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Best Premium Imported Vodka - 2010

Due mostly to the explosion of cocktail mixology, the popularity of vodka is stronger than ever. Since our last tasting, even more brands were introduced in the US, where almost 300 vodka brands are available to consumers. The "new" vodkas are complex, mysterious and sexy.

To keep up with the new contenders, TheFiftyBest.com held a private tasting at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC. Thirty-two people tasted 23 premium vodkas, all imports, all 80 proof, and all without flavors. The tasters included wine and spirits journalists, bar owners and bartenders, mingled among a number of vodka aficionados. Several had also participated in our previous vodka tasting.

 

The Great Vodka Tasting of 2010

 

Method: The products were served "blindly" to the tasters, completely unaware of the brand being tasted. The order of service was randomly selected through a lottery system. Each of the vodkas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served slightly above room temperature, one brand at a time. Tasters wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. Everyone was given the opportunity and option of a retest, if needed. Ice water on the side and unflavored breadsticks were provided to cleanse the palate. There were resting periods between the first two flights of 9 vodkas each, with light food served during the breaks. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. The totals were added up, with the winners determined from 1 to 25, based on the scores received. The tasting notes that follow the rankings are a summary of the results, and all replicate commentary has been eliminated while contrasting opinions have been summarized. Ties are listed in alphabetical order. Prices quoted are for 750ml sizes. Prices will vary by state. Country of origin is given, with a few tidbits added for each brand.

History: The word, vodka, is a derivation of the Russian word for "little water." Vodka came to be a huge part of the Russian culture, as it was being distilled even before the word vodka came into general use. Polish historians claim that vodka was first produced in 1405, and history coupled with rumor state that it reached Russia from Poland. Back then it was consumed and produced primarily by Eastern European peasants as a way to combat the cold and to help relieve life's hardships. Prior to the 1950’s, vodka was rarely consumed outside of the USSR. Vodka is now the dominant white spirits category, accounting for a quarter of worldwide spirits sales. Three billion liters are sold each year.


Today: Serious vodka drinkers are now interested not only in the product’s legacy (origin, history, distillery), but also its pedigree (water source and ingredients). A common property of vodkas produced in the USA and Europe is the extensive use of filtration prior to any additional processing, such as the addition of flavorings. Filtering is sometimes done in the still during distillation, as well as afterwards, when the distilled vodka is filtered through charcoal and other media. The U.S. government officially describes vodka as "a neutral spirit, so distilled, or so treated after distillation with charcoal and other materials as to be without distinctive character, aroma, taste or color." However, this is not the case in the traditional vodka producing nations; so many distillers from these countries prefer to use very accurate distillation but minimal filtering thus preserving the unique flavors and characteristics of their products. The governmental definition was correct on one point however – unflavored vodka does not have any color. This tasting proved vodka’s range of aroma, texture and flavor.


The Art of Tasting Vodka: While many prefer to drink their vodka ice cold, it is best, for tasting purposes, to consume it at room temperature. Cold tends to dampen the aroma and deaden the taste buds. Look at the liquid; it should be clear and bright, absent any cloudiness. Second - smell or "nose" the vodka by swirling it in the glass. Watch out for sharp, pungent odors or a perfumed smell. Third - take a small sip and roll it around your tongue. Look for a pleasant flavor and, yes, it varies from person to person. Fourth - draw a little air over the vodka to release its flavors, then swallow it and evaluate the finish. Fifth - pure vodka should feel smooth on the tongue...with no "bite," and be pleasant but not overpowering, nor have an off-aroma or flavor and little aftertaste. You're ready!!!

 

THE TASTING Anyone who still believes that vodka is an odorless, tasteless clear spirit, isn’t into ultra-premium vodkas. Vodka lovers can distinguish the complexity and subtlety of a good vodka. Once again, this tasting dispelled some popular myths about vodka. We discovered that although the source of the vodka (potato, wheat, rye, corn, grapes) does affect the final product somewhat, the notion of multiple distillation or multiple filtration is mostly hype. The process of distillation is a continuous one, recirculating the solution until all the alcohol is vaporized out. Vodka is the easiest and cheapest spirit to produce (with high profit potential). There are no oak barrels or long aging process. Aging vodka doesn’t improve the flavor, and distillation is limited to only a day or so.

