WHAT IS IT?
Vodka from the Grant's label. It has an alcohol content of 37.5% and is a budget vodka brand with a bottle costing about £8.99.
WHAT CAN I MIX WITH IT?
I drink vodka with either tonic or Coca Cola and lots of ice. The beauty of vodka is that you can mix anything with it but the harsh flavour of this vodka by Grant's means it does not taste very nice with orange juice.
This vodka is very harsh and not smooth like Smirnoff or Absolut vodka. It has got a very bitter aftertaste that gives me heartburn after I have only had one or two glasses of it with a mixer and ice. It does not have any depth to the flavour and it is really for people who are not very bothered by what vodka they drink.
WHAT I THINK
When I drink Grant's vodka it always disappoints me because the flavour is so harsh that it's not an enjoyable drink. I think it is the sort of spirit that younger people drink when they want to get drunk. I measure it out so that I can add lots of mixer and make a long drink out of it but I do not enjoy Grant's vodka at all so do not drink it very often, only when my husband's brother visits because this is usually what he brings.
I sometimes make it taste a bit nicer by adding a layer of sugar to the rim of the glass and then mix it with a strong tasting juice like pineapple juice to take away some of the bitterness of the vodka taste. Sometimes when you read cocktail making guides they tell you you can use cheap vodka to keep the costs down, but I used some leftover Grant's vodka to make a Bloody Mary and it spoiled the flavour altogether and made the drink very harsh tasting. This is what happens whatever you mix this vodka with anything and it makes it a waste of money I think.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
More often than not when out for a night of drinks and fun I will always opt for the vodka diet coke drink purely because of the lack of calories in this drink compared with the other drinks that I really enjoy drinking. For this fact I tend to always have a bottle of vodka at home in the drinks cabinet and the bottle that is in there at the moment is this Grants Vodka.
Grants vodka is certainly not the nicest vodka you can buy but it is a lot cheaper than the likes of Smirnoff. A 70 cl bottle of this Grants will cost you around the £12 region depending on whether or not it is on a special offer, which it can often be found on. Compared to the over £20 price tag of the Smirnoff this is a cheap price and it is mostly the same price as the stores own brand in Morrison's.
The Grants vodka design doesn't look especially awe inspiring and looks just what it is in my opinion, a cheap vodka. It does however have less alcohol content than a bottle of Smirnoff although at 38% it is still no light weight.
The vodka is a clear liquid that has a very strong astringent aroma and doesn't smell in the slightest bit appealing if you have a sniff out of the bottle. Of course I will always be mixing my vodka with some sort of fizzy drink like coke or lemonade and lime (perfect for the summer). To drink this vodka straight I think you would have to be pretty hard core and I don't think I could bring myself to drink any vodka straight let alone this cheap and rather toxic tasting drink.
I do find though that once this vodka has been mixed with the chosen fizzy drink of choice that the rather strong and slightly chemically taste of the actual vodka gets somewhat lost and the drink just has that little kick you get when drinking alcoholic drinks and not at all like something pretty lethal and you shouldn't be drinking at all.
I certainly get a bit drunk after a mere few "home measures" and I am afraid this is really all I want when buying a vodka. It is cheap and cheerful and does the job. It is not a drink that can be enjoyed for me when drunk alone although the kick you get when drinking it with a lovely cold lemonade and lime on a hot summers day is really very pleasurable.
I think this vodka deserves a modest score of 3 out of 5 stars and although it is not the best vodka money can buy I will probably continue to buy it for the fact that it is a good boozy drink to mix up and get a little merry
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I am all for cheap alcohol. I am a student and therefore it combines my two favourite things - not spending much money and getting drunk. However I also have a modicum of respect for my tastebuds and gag reflex.
Regardless of your views on the origins of human life: Evolution or Creationism, Science or Magic, surely we can all agree that anything which causes you to physically gag is something we were not meant to consume. When you drink Grant's vodka your body attempts to reject it as it would poison. The reason for this is clear: Grant's vodka is poison.
I don't mean this in the same way that "coffee is a drug" or "alcohol is poison" - I mean that anyone who gives you Grant's vodka is attempting to kill you. I propose that shopkeepers who sell Grant's vodka are guilty of attempted murder or at the very least assistance of suicide.
