If you don't know about vodka, and you're in the supermarket faced with rows and rows of bottles- you might be temped to pick the cheapest imperial vodka you can see, or splash out on the safe option of smirnoff, both options actually equally disgusting. You're better off looking for red square, as for a gray goose sipping vodka snob like me I think it's actually as smooth as stoli when mixed but with a price tag similar to glens, it is my vodka of choice for mixing with long drinks, don't drink it neat though, remember this isn't stoli.
It has a very english look to it, like a big clear bottle of WKD- but at least it doesn't try (and fail) to look foreign like glen's does- it costs money to build a good brand identity- req square save money by keeping it simple, and putting those marketing dollars back into making a good product.
It used to taste even better than it does now, but recently due to cost cutting by Halewood International (the company who product this vodka) the beverage has been downgraded to the same level of quality as what they use for supermarket own brand basic vodkas- so now instead of getting a surprisingly good vodka you're getting a rebranded asda smart price vodka, but i'd rather pay the slight premium still to get red square as it feels more premium than supermarket own brand.
Not as great as it once was, but still a very good vodka for the price (better than glens anyway), so it would still be my choice for the budget conscious, especially if you just plan to drink it with coke.
Currently I am not a big drinker. I am on various medication which you shouldnt drink on so my nights out have decreased substantially from a couple of years ago! I have a few favourite tipples which include Southern Comfort and Lemonade, Jagermeister and you cant beat a good shot! However, vodka is probably my most consumed alcohol and it probably is my favourite because it can be bought anywhere, can be mixed with anything and most people can drink vodka so if buying it to drink at home or a party with friends it is an easy drink that will appeal to most people.
I have never been brand loyal to vodka. When I was much younger I would get whatever I could get my mitts on but these days I do prefer to go for a branded product as I am absolutely terrified of being sick and for some reason in my mind buying a brand means less chance of throwing up! I know, absolutely false but thats my theory!
I often buy Smirnoff but I would say around half of the time I buy Red Square. I buy Red Square because it is a very reasonable price but also high quality for a spirit which is going to be mixed in my opinion. If you are a vodka conessieur then I imagine this would be a bit low quality for you but for me its fine.
The brand can be found in a few different sized bottles including 70cl and 1 litre. Currently I can only see the 70cl variety on the Asda website and that is selling for £10.97 which I think is a very reasonable price. This is the bottle that I currently have in my cupboard.
The label has changed since Dooyoo added their picture and the vodka now shows a bright red square with the brand detailing on the front and a bright red cap and neck etc. At a very quick glance you could possibly mistake it for Smirnoff I suppose but most vodkas seem to follow the red branding.
The vodka is pure 37.5% vodka which is standard for vodka bought in supermarkets and pubs, clubs etc. A standard measure which will provide you with one unit of alcohol is 25ml so if following these guidelines then the bottle would last for 28 drinks which puts the vodka at less than 40p per serving which is excellent value for money when you consider you would pay around £2.40 in the lower priced pubs and around £5 in nightclubs.
However, I dont tend to measure out my shots so it rarely lasts that long! I imagine I end up giving doubles all the time but I dont know for certain as I only ever drink when I know I wont be driving so units arent too much of an issue for me.
One day last summer me and my friends had a half bottle of this, a whole bottle of this and a whole bottle of peach schnapps so around 175cl in total. There were three of us in total...first I was sick, then Katie was sick...only one of us was fine! So if being drank in excess then it is likely to make you a bit poorly!
The vodka can be used in a manner of ways, I mainly use it with a mixer or cocktails. I never drink it straight as I dont think it would taste very nice. However, I often get a strong taste of the vodka when I reach the bottom of my glass. It has a bitter but smooth taste. It doesnt burn the back of your throat but it does certainly have a kick. I think the vodka is high quality as it doesnt leave a bitter aftertaste like cheaper vodka does. When mixed with drinks it provides a slightly different flavour with the mixer providing most of the flavour and the vodka providing a sort of dull background flavour which is quite heavy.
Here are a couple of my favourite cocktail recipes which I have often used red square in:
Sex on the beach:
Ingredients: 2 shots red square (or 4...), 2 shots Archers (or 4...) approx 250ml cranberry juice, 250ml orange juice and crushed ice.
Method: 1) Fill a pitcher so it is around 1/3 full with ice.
2) Add the alcohol
3) Add the cranberry juice followed by the orange juice
4) Stir and voila...you have your very own sex on the beach!
Ingredients: 2 shots red square, 2 shots Archers, 250ml cranberry juice and crushed ice.
