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.
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.
So what did we think?
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.