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When you think vodka, you think russia. But really most 'premium' vodka's aren't from Russia! Stoli is technically latvian, absolut is swedish, belvedere is polish, and grey goose, arguably one of the most recognisable premium vodka's on the planet is actually french! It is so popular because of some very clever marketing campaigns linking it with luxury lifestyles, whoever does their marketing and PR needs some serious appluase as gray goose has taken over the world despite only being 15 years old (introduced in 1997), compared to smirnoff which was introduced around 1860! Gray Goose's tagline is 'the best tasting vodka in the world', a hyperbolic and ambitious statement but one I might actually agree with. I always say with vodka there are 'pure' and 'flavoured' vodka, and by flavoured I don't mean the smirnoff with peach/strawberry/vanilla type of flavour, I mean more of a flavour imparted by the distillation, a subtle flavour such as the herb taste of zubrowka, or the peppered taste of russian standard. Gray Goose is a 'pure' vodka, having very little taste at all, a super smooth aftertaste, if it wasn't so expensive it would be perfect for drink mixing as it's borderline undetectable- so with that in mind don't waste your money by slipping this with coke, drink it neat. Neat, chilled, and sipped from a small glass is how one should enjoy this vodka- the bottle, which looks amazing by the way with it's mix of plain and frosted glass, looks especially premium when small beads of condensation form on it. The 'cork' top instead of a screw top is the final crowning glory. In terms of taste, there is very little (curiously, this is a good thing) except for a slight burning sensation and a very subtle citrus taste- enjoy the purity that you get over smirnoff but don't expect any complex flavours you're likely to pick up in a good scotch. Sometimes you can get this bottle in a presentation box, which makes for very easy wrapping and a very well received gift! It's expensive, no doubt about that- but there are more expensive vodka's out there, but none have the clout that Gray goose has, give someone a bottle of gray goose and watch them smile, give them a bottle of obscure #hardtofindoutsodeofrussia vodka with a name they can't even guess at and they're unlikely to care that it costs 3x what gray goose sell's for. A little history on gray goose I copied from wiki: "Grey Goose was designed for the American market in 1997 by Sidney Frank, a self-made billionaire. After the advent of the premium vodka market by rival Polish vodka brand Belvedere vodka in 1996, his concept was to create a high quality vodka for Americans. He took the idea from the notion of French manufacturing having an inherent link with high perceived quality, quickly dispatching a team to Europe. Grey Goose was created as a result. Grey Goose vodka is produced and bottled in France.It is made from Class 1 blé panifiable supérieur French winter wheat from the Picardy region of France and spring water from Gensac springs. It is distilled in a column still and the high proof spiritis then blended with spring water that has been filtered through limestone in the Cognac region of France. Grey Goose was sold for $2 billion, in cash, to Bacardi. This sale made Frank an estimated profit of $1.6 billion." Hope you found this review interesting, and informative.
