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russian vodkas

Thi N. | Feb 19, 200309:32 PM

I have been buying $10 liters of Russian vodka from Trader Joe's. They rotate the selection available. Anybody have favorites?

Anyway - I've always disliked most vodkas - like Absolut and Stoli. Seemed like the more money you spent, the less flavor you got. Seemed sad. Me, I like bourbon. Knob Creek. Mmm. Wild Turkey Straight Rye. Double mm. (Has anyone seen *this* around town? It is incredible stuff. Nothing like regular Wild Turkey, which is empty. This, and Maker's Mark, are the bargains in the bouron-and-related-world.) And the single malts, when I can get them.

Anyway, then I found some stuff called Wymborowa. (Anyone find it around here? I can't.) Polish rye vodka. Christ! Full of flavor. Cheap. Burned me. Great tasting.

Then: Ketel 1. Loved some of the bottles. Problem: irregular. Some batches fantastic, some sad.

Then: Stoli gold. Turns out, most Stoli out here is American-made, for Americans. Aim is cleanliness. Stoli Gold is Moscow made. Tastes like vanilla, cashews, walnuts, orange zest, everything. Love it. Expensive as hell.

So: Russian vodkas at TJ's. Cheap and a few I've had are quite, quite tasty. I've had aobut 6 different kinds. But I can't remember which ones I liked, and the selection keeps changing. Anyone help me out? Any particular favorites to look out for?


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