Recently a bunch of us "foodies" were about to take a snow-day off and get together. The decision was to become "Tini'z" (get it foodies v. tini) and sit at the warm bar all day watching it snow, sipping the World's Best Premium Vodka Martini (with anchovy stuffed Manzillian Spanish Olives).
Problem is, we didn't have VODKA consensus and we still don't -- It seems it's like asking 5 Doctors (all proctologists) their opinion on "what's aching your ass" and after they get their finger in it ... all have a different opinion!
SO, VODKA OPINIONS ARE LIKE ASS-HOLES … EVERYBODY HAS ONE!HERE' THE LIST ~ PUT A FINGER IN & HOW 'BOUT UR 2¢ WORTH?
Chopin $40 -x / / / / 80 proof, Polish; distilled from potatoes (smoothest vodka & the best ) Level $25 -x / / / / Sweden - wheat "a grappa`ish, trying to pass itself off as a vodka."
Imperia-Russian Ultra $28 - x / / ?maybe Russian, wheat
Iceberg $20 , Canada, sweet corn. 12,000 year old artic icebergs- smooth, fruity, lots of flavor
Jean-Marc XO $60 750 mL - France, wheat, round mouth feel
Jewel of Russia Classic $40 - x / / / / Russian; distilled from wheat and rye (smooth&delicious)
Ciroc $38 - x / / / / French; 5x distilled from grapes (eau de vie`ish, pass'n itself off as a vodka)Precis $38 - x / / 80 proof - Swedish Lake Boren water
KAUFFMAN LUXURY VINTAGE VODKA $100 - Russia Awesome *not avail yet
ULTIMAT $58 - Three Polish vodkas go into it: potato for richness and body; wheat for light smoothness and rye for flavor
Roberto Cavalli Vodka $50 750mL - x / / Italy, ?grain, filtered through crushed Italian marble Zyr $30 750mL - x / Russian; distilled from wheat and rye (assertive)
Hangar One $33 - x / U.S.A. wheat & grapes
Ketel One $31 - x / Holland; distilled from wheat
SKYY 90 $35 - U.S.A. 1st 200 proof then Sierra Mountain h2o added to = 90 proof
Belvedere $35 750 mL x / Poland (birthplace of vodka)- 100% Da^kowskie Gold Rye
Stoly 100 - Russian winter wheat, glacier water
Luksusowa $18 750 ml 80 proof, Poland Potato
STOLICHNAYA Elit $60 750 ml - Ordinary/Russian wheat
VOX $34 - Holland, 5x distilled
Absolut $27 - Swedish; wheat for mixing ~ piercing, antiseptic quality, dry taste, unremarkable Grey Goose $44 1 L -(crappie); 80 proof, French; distilled from wheat, rye, and barley (lacking the character of "ultra-premium")
Belvedere $35 - 80 proof, Polish; distilled from rye ("harsh & bitter")
Tino's Vodka $17 750 mL, Handmade U.S.A. corn, vanilla and French oak flavor, gritty & rough
Monopolowa $9.99 1 liter, cheapest 93 points - Austria, potato, bright and snappy