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Feb 13, 2008 01:08 PM

Vodka is like the training wheels to other spirits

When I first started drinking spirits I drank vodka mixed with juice or other flavourings. The mixers pretty much masked the flavour of the vodka. Vodka doesn't really have much taste IMO. I've since grown to love Gin, Bourbon, Tequila, Rum etc., without strong mixers allowing the flavour of the spirits to shine. I haven't drank vodka in years now. Vodka was like training wheels for me. Anyone else agree?

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  1. I feel that is the way it is for many folks. But not me. I never drank vodka. What's the point, it's tasteless. I drink for flavor first, the buzz is just a nice side effect. I started with gin in my teens, whiskeys in my early 20's, and then cognac and aged rum in my late 20's. Now I drink every type of spirits except vodka. The only time I drink that is when new bottles show up for review. Then I give most of those away. Gin is still my favorite.

    1. I am probably not going to make many friends with this statement, but it is very easy to come up with Vodka cocktails. Mainly because you don't have to worry about how the base spirit works with other ingredients -- its neutral and mixes with anything.

      It takes a lot more effort and skill to mix complex spirits like tequilla and gin.

      I never drink Vodka -- much prefer the brown spirits.

      1. I don't. My standard drink is a bourbon Manhattan or a single malt Scotch. Love tequila, when I can afford the really good stuff. But everyone once in a while, often in summer, nothing hits the spot like a dirty vodka martini. In fact, I haven't grown out of it; I've grown into it.

        1. Agreed. I havent drunk vodka since it was offered as part of a double-vodka-and-lime-juice shot for 50p during my English nightclubbing phase. To this day, the mere thought of that drink makes me shiver.

          Give me a good quality bourbon, a tanqueray/bombay sapphire and tonic, and a fine tequila instead.

          1. There are times when nothing is better than a shot of vodka straight from the freezer. We have Hangar One's Budda's Hand and Mandarin Orange in the freezer just for that purpose.

            However, all of our gins, tequilas, whiskies, brandies, liqueurs, etc. -- of which we have many -- are all in the liquor cabinet. (IMHO, it's the "ice melt" that is an essential ingredient to a Martini; to put gin in the freezer just doesn't work.)

            As far as personal preferences are concerned, although we have multiple brands of everything, we probably have a dozen of so different brandies.