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Stolichnaya Vodka, Absolut Vodka & Skyy Vodka Trials!

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By Matt Goldstein

In part one of the Whiskeygoldmine Vodka Trials, we took three staples of the American vodka consumer, Stoli, Absolut and Skyy.  Like most vodkas consumed in America, these staples are made from grain.   Stoli is distilled in Russia, Absolut in Sweden, and Skyy in the United States.       

The Stoli Vodka Martini

In 1972 at the height of the Cold War, the Unites States & Russia reached a trade deal for Pepsi Cola and Stolichnaya Vodka.  We won’t say which, but one of those countries definitely got the short end of the stick.  In 1985 when Gorbachev instituted Perestroika, Stolichnaya became open to the West.  Made from wheat, rye and glacier water, Stoli is considered to be the classic Russian vodka.   In our first Whiskeygoldmine vodka taste test, Stolichnaya crushed the competition.  The Stolichnaya Vodka martini has a great bite with a thin and beautiful vodka flavor.  The Stoli is sweet, dry and very complex.   There is an overall excellence about this vodka and it separated itself from the pack.  Stoli beat out Absolut and Skyy vodkas with ease. 


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Created over 130 years ago, every drop of Absolut comes from a small village in Ahus, Southern Sweden.   Absolut appeared in America in 1979 and by 2007, Absolut was the fourth largest selling liquor brand in the world behind Smirnoff, Bacardi and Johnnie Walker.  The Absolut martini has a solid bite, bitter aftertaste and good finish.  With a thick mouth feel and a taste of sweet syrup and vanilla, the dry and pleasantly smooth aftertaste makes for a solid vodka and solid martini.  Absolut Vodka effortlessly beat out Skyy Vodka in our first vodka taste test.    


Skyy Vodka Martini

Founded in 1992, Skyy Vodka is created with quadruple distillation, triple fermentation and reverse osmosis, and independent tests claim that Skyy has fewer impurities than any other vodka.  Perhaps, the lack of impurities adds to the lack of character.  Skyy has a thin vodka flavor, yet tangy with a good bite.  We love bite in a vodka but Skyy seriously lacks of flavor and personality.  Although Skyy is less expensive than Stoli and Absolut, there are many vodkas at this price range that are much better than Skyy such as Svedka, Prairie, Danzka and Luksosawa.     

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