Even though it has almost nothing to do with cigars, I decided to post here the results of our little study. In fact, I managed to get one of the best Russian vodkas (Beluga) and I thought it would be interesting to compare it with Grey Goose, which is quite often referred to as the very best vodka in the world (this is probably also due to their skillful PR campaign as underlined by @highwaystar).
Beluga is produced from Siberian artesian water and malt next to Novosibirsk. A 0.7L bottle costs a little under $30. Grey Goose is distilled in Cognac, France, from French wheat. The bottle cost me around $50.
To compare the two, I asked my friends for help and since they all share my passion for quality drinks it was with pleasure that they accepted to assist me. It was not a blind tasting, I just asked everyone to say a few words about the drinks and choose between them.
Oddly, I only managed to find 8 tasting sheets (we were 10). Probably because we had a lot of things to taste that night...
Beluga scored 5 points, finishing ahead of Grey Goose with 3 points. According to reviewers, Beluga turned out to be more subtle and elegant, whereas its French opponent appeared too powerful for our palates (on the other hand, I can't say that it lacks freshness - it's as fresh as it can get!).
I should also mention the fact that none of us are professional vodka reviewers - these are purely our subjective opinions. Overall, it was very fun and definitely not the last time.
Where to get?
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Question to readers: what is your favorite vodka?