BBoozer wrote:I agree with Peetie. When mixed, nobody can tell the difference between a cheap-ass and a high cost vodka. I would doubt if during a blind a taste , anyone could tell the difference with vodka neat.
I partially disagree. Bad vodka has a taste. I remember my disappointment as an underaged kid in a particularly nasty liter of banker's club vodka that gave me the impression that a rat had died in the still. This was a hard blow since I lived in PA, where the state run stores mean that underaged drinkers need to arrange for someone older to help. I also find smirnoff red to be undrinkably foul. Here's the catch and the part where I agree with you, once a vodka has passed the threshold of no longer having an obvious flaw, it becomes very difficult to distinguish one brand from another. So, while I think I could pick an obvious bad vodka in a blind taste test, I'd have trouble distinguishing a bottle of smirnoff silver (a dollar more than red and I love it) from something like grey goose or chopin at twice the price.