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The Vodka Trials: Crystal Head, Tanqueray Sterling, Belvedere, Pinnacle, Tito’s, Stolichnaya & Grey Goose Vodka’s

Crystal Head Vodka1 logo 199x300 The Vodka Trials: Crystal Head, Tanqueray Sterling, Belvedere, Pinnacle, Tito’s, Stolichnaya & Grey Goose Vodka’sCrystal Head Vodka Crushes Competition in Double Blind Taste Test

By Team Goldmine

The Vodka Trials were a double blind taste test featuring premium grain vodka’s going head to head with vodka’s that cost as little as $10 a bottle.  The vodka’s were randomly selected from different price ranges, ratings, fame, popularity and respectability.  Although the expensive and premium Crystal Head stole the show, some more less expensive vodka’s performed very well compared to other premium vodka’s such as Grey Goose, which finished dead last.  The vodka’s finished in the order as follows:

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1. Crystal Head Vodka:

Crystal Head Vodka was the clear winner of the 2011 Vodka Trials and was voted #1 by the majority of tasters.  Legend has it that the 13 crystal heads have been found in regions around the world, from the American southwest to Tibet. They’re dated between 5,000 and 35,000 years old, and were supposedly polished into shape from solid quartz chunks over a period of several hundred years.  This legend is completely full of crap, but hey, the vodka is no joke.  It’s a bit pricey and gimmicky and also owned by Dan Akroyd.  Crystal Head Vodka is made with pure glacier water from Newfoundland Canada, purified through quartz crystals, also known as Herkimer diamonds and four times distilled.  This is simply one of the best vodkas available.  Priced at about $50.

Tasting Notes:  great even flavor and balance, dry, light kick but smooth and very drinkable with a little aftertaste.

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Tanqueray sterling vodka 124x300 The Vodka Trials: Crystal Head, Tanqueray Sterling, Belvedere, Pinnacle, Tito’s, Stolichnaya & Grey Goose Vodka’s2. Tanqueray Sterling Vodka:

Who knew Tanqueray made a vodka?  Guess what!  This vodka is a flat out stud.  Two times distilled, once in a 220 year old copper pot, and made with pure grain, Tanqueray Sterling is a perfect martini vodka, perfect for drinking it straight or a mixer and its only $14.  We love it!

Tasting Notes:  great kick, all around well balanced vodka flavor, spicy, light to medium warmth.

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3. Belvedere Vodka:

Belevedere vodka is one of the world’s first premium vodkas.  Quadruple distilled and made with Danowski gold rye and zero additives, Belvedere is made with water from Belvedere’s own artisan well.  Let us reiterate, this was a double blind taste test and Belvedere vodka almost tied for 2nd place.  This premium vodka proved to be real when it comes to a martini.

Tasting Notes:  Excellent!  Tasty with a kick, extra smooth, great aftertaste, well balanced, distillation very evident and medium warmth.

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Titos handmade Vodka 225x300 The Vodka Trials: Crystal Head, Tanqueray Sterling, Belvedere, Pinnacle, Tito’s, Stolichnaya & Grey Goose Vodka’s4. Pinnacle Vodka:

Pinnacle is a small batch quadruple distilled vodka made with spring water from Northern France.  Made with wheat from the Brie region, and purified through charcoal after distillation.  This is an excellent vodka for $10.  Yup, you can get a full 750ml for just $10.  Pinnacle beat out a couple of vodka legends in our double blind taste test so it can’t be a bad move.

Tasting Notes:  Little kick, light flavor, smooth, crisp with a light aftertaste and medium warmth.

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5. Tito’s Handmade Vodka:

Tito’s is produced in Austin at Texas’ first and made in small batches in an old fashioned pot still.  Tito’s is simply one of the best vodka’s available for just under $20 and one of America’s best vodkas.

Tasting Notes:  Slightly smooth, A bit heavy, strong with a strong aftertaste, a well balanced strong and heavy flavor.

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grey goose 300x300 The Vodka Trials: Crystal Head, Tanqueray Sterling, Belvedere, Pinnacle, Tito’s, Stolichnaya & Grey Goose Vodka’s6. Stolichnaya Vodka:

Made from wheat, rye and glacier water, Stolichnaya is considered to be the classic Russian vodka.  Stoli is solid in a martini, straight or in a mixer but was simply out was simply outgunned in the 2011 Whiskey Goldmine vodka trials.

Tasting Notes:  Dry but flavorful with a great finish and light warmth.

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7. Grey Goose Vodka:

Grey Goose is made from fine French wheat, and water naturally distilled through champagne limestone.  Grey Goose vodka is distilled according to the traditions of the Cognac region and a full flavored medium bodied vodka.  We were always a fan of Grey Goose be it martinis, on the rocks, a shot or in a mixer, but there is no doubt that Grey Goose got crushed in the 2011 Vodka Trials finishing dead last.  What else is there to say?

Tasting Notes:  heavy warmth and burn but smooth, and intense.

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4 comments to The Vodka Trials: Crystal Head, Tanqueray Sterling, Belvedere, Pinnacle, Tito’s, Stolichnaya & Grey Goose Vodka’s

  • mel Johnston

    How much did crystal head pay to have a number 1 rating? To be honest the skull shaped bottle is the only good thing about this vodka until you have a drink of it. The liquid inside tastes so bad it even makes the skull bottle look like a pile of shit afterwards. So overall I would have to say id rather drink from a toilet bowl

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    Matt harvey Reply:

    I actually just went and bought a bottle of this to compare to dirty toilet water and crystal head actually did taste worse.

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