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May 13, 2009 11:44 PM

Vodka for a picky vodka-lover

My uncle has a birthday coming up and he has been a vodka drinker for over 40 years. He is very particular about his vodka. He drinks vodka straight on the rocks with a splash of water. He always says he wants the vodka with the least amount of taste in it, the most pure and clean. He has said that most vodka's he has tried give him hangovers because they have too much flavor in them. Brands such as Stoli, Finlandia, Grey Goose etc etc all do not work for him. Smirnoff has been one he says he could always handle that would not give him bad hangovers but most of the popular brands he says he cannot deal with.

So my question to you is, I would like to buy him a bottle for his birthday. Which one can you recommend that has the least amount of flavor and is the cleanest and purist without costing an arm and a leg?

Some reco's I have gotten already are:

Iceberg Vodka from Canada

Tito's Vodka

Any more please?

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  1. If he likes smooth and mild try Ciroc. It is made from French grapes and is reasonably priced.

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    1. re: folprivate

      Funny that you say that. My wife and I did a blind taste test for vodka. Grey Goose Absolut, Skyy, Svedka, Smirnoff, Ciroc, couple of others and both tasting notes for Ciroc mentioned a strong grape flavor... different strokes :)

      1. re: ac106

        I've had Ciroc and it does have a flavor unlike other vodkas. Not a bad thing as Vodka is either flavorless or taste like rubbing alcohol. Give me a good single malt scotch, high end bourbon or rum. I like to taste something.

    2. Considering that he likes Smirnoff and that it won a blind taste test ( ), why not just get smirnoff?

      1. I recently gave a bottle of Tito's to a Ukrainian. He gave it rave reviews.

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        1. re: Captain

          Blue Ice (for potato), Saaga, Zyr and Polar Ice (inexpensive) or my current preferences. I detest Ketel One and Grey goose, if that helps. I think Saaga might be a very good choice.

            1. re: The Ranger

              What he said. It tastes like burning

                1. re: invinotheresverde

                  Apologies m'lady. A Gibson for you, on the house.

                  1. re: Icantread

                    I do dig me a Gibson.

                    Although "he" might technically work, since I stole the quote from Ralph Wiggum, a la Simpsons.

            2. re: Icantread

              I detest Ketel One also. It tastes like burning.

            3. re: Captain

              A Ukranian friend just gave me a bottle of Tito's to rave reviews. =) She mentioned that it was one of the more widely available and well priced brands, at least where she lives in Brooklyn.

              1. re: cimui

                p.s. the stuff is made in Texas, not the Ukraine!

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              1. My present favorite is Turi Vodka from Estonia

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                1. re: fourunder

                  I had a Turi tonic a few weeks ago. It was the worst tasting vodka tonic I have ever tried. I passed the drink around to others and they had the same reaction. Perhaps a bad bottle? Who knows, but I won't be trying it again.

                  Big fan of Tito's here as well.

                  1. re: Flint

                    I guess it couldn't possibly be the tonic water......;-)

                    1. re: fourunder

                      Yeah, it's pretty hard to detect flawed vodka under the super intense flavor of tonic water.

                      1. re: invinotheresverde

                        Vino, I had someone tell me the same thing once, they said Sobeski was the best Vodka ever, and when I put it in my codka tonic, I almost choked... she told me it was the "cheap tonic" not her $10 a gallon vodka... LOL!

                          1. re: Cinnamon

                            damn typos. Yeah, it was the fishy vodka!