- Melanie Sep 15, 2006 02:53 AM
My room mate and I decided to get a bottle of Stoli Blueberry, as I had read some very good reviews about it on this board. Blech! It has such a fake, chemical taste to it. I cannot understand how anyone can like this stuff.
On a similar note, my best friend used to love Stoli Razz and sprite. I remember trying a sip of her drink once and, yuck, same thing; almost like caugh syrup.
on a dissimilar note, I had the opportunity to try a taste of the stoli strawberry and loved it! Drank it on the rocks.
What's the deal here? Is it just me?
I actually like Stoli Raz, it's pretty good with cranberry juice. I think Stoli generally does a good job of flavored vodkas though I don't go for them these days. In my younger days, I'd sip Stoli Vanil straight.
Infusing Vodka is so easy, there is no reason to buy the artificially flavored stuff.
I know that isn't what you asked about, but seriously, buy a bottle, cut up some fresh fruit, dump them in a jar for a few weeks, strain, and enjoy. I recommend pineapple. No, I highly recommend pineapple. Even if it's not your favorite flavor, it makes the best vodka infusion. Add a bit of lemon juice to keep it looking fresh. When you open it, plan a night in. It's hard to quit "sampling".
A few slices of lemon peel, without the white pith or juice, is a better addition to vodka. You will get the same "brightness" you are looking for with better shelf stability. While the high alcohol content will prevent spoilage of your fruit infusion, citrus juice tends to add a off-flavor after a bit of time.
bite your tongue! Stoli has always been my "go to". Absolut is okay in a pinch but no Smirnoff please. I recently tried the new one out of Minnesota called Prairie. It is corn based with a very interesting story behind it. Even though it's been out for over a year...I just started seeing it in our liquor stores up here (Canada) about 6 months ago or so. I presently have some cranberry stoli "cooking" and I have had great luck in the past with coffee flavors.
This is really far out but it makes a great deal of sense to me as I've seen wildly variable scores from Stoli tastings in various competitions.
According to Anthony Dias Blue in his book "The Complete Book of Spirits," he has this to say about Stoli:
"... Stoli has been made for more than 95 years using the waters of nearby Lake Baikal, one of the great natural wonders of the world. The water that comes from Lake Baikal is absolutely pure and has left scientists baffled for decades: There's no known reason for the lake's purity. Locals don't question why; they just know the water makes Stolichnaya superior... Today stolichnaya is produced at TEN DIFFERENT DISTILLERIES IN RUSSIA [my emphasis], so the quality of the product may vary slightly within the label itself."
Given that, I think that the water is very likely sourced from all over Russia. Buying Stoli, in my view, becomes sort of like buying a lottery ticket. If you're lucky, you get one with Lake Baikal water and it's the best stuff ever. If you're unlucky, you get water out of an old bomb crater from WWII outside of Moscow and it tastes poorly.
In any event, I wonder if blaming the infusion is not precisely the problem here.