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How would you describe the taste of Smirnoff?

I know it's not fine vodka, but it's on sale and I want it for making infused vodka.

So, vodka drinkers, how would you describe the taste of Smirnoff neat? Is it clean/mild enough to not overpower the fruit flavors?

I've only ever made vodka infusions with Stoli (got lucky and found that on sale), and really liked the results.

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  1. I don't mind smirnoff if it's in a mixed drink, but the stuff on its own is pretty vile, imo - it tastes like rubbing alcohol. If you are going to go through the trouble of infusing, I would go ahead and spend the extra couple of bucks and get a decent bottle of vodka.

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    1. re: Melanie

      I concur on the rubbing alcohol assessment. Even bought their top-shelf attempt once and thought the same thing.

    2. not sure if vile is fair ..I think it's described as being "hot".

      1. Smirnoff has won out over the super premium vodkas in several blind taste tests.

        1. In a blind tasting, I doubt whether an "expert" could distinguish between Stoly and Plotski. It's all in the marketing.

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          1. re: beevod

            Oh no, some of the really cheap stuff that comes in plastic gallon jugs tastes like nail polish remover. It's really only good for "Trash-Can Punch" , or "Jello Shots"!

            TT

          2. If you can get your hands on Iceburg vodka, I'd use that.

            DT