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KRU 82 Vodka: We Finally Met a Vodka We Didn’t Like

kru 82 vodka pic KRU 82 Vodka: We Finally Met a Vodka We Didn’t Like Distilled in Holland: Don’t Even Bother

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.)

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79 comments to KRU 82 Vodka: We Finally Met a Vodka We Didn’t Like

  • Dominic

    I couldn’t agree with you less. I think it’s pretty damn good and your review is irresponsible. It’s definitely far better than Tito’s

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  • Dolly

    Just picked up 3 KRU 200ml btls. (flask size) 4.99 ea. …think’in cool cheap gift. Opened #1 and decided I must have poured it into an extremely dirty measuring cup (just measuring it up old math style). btl #2 went into a sparkling clean glass…cloudy w/ brown flecks!…what the f…. Saved btl #3 unopened w/ the receipt just in case someone drinks it and doesn’t live to tell about it. Chilled for one hour..they have formed a thick, slimey looking white layer on the bottom of the glass. Not wanting to waste anything, I’ve been having thoughts of freezing it for 72 hours…like sushi….& then, only to offer to the worst of enemies. Glad I looked this one up! Any such experiences out there? Mind you, I have no intentions on becoming a killer.

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  • -V-

    Something bizarre with KRU, POSSIBLE FAKEs: I have been enjoying KRU that I first found in Denver 4 -5 month ago. I purchased it from a large chain store. My rating would be a medium – high vodka. It was pretty smooth and I told people about it and they agreed that it was good. However, I left for New York and bought a 1.75 Liter in a Brooklyn ghetto liquor store. So far this is my second purchase of this Vodka in that store. What I noticed right off the bat, is it tasted much harsher (low – medium/low -high. It also had stickers that were not pasted on as well as the bottles I purchased in Denver. I know my vodka and the taste for what I got in Brooklyn does not seem to measure up to what I always purchased in Denver. In fact shortly after drinking this vodka with stickers a little off (and those little metal bottles that were always attached to the 1.75 L that I bought in Denver were missing) I had gotten a bit sick to the stomach. I had diarrhea and cold chills all day. This never happened before and is unusual for me. I am thinking could it possibly be fake or adulterated?

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  • Deb B

    Okay, so I bought this because it came in a glass bottle with a small mini-bar sized metal bottle. I took one drink and it burned all the way down. I’m not a big drinker so it also hit me quite quickly.
    I made pineapple vodka with it. Not so bad. Fresh pineapple chunks to the brim of a jar, such as a Ball canning jar,and then fill with Kru 82. Store in an air-tight container for about 10 days. This makes it tolerable.

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    WGM Reply:

    Just add sugar and fruit to make this horrible vodka tolerable. LMAO!

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  • What a bunch of lying pickle puffing idiot buffoons! All you hardcore diehard alcoholic connoisseurs are acting like you would know the difference if you were sucking 90 octane out of a gas can through a straw! Gees! Why don’t you hacks go find a girl friend, or at least a new hobby that agrees with you? Way to much fricking time on your hands. Pathetic!

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    WGM Reply:

    You sound a little upset. Perhaps one is too sensitive about their love for KRU 82, a literal shit of a vodka.

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    -V- Reply:

    Something bizarre with KRU, POSSIBLE FAKEs: I have been enjoying KRU that I first found in Denver 4 -5 month ago. I purchased it from a large chain store. My rating would be a medium – high vodka. It was pretty smooth and I told people about it and they agreed that it was good. However, I left for New York and bought a 1.75 Liter in a Brooklyn ghetto liquor store. So far this is my second purchase of this Vodka in that store. What I noticed right off the bat, is it tasted much harsher (low – medium/low -high. It also had stickers that were not pasted on as well as the bottles I purchased in Denver. I know my vodka and the taste for what I got in Brooklyn does not seem to measure up to what I always purchased in Denver. In fact shortly after drinking this vodka with stickers a little off (and those little metal bottles that were always attached to the 1.75 L that I bought in Denver were missing) I had gotten a bit sick to the stomach. I had diarrhea and cold chills all day. This never happened before and is unusual for me. I am thinking could it possibly be fake or adulterated?

