes well. My "high end" is Grey Goose and then I carry the usual Absolut and Stoli regulars PLUS the whole range of flavored Stolis which, in my opinion, are far superior to any of the other flavored vodkas.

I confess that I don't really understand why anyone would order a high-end and very expensive vodka and then mix it with juice. 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 ... but then I can't figure out those who order "Courvoisier and coke" when a generic brandy and coke tastes almost identical and is a whole lot less expensive.

Oh, and while I'm on my rant, it irks me no end when some people want "shots" of high-end liqueurs. Most liqueurs are meant to be served in a snifter, cuddled in the hand and gently sipped, not chugged down in one swallow. Oh, and aged Scotch on the rocks. Have a glass of iced water on the side but good liquor should be savored, not diluted down in a puddle of melting ice.

OK, rant over! Phew!
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:21 AM
 
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To piggyback on STT, I've always hated when bars would have very poor orange juice for mixed drinks. Nothing worse than ordering a screwdriver with a moderate vodka (like Absolut or Stoli) and getting bitter, sour disgusting orange juice that either came from a mix like Tang or was in a bottle and separated but never shaken up!
When I was in my 20s and a big vodka & OJ drinker, I used to go to the Cumberland Farms (a convenience store) across the street from our hang-out bar, and bring in my own bottle of really good orange juice. Then I could just order the vodka neat/straight and mix it myself! I was a regular so the bartender didn't mind.
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