While many argue that it is cheap and, if you can force it upon your body, it "does the trick" you have to ask yourself - at what cost? It's cheap and no worse for you in the long term than anything else you might want to binge drink, but in the short term you are forced through a horrendous experience of getting drunk. The entire point of getting drunk is that you enjoy yourself - so why should you not enjoy the process? The journey should be just as much fun as the destination.
My advice would be to upgrade to a slightly more palatable vodka. However, if your budget is really that tight and you absolutely must get drunk then I wholeheartedly recommend theft. It's for the greater good.
Distilled in Scotland in the United Kingdom from sugar beet Its produced by Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse a company based in Ayrshire. The vodka was launched in the seventys and was originally known as Grants but as it increased in popularity another company called William Grant & Sons which produces Grants whisky appealed to the Scottish Courts due consumers thinking grants whisky made grants vodka too but wasnt the case and forcing the name to be changed Grants scottish vodka was relaunched as Glens (The Exciting Vokda) in 2003. Dont let the cheap price tag fool you! Tastes not too bad really but after the first glass all vodkas tend to taste the same lets not kid but i prefer glens to any other vodkas ive tasted and trust me theres a wide variety. Makes a good drink at the weekend if you put it in the freezer and then pour onto some chilled diet coke or cherry coke !
Well, before anyone says "but its pure mingin man!" i would like to state that, to truly rate something, you have to take its price into account.
Grant's vodka is, at 37.5% your average strength vodka, but at frequently seven pounds a bottle, it is frequently at the same price as the standard supermarket brand price, and i would say that it is considerably better than supermarket brand.
Generally, supermarkets will, in trying to cover every food and drink product, produce all of everything at the same time, and as they say jack of all trades, master of none, this usually strikes true. Generally, a company which specialises in a certain product will produce a higher quality than the supermarket chain, but the larger comapnies can costcut and charge less. This however is not the case with this beverage.
Grant's does taste a bit like paintstripper to be honest, but how many people out there drink vodka without mixer? With mixer, it really is hard to distinguish the taste of grant's and smirnoff, so who cares? To me, Grant's should be taken for what it is, cheap, nasty, but really could be worse, and when your buying on a budget you simply cant pay the 3 pound more for smirnoff, or even more still for absolut.
So i say buy it, enjoy it, and mix it, as shots are gonna taste revolting whatever vodka you have.
I often pick up a bottle of vodka when I go shopping but recently I noticed a bottle of Grants that was considerably cheaper than the more well known brand and after looking more closely at the bottle I noticed that there was no difference in the percentage, as it was also at 37.5% so I decided to give it a go.
I usually mix vodka with something like lemonade and I when I did this with the Grants I found that I was quite pleasantly surprised. The flavour was very good and the only thing I really noticed was that it could have been a little smoother.
I also tried it along with other soft drinks and again it was very good. I used to buy Smirnoff, which I can tell is better quality, but as a cheaper alternative Grants does the job very well.
I recently threw a cocktail party and decided to get the cheaper spirits as I needed so many and this really helped cut down on the costs and it turned out that the Grants was extremely popular, leaving me with very little.
I've tried this particular vodka along with several others and as far as I can see, you get what you pay for. You can tell a good vodka by drinking it straight, no water, no ice, nothing added. If it catches at the back of your throat and tries to rip it out, it's poor quality. A quality vodka is smooth and very pleasant to drink without being mixed with anything. Not Grants, you can't drink it straight.
Grant's Vodka is sadly, very poor. Only worth buying if you're going to mix it with orange, coke or whatever to hide the taste.