These are all great vodkas, indicative of the close scoring overall.
Here are the final results:

 

1. Two-Way Tie-

 

Absolut AbsolutFive stars - (Sweden)- $22 - Wheat based-
Smooth, assertive, light, floral, caramel, vanilla, cream, white peppercorn, honey, butter.
FinlandiaFive stars - (Finland)- $22– Six-row barley based- glacier spring water. Smooth, lightly floral, spicy, sweet, medium-body, approachable, complex, nutty, nice, clean finish. Finlandia

 

 

2. ReykaFive stars - (Iceland)- $28- Wheat based- glacial water filtered through lava rocks. Smooth, clean, assertive, anise, nutty, spicy, peppers, potato skin, rich, silky, dry, medium body, strong taste, nice, long finish.

 

3. CirocFour stars - (France)- $32- Grapes based- 5 times distilled. Nice nose, lemon, lime, citrus, almond, fruity, nutty, pepper, lemon lollipop, crisp, intense, light, pleasant, spicy, long finish.

 

4. FrisFour stars - (Denmark)- $24– Wheat based, spring water- freeze distilled 6 times. Smooth, delicate, silky, light, subtle, rich, vanilla, almond, spicy, grain, cream, peppery, anise, tart, hot, approachable, balanced, medium-full bodied, cheers.

5. Two-Way Tie - BelvedereFour stars - (Poland)- $35– Gold rye based, artesian well water- 4 distillations. Smooth, clean, light, balanced, anise, pepper, white pepper, grain, intense, vanilla, full bodied, long, silky finish.
EffenFour stars - (The Netherlands)- $33- Grain based- filtered through peat, not charcoal. Spicy start, mossy, dry, mineral, sweet, complex, intense, very alcoholic, approachable, crisp, medium-full body, smooth finish.

6. PearlFour stars - (Canada)- $20– Winter wheat based, Canadian Rocky Mountain water- 5 times distilled, filtered 6 times. Rich, smooth, lively, anise, buttery, citrus, white peppercorn, intense, earthy, harsh, mineral, oily, sweet, icy finish.

7. UltimatFour stars - (Poland)- $45– Wheat, Rye and Potato based, artesian well water- 6 times distilled. Creamy, smooth, silky, rich, subtle, sweet, light, pastry dough, nutty, wet stone, anise, peppercorn, citrus, oily, viscous, pleasant, approachable, hot, long finish.

8. AkvintaFour stars - (Croatia/Mediterranean)- $40– Wheat based- Quintuple filtration (Birch charcoal, marble, silver, gold, platinum), mountain spring water. Lively, dry, smooth, balanced, sweet, citrus, peppery, assertive, dusty, wet stone, grassy, good for cocktails, long, oily finish.

9. Four-Way Tie - Grey GooseThree stars - (France)- $30- French winter wheat based, spring water purified through champagne limestone - Balanced, smooth, delicate, vibrant, assertive, earthy, cream, minty, floral, harsh, mineral, mossy, oily, medium bodied.
IcebergThree stars - (Canada)- $20– Sweet corn based. Vibrant, light, smooth, floral, rose, sugary, pepper, mineral, wet stone, sweet, citrus, grapey, acidic, oily, great.
SobieskiThree stars - (Poland)- $12- Rye based, spring water- 8 times distilled. Subtle, smooth, clean, delicate, almond oil, vanilla, peppery, sweet, anise, mineral, metallic, medium bodied, hot, spicy finish.
SvedkaThree stars - (Sweden)- $16– Winter wheat based, spring water- 5 distillations. Light, clean, soft, very fine, perky, smooth, crisp, feminine, grain, vanilla, spicy, dusty, peppery, sweet, berries, nutty, peppers, medium bodied, hot finish.