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    WGM Reply:

    These were definitely not fakes. They were purchased at state run liquor stores.

    -V- Reply:

    In What state and liquor store did you obtain your vodka.

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  • Douglas Wilder

    I drink New Amsterdam Vodka as my main vodka for making screwdrivers.I bought a bottle of KRU last night and won’t buy another.What other vodka,in the New Amsterdam price range would you recommend for making screwdrivers?I have to say the worst hangover I have ever had came from getting hammered on Aristocrat Vodka with O.J. Stay away from this nasty horseshit.I enjoy your posts….Best,Doug

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  • Vodka Mike

    Okay, I give you that it’s not a top shelf vodka. But for the airport mini buyers out there, (you know who you are), its the best deal vs quality, hands down. There’s nothing better than Kru for the vodka drinker on the go. We got shit to do and we need our booze in a covenant well disguised cantina. I’ve been told, but haven’t fact checked, Kru is Kettle One but with a different packaging. I’m all ear if someone out there has different info. Anyway, in summary, I love Vodka straight-up and Kru is the best thing since Smirnoff airplane bottles.

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  • Dean P. Cook

    It’s a mid quality vodka at an upper mid level price. I bought it pretty much for the SS bottle alone. If you mix it with Ruby Red Squirt it’s not too bad. Svedka is much better though and it’s $6 cheaper. I won’t buy KRU 82 again. There are too many cheaper vodka’s on the market that taste much better.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Agreed and agreed!

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    -V- Reply:

    In What state and liquor store did you obtain your vodka.

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  • skrewloose

    Its really not that bad. i’ve only been drinking it straight and room temp. i think the bottle is the selling point and the vodka itself is actually very effective at removing the adhesive left behind from peeling the label off!

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  • VodkaFreek

    I bought a bottle because it was on sale at the local walgreens but it is the worst thing I have ever had. The smell along makes me want to pour it our and just reuse the bottle.

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  • D WILL

    Paid 25 bucks for bottle in Miami yesterday. I was robbed.

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    Tony D Reply:

    I don’t understand how this vodka can have such different tastes to different people. I originally purchase this vodka because as a mixer and because it only cost $19.00. I didn’t expect much. It worked in a mixed drink so I decided to do a vodka taste test, compared to Grey Goose, Kettle One, Stolichnaya, and Absolute. Grey Goose and Kettle One had more of a bite, Stolichnaya very smooth, Absolute medicinal, KRU82 was very similar to Stoly. I don’t see how vodka can spoil with age, especially stored in stainless or glass bottles, but I could see this kind of disparity occurring in different batches.

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  • Heywood Jablowme

    Wow…what a bunch of neophyte posers. The vodka is fine (as your dad pointed out) and it comes with a decent metal water bottle and carabiner for backpacking. Get over yourselves…

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    It’s garbage Heywood. Garbage.

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  • Jim Racine

    Your comment is nuts.

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    WGM Reply:

    Who’s comment?

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  • Todd Hart

    The spouse and I like this vodka. We’re not vodka purists – we like Tito’s and others – but we like KRU 82.

    Personally, I was reminded of Korean Soju when I first tasted this. I always considered the soju I tasted reminded me of a weak gin. If you hate gin, likely you’ll hate this vodka. We love Citadelle (another Gin). It’s a sipping gin. KRU 82 reminds us of a less strong Citadelle. If you hate gin, I think you will hate KRU 82. If you semi-flavorless vodka, I think you’ll hate KRU 82. I have to stop buying it because it goes way to quickly. That’s my 2 cents. Mostly I’m a beer or Rum or Tequila person..

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    I love gin, hate KRU 82.

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    Todd Hart Reply:

    You missed the part about Soju.

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    Todd Hart Reply:

    I’m going to lay down the expectations here. You expect Vodka to taste a certain way. You expect everything to taste a certain way. Let your expectations go. You will live a happier life.

    Todd Hart Reply:

    Oh jesus, I just realized I posted on Matt Goldstein fucking blog.
    Excuse me while I wipe my wanker.

