😝😝 What brand of vodka should you buy? My Vodka RANT.

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Dee Higginson says:

explain zerbovka?

Logan Milam says:

You want a truly bad vodka? Try Five O Clock.

The O says:

All I’m gonna do is buy the cheapest big bottle of vodka I can find!

Jones N Mann says:

Another really good video… As a sipper I am a fan of Effen and Hanger one because the carry some real flavors notes, dare I say sweetness but I agree.. if you are mixing..it is all the same.

Philthy Phil says:

For some reason i thought titos and smirnoff taste like crap. But i like stoli.

David Loomis says:

Burnett’s and Aristocrat are bad

Veniamin Porkhov says:

Have you try POLUGAR? MUST HAVE, MAN”!

Keith Larsen says:

I like Svedka. Just stay away from the stuff that burns too much.

Anakiana says:

There /is/ some kind of a difference between some vodkas, some (regardless of price) just have that frost-protection stench and taste with such intensity that it actually triggers a gag reflex for me (and I really don’t know why some have it, and some don’t).

Minnesota Guy says:

Whats the cheapest vodka in your opinion that doesn’t taste terrible straight. The cheapest Ive tried is svedka. Although it was flavored it wasnt bad. It didnt taste as good as the more expensive brands but maybe its the amount water or flavoring thats making the difference.

Disasterpiece5150 says:

Can you please make a video explaining what vodka with “Natural flavors” means? I can’t find any info on it. Seems to be in the cheaper vodkas.

racecar_spelled_backwards says:

Generally a good explanation as usual, but being a chemist I must disagree and split hairs with some points. Not all vodka is “grain neutral spirit.” While true that the majority of vodkas are from grain, many are from other sources such as potato (Grand Teton, Chopin), grape (Hangar One, Ciroc), corn (Tito’s, Buckeye) and even sugar (Old Fourth). I agree completely that once you are making a cocktail, brand quickly becomes irrelevant. If, however, you enjoy vodka neat brand and derivation are VERY important. The trace elements in the water and distilled product are much more pronounced and make the difference between an enjoyable spirit and something unpleasant. Based on my opinion, generalisations and tastings, corn vodka tends to have a much sweeter finish, while potato vodka is more earthy with faint hints of copper. The analogy I offer is like listening to soft music. If you try to listen to soft music in a large, noisy room, the task is nearly pointless. If you listen to that same music in a quiet intimate room, you can appreciate the subtleties of every note an nuance. The cocktail and mixes are like the loud room. There are too many more powerful flavours at play to notice the subtle differences. But the spirit alone and neat, you can taste the water and the origins of the vodka base. It depends on what you want out of your drink. If you drink to get drunk, go cheap and cheerful. If you drink to taste every subtle note of a spirit, experiment with different vodkas with different waters and different bases. To use another analogy, ultimately a transit bus or a Rolls Royce will take you to your destination. If you care more about the journey, treat yourself to riding in the Rolls. If all that matters is the destination, save yourself A LOT of money, and buy a bus ticket.

E S says:

Well, for one, all Vodkas are probably not created equally; for example, some Vodkas state on the label where the source of water and grains come from, if the source does not come from natural or arctic water and GMO free grains i wont drink it……….i like to get Alcohol poisoning with natural ingredients………thank you very much.

bigtoad45 says:

I don’t pay a lot of money for my vodka. I can get sobieski vodka here for $10.00 a bottle. Hard to beat.

solutionnotpuzzle says:

i’m not a huge fan of vodka, i am on dat tequila train again. But 60% water? guess i’ve never thought of it that way..

Dinesh says:

Amazing video Derrick. Quick question. You know how you say all vodkas are neutral grain spirits which I agree upon, but does that mean you can get any vodka and it’s pretty much all the same (meaning no real top shelf/bottom shelf). Also some vodka’s vary in their level of “smoothness”, is this a real thing?

Axel Bish says:

I like the cut-away shots but it’s kind of odd that it changes to black and white. it’s cool but I feel like I’m watching a b&w film haha

Welsh Toro says:

Awesome video and I totally agree. I must have about 150 bottles of spirit products in my collection (I drink them by the way) and that includes 1 bottle of vodka. When it’s empty I might get a different one but it will never cost more than £20.