10. Three-Way Tie- 42 BelowThree stars - (New Zealand)- $22– Wheat based, spring water - 4 distillations. Only Southern hemisphere vodka tasted. Rich, fruity, grain, smooth, clean, lively, serious heat, floral, mint leaf, oily, nice finish.
Jewel of RussiaThree stars - (Russia)- 1L $38- Wheat & rye based- Quadruple distilled, 5 step filtration- Vibrant, clean, crisp, intense, mineral, bread, almond, grain, light heat, bitter finish.
White DiamondThree stars - (Latvia)- $13– Rye and wheat based, artesian well water- 5 times distilled, 14-step “mountain crystals” filtration. Smooth, approachable, mellow, pleasantly spicy, floral, grassy, oily, mossy, fruity finish, good for mixing.

11. Three-Way Tie- Ketel OneThree stars - (The Netherlands)- $26– Wheat based. Assertive, silky, rich, smooth, sweet, creamy start, spicy, vanilla, minty, harsh, mineral, flat, short hot finish.
OrzelThree stars - (Poland)- $46– Grain based- 6 times distilled, quartz filtered. Sharp, mineral, sweet, subtle, smooth, mossy, grassy, peppery, hot spice, powdered sugar, lively.
U’LuvkaThree stars - (Poland)- $57– Rye, barley and wheat based- 3 times distilled. Creamy, approachable, smooth, grassy, potato skin, earthy, fruit, dusty, sour, spicy, mossy, unique taste, off-dry, nice pleasant finish.

12. Two-Way Tie - LuksusowaThree stars - (Poland)- $17– Potato based, artesian well water - distilled 3 times. Light, peppery, dry, chili, anise, vanilla, smooth, clean, crisp, some sweetness, mineral, charcoal, seamless, sharp, very spicy, currants.
StolichnayaThree stars - (Russia)- $24– Wheat & Rye based, glacial water- double distillation. Mineral-like, smooth, complex, pleasant, spicy, citrus, intense, clean, metallic, slightly bitter, lemon lollipop, iodine, pungent, oily, harsh medium-long finish.


13. VoxTwo stars - (The Netherlands)- $28- Wheat based- 5 times distilled. Grain, clean, powdered sugar, cream, silky, mossy, spicy, harsh, oily, dry, balanced.

 

14. ChopinTwo stars - (Poland)- $32- Potato based- distilled 4 times. Oily, anise, very sweet, mineral, peppery, grain, chocolate, harsh, spicy, rough, full-bodied, hot finish.

 

 

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Comments and Suggestions:

 
Fri. March 2, 2012 1:13 PM - by: samuel Douglas
Am surprise that you all aint mentioning Belvedere Vodka, its fantastic, very smooth with great taste. Works perfectly with falvour, its macerated flavour are superior
 
 
Thu. February 16, 2012 5:47 AM - by: Kim
Need to add Quay (France) and Czarskaya (Russia) to your tasting - far better / smoother than the above winners.
 
 
Fri. January 20, 2012 7:06 PM - by: Eddie Dickerson
What about The Russian Vodka Ruskova Its 6 times disstilled and retais for $17.50 a fifth very smooth straight or mixed its a working mans imported Vodka
 
 
Wed. January 18, 2012 12:32 PM - by: TP
I am a Finn and I have tasted finnish,swedish,polish,estonian and russian vodkas.My opinion is that real vodka is made in russia!Absolut and Finlandia are drinkable but not russian vodkas. Try Russian Standard Platinum for example if you want to taste really good russian vodka.
 
 
Sat. December 24, 2011 4:03 PM - by: TheWindrunner
I've had 'Rain' vodka a long time, and although not a vodka drinker, found it to be excellent. Smooth beyond belief. Haven't seen it for a least a decade.
 
 
Fri. December 23, 2011 12:27 PM - by: Reddley
I agree with the gentleman about Absolute being #1 and you can throw this list out. I have been drinking Finlandia for the past 30 years and with all the new vodkas on the market, I still stay that has one of the smoothest tastes with just enough kick at the very end to to satisfy you for another 15-20 seconds. My List: Finlandia, Double Cross (just wicked pricey), Belvedere, Chopin, 42 Below, Tito's, Kettle One, Reyka Drink well my friends.
 