Usually, the sight of my bank balance is enough to override any impulsive desires my taste-buds might have. But on one occasion I did 'splash out' (being careful not to physically splash anything out) and buy a bottle of Grey Goose Vodka from my local Tesco's store. For a 70 cl bottle, I paid £37.00 - which is more than double what I'd usually pay (for a moderate-quality brand like Glen's or Imperial), but I have to say that overall it was worth it! The Background: Apparently, Grey Goose was developed with the American middle/upper class market in mind. Sidney Frank, founder, took his idea for a premium vodka for the U.S. to France (where techniques had been perfected in the art of distillation and ingredients). Despite competition from other premium brands, Frank succeeded in integrating the vodka into American society - and now everywhere you look, the rich and famous are seen with Grey Goose on their tables. Rappers are inadvertently promoting the substance by mentioning it in songs and (I presume) drinking it... although I'm sure there's some clever corporate tinkering going on here. In 2004 the brand was sold to the Bacardi group for approximately 2.2 billion U.S. dollars, and it remains one of the most successful vodka brands in the world. The Bottle: It is made from seemingly top quality materials, including a clouded glass design, featuring white birds flying over an icey mountain range. The text is sleek and stylish (in accordance with the bottles slim design) and Christens the bottle neatly, not bombarding the (usually tipsy) drinker with too much information - the usual stuff is included, such as ABV (alcohol by volume), which is 40% for this product! Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Grey Goose bottle however, is its replaceable cork. Instead of a screw top, a cork with plastic tip is pulled from the bottle when a drink is required (in order to retain the full quality in taste of the vodka). The Taste: Unlike other brands, which tend to give in to the over-whelming, tongue-twisting power of alcohol on the taste buds, Grey Goose seems to have hit the hammer on the head, burying that usually bitter, spiky, heavy-hitting feature of vodka behind a wall of light aroma and taste clarity. You achieve a certain level of refreshment (odd though it sounds) from this French-crafted substance. Yes, the alcohol still makes known its piercing influence, but when mixed, the taste subsides, and only the good qualities of the vodka are sensed - its welcoming heat and temporary after-taste, and its smooth texture. The after-taste its self is light and it fades quickly, elongating the warmth experienced from each sip just that bit further than usual. Compared with lesser priced vodka's, the after-taste is far superior - it's actually an enjoyable thing! In all, I found Grey Goose to be a lovely alternative to my usual preference of Glen's or Imperial vodka, which lack any sense of style or taste-finesse. In this case, cost brings quality, at £37 a 70 cl bottle, it's not often you get the chance to splash out on something like this, so make sure every sip is treasured - if not for the amount you paid, for the passion those distillers who have created something truly unique. RATING: 4.5/5 PRICE: £37 - 70 cl ABV: 40% AVAILABILITY: tesco.com (and in-store). Drink responsibly... a little goes a long way!
Gray goose is delicious vodka, end of story. All vodka tastes horrible, the more expensive a vodka is the less it tastes like vodka, the purest and most expensive vodka's taste like fiery water. Gray goose tastes clear as a whistle, it makes a fine mixing drink but it's sacrilegious to not drink it neat. Chilled in a small glass (don't shot it), just sip it, and savour it's lack of flavour (if you concentrate really hard you might get a faint hint of lemon creeping in). The bottle is a joy to look at, frosted glass and it usually comes in a nice presentation box. I think it is expensive for what it is, but luckily I didn't buy it as it was a present- i'm 3/4 of the way through now and I can't bring myself to drink the rest, I shall probably just keep the bottle 1/4 full so that I look classier than I really am
When I am out with the girls, Vodka is usually my drink of choice. I'm not fussy with it as in my opinion it all tastes bad so when asked in a bar what type of vodka I want with my mixer, my response is usually "the cheapest one". The same goes for when I would buy it a supermarket, choosing 'vidka' which is our nickname for cheap and nasty vodkas. Last year at my best friend's wedding, one of the other guest had brought a bottle of Grey Goose. He made me a drink and I remember think he'd been a little bit tight with the vodka as all I could taste was the lemonade. I watched him make me the second one and was a little bit shocked at the amount of vodka which he actually included. I was even more shocked when all I could taste again was the lemonade... That's when I realised that, in fact, not all vodka is the same. About the drink Grey is a relatively new drink which began production in 1997 and it was created by an American billionaire who wanted to develop a high quality vodka. In 2004, Bacardi bought the brand and it is now produced in France. It is made using French winter wheat and after it is has been distilled, the spirit is blended with spring water from 500 feet below ground level and then