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7 Best Vodkas at Any Price
Posted on Nov 02, 2016
You know who knows best which bottles to buy? The people who pour and sell drinks—that’s who. We asked dozens of top bartending and spirits industry professionals to tell us which bottles they love and why. Heads up: The numerical order below is not organized by importance or quality. It’s a list, not a ranking. Prices are averages and can vary state to state.
“Reyka is what I’m putting in my vodka cocktails lately, as well as neat sips straight out the freezer. Plus,the distillery is geothermally powered! How cool is that?—Karin Stanley, co-owner of Dutch Kills and bartender at Little Branchand Suffolk Arms
“A vodka that has a great taste and lends a taste profile to a cocktail. Since it’s made with honey, it has a subtle sweetness but is nicely balanced.”—James Bolt, beverage director and host bartender at The Gin Joint
Only one luxury vodka is distilled in a 1921 copper column still, uses single-estate winter wheat and earned the nickname “liquid silk.” And when you buy it, you also give a week’s worth of clean water to a person in need. It’s the perfect holiday gift, even if you keep the bottle for yourself.
MrJOshua - So, you wouldn't try most of these? You're far off the mark and you should re-consider.
swcoop - Good question about the St. Augustine vodka, and I don't have an answer, but their vodka is truly noteworthy. Their new-world-style gin is even better in my opinion. The St. Aug distillery is a serious up-and-comer not to be ignored. Their onsite bar has been ranked one of the top 100 cocktail bars in the world. This speaks volumes about their methods, their goals, and their expertise.
Once a spirit is distilled over 190 proof it is considered a NGS (neutral grain spirit), which means most of the flavor has been removed. There's all sorts of popular vodkas made from random fruits and grains (Tito's/corn, Ciroc/Grapes)