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Tried Grey Goose Pear Vodka?

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ExercisetoEat Mar 16, 2007 02:31 PM

Has anyone tried the new Grey Goose pear flavored vodka? I saw an advertisement for it in this month's Gourmet and am curious.

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  1. gina RE: ExercisetoEat Mar 17, 2007 12:44 AM

    Pear must be the vodka flavor du jour...I haven't seen the Grey Goose version, but I did try Absolut Pear recently. It was OK. My favorite flavored vodkas are still Danska Grapefruit and Stoli Blueberi (sp.? on both), in that order.

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      zin1953 RE: ExercisetoEat Mar 17, 2007 12:09 PM

      I don't get it, personally. I'd rather drink poire eaux-de-vie.

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        gina RE: zin1953 Mar 18, 2007 02:40 AM

        Is that the stuff with the pickled pear in it? If so, I tried it once--ouch.

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          JMF RE: gina Mar 19, 2007 06:25 AM

          There are several Poire Williams with the pear grown in the bottle. Some are cheap and awful, some are truly excellent.

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            zin1953 RE: gina Mar 19, 2007 03:53 PM

            One of the most common pear-in-the-bottle eaux-de-vie is Korte Palinka from Hungary, and it is rather poor.

            But don't throw the brandy out with the pear. Try a REAL Poire eau-de-vie from producers such as Etter or Morand (Switzerland), Massenez or Trimbach (Alsace, France), St. George or Clear Creek (USA). There are many other worthwhile producers, too, but you should be able to find these rather easily -- especially in a top-quality restaurant. Serve chilled after dinner.

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          mojoeater RE: ExercisetoEat Mar 18, 2007 06:26 PM

          Pear is such a mild flavor. I had a pear martini with Absolut Pear and real pear juice. Could have been sugar water.

          1. therealbigtasty RE: ExercisetoEat Mar 19, 2007 02:35 AM

            Yeah, don't get caught in the wave of flavored vodkas...make your own infusions. It's cheaper and better.

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              JMF RE: therealbigtasty Mar 19, 2007 06:30 AM

              I agree about making your own. Some of the commercial flavored vodkas are really good. Most are not.

              I just started getting in samples of flavored spirits to review and out of the nine here on my sample table only one is good, but that one is very good. (Tahitian Vanilla vodka made by North Shore Distillery. The same folks who make the small batch Distillers Gin No. 6. I don't know if it is on the market yet since this was a pre-bottling sample.)

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                jonathon RE: therealbigtasty Mar 19, 2007 02:02 PM

                It's called fill the pipeline..............expand the base product to all flavors to appeal to as many people as possible..........The ol' "throw it against the wall and see what sticks" philosophy.............

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                  Bobfrmia RE: therealbigtasty Aug 25, 2008 04:55 PM

                  I made a pear infusion. Pears are so mild, it got lost when mixed. I used about the same amount of pear that I do Pineapple, which is always incredible, but the pear is going to need more.
                  Of course, on the rocks worked just fine.

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                  ultramagnetic RE: ExercisetoEat Mar 20, 2007 03:05 PM

                  Really no detectable pear flavor and very faint pear aroma. I generally don't like flavored vodkas because they take vodka, which should be clean and inoffensive, and make it taste dirty. This one is no exception.

                  1. lupaglupa RE: ExercisetoEat Mar 26, 2007 06:10 AM

                    Try it on the rocks with orange bitters - not bad. It has a real scent - more than it has taste.

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                      amcgorry RE: ExercisetoEat Mar 26, 2007 07:52 AM

                      i had it last weekend, it was awesome...
                      sliced up a few pears, put the vodka on the rocks and threw the fruit in... it was VERY good... the best was eating the vodka pears at the bottom!

                      1. Sheena RE: ExercisetoEat Oct 2, 2007 03:31 PM

                        The Grey Goose Pear Vodka is Ecxellent!

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                          zin1953 RE: Sheena Oct 3, 2007 05:19 PM

                          I'm sure it is; I just don't get it. Why not drink Poire?

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                          trojandude RE: ExercisetoEat Oct 4, 2007 01:42 AM

                          Ignore for a moment that grey goose is completely over blown and all that $ is marketing...

                          The initial pear taste is nice. Present without being overpowering - good flavor. However, the aftertaste is really artificial and that ruins it.

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                            johnyaction RE: trojandude Oct 6, 2007 02:53 PM

                            First of all everyone has to recognize that comparing a "pear flavored" vodka to poire eaux de vie is like comparing apples to oranges. The poire "brandies" are grape based spirits with the infusion of pear. On the other hand, most of the "flavored" vodkas are neutral grain spirits with added pear-flavored additives. It's reasonable to compare pear-flavored vodkas but that is the only true comparison that should be made.

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                              zin1953 RE: johnyaction Mar 1, 2008 03:06 PM

                              No, no, no!!!

                              What you are describing ("The poire "brandies" are grape based spirits with the infusion of pear") is not an eau-de-vie at all. These are brandies MADE from pear. Period. Rather than crushing grapes, it's the pears that are crushed, fermented and distilled into brandy. There is no grape-based spirit in a true eau-de-vie at all, be it poire, kirsch, fraise, frambois, mirabell, etc., etc., etc.

                              Things like Blackberry Flavored Brandy are grape brandies with blackberry (or other flavoring) added. But an eau-de-vie is true, pure fruit.

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                            SamuelAt RE: ExercisetoEat Feb 28, 2008 04:09 PM

                            I have not tried the Grey Goose Pear. I actually walked into my liquor store intending to get it, and saw Absolut Pear and bought it. it has a wonderful pear flavor. In fact, like the Mandarin Orange flavor, you can sip it on the rocks and it tastes like a subtly mixed drink. Not sweet - - but fragrant. Delicious. I am thinking of inventing a cocktail - maybe with a touch of poire williams and a tooth pic garnished with white raisins.

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                              vino5150 RE: ExercisetoEat Mar 1, 2008 05:07 AM

                              I tried it straight and would've rather of drank warm piss through a dirty sock. Never trust the demo girls. I'm sure a better experienced mixologist would've designed something that would've complimented the taste. I don't think Grey Goose is the vodka it used to be anymore...I've been drinking this one called POLAND SELECT which is half the price and 10 times as smooth! Now that's a bargain!

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                                okd_viking RE: ExercisetoEat Aug 25, 2008 12:50 PM

                                I had it in a "Ginger Pear". It's just ginger ale on the rocks, with the Grey Goose pear vodka added in. I thought it was a very good combination.

                                1. theferlyone RE: ExercisetoEat Aug 27, 2008 05:02 AM

                                  Grey Goose and I are not friends, but I have tried Absolut Pears, and I love it. I either mix it with pear nectar, or with a heavy splash of Chambord and Sprite.

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