    Todd Hart Reply:

    Oh jesus, I just realized I posted on Matt Goldstein f’ing blog.

    Todd Hart Reply:

    F’king wanker (oh, excuse my language!)

    Todd Hart Reply:

    Yea, I posted that twice, because WordPress is also a wanker

    WGM Reply:

    I love Soju but I don’t see the similarity. Todd, do we know each other?

    JF Reply:

    Tried a small sample bottle a couple weeks back, couldn’t believe how the smoothly it mixed in fruit juice or iced tea. Just bought a 750, again, I find it is almost scary how little vodka taste there is (took a couple pulls right from the bottle warm). If you like a heavy vodka taste, perhaps you won’t like this. If you want something that goes down easy, give it a try.

    At this price point I don’t understand all the bad reviews posted previously.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    The bad reviews are because it does not compare well to any other vodka’s, even in that price range. This is a vodka for mixing only but I would never recommend it.

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    AmericanMusclecar Reply:

    stick to whiskey ratings cuz Vodka seems to be something for us old timers who have finally decided to stop killing our livers. This is good Vodka and you make it sound like you drank Skol or Seagrams for christsakes. It isn’t equal to Goose or Tito’s or even Kirkland “France” but it isn’t priced that way either. Get over yourselves and have a drink.

    Matt G. Reply:

    Sorry, this vodka is swill in a can.

    Dan Reply:

    I have to agree with the author of the article. I have tried a lot of different bottles. some of my favorites are Belvedere, Tito’s, Stolichnya, and even Rain Organics isn’t bad. I just took my first shot of KRU82, straight. very harsh. Immediate heartburn. after that I got online to see what kinda info I can find like how many times it is distilled or is it filtered. that’s when I came across this article, this site. I have this stuff ice cold. the above mentioned vodkas are very smooth when they are ice cold this stuff is still very harsh. my first thought after my first shot was that I would give it to a friend of mine. he is not discerning when it comes to his drink. I have not heard of this brand before. just bought that the bottle was cool and thought that since it was produced in Holland it had to be good. the Dutch make good vodka (along with good bud), like Ketel One and Effen (its f-in good).

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  • I do think it is the eco-friendly bottles probably need to change due to disagree. I also know that when we started drinking it regularly we noticed a change in the taste but it wasn’t as terrible as described here. Maybe it the shelf life.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Does vodka have a short shelf life? That’s a possibility but I think liquor lasts for a while. years in fact.

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  • I don’t know what you people are drinking but what I tasted was smooth. Some of the people that were with me compared it to ciroc vodka. We have been mixing it with perrier, big blue and red berry new amsterdam.

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  • T

    Here’s my take. I chilled Kru 82 in the freezer overnight so I could see how it is in minimal form–in a dry martini. Poured it into a chilled martini glass, floated a drop of vermouth on top, added one olive. It seemed fairly smooth and refreshing at first going down. But the mid-palate shocked me with tones of rubbing alcohol, not a good thing, simply harsh to be reminded of the smell of alcohol-dosed cotton balls at the doctor’s office before a measles shot. However, oddly, the finish was surprisingly smooth with hints of vanilla. I dumped the rest of the vodka on the rocks and made a bloody mary.

    If they solved the mid-palate problem, it would be a decent-to-good vodka. I’ll only use the rest of this vodka for making bloody marys. The price was much less than other premium vodkas, but I’d pay more if they smoothed out the mid-palate. (Note: I like the reusable bottle, but who knows, the metal may be the culprit in throwing off the vodka. Recently, I made the mistake of pouring sparkling wine into a metal cup, which ruined the taste.)

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    T Reply:

    Forgot to mention. The next vodka I tried was Boyd & Blair vodka. Man, this was good. Classic. Made in small batches in Glenshaw, PA, from locally grown potatoes. It’s smooth on ice through the tasting spectrum. Not sure how widely available it is yet.

