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As threatened in a previous post, here is my review on some strong liquor - this one is Smirnoff Vodka.
Actually I'm not a big vodka drinker - I leave that to Baron Spanielmeister. Each evening he has his "Sun downer" drink of a Black Russian cocktail - vodka, Tia Maria and Coke, served with ice in a tall glass with a straw. It's always amusing on holiday, when you get those special offer Happy Hour type things when you get for example a cocktail and a pint for 5 Euro. The waiter always gets it wrong and gives the cocktail to me and the pint to him! He would say he's more refined and not as lager-loutish as I am (however he never complains when it is two pints for 5 Euro instead).
When I enjoy a vodka (sensibly of course) my drink of choice is a Bloody Mary - vodka, tomato juice with added Worchester Sauce (and/or Tabasco) ice and stirred with a stick of celery! Delicious!
In researching the product I went to log on to Smirnoff's website and was delighted to be asked for ID for the first time in *ahem* years! Actually, all you had to do was enter your DOB, but I can still truthfully boast that I was asked of ID - can't I?
I had wanted some good solid sober background history, but the website was full of trendy YouTube videos and recipes (useful, but not at 9.45 in the morning), so I resorted to the bottle instead - I must be showing my age here as I'm more interested in manufacturing than "DJ Fresh & the Mindtunes".
The bottle I am currently holding in my hand (for research only) has the familiar red Smirnoff branding and design, and reads:
"Made using a traditional charcoal filtration method developed by PA Smirnoff, recipe no. 21 was created by PA's son Vladimir after escaping Russia and the Bolshevik Revolution". It also says that it is produced in the UK and is triple distilled and 10 times filtered.
Meanwhile on Wikipedia it tells me that:
"Vodka is made by the distillation of fermented substances such as grains, potatoes, or sometimes fruits or sugar."
Meanwhile the Vodka itself is 37.5 % vol, and looks like pure clear water, with a slight alcohol smell.
A bit like Mel B and Patsy Kensit in "Bo Selecta", I'm common as muck, while the Baron is posh as and very brand-influenced. I'm also a notorious tight-wad, so lately I switched to credit crunch Vodka and bought the store's own brand instead (I didn't stoop so low as to get the value version) in order to save a bit of dosh due to the Baron's large consumption.
Of course, he was outraged, but as there was no alternative in the house, he was forced to try the store brand. I did consider keeping an empty bottle of Smirnoff and filling it with the cheaper voddy, but I'm a great believer in honesty in a relationship.
Actually, with the Coke & Tia Maria mixed in you'd think he'd be hard pressed to find the difference, but he did. He says that Smirnoff has a distinctive taste, that it has a burning sensation and an intense flavour. He also noted that when he made a BR with the store vodka he had to use more because he felt the drink was "weaker", and said that it was a false economy to buy it instead of Smirnoff, as he used more.
I had a try myself, in a Bloody Mary, and it was true.
The store brand did seem weaker, and did not make you smack your lips on the first sip and go "aahhhh!
It was a bit like comparing a steak knife to a butter knife - Smirnoff being the former of course. The store brand vodka had no "edge", and was smoother - but smoothness wasn't quite what I wanted. And just because something isn't smooth, doesn't mean to say that it is rough - like (after reading some reviews on dooyoo) value version vodka seems to be! While both knives will both "cut" eventually, the Smirnoff was sharp and intense, and appeared to "cut it" right away, but the store brand needed a few extra goes, and the result was untidy and hardly worth the effort.
I had to admit he was right, and went back to buying only Smirnoff. However disappointing it was the store brand did eventually get drunk, but I'm not convinced he is using less Smirnoff in his mix!
Other Ways with Smirnoff
While many people just stick to a regular Voddy & Coke, there were lots of different and interesting ideas on the website for Smirnoff mixes: a Cosmopolitan includes cranberry, lime and Triple Sec, a Jamaican Sunrise has pineapple and Grenadine, and of course, the good old Martini with Vermouth. There must be hundreds of combinations, but not being a cocktail lover, I know very little about how they are made or how they taste.
