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Vodka Wars

Postby grzegorz on Mon May 14, 2018 3:05 pm

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Been comparing vodkas and looking for any recommendations.

I am finding that the grape based vodkas have less of a burn and as a result are smoother. Cirac, Napa Distillery, and other California brands come to mind.

Rye based as nice too and have more flavor. Prawda and Belvedere are too rye based vodkas.

I had Kettle One and can't figure what all the rage is about but then again it was next too Cirac, Tito's and the Hawaiian Ocean vodka.

Still have to try Russian standard, was about to pick one up but then saw a bottle of Russian Standard Platinum Vodka and could not decide which to try but will try it soon.
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Re: Vodka Wars

Postby grzegorz on Sun May 20, 2018 4:29 pm

FWIW it is worth, in my research of the world's finest vodka I found out that Costco's French made Kirkland Vodka (not the American one) is basically Grey Goose. Of course Costco refutes this (probably for legal reaaons) but it is basically made at another French Cognac distillery for a fraction of the price and without the fancy bottle.

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Re: Vodka Wars

Postby Trick on Mon May 21, 2018 12:27 am

Never tasted the jet-set Gray Goose, if you want to explore a working class distilled beverage you can try Explorer-Vodka, in my younger days it also went by the name "Raggar svett" translated to English something as Rocker/biker sweat...Only 37,5% alcohol so many "Raggare" actually prefer HB(Hembränt)/(Home distilled).......https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explorer_Vodka
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Re: Vodka Wars

Postby grzegorz on Mon May 21, 2018 1:09 am

Thanks Trick!

I will keep an eye out, especially the next time I am in Europe. The idea of a government manufactured vodka is fascinating.

I bought that big 1.75L bottle of Kirkland for only $20! Which is $10 less (if not more) than a .75L of Grey Goose. I almost tempted to buy a Grey Goose just to bottle the Kirkland. LOL! But that bottle is more than I am willing to pay.
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Re: Vodka Wars

Postby Trick on Mon May 21, 2018 3:28 am

First time I heard(read) about Grey-Goose was in a vampire novel I read some time ago :) the character drank Grey-Goose seemingly from morning till night, or night till bedtime/coffin-time rather :) ....So one day down at the local Wall-Mart I "just happened" to pass by the liquor shelves and there I saw some bottles of GG, my wife caught up with me and asked if I wanted but then she saw the prize and said it was way too expensive, I said yes, yes you're right and I put back the bottle :) . But then she got her eyes on a bottle of Baileys a liqueur she has gotten a taste for, so a bottle of Baileys it was...much much cheaper too so double happiness for my wife :)
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Re: Vodka Wars

Postby Bao on Mon May 21, 2018 5:49 am

For maybe ten, fifteen years ago I read that the most common grammar or wrong spelling mistake amongst young people in the US was to spell absolute without the "E". Pretty funny. Wonder if that is true today as well. I've tested some vodkas, but I absolutly do prefer Absolut. :)
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Re: Vodka Wars

Postby Trick on Mon May 21, 2018 10:42 am

Absolut is absolutely the most renown Swedish vodka worldwide, but the most popular(and maybe finest)Swedish vodka in Sweden I would guess still is Renat https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renat For Grzegorz I would like to continue this little promotion of Scandinavian vodkas by also recommending Finlandia and Koskenkorva from Finland, Finlandia vodka I think have reached same international status as Absolut vodka has so maybe it's to be found in the US too.......Not an vodka but still worth mentioning when talking Swedish spirits is Aquavit a spicy liquor with a long tradition in Sweden https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O.P._Anderson
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Re: Vodka Wars

Postby grzegorz on Mon May 21, 2018 10:58 am

Funny about Absolut. I am not surprised, Absolut and Findlandia can be found in every store here. Yet I have not tried them yet. My in-laws were here from Europe, which is why my location is Eastern Bloc because with my older relatives it is still the Eastern Bloc. So bascially I have been showing them all kinds of vodkas here which are not available in former communist Europe which to my surprise included Kettle One.
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Re: Vodka Wars

Postby grzegorz on Mon May 21, 2018 11:42 am

I will explore the Northern vodkas next. Are they mostly made from wheat?

I have had some good Polish vodkas made from Rye and to my surprise some of which can't be found in Poland.

I found confirmation of why Kirkland tastes like Grey Goose.

Both vodkas are made in the Cognac region of France. Both Kirkland and Grey Goose are made in Cognac with distillation techniques sourced from the neighboring Cognac houses. The vodkas are five times distilled in a state of the art distilleries. Both are made from 100% fine French wheat. Both use pure artesian spring water originating in the Massif Mountains of France. This water flows into cognac after being filtered naturally through champagne limestone leaving it rich in minerals and flavor.

In my comparison Kirkland is slightly sweeter than Grey Goose.

https://www.chowhound.com/post/grey-goo ... 475?page=2



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