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      04-20-2011 09:33 PM #1
      I've done the Skyy, Absoulet, Smironoff, Grey Goose multiple times. Not a huge drinker, but I have been enjoying my vodka recently.

      So Vortex, what other brands do you recommend? What other brands am I missing out on? or is Grey Goose really the best as everyone says it is?

      Recently, I've been a fan of Skyy's new Blood Orange Infusions and Absoulet Mango is one of my favorites also. Grey Groose L'orange is good also.

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      04-20-2011 10:23 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by AutoUnion32 View Post
      I've done the Skyy, Absoulet, Smironoff, Grey Goose multiple times. Not a huge drinker, but I have been enjoying my vodka recently.

      So Vortex, what other brands do you recommend? What other brands am I missing out on? or is Grey Goose really the best as everyone says it is?

      Recently, I've been a fan of Skyy's new Blood Orange Infusions and Absoulet Mango is one of my favorites also. Grey Groose L'orange is good also.
      If you want to go obscure, go with a name no one has ever heard of. Usually the bottle next to Skyy that you've never heard of for roughly the same price will taste better because their money goes into the product, not the advertising.

      Then again I drink Finlandia so . . . .

    3. 04-21-2011 01:19 AM #3


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      04-21-2011 08:09 AM #4
      I just had a shot of this vodka over the weekend, and damn was i impress with it, it was veryyy smooth


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      04-21-2011 08:56 AM #5
      I always stick with Smirnoff if I'm doing vodka.

      It's just vodka. It's not like they do anything besides distill, filter, and bottle.

      I find premium vodka to be more about image than anything else. I've heard you can pour any crap vodka through a Britta filter and it will taste identical to the premium brands.

      James Bond drank Smirnoff, so it's good enough for me.

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      04-21-2011 11:50 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by DKGRNVR6 View Post
      I just had a shot of this vodka over the weekend, and damn was i impress with it, it was veryyy smooth

      Ciroc seems so overpriced. I've had it on multiple occasions and it just isn't as smooth as Grey Goose, yet costs about the same. It does have a little more 'bite' than Grey Goose. Still good vodka though

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      04-21-2011 12:11 PM #8
      Like mentioned, vodka is not exactly a liquor that is very complex. There a little subtle differences, but most people end up mixing them anyway and so it doesn't matter.

      I used to be a big vodka drinker for years and if I wanted something smoother, I went with Finlandia or GG. If I wanted a peppery, spicy taste, I went with K1. I only drank it on the rocks with no mixers, though.

      My friend is one of 4 partners in a vodka that has been killing it for the last couple years and is very good called Ceren. It's a little hard to find I think, but try it if you see it.

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      04-21-2011 01:31 PM #9
      check out boyd and blair potato vodka. http://boydandblair.com/

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      04-21-2011 01:34 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Papa Dras View Post
      Like mentioned, vodka is not exactly a liquor that is very complex. There a little subtle differences, but most people end up mixing them anyway and so it doesn't matter.
      This. If I'm buying vodka that is going to be used in mixed drinks I'm buying the store brand vodka that is like $10 for a handle.

      I've heard some good things about Three Olives but have yet to try it out. Also, Blue Ice is another brand of potato vodka. I had it years ago and remember it being quite smooth.

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      04-21-2011 01:34 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by smittyATL View Post
      I always stick with Smirnoff if I'm doing vodka.

      It's just vodka. It's not like they do anything besides distill, filter, and bottle.

      I find premium vodka to be more about image than anything else. I've heard you can pour any crap vodka through a Britta filter and it will taste identical to the premium brands.

      James Bond drank Smirnoff, so it's good enough for me.
      Smirnoff...blech! There's a big difference, it's not image. James Bond was a commercial for Smirnoff. Mythbusters already busted the Britta vodka thing.

      Effen is good if you can find it. Try Zubrowka from Poland on its own or with a bit of apple juice:


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    13. 04-23-2011 05:16 PM #13
      http://vodkabuzz.com/vodkas/fris and strictly speaking, Ciroc is not Vodka.
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      04-23-2011 06:18 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by vdubjb View Post
      http://vodkabuzz.com/vodkas/fris and strictly speaking, Ciroc is not Vodka.
      Just found out last night it's made from grapes. Then I was at a bar and had a shot the bartender recommended, she later told me it was corn vodka wtf.

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      04-23-2011 08:08 PM #15
      I like Ciroc for sweeter mixed drinks. My favorite for martinis has been Voxx, but I can't seem to find it lately.

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      04-24-2011 06:20 AM #16
      There is no standardization for ingredients in vodka.

