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Posted: 12/19/2005 9:27:42 PM EDT
What is a real good vodka?
Some friends and I are having a russian theme party this break, and we want to have some good russian vodka.

So...what say you?
What is a good Russian vodka that is readily available?
Stolichnaya is what I have in mind but if someone knows more....
Also - what to eat with good vodka?
Caviar? what kind?
Black bread? what kind?
Some sort of meat? salami?

Thanks for all the help
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 12:53:28 AM EDT
"Jewel of Russia"

Link Posted: 12/20/2005 2:40:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/20/2005 2:41:43 AM EDT by Stottman]
Had my fair share of Vodka with Russians...

Honestly, most Russian vodka tastes the same to me.. I have only had one type that actually tasted bad (as Vokda goes) and gave me a bad feeling the next day..

Russians traditionally eat pickles with Vodka... It actually helps get rid of the after taste...

They also enjoy stuff like chopped up tomatoes, slices of cold or warm sausage (hot dog/bologna type), bread, etc.. Nothing really fancy or expensive..

If you can find them, find Chinese/Japanese "potstickers".. Basically like a Ravioli..... These are eaten allot in Russia as Pelmini.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 3:14:21 AM EDT
Just keep this in mind. There is a difference in "Western" (W. Europe/U.S.) and "Eastern" (Former Soviet Bloc/Russian) vodka's. Eastern vodkas have much more robust aromas and flavors, where western vodkas are made to be as clean and snappy as possible, with the least amount of aromas and flavors. Go to the best Liquor store in town and look at their selection-different regions of the U.S. will carry different brands. You'll be amazed how different the separate brands will taste. Good luck and have fun. Oh...and no metal should ever touch the caviar, plastic or bone spoons should be used.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 3:32:11 AM EDT
I've no idea where to find it, but Dr. K. himself is involved with this one:

Link Posted: 12/20/2005 4:47:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By fred_ex:
"Jewel of Russia"

www.fototime.com/C01529A09DB3643/standard.jpg



+1 Very good.......................and expensive.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 4:48:46 AM EDT
Its common knowledge that polish vodka is the best
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 6:27:01 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 6:36:58 AM EDT
Make sure the vodka is cold - it'll go in much easier and taste better. Stick the bottle in a freezer for a few hours and it'll be good to go. Stoli is always a safe bet; there are so many brands out there these days that it's hard to keep up with them all. As has been mentioned earlier, anything pickled will be a great "zakuska" - cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, okra, etc. If you can get your hands on some salo (salted pork fat) - that'd be perfect. Just make sure it's cold, too - it tastes much better that way. Put it in the freezer along with the vodka the night before. A slice of black bread, a slice of salo on top, a little pepper and garlic on top of that - that's really all you need. Sometimes, mostly back in college days when we were poor, we'd use fruits for zakuska; oranges, tangerines, lemon all work fine. Stay away from apples - they "revert" the effect of vodka and make you sober up faster. If you're brave enough and want to try the "hardcore Russian way" - take a mug of beer, poor some vodka in there (roughly around 3/4 beer - 1/4 vodka) and have at it; repeat as necessary until you pass out (which won't take very long).
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 6:28:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BiggerStick47:

Originally Posted By fred_ex:
"Jewel of Russia"

www.fototime.com/C01529A09DB3643/standard.jpg



+1 Very good.......................and expensive.



About $35 per liter.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 8:57:24 PM EDT
Screw all that expensive stuff, Get some komchatka vodka for $5.00 and put a rubber over your tongue so you cant taste it and spend the money you saved on some ammo
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 9:51:20 PM EDT
Stoli's Elite
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 2:53:16 AM EDT

No mixers, no ice, correct? Preferably straight up in a water glass?

I heard the average life expectancy for Russian men is now 56-57 years.

Link Posted: 12/21/2005 3:30:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Richard-ar15:
No mixers, no ice, correct? Preferably straight up in a water glass?

I heard the average life expectancy for Russian men is now 56-57 years.




Straight in a shot glass....
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 3:44:09 AM EDT

They must think Americans are real pussies for putting cranberry juice, tonic, etc. in their vodka.

