The Vodka Diaries

That one grabbed your attention, huh?


I like vodka.

It’s my spirit of choice, really – always has been, probably always will be. Tequila and I don’t really get along, and rum, well…. rum and I don’t always make the best choices. Whiskey makes me gag, and while I like gin with cranberry, I’m not sure I can handle it straight. Vodka, on the other hand….vodka and I are friends.

In my twenties, when I was poor, I thought Svedka and Skyy were top of the line vodkas. Grey Goose wasn’t even on my radar, because, psh, who could afford a $40 bottle of vodka? And then I got old, got my finances in order, and started budgeting for vodka…and low and behold, I realized I was buying mediocre vodka at best.

Truthfully, I’d not really had Grey Goose in any significant amount until we went to Mexico last year, where it was free (ish – I mean, we’d paid for the trip). I still haven’t actually tried Ketel One or Ciroc – both are on my list – and while I realize that life is too short to drink shit vodka, I’m also wise enough to realize that I drink too much of it to really make Grey Goose a habit.

Go ahead, judge me.

Enter….the Vodka Diaries.

Not too long ago, thanks to a trip to Total Wine, we might have had, oh, seven different kinds of vodka in the house. Sounds like a tasting party to me.

Vodka taste test

The contenders: (all prices are from the Total Wine website)

Summum: Our standby, which is a little bit of a hassle since we can’t buy it in Tennessee. It’s from the same region as Grey Goose. A wheat vodka, from France. $27.99/1.75l

Russian Standard: If we can’t get Summum, we’ll buy Russian Standard. A wheat vodka, from Russia. $17.99/750ml

Vixen: Founded by women. A corn vodka, from Georgia. $19.99/750ml

Ivanabitch: I picked this up based soley on the bottle. A wheat vodka, from Russia. $10.99/750ml

Jonathan Drake: Well regarded vodka. A wheat vodka, from the US. $12.99/750ml

Veil: A wheat vodka, from the US. $10.99/750ml

Veil Coconut: This probably shouldn’t have been in there, since it’s flavored. Oh well. A wheat vodka, from the US. $11.99/750ml

Of course, we needed a scale to rate them on.

vodka scale

So what did we think?

vodka rankings

Sigh. This is what happens when you’re too lazy to run spell check on your hastily thrown together Word chart.

And the winner? Definitely Summum, with Vixen a close runner up. Though to be honest, the more of them I drink, the more I prefer Vixen. What can I say…I’m a sucker for good marketing.

In case you’re wondering, yes, this was a fun night.

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