      "Vodka may be distilled from any starch/sugar-rich plant matter..."
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vodka

      I believe the original vodkas were made from grains like wheat, barley, and rye. Potato vodka was only available after Europeans brought potatoes back from the New World.

      The EU passed a regulation requiring ingredients to be listed if not grain/potato, but it does not exclude these from being labeled vodka.

      The recent success of grape-based vodka in the United States has prompted traditional vodka producers in the Vodka Belt countries of Poland, Finland, Lithuania, and Sweden to campaign for EU legislation that will categorize only spirits made from grain or potatoes as "vodka."[17][18] This proposition has provoked heavy criticism from south European countries, which often distill used mash from wine-making into spirits; although higher quality mash is usually distilled into some variety of pomace brandy, lower-quality mash is better turned into neutral-flavored spirits instead. Any vodka then not made from either grain or potatoes would have to display the products used in its production. This regulation was adopted by the European Parliament on June 19, 2007.
      I would say Ciroc is indeed vodka.

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      04-24-2011 10:20 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by LeDubber View Post


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      I agree. Unfortunately, we can't get it anymore since TX has the ol' TABC.

      I also like Crater Lake Vodka and Blue Ice.

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      04-25-2011 02:29 AM #18
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      Tito's is pretty damn good too.
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      04-25-2011 09:31 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      Yeah, obscure vodka = gin!

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      The best.

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      04-26-2011 12:49 AM #21
      Double Cross from Slovakia.



      It kills in bottle design and taste. I usually stock up on a few bottles when I find it.


      In 2008, Double Cross won a gold medal for taste and a gold medal for package design at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.[4]

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      04-26-2011 01:06 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by chetacer View Post
      Yeah, obscure vodka = gin!
      They make vodka too, genius. Obviously I copy pasted the wrong pic (my netbook is tiny).If you would have clicked the link..............
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      04-26-2011 08:57 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      They make vodka too, genius. Obviously I copy pasted the wrong pic (my netbook is tiny).If you would have clicked the link..............
      Gin is actually just flavored vodka anyway, so you weren't really too off the mark.

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      04-27-2011 01:51 PM #24
      Svedka is the best bang for the buck. Rather smooth for being $17 per 1.75l
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      04-27-2011 04:23 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by VR6GTI72 View Post
      Svedka is the best bang for the buck. Rather smooth for being $17 per 1.75l
      A friend of mine is very faithful to his Svedka.

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      Local WA stuff...



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      04-28-2011 03:55 PM #27
      Not exactly obscure but we have amassed quite the collection of Van Gogh Vodka at home. The Dutch Caramel is crazy good.
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      04-28-2011 08:05 PM #28
      usually go with the grey goose, since it's super smooth and doesn't leave me feeling like crap the next day, but if i don't feel like springing the dough for that and i want something cheaper i go for Rain
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      05-02-2011 11:46 AM #29
      ketel one or belvedere are my go-to vodkas





      ciroc is NOT smooth, IMO. very sharp


      i hate flavored spirits that aren't schnappes.


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      it's a "black" (really dark blue) tinted vodka that's pretty damn good, and fun to mix with

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      05-06-2011 03:35 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Señor Peligro View Post
      The best.

      Just bought some at Shaw's. 29.99 for a 750mL. Same price as Grey Goose. I'll report back on how good it is.

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      05-17-2011 01:03 PM #31
      if im just drinking at home, svedka is my go to, or 'Olifant' ive found to be pretty decent.

      Coconut Ciroc is absolutely amazing. Ive gotten half of my extended family drinking it.
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      05-17-2011 03:10 PM #32
      I guess obscurity varies where you come from....

      but Ketel One seems to be one that surprise people. It's not super cheap, not super expensive, and is very smooth; i prefer it over some of the bigger brands like Belevedere or Skyy.
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      05-17-2011 04:45 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by BAD SNaCKY View Post
      I guess obscurity varies where you come from....

      but Ketel One seems to be one that surprise people. It's not super cheap, not super expensive, and is very smooth; i prefer it over some of the bigger brands like Belevedere or Skyy.
      I don't think I've ever had Ketel One or Belvedere but I can't stand Skyy.

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      05-18-2011 08:40 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by BAD SNaCKY View Post
      I guess obscurity varies where you come from....

      but Ketel One seems to be one that surprise people. It's not super cheap, not super expensive, and is very smooth; i prefer it over some of the bigger brands like Belevedere or Skyy.
      ive never cared for belvedere, i dont think its very smooth vodka. skyy is a bit lower shelf than ketel 1 even, but I do order ketel 1 in a dirty martini, i prefer it.
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