I have only drunk Smirnoff neat once - by mistake after a big night when a glass was left lying around and I thought it was water.
Smirnoff is also available in Blue Label, which is 45%vol, and Black Label which is meant to be the cream of Smirnoff, is distilled in smaller batches and is 40% vol. I've tried these both, but they are more expensive, so usually only get them on Duty Free or on an extra special offer.
You can also get Smirnoff Ice, which is a premixed "alco-pop" with lemon flavour, plus tins of Smirnoff mixed with cola, cola and lime, and cranberry. Plus you can get the Smirnoff spirit vodka with flavours like lime, blueberry and apple. I don't like sweet drinks, so I don't buy these, but if I was given them as a gift I wouldn't throw them down the sink!
Price & Availability
I always try to look out for Smirnoff on a special offer, and this week Tesco where offering £1 off on a litre which is usually £17.00. I checked other prices and a regular bottle is £14.00 at Tesco, and at ASDA right now it is £15.50. I'm rather surprised at this, because on the whole I find ASDA cheaper usually, but I choose Tesco a lot because I like to save the Clubcard vouchers for mini breaks. However, these prices seem to change a lot, and as we get closer to Christmas I expect I'll see a lot more offers on spirits in general.
So, hands up, I lost the battle - but will still continue with the war, and my belief that store's own versions are often (but I admit not always) as good as the branded item. For now, the Baron's Black Russian is safe and we can all sleep soundly - especially with the help of a few nips of Smirnoff!
Thanks for reading - cheers!
Recently I went for an assessment center at Diageo and they gave a goodie bag at the end (yes I know its very strange, as we werent exactly kids or even applying for junior positions). Well in the bag was a small teaser bottle of this Smirnoff Vodka and I just saw it on my shelf so thought why not review and I guess here we are.
My first experience of Vodka was relatively late I guess compared to most people out there, as it wasn't till I reached university and hit the age of 18. I had it as a shot and all I can remember thinking is wow that was absolutely wrank. Now they say overtime your taste matures so I guess I am just to reach this maturity as even to this day if I have it as a shot which is rare I still have the exact same opinion.
However having it a mixer I have a completely different and fonder opinion. I find its effects strong than other mixers like JD and Southern Comfort so usually buy this Vodka if I am on a tighter budget. I would say as a mixer the predominant taste of course is the Coke or the Lemonade or whatever you decide to mix it with. You can still taste the Vodka but it is much more subtle which is to be expected.
The question is does the Coke taste better with or without the Vodka. For me clearly it tastes better without the vodka so what is the point of buying this vodka if I don't enjoy it neat or with a mixer. Well that is simply for its effects. If you are on a night out more often than not it will include Vodka and this gets the job done.
The bottle is just a standard glass bottle with a thin bottle neck. There is a red cap which goes well with the red and silver packaging on the side. This is the universal Smirnoff symbol and I imagine it is Diageo's most famous brand or at worst in its top three and will no doubt be around for a long time yet.
In terms of cost you are looking at about £15.05 for a 70cl bottle and make sure you remember that this is 37.5% volume alcohol. Alternatively you can attend an assessment center like myself with the knowledge that you will get 5cl completely for free.
So overall I think I've made it clear that I dislike the taste, and I know I am in the minority as I've seen that most people give this four or five stars. However it does get the job done and isn't bad value for money so I will give it two stars.
As a student and a first year student at that I do tend to go out a few times a week and drink alcohol therefore I thought what do I know a lot about and what better could I review than alcohol. Through being 18 a year before University and drinking vodka on nights regularly I have tried various different brands of vodka and it is a drink I prefer to drink especially when I get on my night out.
As a University student socially drinking, playing a few drinking games and getting merry at a party is an essential event which happens before each night out known here as 'pre drinks'. As us students are low on funds this can be used as a time to have a few drinks before you go out so that you do not have to buy drinks on the night out or have to buy as many therefore saving cash. As I have just come to the end of my first year at University and finished my first exams which were highly stressful me and a few of my friends decided to treat ourselves to a more decent type of alcohol with a branded name rather than going for the usual cheap vodka such as Aldis own. As I was planning put an end to freshers by attending a different event/party almost every night for a week I decided to buy a litre of Smirnoffs finest vodka at Asda which at the time was on offer and cost me £18.