 
Mon. December 19, 2011 1:29 PM - by: Brad
The fact that Absolut is considered the top premium and imported vodka makes this page null and void. Failure of EPIC proportion!
 
 
Mon. December 19, 2011 12:08 AM - by: CASHTECH
Have you guys heard of tito's vodka, Austin texas. Hands down the smoothest vodka i have ever had! My buddy in marketing for Stoli hates it when i rant about it but hey its all i drink anymore and with a double gold medal at the world spirits comp i'm suprised its not on the list. possibly because its domesic it may have been overlooked.
 
 
Fri. December 9, 2011 2:30 PM - by: GREG DAVIS
HAVE YOU TRYED RAIN VODKA
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 2:06 PM - by: Jim
I'm abit confused why not Belluga Gold Line, Stolichnaya Elit nor Russian Standard Imperial diden't make the list. feel free to comment how you think these three compare, Belluga Gold Line in perticular, haven't had the oppertunity to try it out yet.
 
 
Tue. December 6, 2011 11:16 AM - by: April
What about PURUS Organic Italian Wheat Vodka? Definitely should be on this list - super smooth with a nice sweetness.
 
 
Mon. December 5, 2011 10:42 AM - by: Dante
I totally agree with some of the other comments. I mean with all due respect “Absolut” is the #1?????? Really???? Absolut maybe a top 15 maybe at best top 10 but not #1. I think most of the list got mixed up or reversed by mistake. Stoli Elite, Fris, Ketel One, Double Cross Luxury ,Sobieski, Crioc, and Belvedere are way above Absolut. I’ve seen a few of you had mentioned others as well that should be higher. I think it’s because they are not all as accessible as most on this list. But all in all at least there was a list made for those looking for answers and other bands. Drink well my friends….
 
 
Tue. November 15, 2011 3:47 PM - by: Chopin Fan
The fact that Chopin ranked last (14th) means that the average person is a retard. Chopin should definitely be in the top 3.
 
 
Wed. September 28, 2011 6:39 AM - by: Don
KAUFFMAN
 
 
Wed. September 28, 2011 6:37 AM - by: JOHN
1 word BELUGA
 
 
Fri. September 23, 2011 8:03 AM - by: Mrs. Walters
I live in Napa Valley, do love the wines but I've always enjoyed vodka in moderation. I find that martini's however remove what I like about vodka and recently decided to order vodka straight even tho it's not how I was raised as a woman I mean, it seems unlady like to order vodka straight but I really appreciate the intense flavor and I can never handle more than one drink as I get smashed however, it makes me feel good! My question is what is the proper etiquette when ordering and receiving a vodka straight? Should I just say, "Vodka Straight, Absolute?" or "Vodka up...?" Also, is it usually served in a martini glass or a shot glass? I prefer a martini glass and even an olive or 2 as this looks more feminine than a shot glass. Anyway, I'd like to know more about this because I'm really disappointed with martini's and just realized I'm different than my martini loving family & friends and...it's okay, I'm not going to be disappointed any longer or pay for $15 martini's when I can love it up.
 
 
Wed. September 14, 2011 2:23 PM - by: Benjamin
I prefer my vodka on the rocks with a lime wedge. Here is what I have found: My hands down #1 pick is a top shelf Absolut called Level. I find regular Absolut undrinkable. #2 is actually Chopin which scored surprisingly low on this list. I think the room temperature serving is what skewed this list, to be honest. Grey goose, Ketel One, Belvedere, are all equivalent in my eyes. They are better than bottom shelf garbage like any of the ones that come in 50 flavors. I really hope my input helps someone out. Just take a chance and pour a glass of Level on the rocks and take a sip. You will see what I am talking about.
 
 
Sun. September 11, 2011 10:31 AM - by: Graham
In my experience, Absolut is only fit for cocktails as it has a bitter aftertaste and Grey Goose is dull and boring, so again fine for cocktails but not for straight consumption. In my experience, Stolichnaya wipes the floor with the others, although I am very partial to a shot of Zytnia.
 
