"Yes but does she gobble balls all day because she wants to and it's her own bold embracing of her feminine side and the whole thing may be a post-modernistic performance art questioning the role of women in a sexually objectifying male dominated world or is she doing it because she's been pressured into believing she needs to do so to be accepted as a woman by a patriarchal tyranny of sexual objectification? Clearly if it is the former you are only attempting to marginalize this great feminine icon to reduce the threat of her soft rational feminine side to your aggressive penis ruled masculine dominance due to sexual intimidation and fear of inadequacies when faced with a strong woman reclaiming her sexuality." -Koru
The staff of Barron's, after seeing an expert panel on the New York Times rank vodkas, held their own taste test. The results are below, with 7 vodkas ranked.
Senior editor Bill Alpert said Absolut tasted like "rubbing alcohol."
This is what vodka always tastes like to me, so I must be drinking the wrong brands.
The Goose Was Loose; So Were We
Andrew Bary. Barron's. Chicopee: Apr 25, 2005.Vol.85, Iss. 17; pg. 26, 1 pgs
Memo to Boss:
About that $100 expense-account item for vodka. To start with, they were just little bottles, and what kind of magazine would publish a story about the liquor industry without having a taste test, anyway?
Hey, even the New York Times recently did one, using some of their food writers and an outside cocktail expert-whatever that is-all with supposedly refined palates, although you've got to wonder how refined these palates are, considering some of the stuff these people eat and drink. Their favorite vodka was Smirnoff, the top seller in the U.S., which costs a fraction as much as brands such as Grey Goose and Belvedere.
The dozen Barron's, reporters, researchers and editors who participated in our test-after, of course, they had finished their work for the week-came to a different conclusion. Maybe all the Mallomars, Oreos and barbecue potato chips they habitually down on deadline day have affected their taste buds.
Our panelists might not have the impressive food and beverage credentials of the Times group, but they certainly do know bars, nightclubs and other watering holes. Some, including staff writer Jennifer Ablan, Barron's Online writers Allison Krampf and Johanna Bennett; Barron's Online senior editor Greg Bartalos, research director Pauline Yuelys, contributing editor Neil Martin and our newest scribe, Kopin Tan, seem to be walking vodka encyclopedias. Wonder how they acquired this admirable knowledge?
The Times sampled 21 vodkas, but we limited ourselves to seven in a blind taste test, administered by me. Our tasters drank their vodka straight; no wimps here. If we'd done 21, I'm not sure how many of our panelists could have walked out of our offices unassisted. We included the trendy Grey Goose, Belvedere and Ketel One, as well as Smirnoff and a budget brand, Georgi, which costs less than $8 a bottle.
The Goose came out on top, followed closely by Ketel One, with Smirnoff third and Belvedere fourth. We judged Stolichnaya and Absolut to be the worst-tasting vodkas. Grey Goose, by the way, is the vodka of choice in many high-end bars and eateries.
Krampf and Yuelys both pronounced the Polish Belvedere to be "odorless and smooth," while Tan said it was "sleek and clean like a Helmut Lang suit." (He's obviously overpaid.) Ablan was immediately able to identify Grey Goose, her favorite. "It's mild tasting and smooth."Bartalos favored Smirnoff, deeming it "smooth as a seal's head." (We'll take his word for it.) Bennett was partial to Ketel One and Grey Goose, calling Ketel "deliriously smooth" with little "afterbite."
The cheapest brand, Georgi; didn't go over well. And, surprisingly, neither did the relatively expensive Stolichnaya and Absolut. Bennett found Georgi "harsh, like lighter fluid." Tan likened Stoli to "paint thinner." Senior editor Bill Alpert said Absolut tasted like "rubbing alcohol." Wow! Who'd have suspected that they'd sipped lighter fluid, paint thinner or rubbing alcohol before?
Final thought to boss: Next time, let's try scotch.
It's been a really long time, but I seem to recall liking Finlandia. I bought it for the pretty bottle though, and didn't (and still don't) really know **** about what makes a vodka good other than it gets you shitfaced.
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Honestly, I don't recall that much difference between Absolut and the ubercheap Popov (Red label, baby!) that I got in the good ol' days. That could also have something to do with the quantities involved... But the Absolut Currant I had with a friend went down like water - it actually tasted good straight.
I drank Citron and Squirts for a while. Another friend recommended Skyy and Dew, but no bars seem to have both of those, and I haven't been motivated enough to buy my own liquor recently...
Nah, just read this article and thought the polls would be a good idea. Its a good diversion from the political conversations that will be sparking up soon, with the judicial nominee situation coming to a head next Monday.
Holy **** Soul, I wouldn't have clicked on that link if I hadn't read what Sorriso said. I'm gonna test it out soon and see how it works, although probably without the 'control fluid'. Nor do I really want a taste of it pre-filtered.
I think it depends on where you are in the world. Around here the cheap vodka is Aristocrat and Bowman's. I think it all comes from the same place but with different labels to mix it up a bit. I remember visiting New Orleans once and saw a a Drug Store with its own label on the liqour it was selling. Eckerd's brand vodka, now that's a winner. While I still say Three Olives is the best tasting, there is something to be said about half gallon handles of cheap vodka, a true staple of college life.