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  • King Curtis II

    I recently went over to one of my buddies Krib ( house). I immediately saw the “marketing bottle” the Vodka was already gone. So I pulled out the IPhone and read all the reviews before I decided to purchase. My conclusion is that it’s not the worst but DAMN sure isn’t the BEST!!
    Has a different taste, cant quite figure it out

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  • greg c

    All I see are a few SNOBS. This vodka mixes well, and is a reasonable price. Compare apples to apples and get a life.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    SNOBS? Fucking please. When comparing it to other vodka’s in the same price range it gets crushed. It’s pure swill.

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  • G.D

    Whats going on? I am a single matt guy , like Glenlivet 21 is good. I got a sample of KRU at a golf tournament and tried it a few weeks later after being in my golf bag in my car all this time. It was the smoothest thing I have ever tried! Is there a quality controll problem ? This was so smoothe I couldn’t believe it. There must be some sort of quality controll problem, I can’t believe there is this much difference in people’s personal tasts.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    G.D., maybe I should buy a bottle and leave it in my car for a couple weeks. LOL

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  • Bre

    I bought this alcohol because I have never seen it in a liquor store before and the weird container caught my eye. I have never tasted a nastier vodka, to me this vodka might be worse than Karkov. I do not think this vodka lives up to the 21 dollars I paid for it. It also has a very bad grain taste to it that is very hard to cover up in any type of mixed drink. I will drink it till its gone but I will never buy this brand again. Hope this comment was helpful.

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  • Jaekel

    I do have to say that it’s not the best vodka I’ve had but it’s not the worst vodka I’ve had. Usually the roommates buy “taka” and we use it for shots mixed with mnt dew. But I figured I would purchase this (mainly because of the cool ass bottle, but then I asked myself why would I pay 25$ (I’m in Utah with horrible alcohol regulations, I literally have to go to a state owned liquor store to purchase my drink) anywho after using the new vodka in a cool ass bottle I realized that it tasted and was easily compared to the Takka that is usually available and for 75% cheaper.

    I don’t know why anyone would say that this vodka is smooth and “great”
    Gag!!!! I will stick with my potato vodka, I prefer that to grey goose anytime!!

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  • Lou

    Used Kru 82 for the first time last night. Had it on the rocks
    With lemon twist and a splash of water. It was excellent.
    And I’ve been drinking vodka for more than 40 years.

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    Matt G. Reply:

    Excuse my language, but you’re out of your fucking mind.

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    Lou Reply:

    Matt: Using that type of language leads me to believe you lost your taste buds years ago, including a few brain cells.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    I thought I said, “excuse my language.” So that excuses me.

  • Ok Viking

    Ok I like this vodka. There are worse vodkas
    Tvarscki is one if them and as far as rubbing
    alcohol gose not even close to how BAD that
    Tastes

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  • Bigg Jay

    Actually here in Houston we just came across this vodka and we bought several bottles for a party because of the cool canister and everybody loved it, even compared it to Grey Goose. Its really smooth if I have to say so myself

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    WGM Reply:

    Even compared to Grey Goose? F’n please. This must be a joke.

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  • Ben

    Maybe its just me. I like the bite. Or maybe because its 82 proof.
    Whatever, all grain vodka sort of sucks anyway as real vodka supposed to be made from potato.
    Most adult beverage is an acquired taste anyway(Jack Daniels for example, nasty burnt taste but wildly popular…Go Figure)
    But really its the gimmick factor of 750 ml Stainless bottle that caught my attention and its $9.99 pricetag.

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    WGM Reply:

    Ben,

    My favorite part of most vodka’s is the bite. Smooth isn’t always what I’m looking for. But this vodka is flat out garbage. It’s like drinking lighter fluid.

    I disagree that real vodka is supposed to be made from potato. 98% of all vodka is actually made from grain. The potato thing is a myth.

    Jack Daniel’s is popular because it’s cheap. $20 for a bottle to do shots with or mix with a coke. It’s also an American icon and lives off its own legend.

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    denise Reply:

    Guess I am a cheap drunk , cause I like it

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  • Rev Rae

    I always have an eye out for rather different looking containers. I spotted KRU 82 and thought…cute…and grabbed the smallest container from the shelf. This past week after a particularly grueling day at work I had one thought on my mind as I drove home….martini! Shake, shake, shake…pour…prepare to enjoy…sip….EEEWWWW! When I was many years younger we had a name for horrible things like this…rock-gut…and this is how I now refer to Kru 82…rock-gut. Wish I had found your site sooner.