 
Wed. August 24, 2011 1:01 AM - by: vaibhav mhatre
nice infomation thks i get more knowledge from this
 
 
Sat. August 20, 2011 10:16 PM - by: Mauri FL
Had a few shots of "Belaya Rus" the other day, great smooth taste, decent price although not available in NY yet
 
 
Sat. August 6, 2011 12:22 AM - by: Alan Gagne
Only one Vodka on here I would agree is a supreme Vodka " Luksusowa " The Other I consider one of the best is " Wyborowa Single Estate - Vodka " Surprisingly enough was the Canadian Vodka " Iceberg " is awesome as well. Each person has there preference. May you all drink responsible and enjoy what ever you drink. Enjoy Life Have The Best Then Have More. The Best Is What You Enjoy Not Necessarily What Everyone Else Does. A.R.G. 2011
 
 
Tue. August 2, 2011 10:18 AM - by: diego
try scandinavia vodka, not bad for me
 
 
Mon. June 20, 2011 12:41 AM - by: Mike Pilnik
Absolute is a good vodka but the best of the best are midpriced Russian domestic brands. 'Marusia', 'Belaya beriozka','Jewish standard' are absolute best to me. Lowend 'Putinka', 'Kedrovitsa', 'Juravly' priced at $5-7 are better than most on your list as well.
 
 
Thu. May 12, 2011 5:09 PM - by: marcus
the best i ever tryed is wodka wanessa, austrian vodka made from spelt and alpine spring water. http://www.wodkawanessa.com
 
 
Thu. May 12, 2011 8:31 AM - by: Dr. CK Walker
Seems very commercial .. voting Absolut as best import? Really ! There are amazing Russian vodkas that blow Absolute away... Guess maybe a pay to play ? Out west here, we Drink"Dry Fly" Vodka, San Fran Dbl Gold... best of the best!
 
 
Mon. May 9, 2011 6:22 AM - by: cj
Where is SAKIRI on this listing? Absolute is the best?? no way!! SAKIRI and chopin are the best ones!! tr y and compare!
 
 
Mon. March 21, 2011 9:29 AM - by: Jack
You must give Exclusiv Vodka at try! Go to www.exclusiv-vodka.com
 
 
Sat. March 12, 2011 8:20 PM - by: Angel7911
Take a few minutes and give Level a try. Moderately priced but it is a great vodka. I will have to try sipping it at room temp to full enjoy the flavors. I drink tequila the same way.
 
 
Fri. February 11, 2011 4:46 AM - by: Ksenia
The best ultra premium vodka was not tested! Pity(( Please, try BELUGA nex time!)) www.beluga.ru
 
 
Mon. February 7, 2011 7:22 PM - by: F. Wrzos
Hard to believe than anyone other than a bartender in a neighborhood bar would rate Absolute and Finlandia as five star. Having lived in Eastern Europe for half of my 62 years, the best vodkas available domestically, in my opinion, are Chopin, Belvidere, Luksusowa, and Ultimat, none of which are wheat-based and all of which are extremely pure without the bite of distilled wheat.
 
 
Mon. February 7, 2011 2:54 PM - by: Jerry
Where is Puriste in this list?
 
 
Sat. February 5, 2011 11:09 PM - by: Bill
What about Potters?
 
 
Thu. February 3, 2011 10:52 AM - by: sayan
what about kauffman inaugration. Someone plz suggest!!!!
 
 
Thu. January 27, 2011 5:00 PM - by: johnny cash
american vodka sucks, that is why its not on the list
 
 
Tue. January 25, 2011 5:23 PM - by: Aaron F.
You need to add Boru vodka to this year's mix I have found that to be an amazing vodka.
 
 
Tue. January 18, 2011 10:52 PM - by: Allen
Crystal Head Vodka is the purest spirit on the planet. This fantastic libation must be included in the 2011 50 best.
 
