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Tasting Notes: Salute American Vodka

Not only is Salute American Vodka made in the U.S., one dollar for every bottle sold is donated to a charity benefitting American military veterans. But this is beside the point: the vodka could sell on taste alone, especially at around $20 a bottle.

Liquid Geography

Around the World in Seven Vodkas

Vodka has recently undergone a renaissance, thanks in part to distillers from around the world who take advantage of native ingredients and traditional distilling methods to put their own unique twists on the drink. These seven from around the globe offer a unique range of flavors and styles.

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It is, so you don't have to be

Purity Vodka

Vodka: The purest spirit. Oddly enough, it causes some of the most unpure activity we know about. Purity Vodka won't set the vice-ridden straight, but it will give them something to deeply enjoy as they go on their merry, sinning way. Boasting a talented master blender, an intense distilling process, a very unique home base and a whole bunch of awards, the Swedish-produced Vodka offers up a drink that bridges the gap between affordability and connoisseur-level quality.

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12 gifts for the booze lover

12 Guys of Christmas: The Mixologist

The Mixologist’s gotten you into plenty of blissful adventures, most of which ended without real long term damage to your record or your marriage. He’s a passionate guy, and he knows his craft: beer, that is. Malts, mash, wheat, barley, rye, and oh yes, sweet sweet delicious hops — he sucks them all down, grinning...

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Some like it hot

Stoli Hot Vodka

Add kick and a little heat to your dirty vodka martini or bloody mary with a splash of 75 proof Stolichnaya’s “Hot” flavored vodka. Vodka-enthusiasts may be more familiar with this fiery jalapeno-infused liquor back when it was known as Stoli Pertsovka. Pertsovka is actually the general Russian term for pepper-flavored vodka, and all that’s...

Our new favorite Russian export

Tasting Notes: Russian Standard Gold Vodka

The latest vodka to enter the US, Russian Standard Gold Vodka ($45) is made from 100 percent Russian ingredients, including winter wheat from the Russian Black Steppes, soft glacial water from Lake Ladoga in Northern Russia and Siberian Ginseng extracts. The spirit has a luxuriously rich mouthfeel and smooth taste. Hinting at herbs, caramel and...

Vodka, With Flavor. Not Flavored Vodka.

Tasting Notes: Reyka Vodka

In the world of vodka, there’s more parity than any other spirit category, and there’s seemingly a new vodka on the market each week. Given the competition, most resort to lifestyle claims for differentiation tactics – and to justify steep prices – rather than focusing on what’s in the bottle. Bucking that trend is Reyka...

Shaking Up the Vodka Pack

Eristoff Premium Vodka

Eristoff’s roots are in Georgia; that’s the former Soviet Union satellite, not the birthplace of MLK Jr. and Cee Lo Green. It was created by Georgian royalty back in 1806 when times were tough, and since the country is known for its wolf population, the spirit inherited the mascot. We bring up this little Discovery...

A Spirit with Spirit

Belvedere Intense Vodka

Most higher-end vodka brands compete over their level of smoothness or perhaps the shape of their bottles. Belvedere takes a different approach with their Intense vodka ($40). This 100 proof vodka is double filtered through charcoal for an increased alcohol content that’ll certainly help you get the party started (or stumbling). It’s also unusually described...

Not Meant to be Consumed Down on One Knee

Smirnoff Red x Vitalic Limited Edition

Smirnoff for better or worse is currently dealing with the PR debacle/drinking game phenomenon known affectionately as Bros icing Bros. When they aren’t fielding questions from the NY Times about “Whose ‘Icing’ Whom?” though, the brand appears to be steaming ahead promoting their reputation as an affordable, award-winning vodka. This triple distilled potion was created...

An Iconic Bottle Meets an Iconic Director

Absolut Brooklyn Limited Edition Vodka

As a tribute to one of the city’s most renowned boroughs and film makers, ABSOLUT has put out a limited edition flavor known as ABSOLUT Brooklyn. Developed in conjunction with Spike Lee, the bottle’s unique cover pays homage to the stoop where the director grew up, as well as the borough’s pace of life where...

Appealing to Geek Drinkers Everywhere

Medea Vodka

Companies like Procter & Gamble have known for years that distinct packaging can make or break a product’s success on the shelf. Alcohol makers certainly aren’t newbies in this game either, but the creators of Medea Vodka appear to be hell bent on upping the industry’s game. That’s because each bottle includes an integrated LED...

Redefining The Notion of Drinking Responsibly

360 Vodka Giftset

Ok so “green” and “vodka” aren’t typically words that you’d normally associate with one another – unless, of course, you’re referring to the facial coloring of someone whose imbibed too much. 360 Vodka, though, is out to change that. Crafted from a philosophy of eco-awareness and corporate responsibility, every aspect of the product’s production from...

Absolut 100

Absolut Vodka 100 is distilled from grain grown in the fields of South Sweden. It has been produced at the famous old distilleries by Ahus in accordance with more than 400 years of Swedish tradition. Packaged in a fantastic black bottle with metallic lettering you’re looking at a bottle that will stand proud in your...

Smirnoff Source

Fusion is inevitable. Sometimes it’s great and sometimes it’s preposterous. At first we thought this combination of spring water and alcohol was an excuse to charge extra for two overpriced items but we were proven otherwise. Smirnoff Source is a premium malt beverage offering a low calorie beverage with a hint of citrus (3.5% alcohol)...

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