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Gillman
10-02-2012, 18:25
I have these in the freezer for use in the occasional Bloody Mary or Screwdriver. Tonight I took small amounts neat though, just to see if I can express a preference.

I thought Stolichnaya was the best. It was rounded, flowing and just right. The Goose was good too but a little sharper. The Kryshtal (from Belarus) was harsher than these two, more spirity, but then too half the price.

Going forward, I'd select either Stoli or the Goose for neat sampling, and reserve the other for cocktails/mixed drinks.

Opinions?

Gary

Brisko
10-02-2012, 18:48
I think Stoli has a really nice mouthfeel, especially straight from the freezer (or the back step when it's below 0F). Grey Goose is very clean and crisp and I espcially like it on the rocks or with a splash of soda and fresh fruit. I can't speak to the other brand as I haven't tried it. I always thought Skyy made for a good mixer as it is pretty neutral, even by vodka standards.

DanG
10-03-2012, 11:12
I don't generally like vodka and I never drink it neat unless I'm around Russians or Ukrainians. Or ultra-Orthodox Jews, who drink a lot of it. But I always keep some Stoli on hand for cocktails like white russians and negroskis. Although quite decent, Grey Goose is expensive due to heavy marketing whereas I've found Stoli to have a consistently high quality level (for vodka) at a good price.

Gillman
10-03-2012, 18:18
Stoli seems to stand out (so far) in these comments, but it is also my own experience.

I once read sugar is added, but true or not I don't know.

Gary

Josh
10-03-2012, 18:37
Crown Russe is my go-to.

AaronWF
10-03-2012, 18:51
Stoli seems to stand out (so far) in these comments, but it is also my own experience.

I once read sugar is added, but true or not I don't know.

Gary

I drank a lot of Stoli in college and just after (late-90's - early '00s), mostly in martinis. It agreed with me and spared me the hangovers the well vodkas would impart. I also heard that they add sugar to it, and that certainly turned me off of it. I doubt I'll ever drink a vodka martini again (there's too much good gin out there); the only vodka I drink comes in brunch bloody marys out at a restaurant.

I went through a period of drinking Hangar 1 straight a few years ago. It's a delicious vodka made by California's St. George Spirits from wheat and viognier grapes. Grey Goose always struck me as more neutral than others, and always more expensive.

At $20 a fifth, Tito's is a great multi-use vodka as well.

Gillman
10-03-2012, 18:54
Thanks Aaron. What about Ketel One? That seems a rich, well-balanced vodka even if the pot still thing is (may be) overstated.

Gary

White Dog
10-03-2012, 20:30
I prefer buying Everclear 190pr, and cutting it in half.(Poof, I'm a micro-distiller of vodka!) My Bloody Mary can't tell the difference.

In all seriousness, I only use vodka for Bloody Marys, so as long as it's cheap, it works.

Clavius
10-03-2012, 21:03
Chopin.

End thread.

AaronWF
10-04-2012, 12:32
Thanks Aaron. What about Ketel One? That seems a rich, well-balanced vodka even if the pot still thing is (may be) overstated.

Gary

From memory, I think Ketel One brings good and bad to the table. It brings a round, textural sweetness, but also has a fume-y nail polish remover finish.


Chopin.

End thread.

Chopin's a nice potato vodka. A little pricey though. Teton Glacier has a bit more character, if I recall correctly, and it's a good $10-$15 cheaper.

But I'm about a decade removed from this stuff.