BBoozer wrote:Vodka having no smell is a myth. My redhead smells vodka on me every time. It's sure not as bad as red wine, but it's still detectable. Now as for vodka not causing a hangover, this is totally untrue. Vodka brings humungous hangovers, which are only cured by more vodka.
I had a bottle of Russian Prince once, and let me tell you, I shoulda left that one on the shelf. HOLY fuck, that was one of the worst hangovers I've ever experienced. Bad vodka is one of the worst alcohols to consume, that being said, GOOD vodka is one of the smoothest and least telling alcohols to consume too.
If you drink a beverage with the least possible amount of congeners, you will smell less if at all of booze, and have no hangover (tired maybe, and thirsty, but no hangover). It's true, and there are very few commercially produced alcohols that meet these criteria. The key, is finding a booze that has no "nose" of sharp nail polish smells, or bitter tangy odors either. Best way to tell, get a sample, and water it down in a wine glass, about 4 or 6:1 water:booze. If it smells pleasant, it's probably good, but if it smells vile and like a hint of nail polish, it's bad, if it smells sour and sharp on the nose, it's bad too. This is how good booze is separated from the bad stuff by a Master Distiller at a distillery that produces high quality vodka or whiskeys. They are separating the compounds known loosely as congeners, or heads and tails. These compounds are really what gives you the hangover, not the ethanol itself.
Read this a few times, and google "congeners", "heads and tail, ethanol" and see what you come up with.
For storebought booze, there are very few bourbons or whiskeys that make the grade, and even fewer vodkas.