ABOUT THE VODKA-
The vodka which is high in percent and is 37.5%vol is a very famous branded vodka which is owned and produced by a British company called Diageo, the brand started off a very long time ago in 1886 in a vodka distillery in Moscow by P.A Smirnoff. The bottle repeatedly explains that it is continuing traditions of P.A Smirnoff and that the vodka is triple distilled and also filtered ten times, these factors showing the vodka is of very high quality. Smirnoff vodka is a very large brand now and in fact is distributed in 130 countries. It is also produced in several countries such as the UK, United States, Italy, Ireland and also India therefore this showing how big a brand Smirnoff has become.
Where can I buy Smirnoff and how much for?
As Smirnoff vodka is a large brand it can be found in most large supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco and most off licences although prices will vary.
1 Litre- £18.00
However these are the current prices in Asda, prices may vary and if you buy the vodka from an off licence the price is likely to be much higher but as you can probably see from the prices above if you are a vodka lover it does pay to buy the bigger bottle as buying numerous smaller bottles would in the long run cost you more money.
Fancy a different flavour?
You may be bored of the taste of original vodka. Smirnoff does allow you to spice things up a little with different flavours such as Lime, Green apple, Vanilla and Blueberry. However for now I am going to focus on Smirnoff red which is the original flavoured vodka.
How can I spot this vodka in store?
Smirnoff vodka comes in a clear glass bottle with a very bold red neck and lid as well as the label having a bold red background and the Smirnoff logo standing out in large white bold capital letters. Under the main logo and lettering there is a badge shape which also has the bold red background and is designed with small images of various badges and a crown which make the bottle have a more classy look about it. This along with writing such as 'Triple Distilled' which also gives a classy look to the bottle as it is in a italics font. All of this making the product different to other vodka bottles and extremely easy to locate within a store which is always a good thing. The lid is very firmly attached and once you are ready to open the bottle you must break a seal by twisting the lid off. Once you have done this the bottle is then very easy to open and close by simply screwing the lid on and off.
The vodka itself-
As Smirnoff vodka is of a high percentage at 37.5%vol, which is average for vodka, and along with the very strong smell you would expect this drink would have an extremely strong taste and perhaps would be hard to drink. The vodka does have a strong/bold kick to it as all vodkas do and yes if you did decide to perhaps shot the drink or drink it straight you would feel that the taste is that of a strong one and it most likely would make you pull a funny face and shudder. But out of all the vodkas I have tried, which trust me is a lot now I am a student, Smirnoff once mixed with some form of mixer is one of the vodkas I believe you can least taste. Obviously there is some taste to the drink as it would be worrying if not but this is not a bad taste and certainly does not taste like petrol like other cheap and nasty brands of vodka sometimes do. But I personally believe the vodka is a smooth tasting vodka and one which is much easier to drink. Although I do have to say vodka is one of those drinks which you either like or dislike as are most alcoholic drinks.
What can I drink the vodka with?
Well you can pretty much try vodka with whatever you like all depending upon what your preferred tastes are. You could mix vodka with fruit juices such as fresh orange juice, cranberry juice, apple juice or you could simply mix it with a fizzy drink any fizzy drink goes however the most popular are lemonade and coke however it really does not matter. A personal favourite of mine is vodka and lemonade with a splash of lime cordial I would certainly recommend trying out that one and the vodka is barely tasteable. Vodka is also a key ingredient to many cocktails for example a few well known ones such as Cosmopolitans and Blue Lagoons and recipes can be easily found on google so you can get making your own cocktails. Vodka really is one of those spirits which can be mixed with most drinks and taste good.