Then again, I might could show them a thing or two with bourbon.
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 3:47:17 AM EDT
Take average Vodka, run it down a Brita water filter 3 times and POOF instant smooth Vodka.
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 3:53:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/21/2005 3:55:59 AM EDT by Aleko]

Originally Posted By Stottman:
Straight in a shot glass....


That's how it should be, but using a water glass is pretty common, too. It seems that using a water glass gives it more dramatic effect or something because that's what you see them drink out of in movies all the time.

Originally Posted By Richard-ar15:
No mixers, no ice, correct? Preferably straight up in a water glass?


The only thing you're allowed to add to vodka is beer. There is even a Russian saying that loosely translated means "drinking vodka without beer is a waste of money".
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 10:16:21 AM EDT
What my friends and I have done, is have everyone bring a different bottle to a party, varying in price. We then conduct a blind taste test of about 10 different brands. There is usually a clear winner, and the results can be surprising. We have done this with rum, vodka and tequila. It makes for a fun start to a party, and is a decent education in finding your taste for a particular alcohol.
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 11:21:51 AM EDT
Does anyone find it ironic that "traditional" vodka is made from potatoes, a vegetable that wasn't introduced to Russia until probably the 17th century at the earliest as first the Spanish had to discover them in Peru, then import them to Spain and then they had to travel a continent east? What did they make vodka from before the potato?
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 11:29:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dorsai:
Does anyone find it ironic that "traditional" vodka is made from potatoes, a vegetable that wasn't introduced to Russia until probably the 17th century at the earliest as first the Spanish had to discover them in Peru, then import them to Spain and then they had to travel a continent east? What did they make vodka from before the potato?



Grain?
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 12:00:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/21/2005 12:01:00 PM EDT by cheaptrickfan]
Top 20 Vodkas
1. Olifant Vodka
2. Chopin
3. Krolewska Vodka
4. Van Gogh Vodka
5. Luksusowa Potato Vodka
6. Stolichnaya
7. Ketel One
8. Sinopskaya
9. Ultimat Vodka
10. Sputnik
11. Charodei
12. Zhitomirska Vodka
13. Grey Goose
14. Rodnik Vodka
15. Zodiac Vodka
16. Kryshtal Charodev
17. Tito's Handmade Vodka
18. Absolut Citron
19. Kozak
20. Finlandia

My personal fav:

(for now, it changes from time to time)


FYI - - Many vodka consumers claim they can tell a difference in taste between different brands. To test this ability the ABC News program 20/20 [1] conducted a non-scientific survey of 6 individuals aged 21-40 who sampled 6 different brands of vodka. There were 5 different super premium vodkas ($30-$60, 750ml, 2005) and a mid-priced vodka, Smirnoff ($13, 750ml, 2005). At the beginning of the survey the participants were asked to name their favorite vodka brand; four individuals chose Grey Goose ($30, 750ml, 2005). After sampling each of unmarked vodka samples "straight up", five of the six testers chose the same vodka as their least favorite sample. They were all surprised to discover that they had selected Grey Goose. When the 6 brands were mixed into a cosmopolitan mixed drink (3 parts vodka, 1 part triple sec, 1 part lime juice, & 1 part cranberry juice) they were mostly unable to differentiate between the brands. The suggestion was made to select the 'house' or inexpensive vodka next time one orders a vodka based drink.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 8:59:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 9:01:45 AM EDT by Aloxite]
It has to be Potato vodka for me. Grain vodka tastes like solvent to me.
My theory is that potatoes are pure starch, which when cooked turns to pure sugars.
I think the husks on the grain contribute other things (fussil oils) that cause hangovers.

Chopin -------------Polish, the best
Teton Glacier--------USA, Idaho
Monopolowa---------Polish
Luksusowa----------Polish, usually a great value, I think I misspelled it though

Also, you can tell potato vodka by how it coats the sides of the glass.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:51:26 AM EDT
Other than the one listed above... are there any US made potato Vodkas?

Though I drink it... I don't really consider it real Vodka if it is not potato Vodka... but I have not been able to find any "real" vodka.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:56:21 AM EDT
POPOV
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:59:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 10:00:27 AM EDT by Dusty_C]
DUSTY KNOWS HOOCH! And Dusty says its Grey Goose or FRIS. Depends on my mood.



One of these days I'll figure out wth is in the bottle with the cyrillic writing.
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