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Cigarman Chris
12-28-2008, 10:55
Hello, I rarely buy vodka and never drink it, but I have to get a bottle for some friends for this New Years. What would you all suggest? I was thinking Grey Goose, Belvedere, or Ciroc. Anyone like these, or suggest others?

ratcheer
12-28-2008, 11:36
I'm not a vodka drinker, either, but of those I think I'd choose Belvedere. Take a look at Tito's, too. I've heard many good things about it and it might be something new to your vodka-drinking friends.

Tim

funknik
12-28-2008, 15:50
If you can find Cold River Vodka, give that one whirl, too.

JeffJ
12-28-2008, 15:59
If you can find a vodka called Rain you might want to give it a try. I don't drink vodka myself, but my wife swears by it.

Cigarman Chris
12-28-2008, 18:03
Ok, I will look for these suggestions, thanks a lot!

polyamnesia
12-28-2008, 20:48
ya know, vodka...'tasteles'........love it though! it's a matter of smoothness....or would that be, making fiery water palatable, challenging?

what a conundrum!

i simply simpleton-ly like plain old, super pure, nordically filtered Finlandia. no flavors infused. please.

or Tito's.

or any potato vodkas.

callmeox
12-28-2008, 20:54
If you can find a vodka called Rain you might want to give it a try. I don't drink vodka myself, but my wife swears by it.

Did you know that Rain is made by Buffalo Trace at their Kentucky distillery?

Vange
12-29-2008, 11:55
Rain and Tito's are made from corn. Rain is my house pour. Very good mixing vodkas, but I cant recommend them in a martini.

Chopin, Jewel of Russia Ultra, Jean Marc XO, Double Cross are just a few cleaner vodkas that are great for martinis or to sip chilled or on the rocks.

Just my 2 cents.

I'll add Imperia to that list too.

G-Rat
12-29-2008, 12:07
Tito's is good in my opinion...even for a martini but I'm no expert by any stretch...a vodka I really like right now is called Sobieski. It is a 100% rye vodka...and its only about 11$ a 750ml here in St Louis Mo.

JeffJ
12-29-2008, 12:13
I did not know that.

Thanks for the info!

Jeff

spun_cookie
12-29-2008, 12:25
Get some blue ice. Very good Vodka (in teh top two for my Vodka drinking friends) and affordable. There is also a chance they have not had it....

Cigarman Chris
12-30-2008, 11:11
I ended up getting Titos and Chopin. I was looking for Rain and Blue Ice also, but did not see them. Thanks for the suggestions!

Megawatt
01-16-2009, 20:01
I tried Chopin last fall and thought it had a weird herbal taste but it was very smooth and drinkable. I had a few glasses of it straight up and I was frankly surprised by the taste and texture. In my usual experience vodka tastes like alcohol and little else.

ThomasH
01-16-2009, 20:49
My wife, a long time vodka drinker, used to drink Absolut exclusively, but after recently having a taste of Skyy vodka, her and her friends gave Absolut the boot in favor of Skyy. The big problem though, is that she really liked the orange flavored Skyy and they just discontinued it in favor of 5 new flavors, none of which are orange. She now drinks regular Skyy and orange juice!

Thomas

OscarV
01-16-2009, 21:11
Didn't that used to be a cocktail,
I think they called it a Screwdriver.:rolleyes:

ratcheer
01-17-2009, 08:11
Didn't that used to be a cocktail,
I think they called it a Screwdriver.:rolleyes:

How soon people forget. It was certainly one of the great highballs of the 60's and 70's, maybe even long before that. Easy to make, easy to drink.

Tim

ILLfarmboy
01-17-2009, 11:30
How soon people forget. It was certainly one of the great highballs of the 60's and 70's, maybe even long before that. Easy to make, easy to drink.

Tim


Although the memory is faint, I swear I remember my Grandpa taking a pint bottle of vodka, with some of the vodka having been drunk, and adding frozen orange juice concentrate.

TBoner
01-17-2009, 12:39
5 minutes after meeting my wife's grandparents for the first time, I was holding a very large Screwdriver. I knew then that I would marry into her family. :grin:

I second Tito's and Sobieski. Good QPR for both, and you can taste the difference between the two: the former is 100% corn, the latter a rye vodka. The distinct mouthfeel of each is clear.

Regards,
Tim

Phischy
01-26-2009, 22:42
How soon people forget. It was certainly one of the great highballs of the 60's and 70's, maybe even long before that. Easy to make, easy to drink.

Tim

Oh, you're talking about breakfast!

ratcheer
01-27-2009, 14:35
Oh, you're talking about breakfast!

What was the movie spy character Dean Martin played during the spy craze of the mid-60's? Anyway, one of his spy gadgets squeezed OJ and added vodka, automatically presenting him with his screwdriver upon awakening. He tasted it, then, in an aside to the audience proclaimed, "There's nothing like fresh orange juice in the morning!"

Tim

GPRook
01-27-2009, 14:59
I'm not a martini drinker but I enjoy Grey Goose and Kettle One in gimlets. Both are very smooth and easy to drink.

cowdery
01-27-2009, 16:04
I was surprised to learn a few days ago that Finlandia is the best-selling imported premium vodka in Russia.

More here (http://www.examiner.com/x-475-Chicago-Spirits-Examiner~y2009m1d24-What-is-Russias-most-popular-premium-imported-vodka).

PAspirit1
01-27-2009, 16:18
Didn't that used to be a cocktail,
I think they called it a Screwdriver.:rolleyes:

Boy does that bring back some memories. Some good - some bad. I still can't drink vodka.

