Is there really a difference in vodkas?
Vodka may have a reputation for being a neutral spirit, but this doesn’t mean it lacks texture or taste. To showcase the range of differences in vodkas, Alex Makovetsky, a vodka connoisseur of Russian descent, hosted a tasting.
He poured three very different kinds of vodkas: an expensive premium craft-distilled vodka, a moderately priced national brand and an inexpensive one from a plastic bottle. In these blind tastings, the differences were apparent right away. We sipped each from an icy frosted shot glass, let it rest on our tongues, then noted the effects as it slid down our throats.
The first vodka — the premium — was silky and smooth and radiated warmth throughout my entire being after the first sip; I felt as if the room’s thermostat had been turned up 10 degrees. Makovetsky said he could taste a hint of nutty wheat and sweet rye.
The midpriced vodka was less distinct, lacking any body at all and its heat seemed harsh. The last vodka was rough and sharp and burned the back of my throat.
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