Aar1012: Of course American vodka is devoid of flavor and whatnot! Americans make a fine alcohol of their own that is far superior to ANY Vodka. It's made in Kentucky and taste great on the rocks.
czetie: I realize this may come as a shock to some of you, but America is not the home of vodka nor the arbiter of how vodka should taste. Flaunting your opinion of vodka
ecmoRandomNumbers: That's the point. Who the hell does vodak shots? It's for mixing.
TravisBickle62: dmax: Not raging the issue of taste, but of headache: I bought the Costco brand once, to escape the price tyranny of the major labels. the resultant, predictable headaches with just one martini made me swear off the cheaper brands./After I'd finished off the entire 5-gallon Costco bottle, of course.Costco's Kirkland brand is Grey Goose in a different bottle
Abox: People get very emotional about alcohol. Maybe they need a drink.
ecmoRandomNumbers: cptjeff: Color me shocked:"Many American vodkas contribute little to the actual manufacturing - they merely purchase 95% ethyl alcohol from industrial giants like Archer Daniels Midland or Midwest Grain Processors, add water, and filter the product to varying degrees.With little noticeable distinction in taste, vodka makers rely on sophisticated marketing and branding campaigns to win customers, analysts say"Congrats, vodka drinkers. You're drinking something utterly generic, produced on an industrial scale, differentiated only by what's on the bottle.That's the point. Who the hell does vodak shots? It's for mixing.
TenJed_77: Abox: People get very emotional about alcohol. Maybe they need a drink.Well if you're buying./vodka martini please//2 olives
SpiffyandRedhot: Didn't Mythbusters do a show on this? Old news is old.
ZER0T0THEC0RE: That doesn't mean all vodka's are exactly the same.(food scientist who works in R&D for a large alcoholic beverages company)By US regulation all vodkas must be flavor neutral, which usually involves distilling at a certain temperature. But impurities from non-ethyl alcohols can sneak over and make it burn more - since these other alcohols are also usually toxic at lower levels than ethanol, they also can contribute to bad hangovers.The real goal of vodka makers is to get rid of burn, which is not a taste, but a mouthfeel. Get a vodka that is 40% abv to taste like it is 20% abv and you are golden. (I would say a vodka that tastes like water but in taste tests, most people like their spirits to be somewhat burny)There is some debate about it but from the distillers that I have talked to they generally agree that distilling a product 2-3 times is will yield the most 'pure' vodka while still being cost effective. Filtration of the product also goes a long way in helping reduce burn, which is the essence behind whiskies, which take ethanol and put it through a form of carbon filtration in a barrel.As for the differences between vodkas, they are all mostly similar (~99.9% ethanol/water mixture) but there will always be a slight chemical variance (and even the 0.01% level, some of the more volatile alcohols are noticeable) depending on how many times it was distilled, what temperature it was distilled at, what it was fermented from, how it was filtered.These variances can be picked up when you are drinking it straight, on the rocks, or even in a martini - a person with very good tastebuds may be able to sense this in tonic or soda water. Almost nobody can sense it in any sort of juice base because the burn is too watered down and the taste of the juice is too distracting.So the next time you see a person mix a high quality vodka with cranberry juice, smack 'em over the head.Just as in any industry, packaging and marketing plays a huge role in price poin ...
RobertBruce: Good. that's how it should be. if vodka has a real taste you're doing it wrong.
dmax: Not raging the issue of taste, but of headache: I bought the Costco brand once, to escape the price tyranny of the major labels. the resultant, predictable headaches with just one martini made me swear off the cheaper brands./After I'd finished off the entire 5-gallon Costco bottle, of course.
ZER0T0THEC0RE: That doesn't mean all vodka's are exactly the same.(food scientist who works in R&D for a large alcoholic beverages company)
PYROY: All vodka tastes the same to me, same with gin, so Aristocrat is always is.
The One True TheDavid: Theaetetus:Pabst Blue Ribbon, the iconic and ironic beverage of moronic hipsters, is actually produced on an industrial scale by Miller.From urinal drainage of kidney-filtered MGD.
Aar1012: you? A girl?/A martini needs gin not Vodka
ChipNASA: maxheck: Wait until people find out that 90% of *all* booze out there is made by mixing grain alcohol and congener syrups much like the way a soda machine works.Gee ya think?[shop.homebrew.com image 200x150]/homebrewer
mytdawg: This stuff is pretty good too.[i174.photobucket.com image 370x749]/not particularly expensive - $13-15 a fifth or so.
TenJed_77: Aar1012: you? A girl?/A martini needs gin not VodkaI like both, vodka permits a doubling of the dose./visit Paris I'll buy the fist round//we'll see if your liver can keep up///1/2 shot of Noilly Prat and 2 shots of gin or 4 shots of vodka
plong: current "vodak" total = 19 and counting
The One True TheDavid: TenJed_77: Aar1012: you? A girl?/A martini needs gin not VodkaI like both, vodka permits a doubling of the dose./visit Paris I'll buy the fist round//we'll see if your liver can keep up///1/2 shot of Noilly Prat and 2 shots of gin or 4 shots of vodkaEven Noilly Prat tastes like hell to me. I prefer my vodka straight and my gin in grapefruit juice.With vodka in grapefruit juice I have to measure it well or I find myself unintentionally drinking quadruples. Any vodka will give me a hangover if I guzzle a pint in half an hour.
Cythraul: I don't think my palate has 'burned out.' Most alcohol tastes the same to me, with a few exceptions. Vodka tastes the same to me as.. whiskey for example. When I imbibe either beverage, all my tongue senses is the overpowering chemical taste of alcohol.
bim1154: I don't get headaches simply because I don't get tanked on the stuff.
fonebone77: How anyone can drink gin is beyond me though. It tastes like a pine tree.
Ikam: bim1154: I don't get headaches simply because I don't get tanked on the stuff.True. If I go out and only have a couple of drinks (which, as I'm getting older, is more often the case than it is not) ordering a couple of well vodka drinks does nothing either way when it comes to hangovers because I didn't get drunk enough to have one. Now, if I am planning on having a few drinks, I tend to go a bit higher up the bar to avoid the day after headache.That being said, I'm more of a gin person than a vodka person, and I can definitely tell the differences between varieties, with vodka, not so much. With vodka, I'd be that person probably confusing the cheap stuff with Grey Goose (which I've tried, but don't understand the fascination), but with gin, I could easily tell the difference between say, Seagram's well crap and Death's Door or Hendricks, it is like night and day, or the difference between PBR and Three Floyd's Dark Lord Imperial Stout.
TenJed_77: Lot friends here in france like the grapefruit and gin.
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