Josh
01-28-2009, 12:19
I was surprised to learn a few days ago that Finlandia is the best-selling imported premium vodka in Russia.

More here (http://www.examiner.com/x-475-Chicago-Spirits-Examiner~y2009m1d24-What-is-Russias-most-popular-premium-imported-vodka).

The Finns' revenge for centuries of opression? Or B-F's revenge for vodka's seizure of marketshare?

cowdery
01-28-2009, 23:53
Finlandia may be revenge for something. If your idea of super-premium vodka is a spirit that tastes like water, you won't like Finlandia. It's often aptly compared to grappa.

I always associate Finlandia with an international group of meeting producers of which I was once a member. Finlandia always sponsored a big party at the annual convention and the Finns always had a big detachment there. Always the funniest people in the room, those Finns. Great to drink with. Definitely the silliest of the Scandinavian peoples.

Jono
01-30-2009, 09:21
Off topic but:

Dean Martin was Matt Helm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0A8AjWBHiI

Drinking and driving!! Whiskey....label..white with a red dot...??

FUNNY...he turns off Sinatra and puts on a Deano song!!

http://www.amazon.com/Lounge-Silencers-Murderers-Ambushers-Wrecking/dp/B0009RCPWK

boss302
02-02-2009, 00:48
Well, I guess I'll do my best to answer this one.

If you were making a drink for yourself, I would suggest Smirnoff-- it is very clean, neutral, and balanced. It is very affordable, and it really did place first in a tasting panel conducted by the NY Times. Heck, it placed first in MY OWN blind taste test.

Unfortunately, as many of us know, when it comes to the world of spirits, facts don't count nearly as much as image and marketing. While I may believe Smirnoff to be genuinely-superior, the recipient of my gift-giving may not necessarily believe so. Because Grey Goose costs nearly 3x's as much, virtually everybody believes it is somehow superior. Heck, my notes for my blind taste-test of Grey Goose include the words "too sweet" and "strange, mineral aftertaste."

As a barkeep, I actually find it difficult not to laugh when a customer demands that their Cape Cod be made with Grey Goose-- as if they could somehow, underneath all the citric acid, sugar, and all the other stuff in cranberry juice, detect a noticeable difference in the vodka. Honestly-- how pretentious can you be?

Anyway, here's a few suggestions for a gift vodka:

1) Make sure it comes in a fancy bottle.
2) Make sure it costs at least $25 for a 750mL bottle.


If you would like some ideas, my recommendations include:

1) VOX, made in the Netherlands. I actually kinda like this one. Quite clean and generally mild.

2) Wyborowa Single Estate. This one finished second in the afore-mentioned NY Times taste test. And the bottle is designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.

3) Turi. This one is distilled from Rye in Estonia. The silver cap and bottle shape are pretty cool. It is also pretty clean-tasting.

4) Roth. Even though it is made in California, this is the USA's answer to France's Ciroc. If your friends are wine-drinkers, they will probably like the slightly-sweet taste, and the fact that this vodka includes a vintage on the label.

5) Belvedere or Chopin. The question is-- do you prefer rye (slight spice notes) or potato (crisp, slightly-starchy)?

6) SKYY 90. Quite possibly the purest vodka in the world. It is bottled at a martini-friendly 90 proof, and actually uses a vacuum-drying process to create 100% alcohol (impossible outside of a vacuum) before they add the water. The bottle is elegant and attractive, as well.

Attila
02-02-2009, 05:11
Definitely the silliest of the Scandinavian peoples.

And thats some stiff competition, assuming that Fins are Scandinavian.

cowdery
02-02-2009, 21:05
And thats some stiff competition, assuming that Fins are Scandinavian.

Oh dear, I hope I haven't offended either the Fins or the Scandinavians.

dean_martin
02-02-2009, 21:10
has anyone tried Pinnacle? It's a vodka from France that has really caught on as a value buy here. My wife and I tried a bottle (mainly for screwdrivers) and then went back to Smirnoff. After opening the Smirnoff, I picked up another bottle of Pinnacle. It's our new regular vodka.

boss302
02-02-2009, 22:34
has anyone tried Pinnacle? It's a vodka from France that has really caught on as a value buy here. My wife and I tried a bottle (mainly for screwdrivers) and then went back to Smirnoff. After opening the Smirnoff, I picked up another bottle of Pinnacle. It's our new regular vodka.


Hi Dean,

I haven't had their Vodka, but they make a gin in the UK, and I thought it was quite good.

Even though they are technically made in two different countries (I'm guessing vodka filtration in France, botanical steeping in the UK), I wouldn't be surprised to learn that they were derived from the same spirit...

dean_martin
02-06-2009, 12:44
Hi Dean,

I haven't had their Vodka, but they make a gin in the UK, and I thought it was quite good.

Even though they are technically made in two different countries (I'm guessing vodka filtration in France, botanical steeping in the UK), I wouldn't be surprised to learn that they were derived from the same spirit...

Appreciate the info. I know nothing about the company. I went into a state store (ABC) and the lady behind the counter mentioned that she couldn't keep the Pinnacle on the shelf. The shelf was empty but I spotted a bottle behind the counter. I asked if she was saving it for someone and she said she didn't realize it was there, so I bought it. It's not bad at all for $12.99 750ml.

BTW, that Boss is sweet! We have an '08 GT/California Special. The only problem is the wife drives it most of the time.