Vodka also is very light upon the stomach and does not feeling you bloated unlike other alcoholic drinks such as alchopops such as WKDs and Vks and beers and ciders therefore it leaves you feeling great and ready to boogie away on the dance floor without feeling self conscience that you are bloated. Another great point about Smirnoff vodka as a brand as the hangovers I receive from drinking it the night before are no where near as bad as cheap and nasty brands of vodka which leave me feeling as though my head is being smacked with a hammer therefore this is another reason to buy Smirnoff vodka over other vodkas. Obviously there are other more expensive brands of vodka however I feel Smirnoff is a reliable brand and also a reasonable price for what you get. Yes it may make you feel as though your the worlds best dancer and make you feel everybody is your new best friend and may even do a few things you regret the next morning but what vodka doesn't make you that way? In fact what alcohol doesn't make you that way?
Smirnoff may seem a bit pricey to students such as myself but if you have the money and can afford it I can certainly say its a must have and worth it, it is a great vodka as proved by how popular and large the brand actually is.
Thumbs up from me when I can afford it!!
Thank you for reading my review and I hope its helped.
Normally if I were to buy vodka for a party or something, I would go with a 35cl bottle, as, to be honest, I'm a bit of a lightweight! But for a New Year's Eve party I went to earlier this year, I thought I would buy the bigger bottle because I would've been drinking over a longer period of time.
This was possibly quite a big mistake, as I drank the whole thing, and ended up passed out during the countdown to the new year... But it was great value for money, because you get a hell of a lot of drink for your money! I think there was something like 26.3 units in the whole bottle, but I spread it over about 7 hours so I wasn't actually sick or ill, so I would only recommend drinking a lot of it if you have plenty of hours to drink it.
Overall, great value for the amount you get, but don't drink it all unless you have loads of time!
When you first think of vodka the biggest brand that comes to mind is Smirnoff. Smirnoff is a brand of vodka owned and produced by the British company Diageo. Smirnoff began in a vodka distillery in Moscow by Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov and was first introduced in the 1860's. It is now produced in India, Ireland, Italy, UK, the USA and is distributed to 130 countries. Most Smirnoff products have identifying numbers and the one I am reviewing is number 21 Smirnoff Red Label. This vodka is triple distilled and ten times filtered. Now if you are like me, you are probably asking yourself what does triple distilled and filtered ten times actually mean? This is basically the removal of impurities which makes the drink smoother.
You can purchase Smirnoff vodka from supermarkets and off licences. They come in four different sizes 35cl, 50cl, 70cl and 1 Litre. The price range is between £7.50 for the smallest bottle (35cl) and £18.00 for the largest bottle (1 litre) from Tesco's. I find that this vodka is normally on offer in Sainsbury's and Tesco's quite a lot.
All Smirnoff vodkas come in a glass bottle with a screw top lid. This vodka has the trademark red cap and red label. A 1 litre bottle of Smirnoff vodka has 37.5 alcohol units. The recommended unit intake for women is 2-3 and for me is 3-4. So please drink responsibly.
This is my tipple of choice on a night on the tiles or down the pub. I normally mix vodka with orange juice or lemonade. The reason I like Smirnoff vodka so much is because it blends well with most mixers and is incredibly smooth. I find that you can mask the 'alcohol' taste of this vodka quite easily, whereas some of the cheaper vodka brand just taste like paint stripper. For those of you who are wondering if I have tasted paint stripped, the answer is no, but I would imagine it to taste similar to a cheap vodka. It is very difficult to describe the taste of vodka, if you are putting it with a mixer than it tastes like that mixer with a little kick, but if you are drinking it neat than I don't really notice the taste as I find it to burn my throat slightly and warm my cockles! This vodka does not really have a smell to it unlike brandy's and whiskey's.
I would definitely recommend this vodka, it is easy to drink and very smooth. For someone that hasn't tried vodka before I would recommend mixing it with orange juice and cranberry juice to make it into a cocktail. This way it is very easy to drink, but perhaps a little to easy. Sometimes I forget that I have even added vodka, so end up adding more, unfortunately I do feel it the next day. I would recommend drinking plenty of water to avoid the dreaded hang over. If you are expecting a hang over though make sure you have lots of nice goodies to hand! This vodka is much easier to drink than cheaper versions and it is well worth spending the extra money for a Smirnoff Vodka.
