Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Vodka, Vodka everywhere but which one should you drink?

Something odd happened about five years ago. Major liquor companies decided to crank out new flavored vodkas, new infused vodkas, newly renamed vodkas and new colored vodkas, all with a total disregard to one simple rule:

“If it ain't broke don't fix it.”

Within this current 'Vodka Boom' some excellent small batch spirits did emerge, causing the giants of the vodka industry to rethink, re-market their products. Giants like Absolut, Ketel One, and SKYY - that once ruled the bars and livers of the drinking public were now feeling the ever increasing sting from the 'new kids' of the industry.


One of the newest players to the game is Exclusiv Vodca. This noteworthy vodka is fresh from fertile fields of old Mother Russia (more accurately Moldova, near The Back Sea.) and stays true to the classic Eastern European distillation process. Longtime vodka drinkers will recognize the flavor profile of this enjoyable spirit. On the first sip you'll encounter a slight hint of pepper, a familiar base of snow whipped winter wheat and the presence of anise.

Exclusiv's next tribute to the 'Russian Process' is its scent. If the word 'Crisp' could be defined by smell, it would be the aroma from three fingers of Exclusiv in a rocks glass.

Distilled to the point of flawlessness, Exclusiv is a welcome addition to any home bar or cocktail lounge. Even though Exclusiv was made to enhance ingredient rich cocktails much like the ones found on their site, it works well in simple drinks like a vodka tonic or a screwdriver.

If you're in the mood to drink a quality Eastern European vodka buy a bottle or three of Exclusiv for your next party. Depending on where you buy it in NYC, a liter of Exclusiv vodka should cost 20 dollars.

Lastly, I ask that you drink it responsibility. No need to ruin New Year's by doing something stupid like driving or letting someone else drive under the influence. Get in cab! Collect car keys at the door or find a place to crash. Whatever you do, DON'T get behind the wheel drunk.

Till next we drink-

“I'll stick with gin. Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody.”
M*A*S*H - (1972 -1982)
Hawkeye Pierce played by the legendary American actor Alan Alda (born January 28, 1936).

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