By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight
Normally at the Whiskey Goldmine we try not to come off overly critical because we don’t want to be complete dicks, but that stops here. KRU 82 Vodka from Holland is simply one of the worst vodkas we have ever had, and we have had them all. Other than KRU being distilled from grain, we don’t know much about it because the bottle and website lack any real content or description of the product. One good thing about KRU is its metal bottle, which can be recycled or used as a water bottle. But this metal bottle might also be the downfall of KRU 82. The metal bottle could be affecting the shelf life and taste which is absolutely terrible. It’s simply one of the worst vodkas we’ve ever had and insanely harsh going down. Normally, we love a vodka with good bite, as smooth isn’t necessarily the best when it comes to vodka. However, with KRU, the insane amount of bite is harsh, unbearable and undrinkable. This is no martini vodka and we do not recommend drinking this straight or even buying it in fact. There are so many other good vodkas in the $15 price range, don’t waste your time with KRU 82 vodka. As always, when tasting vodka we use the In and Out martini method with the least amount of vermouth.
Editor’s Note: My father drank a vodka martini with KRU 82 Vodka and about 1/2 ounce vermouth and said the vodka wasn’t bad. To be fair, we will try this vodka again. (We tried this vodka again on Thanksgiving and it just wasn’t good. This vodka is terrible. KRU 82 is way too harsh and should be used for a mixer only, or to clean a wound.)