Method: As above without the orange juice!
These are both extremely tasty, sex on the beach is my favourite cocktail and my best friends is woo woo so this works well for us as we usually have one of each!
I really like red square. I think it provides a quality vodka that you can trust and it is a very reasonable price. Definitely recommended.
I work as quality control for an alcohol factory that makes and bottles Red Square Vodka.
Red Square Vodka is own by Halewood int. based in Liverpool. It is a 37.5% vodka. Looks wise, it comes in a clear bottle with a red cap with Red Square printed on it. The labels are clear with red writting on them.
About 18 months ago the receipe for Red Square Vodka was changed to cut back on costs, Halewood had a few financial problems about 2 years ago. Most consumers aren't aware of the change in the receipe.
The vodka which is now labelled as Red Square is actualy a standard, cheap vodka, the same vodka we label for tesco, asda ect. as their value vodkas.
The ONLY vodka still using the oringinal receipe is Spars own brand Imperial Vodka (they bought the rights to the receipe). The new style 'basic' Red Square is still a good vodka if being used as a mixer but I wouldn't recommend drinking it neat. It has no added ingredients to give it 'extra' taste that makes a good neat vodka but overall still a good, clean tasting vodka.
Red Square vodka is available in 20cl, 35cl, 70cl and 1 litre bottles.
Red Square Vodka is generally one of the cheaper non-store branded vodkas available, at around £10 for a 0.7l bottle. Now i'm not a Vodka expert by any means, but I've drank enough of the stuff to know what I enjoy and what makes me heave, and sadly enough this is one of the vodka brands that makes me feel a little queasy from the first sip. However, I did find it was much better with pepsi, than with a cheaper supermarket branded cola, and it was also a good vodka to mix with fruit juice that counteracts the slightly bitter after taste.
For the price, this vodka is reasonably good, cheap and good to mix. It's especially good for cocktails where you can't taste anything specific so to put an expensive spirit in is a waste of time. You just won't be swigging this one out of the bottle unless you've already anaesthetised your taste buds for the night!
I decided to go for a change in my usual tipple tonight and have a couple of Vodka Red Square's - not just normal Vodka Red Square though, oh no, I've just sampled the lovliness that is Vodka Red Square IRN-BRU. Yummy. I originally went round to the shop for a loaf and some frozen veg and what do I come back with? 8 bottles of this lovely drink and 4p change... Mark is not amused - cue one STARVING man at breaktime tomorrow (no sarnies, see) and one hungover woman who can't be bothered to argue about it! Anyway, on with it. I brought the 275ml bottles for the amazingly cheap price of 2 for £1 (normally between 89p and 99p each) from Londis. To be honest, I haven't seen them anywhere else, but then I haven't really looked! The colouring of the bottle is predominantly orange, blue and white. In fact, the whole bottle just reminds me of the old Irn Bru cans - the design and colours are almost identical. Turn the bottle round and I'm chuffed with the lack of information!!! Why do the people who make our food feel we have to know every little detail about it? All the back of this bottle tells you is that it contains 13.5% vodka (great!). Open the bottle (use a bottle opener, not your teeth lads!) and a smell hits you that screams Irn Bru, its a sweet smell with a hint of..... what? I don't know, the secret Irn Bru ingredient that gives it that smell that you can't quite put your finger on. A nice smell though. The taste test. The first couple of mouthfuls are very gassy but then it seems to settle down. It tastes of Irn Bru! Nothing else, just Irn Bru. There's no hint of a taste of alcohol or that sour taste you sometimes get with this type of drink. Theres a slight aftertaste of something alcoholic, but I don't think you'd notice unless you know what you were drinking. Pour someone a glass of this and tell them its Irn Bru and you'll get away with it - promise. It's quite sweet, b
ut not as sweet as it smells and not so sweet that you have trouble finishing it. I've just sat here for 10 minutes wondering how to describe the taste but I can't except to say it tastes like Irn Bru (those of you who have ever drunk Irn Bru will know it's impossible to describe) but with a bit of a kick if you're looking for one. Don't be fooled by the taste though, it's alcoholic! After swigging the first couple of bottles back like they were pop, I started to feel very tipsy! At 5.5% it's only slightly stronger than a can of Carling, but it feels WAY stronger. I think it's because it feels like a 'nicer' drink than a can of lager so you drink it quicker. You can contact the makers of Vodka Red Square Irn Bru by writing to Halewood International Ltd, Roberttown, WF15 7LL. Or check out www.halewood-int.com Thanks for reading.