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    WGM Reply:

    Agree Rev Rae. KRU is straight swill!

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    Drinkitagain Reply:

    I think you mean “rot gut”. Typically rot gut whiskey, or any other alcohol that is cheap or bottom of the barrel tends to hurt the stomach. I myself am trying my first bottle of Kru tonight and I do think its pretty smooth with a little bite, but I am a whiskey man myself and I like the fact it has a little bite to it. I have to disagree with the OPs review. Had all the top shelf vodkas and Kru just aint that bad. especially for the price! I picked a 750ml bottle for 17 bucks here in Tennessee. Side note… Ketel One is my fav.

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    WGM Reply:

    $17 is a horrible price for KRU. Horrible.

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  • Scott Ogren

    This stuff is worse than rubbing alcohol, but it does provide a full body drunk when mixed with diet coke.

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    WGM Reply:

    It’s so bad Scott, but any liquor in the world can be a mixer and get you drunk. This is not compliment.

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  • Bunch of wussy’s…

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    WGM Reply:

    Dear Tony the Wussy,

    Please. This vodka is garbage. Worst vodka I ever had.

    I drink everything straight and neat. Everything!

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  • Alan Shapiro

    I’d have to go back to my broke days in college, drinking Popov in a cemetery to get close to my recent KRU 82 experience. Actually, I think even that beat KRU 82, and at less than half the price. I decided to check out the reviews online thinking that perhaps I was imagining how bad KRU 82 was and that my taste buds had turned on me but there seems to be a common sentiment that KRU 82 is horrid. I can drink almost anything but I’m at a loss for what do do with the rest of the bottle of KRU 82. This is undrinkable, even in a mix. It joins the rank (pun intended) of some counterfeit Chinese Moutai “number one” I got a few years ago. How is it even possible to make swill this bad?

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    WGM Reply:

    Alan, that is the same thing I said. How is it possible to make something this bad? It doesn’t even make sense.

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  • I was in the local store purchasing a bottle of Evans Williams Honey Reserve, when I saw the KRU large and small bottle set of vodka from Holland. Immediately the clerk asked if I had tried it and before I could answer they said it is soooo smooth. I of course asked how it compared to Ciroc (my current all time favorite), and she answered that it is just as good. I do have to say what caught me first were the aluminum bottles, as I immediately thought of how I could use them. Note to self.
    , if the marketing is outrageous then the product is probably not worth the money. Not only after the first swig is it harsh, but it literally tasted like rubbing alcohol- what can I say other than I have never tasted rubbing alcohol, but the taste, was like the smell. This was awful, and not worth the $22 I spent for it. Don’t waste your money. Very unsatisfied and disappointed. I did however get 2 real cool aluminium bottles, but they are not worth $22 dollars, that’s for sure.

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    WGM Reply:

    Sounds about right Michael. This vodka is just flat out horrible.

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    -V- Reply:

    In What state and liquor store did you obtain your vodka.

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    Michael Noble Reply:

    Kerrville, Texas Western Beverages Inc.

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    WGM Reply:

    PA and NJ.

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  • Allan

    Yeah has to take the keychain/d ring off. It made my life a living hell trying to close it sober. I ended up just leaving the cap off till I was completely finnished. Took nè a few months to finish it off cause it was extremely harsh coming from ciroc.

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  • B.R.

    Nice review. It does have a bite and the bottle is a pain in the ass when opening and closing it. But damn, it looks cool!

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    It may look cool, but it’s one of the worst vodkas I ever had period. I will try it again though, could have been a bad bottle.

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    Gelman77 Reply:

    If Kru 82 is one of the worst vodkas you’ve ever had, then you’ve never looked below eye level in a liquor store. It isn’t great, or even good, vodka but comparing it to bottom shelf college swill is hyperbolic and effete.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Gelman, I get what you’re saying but there is no point comparing anything to Popov and Vladimir and others.

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