 
Fri. January 7, 2011 7:22 AM - by: rasiel
Many persons can tell that his vodka is the best:) :) :) but they do not looked a ultra-premium vodka Russkiy Shick, unique bottle, with label made from non-ferrous metals by master hand, vodka have a very smooth taste. Russkiy Shick is the true best vodka
 
 
Mon. January 3, 2011 3:48 PM - by: John B.
Reading the comments since my first comment in May, many people are asking about AMERICAN brands. Please stack up the American vodkas like Tito's, Hangar 1, Twenty 2, Cold River, and Dry Fly against the imports.
 
 
Wed. December 29, 2010 11:11 PM - by: Bob
Hmmm...what about Tito's?
 
 
Wed. December 8, 2010 3:08 PM - by: Emily Mitchell
The smoothest vodka I have ever had is Perfect Vodka! You need to taste it!
 
 
Tue. November 23, 2010 7:10 PM - by: Chester P. Soliz
New York Bootleg Vodka, "The Spirit of the Corn". It is quite unfortunate that domestic spirits were not considered in this 50 Best survey. Last evening at the Brandy Library in Tribeca, NY, I had the privilege of sampling the winners from The New York International Spirits Competition which judged the best in the world from 187 submissions in all spirits categories awarding gold, silver and bronze. The winner in the vodka category is an unsung hero and throwback to a Prohibtion era where white spirits hardly ruled outside of the corn whiskey fueled hollows and hills of Kentucky & Tennessee. Today the world has become if anything vodka-centric with offerings of the quintessential neutral spirit from all parts of the globe. However it is now no longer necessary to look to Mother Russia or our European bretheren for our vodka fix. We need look no further than the NorthFork of Long Island, NY to answer that prayer. John F. K. Walsh and his partner Brian Facquet have created a corn spirit so polished and refined in charcacter it is sublimely mystifying and delicious. Packaged in an iconically simple rectangular bottle, it only hints at the truly great spirit housed within. Whether served at room tempearture or chilled perfectly to the bone this vodka delivers on all levels of expectation and beyond with a taste of pure beauty and wonderment. The only thing that one can ask of these artisan distillers is simply more & more. Bravo! Thank you!...Chester P. Soliz, Grazing Bull Worldwide
 
 
Sat. November 20, 2010 4:19 PM - by: Ley
The best I ever tried was Perfect 1864! Very very smooth!
 
 
Fri. November 19, 2010 12:38 PM - by: Steven
NAPA VODKA makes everything else I've ever tasting seem bland and boring. It is the most unique vodka and by far the best I have come across. Sorry Russia...I know you invented the stuff, but this one from California has set the bar much higher.
 
 
Sun. November 7, 2010 8:09 AM - by: Dave
Funny, this list seems backwards to me, Chopis is widely considered the best in the world and Absolute is mainstream crap. The only thing I agree with on this review is Finladia which is a mighty fine vodka.
 
 
Fri. November 5, 2010 3:09 PM - by: jasno
Ciroc? Seriously? That was the most vile vodka I've ever tasted. This has to be a joke. I love Tito's, although I got a bottle a while back that had a distinct rubbing alcohol odor.
 
 
Sat. October 23, 2010 11:48 PM - by: Leo
Kaufmann (Russia) is by far the best. Also Kedrovitsa and Marusia both low-end domestic Russian brands are better than Absolut and most other on list. BTW, being a Russian resident already for 4 years I've never seen any Rus or Jewel of Russia.
 
 
Tue. October 12, 2010 8:48 PM - by: Chester P. Soliz
Double Cross Luxury Vodka from Slovakia should have been added to your top tier. This is a premium ultra smooth vodka made from winter wheat, seven times distilled and seven times filtered, a true gem in the neutral spirits category. With the most beautifully extraordinary packaging in the industry.
 
 
Mon. October 4, 2010 5:39 PM - by: vladimir putin
Twenty-five per cent of purported "imported" vodkas sold in the United States are counterfeit. The figure is substantially higher for purported Russian vodkas--close to 50%.
 
