|Reviews to date: 13||Average score: 4.08|
Have to agree, Khortytsa Platinum is one of the best and my current favorite. Smooth with clean character and a hint of oats. Makes an excellent martini or drunk straight. Don't waste it in a mixer.
Yes, this is an ultra smooth vodka best enjoyed straight or with a bit of ice. It is so gentle that it almost disappears in a martini - overwhelmed by the vermouth and olive.
Had to add my review to up the rating a bit as I notice that many reviewers on this site mistakenly give one star to a vodka that they actually like. Extra Zytnia is a great rye based vodka at a terrific price. It has a subtle edge and slightly buttery flavour. Love it!
Not sure what the reviewer Dave was drinking (maybe he got a bad batch), but every bottle of Silver Lake I've had has been incredible. Velvet and full texture, an almost sake-like scent, maybe because it's rice based, and the smoothest finish you will ever find. A truely unique vodka.
Finally had a chance try Zyr while visiting friends in Wisconsin this summer (it's not available where I live in Canada) and it lives up to the hype - very smooth and full bodied vodka with minimal after burn. It's in my top five!
This is a great vodka with some surprising qualities. Straight up it's full bodied with a clear rye flavour like the better Russian and Ukrainian vodkas. But Pan Tadeusz also has strong high notes that give it an " in your face" brightness. When mixed with ice or in a martini, the high notes disappear and a darker grain quality and subtle fruit textures become apparent. Truly an excellent vodka!
Here's where reviews get tricky (read: subjective). I can taste and appreciate the quality of Zirkova but personally speaking, it's not my cup of tea. It's a bit grainy (as many Russian vodkas are - and I know, it's from Ukraine), and has a few high notes that don't sit right. Kind of reminds me of Slava Ultra Premium but less balanced. I would give it 3.5 if I could.
Very well made, clean simple vodka. It's not a "knockout" but goes down smooth, well balanced, and makes a fine martini. Reminds me of Koskenkorva but a bit more grainy. And it's reasonably priced, at least in my region.
I was happy to finally test this vodka after years of reading reviews about it. I understand the polemic here - the fact that its distilled with grain AND wine gives it a distinct character that not everyone will like. Doesn't work well in a martini, for example. However, it does have a unique quality that might appeal to some, including myself, on the rocks, for example. Final verdict: worth a shot.
Came across this while travelling in Nova Scotia and was pleasantly surprised. For a relatively new company, Blue Lobster is a very balanced and nuanced vodka. Slightly sweet with a hint of grain. Reminds me a bit of Finlandia but it is smoother and with a less spicy finish (excuse the pun). I had no trouble drinking it straight, on ice or in a martini.
This was a VERY nice surprise. Picked up a bottle of Flyte, which is made in my region, mostly because options are limited here and I like to experiment. Flyte is made with a corn base and unsurprisingly, is reminiscent of Tito's. However, it's a bit lighter in texture, almost like water, with a definite grain taste to ground it and a slight peppery finish. What can I say - I was blown away by an inexpensive, well balanced, local vodka. Nat as sublime as an elite vodka, but I would give it 4 and 1/2 stars if I could. Check it out!
I've been reading reviews on Vodkaphiles for years now and have benefitted greatly from its collected experience. But I have to add my two cents worth on Reyka because I recently went to Iceland and picked up a bottle on the strength of the positive reviews here. Unfortunately, I have to agree with Mike above; Reyka has a strong mineral aftertaste and a harsh bite. There are many better vodkas for the same price.
Yes, This is an excellent vodka. Nothing fancy, no extra flavors or infusions, but a solid, clean and smoothly textured vodka with little burn.