I received a bottle of Stoli Elite as a Christmas gift. Let me preface this with I am a 20+ plus vodka drinker....and Stoli (regular) is my vodka of choice however I have had dozens of bottles of Stoli Elite over the years. (as well as many many other vodka's)
Anyway we were going out with another couple and I was bragging to other husband about the Stoli Elite and I wanted them to meet at our place so I could mix him up a quick martini before we headed out to dinner.
I mixed two "pure" meaning NO vermouth or anything else besides chilled on ice and Stoli Elite each poured over 3 olives with no excess olive juice. The other person took a sip first and was slightly overwhelmed by the "punch" the drink carried. So much so I thought he was joking to bust my chops over how un-smooth it was. So after his sputtering and complaining about the bite I had to try it and I have to say........this was NOT Stoli Elite. This had a very distinctive bite on your palate and burned all the way down. I was shocked.......I'm literally talking about the quality of a Mohawk or similar dime store vodka. Neither of us could stomach it and we poured them down the drain and drank regular Stoli.
What do you do in a case like this? I've NEVER experienced anything like this outside of a spoiled wine or skunk beer. There was a clear plastic seal over the cap so it wasn't tampered with.....but I can't go back to the store and tell them to try it because what's to have stopped me from taking an empty bottle and filling it with Mohawk or the like. I was thinking about going to the same liquor store and purchasing another and opening it in the store and trying it to prove my point if they got a bad batch.
Anyone ever have a similar experience?