FREIMUT Wodka says:

Neutral Grain Spirit is Neutral Grain Spirit – cheap alcohol for the effect.

But there are some interesting “field to bottle” vodkas out there, which are completely different – especially in terms of flavor. Did you ever tried vodkas like Xellent, Valt, Prince Edward Island, Chopin, Vestal, Chase, Death Door or FREIMUT Wodka from Germany? – I’m sure those would change the way you think about vodka. Would be great to see a blind tasting in the future.

Brett Wolmarans says:

Hi DS. I went to total wine in thousand oaks a few years ago probably about five years ago and the man himself was signing crystal head big heads yes Dan the Canadian actor was signing it and I forked over the cash and got a big decanter skull and some nice vodka but to your point it’s the best bottle of vodka I ever bought 😉

HardRockRock12345 says:

Well I gotta disagree with this. The cheapest vodka I tasted smelled like hand sanitiser and the taste was even more awful. Mixing it to something just ruined the mixer. Some cheap brands are alright. But not all vodka is the same.

MegaSkatez says:

Used to use brunettes. Tasted awful. Switched to svedka though it’s wonderful

Carcharoth the Red Maw says:

The best vodka I’ve ever had was Hammer @ Sickle. Have you had it?

jaymmira says:

eh, damn, I was with you till the water comment and now I’m questioning everything till that point. I used to think people were crazy to compare taste of waters but if you give me a blind test between spring water vs purified water, I’ll nail the difference 100% of the time. Yeah, after a 10 mile run and I have no options, I’ll gulp down some spring, but it will leave an aftertaste in my mouth. I’m not that great with vodkas yet but I do notice the varying amounts of burn

Colin A says:

Good video. A lot of people don’t seem to understand that vodka only exists to make other things alcoholic. I recently picked up a bunch of equipment/spirits to stock my first home bar, and I actually dropped some considerable money on a bottle of Grey Goose. It makes a really nice martini, but I’m definitely going cheaper for my next vodka.

aNightmaresRequiem says:

So, you’re saying I should buy that bottom shelf 5 O’clock Vodka for $7, over Greygoose or Absolut?

David Meier says:

In the USA Vodka is typically made from grain but it does not need to be grain. MGPI makes MOST of the big brand vodka in the USA. Funny story….my girlfriend comes home with SKINNY GIRL vodka….pays like $35 for a 750 ml bottle. I tell her “Sweetie I can make you skinny girl for about $8 a bottle…..just take vodka and go from 80 proof to 60 by adding water! Damn brilliant marketing and stupid people paying for it!

Joel Weidenfeld says:

only To a point , REALLY cheap vodka, especially if in plastic will put you in the hospital,,, they will call it alcohol poisoning but its NOT as even amounts well under what that would be will do it..

Anthony Sforza says:

That weird moment when discussing which vodka to buy and no mention at all for Pravda. Sure, the bottle is “Pretty” but the vodka rather speaks for itself as well. As far as the lower priced ones, don’t get me wrong, Svedka is pretty nice in a pinch, or Stoli… though Smirnoff I’ll pass on. Even in a glass without knowing it’s Smirnoff, I find it somewhat unpleasant.

dominik13579 says:

so you really can’t tell the difference between say Absolut and Grey Goose??
( not saying Grey Goose is worth the money but for you saying it’s all the same is just ridiculous…)

forrest225 says:

heaven hill. 1.75l for about 12 bucks. taste is very slightly sweet. totally fine for a straight shot, great in cocktails. Looks the same as crystal head when its in the same bottle too 😉

wizard3z castor says:

do like i have done to impress pple buy a large funky bottle make a qck label find a nice spring/minerial water add some zhenka (100 proof) or any high proof cause you are going to dilute it and wow you have a great hard to find really expensive imported vodka lol

Smoky Bear says:

You couldn’t be more wrong. Take a shot of Jean Marc XO and then take a shot of Pinnical or Barretts and tell me there isn’t a difference.

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