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suburban_mom Jul 25, 2011 09:00 PM

I like vanilla vodka and have bought a couple of bottles of Stoli. It seems a little "artificial" to me. Are there any other brands that are better?

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  1. ROCKLES RE: suburban_mom Jul 26, 2011 10:06 AM

    Looks like Grey Goose is the only one that uses real vanilla, according to this thread

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/305795

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      suburban_mom RE: ROCKLES Jul 26, 2011 08:49 PM

      Thanks for the info. I think the fake vanilla taste is what was bugging me about the Stoli. Now I just need to find a place that sells the Grey Goose.

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        jon44 RE: ROCKLES Jun 30, 2012 02:12 PM

        Not sure--triple 8 vodka from Nantucket has 2 vanilla beans in the vodka.

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          jon44 RE: ROCKLES Jul 4, 2012 04:22 PM

          I'd like to try making my own by sticking 2 vanilla beans into plain Vodka (which is what Triple 8 does, and it tastes great). Can anyone recommend a reasonably price vodka that would serve the purpose (i.e., are there any special qualities in a vodka you look for when flavoring it?)

        2. invinotheresverde RE: suburban_mom Jul 26, 2011 10:12 AM

          Make your own! It's so easy. I've found half of a vanilla bean infuses a handle of Smirnoff in a couple weeks. If it's not strong enough for your liking, add the other half. It tastes so much better than any of the premade vodkas.
          I'm not a huge vodka drinker, but I love White Russians (guilty pleasure). The infused, homemade vodka tastes so much better in them.

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            jamieeats RE: suburban_mom Jul 2, 2012 01:09 PM

            while stoli is my favorite go-to choice for the fruit flavored vodkas, i actually like the absolut vanilla. i don't like the other flavors, but the vanilla is good and mixes really well too.

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              ChristinaMason RE: jamieeats Jul 3, 2012 07:01 PM

              I have to disagree with you here. I find the Absolut vanilla to be rather cloying. Stoli is my go-to, but I'll have to seek out the Grey Goose for comparison.

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                cocktailian_wannabe RE: jamieeats Jul 5, 2012 02:51 PM

                Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka is exotically flavored with the finest vanilla beans providing a rich and luxurious taste, or so they say

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