 
Fri. September 17, 2010 2:05 PM - by: Sara
While dining and drinking in Southern California, I was recently turned onto Krome Vodka. It was significantly smooth, creamy and clean. Hard to find in Northern California though. It's like a Southern California secret!
 
 
Tue. September 14, 2010 9:46 AM - by: Peter Brongers
2 years ago we did a vodka blind tasting in Shanghai with around 40 friends from the F&B business. We tasted 30 vodka's. The absolute winner by a distance was Russian Standard leaving all others in scoring points behind, I am very surprised not to see it on the list. Maybe B.Grant also means Russian Standard with St. Petersburg (it comes from there)
 
 
Fri. September 10, 2010 9:39 AM - by: john johnson
awesome
 
 
Sun. September 5, 2010 1:37 PM - by: Boombatty
I thought this was 50 Best? I count 25 (as stated in the top few paragraph, still seems like there needs to be an updated list). Anyway, I am a Tito's Vodka man myself, great stuff.
 
 
Thu. September 2, 2010 5:31 AM - by: Simbo, Antigua and Barbuda
Whilse I haven't tasted many premium vodka's, it should be noted that Vodka, as stated above, is subject to a person's taste. Stoli, as an everyday vodka is my choice. Stoli Elite, the best premium vodka. I'll keep on trying.
 
 
Sun. July 25, 2010 5:38 AM - by: Paul
American made Fleischmann's vodka is by far the best tasting, best value. Don't let the plastic bottle fool you. Take the blind taste test yourself.
 
 
Sat. July 17, 2010 8:43 PM - by: Michael
Used to drink Absolute, refuse to for political reasons! However, for the price, Finlandia is surprisingly a good vodka. I was out one night and had a Stoli's Elite on the rocks and it was the smoothest i'd had. There may be smoother, but, i liked it. Another that I found to smooth and had a great flavor was Christinia.
 
 
Fri. July 16, 2010 9:17 AM - by: Angela
45th Parallel Vodka from New Richmond, WI the very best!!!!!!
 
 
Wed. June 30, 2010 6:01 AM - by: Kim
Is this a joke? Absolut on the first place??? Great vodka's like 42 Below, Ketel 1 and U'luvka are higher quality. For premium vodka I sugest Czars Gold(Russia) and for a good mixer(price/quality) you have to try Tovaritch!(Russia)
 
 
Thu. June 24, 2010 1:45 AM - by: B. Grant
How could you not include St.Petersburg Russian Vodka in this group. It's fantastic! You gotta consider it next time around. B.Grant - Marina Del Rey, CA
 
 
Fri. June 4, 2010 3:33 AM - by: Niugini 2010
Absolut and Finlandia are great for a binge! Svedka's not bad as well XD
 
 
Tue. May 25, 2010 10:39 PM - by: Jean-Marc XO vodka
Made in the Cognac region of France this vodka is no doubt without peers. Smooth as a baby's behind and with a finish like a Bentley, you can't go wrong with this one. Even at $60US a bottle. Magnifique!!
 
 
Sun. May 2, 2010 7:34 AM - by: johnny b
Why not include non-imported (American-made) vodka? And I'm glad that grey goose is right on the same level with Sobieski ($12).
 
 
Sat. May 1, 2010 12:36 PM - by: Charles
Ciroc is dangerously smooth, can sneak up on the novice. Great with any flavor added to it; you can hardly tell it's a liquor when you flavor it. Love it!
 
 
Fri. April 23, 2010 9:02 AM - by: Rachael
Stoli Elite is be for the best vodka out there. It actually taste like nothing. Too bad it hasn't made the list. People are missing out.
 
 
Tue. April 13, 2010 1:11 PM - by: Don
I agree, Absolut is the best! And Fris Vodka is by far the best value vodka in the world.
 
 
Wed. March 31, 2010 10:12 AM - by: Diane
Interesting. Who knew all those flavor notes could be detected in a Vodka!
 
 
Sat. March 27, 2010 8:05 PM - by: marcia sherrill
Very surprising results-didn't even know about RUS
 
 


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