It must be said not a lot of people like cheap vodka and I myself do not like it. But start it of with a mixer, I am a big fan of coke and vodka, but has to be an expensive coke, Pepsi and diet Cola work very well. Just before going out clubbing I was going to go around to a mates for some drinks a few films. So I stop of at my local supermarket the Co-Op where I used to work and still know some people so I can use their 10% discount card (keep it hush). But SHOCK HORROR they had run out of my normal Imperial Co-Op Vodka after a minute or five of panicking I decided upon actually trying another one, and I used to work here so trust me I know that I am not the only one whom sticks to the same brand all the time. Grant caught my eye because well I had never heard of it before so the 70cl bottle was shouting at to me, tall, clear and unknown whom could resist? So I picked it off the shelve headed towards the till with my passport of course because under age drinking is nothing to be taken lightly and I am more then proud to offer ID, (I would like to say hello to my sponsors the government) :D ok back to the serious review: It cost me £10.99 for a litre bottle working out to be £10.99 per litre, compared to my normal Imperial litre and half which works out to be £10.66 per litre, that is an extra 33p but I was not put of. I had to wait another 50 minutes of sitting on the bus till I got to my mates. Had a few beers first of all then got out the bottle my mate ran and instantly got 2 glasses and some Pepsi like the good man he is (Hi Tommy *waves*). Poured out 2 shots of vodka to glass of Pepsi, make sure the glass is not to big and you should just be able to taste the vodka for a good mix (what a tip). Had a few n
ot bad at all, then shameful the shot glasses come out, this is where I come into my own league with not being very good at downing large quantities. Started hitting them back a bottle later and couple of other things we were ready for clubbing. The taste of the vodka was very raw taste was not sweetened at all, those whom don’t like raw tasting drinks drink Smirnoff so I would have to advise this drink to them. Side Affects: Dries up the back of the throat. Headache. Bad looking people to look good. Zigzag walking. But these are not bad I advise everyone to try them out at least once. Ok this has been one of my more humorous reviews, good mood I suppose but id like to say that getting drunk beyond the fact that you can’t control yourself costs lives and more and more people are drinking younger and younger I would ask that you show some tolerance when drinking and know your limits. At 38% this can prove to be a deadly drink Take Care © David James Clark DavidJamesClark@hotmail.com (any question e-mail or msn)
Grants is a vodka I have only seen during my time in Scotland, when it seemed to be available at fish and chip shops with offsales (off licences) and was alarmingly cheap. This stuff is somewhat akin to paintstripper, although of course if you were to drink paint-stripper you would find your stomach is a considerable spot of bother, moreso than from drinking Grants. Grants comes in 70cl bottles for around £8.00, which is to be fair, considerably cheaper than even Smirnoff Red Label. Most fish and chip shops tend to sell the half bottle (35cl) and quarter bottle (20cl) sizes. This vodka is so rough that I could not contemplate drinking it neat, and even heavily masked with coke, irn bru, or any other mixer this vodka is not a lot better than punch grade vodka for students (i.e. the stuff you put in your punch at a party - served in a bin and invariably containing a multitude of alcoholic sins, guaranteed to give you an absolutely shocking headache. Drinking this is akin to drinking at the last chance saloon, and I would recommend to pay the extra and drink something that is actually drinkable.
Not to put to fine a point on it, Grants Vodka is the stuff high school kids drink. Its very cheap (one reason why it is so popular), about £7 a 70cl bottle and it shows. Vodka doesn't smell great at the best of times but this stuff can make your stomach churn just by smelling it. I found it almost impossible to drink by itself, even after it had been in the freezer for a few hours. Student tip: Leaving vodka in the freezer for a while makes it better to down/ take shots of...and according to my dad its good for stomach upsets (?) Even in half a pint of Coke or orange juice it was still an effort to drink. Grant's has a distinctive taste and smell (as most cheap vodkas do). Although I've tried drinking anti-freeze, I'm pretty sure Grants tastes worse. We ended up making vodka jelly from it, which wasn't too bad. It is really not worth buying Grant's even if you just want to get drunk. I guarantee your stomach and your head will not thank you the next day. Stick with the better brands such as Smirnoff or Absolut Vodka.
I tend to usually drink Grants Vodka when I am in the house. I costs about £7 for a 70cl bottle. That is quite good. The taste is better than other vodkas. Sometimes I find that when there is cheaper Vodkas then the taste can be quite off-putting but this one is good. The percentage is the normal for Vodka about 38%. I would say I drink this because of the price. It is alright to have a few before you go out. It is very easy to drink and I have never had any problems when I drink this. It is quite boring compared to other drinks but it does the job and I am happy with the quality and price. That is all that matteres.
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