filtered through limestone. Each batch of Grey Goose is personally sampled before it is bottled. It is a strong drink has an alcohol percentage of around 40% so it should be drunk in moderation and as it contains alcohol is shouldn't be consumed by anyone under the age of 18. Packaging and Price The drink comes contained within a cloudy glass bottle through which you can partially see the liquid inside. The bottle is closed with a blue lid and although the lid looks like a screw top lid, it is actually a cork of sorts. On the front of the bottle there is a picture of some swans flying away and it has the French colours at the bottom to show where it is made. The product is expensive which reflects its quality and it will cost you around £35 for 70cl. It can be bought from large supermarkets and also from a variety of online websites. Varieties I have only tried the original Grey Goose but the product also comes in a variety of flavours. Also available is Black Cherry, Pear, Orange and also Lemon flavour so if you like things with a fruity kick then you might wish to try one of these. The taste I haven't drunk this vodka straight but I have drunk it both with lemonade and with fruit juice, which is how I would usually drink vodka. It actually has no taste at all when put with a mixer. It doesn't have that nasty taste that comes with cheap vodkas, no horrible dryness and no after taste either. It is completely smooth, doesn't catch in your throat and it doesn't make you feel sick either. The product is easy to drink so you need to watch how many you have. The best thing about this drink was I didn't have a hangover which is a rarity for me. Even though I drank the same amount as I usually would, in the same circumstance, I was bright and breezy in the morning so you can tell this is a high quality drink. That being said, it definitely did make me tipsy so there's no doubting the alcohol content at all. The drink can be drunk in shot form, in with a mixer or as part of a cocktail. Conclusion This drink is of a very high quality and it's made me realise the rubbish that I have been putting in my body over the years. It has no nasty taste and it doesn't leave you with a horrible hangover or feeling sick. I couldn't go back to 'vidka' again and although it is expensive, it's worth paying that bit more and getting a well made and high quality product. I would definitely recommend this product to any vodka drinker.
I worked in a cocktail bar for a year or two and Grey Goose vodka was the only vodka we would use in our cocktails. It's a French premium vodka that is actually manufactured by Bacardi and it has a very clean taste (unlike Bacardi rum!). You'd be lucky to find it for less than £30 online and quite likely more in shops. When I went through duty free in December it was £32 for 70cl so it is more expensive than a lot of other vodkas, but that's because it's very different from other vodkas. As a student, we tend to buy the cheapest alcohol we can find and this often means buying 'Tesco Value Vodka' which let's face it, tastes and smells like paint stripper. It will ruin any drink you put it in and no matter how diluted it is, you will always taste this artificial chemically taste. This is not the case with Grey Goose. Obviously it's a very strong spirit - 40% ABV - and it tastes like vodka, but it is drinkable on its own with some ice and a slice. It's a spirit which is meant to be enjoyed, not drowned out with coke. Keep it in the fridge or freezer to bring out the full flavour - which has been described as mineral water with a kick! As I mentioned above, this is a great vodka to use in cocktails. It makes a great Bloody Mary with tomato juice and tobacco and if you like Cosmopolitans then splash out on a bottle of Grey Goose and Cointreau and you will get cocktails as good as any bar. Nothing ruins a cocktail like cheap vodka so it is worth splashing out if you want to make something nice at home. Grey Goose also has some other flavour such as Citron and L'orange which are nice for mixing in certain cocktails, but not great for drinking on their own. One thing to bear in mind if you're planning on travelling to the USA - you can buy Grey Goose for about £20 or less so pick some up in duty free over there! It's worth it.
Grey Goose Vodka is premium vodka, premium being what you pay to get a bottle of it and to be fair is no better than a £15.00 bottle of polish or Russian vodka. Now I do have a polish partner and having spent time with her family I usually only drink vodka as a neat shot. This is because you shouldn't waste good vodka. I can't do that with grey goose as it is not smooth enough to palate neat. I would however recommend it as good mixing vodka. If you are buying vodka for the taste of it and insist on spending Grey Goose amounts then I would definitely recommend selecting either Belvedere, Stolichnaya elite or Chopin Rye. If you haven't tasted other top vodka's then I can see why some people would be impressed by Grey Goose, however there are better vodka's available for the same amount and less. I used to personally love Grey Goose and I still believe it makes the nicest vodka and orange but this was before I had tasted other "premium" vodka's. if your mixing your vodka stick to cheaper brands, if you are drinking it neat then go further east in Europe to where vodka originated to get the best.