Since putting my back out at work the physiotherapist has reccomended I sample a few bevvies in the evening as means to loosen up my tightened back muscles. I'm not much of a drinker generally (honestly) but always take medical advice..when it sounds fun anyway. So off I trotted to the shops tonight (doing my exercises too you see!) and decided to try something a bit different. I have always enjoyed Red squaresince its launch but generally avoid vodka due to the ... er...gastric nature of the hangover. Since they have begun to introduce these 70cl bottles though I have begun to drink it again as it is enough to mellow you out without getting blottoed. I decided to try the Wolfberry Red Square. It comes, as I have said in a 70cl bottle although I have not yet seen smaller bottles out and costs £2.48 - cheaper than most wines of the same size. The ingredients are black vodka 13.3% strength (although the ABV is 5.5 %), ginseng (a south american root traditionally supplied as a supplement to increase energy levels, taurine (as found in Red Bull, believed to be very bad for the brain cells but then so is most alcohol if not consumed in moderation so I take this as a panic mongering), caffiene(as I'm sure everyone knows found in tea, coffee and many soft drinks and provider of energy) and wolfberry(I have only ever seen this before as a part of energy drinks so I believe it may have similar properties). The other ingredients act as a foil to the sedative effects of the alcohol which is why 70cl later I am still buzzing. The liquid itself is black and smells of black currant. It has a slight fizz to it but nothing over powering as would be found in soft drinks, I believe the term used may be sparkling. Served best ice cold it has an odd taste. It is very reminiscent of blackcurrant but has a bite which puts me in mind of a drink I used to drink called Indigo. I cannot place it but has overtones of energy drinks.
It is a fairly mellow taste though so you will not find yourself gasping with it. It is pleasant but would not be my first choice if I were to look for something to drink again. If you are the sort of person who enjoys vodka or blackcurrant flavours in your tipple though you may enjoy it. And my back does indeed feel more relaxed! Happy Hunting
What can I say about Vodka? I thought, as I continued my market research and sampled a third Red Square Vodka and lemonade. Mmm, still not sure. Excuse me for a minute while I refresh my memory with regard to the taste. Oh yes, the op! Vodka is a distilled spirit which is usually around 37.5% proof. It's clear in colour and can be mixed with many different fruit juices, coca cola, and almost anything you could think of. There are many different brands of this spirit and I have heard many people say that there is no difference in quality between the most expensive and the cheapest. I decided to do a little experiment. It took me three weeks to conduct but I'm pretty sure of my results. Red Square is what I would term a mid-price Vodka. The taste (even though it isn't supposed to taste, or smell, according to popular opinion) is very slightly bitter and the smell is not very strong. It took a lot of lemonade to get rid of the bitter after taste. Morrinov Vodka is Morrisons Supermarket own brand and it was the cheapest of all. The smell was the same as that of Red Square but it didn't have that bitter after taste. It was 37.5% proof and the bottle was the same size but not so attractive. Smirnoff was the other brand I compared. It was a little smoother than the other two brands and not quite so hot. It had very little smell. The bottle bears the red and silver Smirnoff crest of course and looks much better. Before I pour myself another drink, just to make sure that my test results were accurate let me summarize. (Points out of 10) Smirnoff. Taste 10 Smell 9 Bottle 10 Price £10.99 Red Square Taste 9 Smell 10 Bottle 8 Price £8.99 Morrinov Taste 9 Smell 9 Bottle 6 Price £6.99 VERDICT: Smirnoff isn't worth paying £4 extra for unless you are having a party and want to impress! Red Square isn
39;t worth buying if you have a Morrisons Store near you. (Save yourself £2 as Morrinov is really no different to Red Square) The things I do for Dooyoo! Three weeks of Vodka testing just to write one op!
Vodka.. almost a stranger to no one, and more than a friend to some, But what gets me are the Vodka snobs. To eloborate, a vodka snob is a drinker that will have only top branded vodkas such as smirnoff, and then only the proper colour of label for that particular season. Now I'm not having a go at smirnoff, it's a drink I do enjoy, and yet it is not a 'must' have. I don't think Vodka can be viewed in the same way as say whiskey, different whiskeys can be vastly different in taste and body. Vodka can have sultle differences but I've never found one vodka (save the pre-flavoured type) to be majorly different to another.. and I've tried a few. With this in mind I turn to Red square. Taste : Vodka Texture : Vodka what more do you need? A cheap and cheerful vodka for any use that vodka had before. And I would like to see anyone to take the vodka pepsi challenge and pick out the 'proper' vodkas.
Producer: Halewood International, UK