I generally am a firm believer that you get what you pay for and therefore it is generally worth paying that little bit extra for better quality. However, there are a few exceptions to this and, I believe, one of these exceptions is when buying vodka. Most of us that drink Vodka are used to the typical Smirnoff Vodka which has become synonomous with vodka as a whole - but there are other brands on the market, some cheaper and some more expensive - and I have to say that having sampled many of them, the difference is so small that I say go for the cheapest option available! Does that make me sound like a heathen??? Grey Goose is considerably more expensive than Smirnoff (or the supermarket brands), costing around £31 for a 750ml bottle. The bottle itself is, in my opinion, less striking than the Smirnoff red, but it does look crisp and sophisticated none the less. One difference is that the bottle has a cork-style stopper rather than a screw top lid, but I really don't see the point in this as even highly respected vineyards are using screw tops these days. The vodka itself smells like.....ummm vodka. Honestly, I have heard people say that it smells sweeter and crisper etc.....the usual spiel....but to be honest, I really can't smell any difference between this and every other brand of vodka I have sampled (and vodka is one of my drinks of choice). I do think there is a very very small difference in the taste, but unless you drink a lot of vodka I really don't think that this is something that you'd pick up on. The taste is ever so slightly purer - the only way I can really think of describing it is that it is less chemical and so the aftertaste is cleaner. However, for anyone that uses mixers with their vodka, I really don't think you'd notice the difference as the mixer tends to mask the typical vodka chemical aftertaste. And so, naively, I thought that perhaps drinking a more expensive vodka would result in less of a hangover the next day. Alas, after recently attending a wedding where I drank liters of the stuff (okay, maybe not liters, but a lot!), I can assure you that the hangover was every bit as bad as I have experienced before. Overall, I really cannot recommend this vodka as it costs too much for a taste which is basically the same. I guess if you were buying someone a bottle of vodka as a gift then you might want to opt for this one to make it a little different.
Grey Goose Vodka Before I met my husband I thought vodka was just vodka, preferably served up cold with some cranberry juice or as part of some cocktail, but it wasn't anything that I gave a considerable thought to. I used to just buy the middle of the shelf brand (and I still mostly do), something not that expensive but not quite the paint stripper of the lower shelves. It was never something that I gave much thought to. However, my husband is a bit of a vodka snob and although he doesn't drink the good stuff that we keep at the back of the drinks cupboard that often, it is always brought out at special occasions and parties. Of his favourite vodka's, grey goose vodka is one of the clear leaders. Grey goose is a French vodka made in the Cognac region of western France and is made from wheat grown in the Beauce region. Even I, a pretty novice vodka drinker can taste the difference in flavour when drinking this vodka, it tastes a lot smoother. It doesn't have a nasty after taste, which some vodkas can have and it smells nicer, it has a sweeter smell than most vodka. It is also a 40% alcohol percentage so it does pack a punch and should of course be drunk in moderation This vodka is really nice when served with something that will allow you to taste it, personally I prefer fruit juice served with my vodka. What I wouldn't do is use this as part of a cocktail where it would really be wasted and you would be better off using the less expensive stuff. The bottle for this is very attractive, it has a stopper instead of being a screw top lid, which is easy enough to use but personally I think that it makes it feel a bit more luxurious. It is also available to buy in some places in presentation boxes which look rather nice and can make for an excellent gift. We even got a magnum bottle of this as a wedding present from an American friend and my now hubby was over the moon. I think I had one drink from it and the husband and his friends enjoyed the rest over several different occasions. You can also buy it in small miniatures, which are harder to find and it took me a while to track one down as a gift for my husband on the morning of our wedding, a little Dutch courage. This is expensive and I wouldn't recommend drinking this on a regular basis or in cocktails, but for a treat or special occasion then this is a great vodka to try. A typical 70 cl bottle will cost somewhere around £30, sometimes a little more depending upon where you purchase it. I think my husband would be cross with me if I gave this anything less than five out of five stars, but it does deserve five out of five stars as it is a really nice vodka.
Grey Goose Vodka / 40%.