Smirnoff vodka is one of those vodka brands that you either like or don't like due to its strong taste in my opinion. Not only does Smirnoff have a high profile on supermarket shelves around the country, it also can be found in most duty free shops around the world, making it an easy choice for many buyers. The fact that the product is widely sold and therefore easy to buy should you want to do so, is a bonus in many ways, as whilst this vodka may not appeal to everyone, I feel it does maintain a degree of quality that is always reliable.
The red themed Smirnoff branding is bright and bold and helps the product stand out on supermarket shelves making it easy to find. There are one or two other brands which also favour bold red product labels on their bottles, however I feel that the Smirnoff product label and bottle shape combined does give it the edge and makes the product stand out just a little bit more. I find that the bottle lids are well sealed so as to ensure the contents of the product bottles remain fresh prior to opening. The bottle lids can be easily opened with a firm twist and are even easier to open and close up once the security seal has been broken
The taste of this premium branded vodka is strong and bold with a degree of a kick to it in its after taste that shows a slight lack of refinement when compared to smoother tasting vodkas. I feel that Smirnoff has a bold taste that can be used to good effect when mixed with juices, cola or lemonade, or for when making vodka based cocktails. For those brave souls that drink their vodka neat over ice or cooled in the fridge, I would say that Smirnoff is not as refined and polished as it could be so won't be your best option in this case, as it can taste a little harsh at times.
Storing a bottle in the fridge works well in my opinion as does placing your glass in the freezer for a few minutes prior to pouring from the bottle, so as to maximize that super cooled feeingl that works so well with vodka. I would say that I would be able to recognise Smirnoff vodka in blind tasting as it has a bold roughness to it, (especially in its after taste) that stands out as that signature Smirnoff taste we all know. There are many smoother more appealing vodkas you can buy, for drinking over ice, although Smirnoff works perfectly well when mixed to make a long drink, or cocktail and as such is a fair buy in my opinion.
~Price, product rating~
There are various sizes that the product comes in with there being a large sized 1 litre bottle, a standard sized 750cl bottle and also 500ml and 250ml sized bottles on offer in most supermarkets that stock the brand. Smaller miniature bottles can also be purchased from some stores, although they offer poorer value for money when compared to the price of a larger sized bottle. Prices can and do vary considerably depending on the time of year. There are often store based offers and promotions that bring costs down, as an example the 1 litre bottles have been known to go on sale for £15, but can sell for as much as £21. My rating for Smirnoff is 4 stars as I feel it has a reliable taste and quality, even if it is slightly lacking in finesse.
I don't drink much but when I do I really enjoy it. One of my favourite alcoholic drinks is Vodka. When I have an evening out with my friends we do like to have some cocktails and I always find that the vodka-based ones are my favourite.
Smirnoff Vodka is one of the my favourite brands of Vodka. Smirnoff make a variety of products from their alcopop drinks like smirnoff Ice to their various flavoured vodkas. I do like to try their flavoured vodkas but I still think that their original Vodka is the nicest.
APparently this vodka is the world's number 1 brand of Vodka, I can see why!
This is a very strong drink, it is about 40% so if you are drinking this you have to be careful. To drink this on it's own it's very strong, it burns my throat. I know some people use this as a shot and they play drinking games with this drink, I find that very worrying as it is so strong, it isn't a nice taste on it's own in my opinion.
I like to mix my vodka with various things to make it palatable! I enjoy it in fresh orange with some tia maria, the three flavours go really well together. It's really nice to have in various cocktails as it's taste isn't of anything really specific unlike some drinks which are very strongly coffee flavoured or of coconut or something so this makes Vodka a good drink to go in cocktails.
Whenever I have had different brands of Vodka I've always been able to tell, it's not as nice as Smirnoff. I really like how smooth this is and it's refreshing on a summer's day when mixed with orange with lots of ice. Definitely my favourite brand of vodka but it is very strong so you do have to be careful.
I am not a very big drinker but when I do drink I like to drink spirits and I never go for the cheaper brands, one of my favourite drinks is a Black Russian which is Tia Maria, Vodka and Coke so I always have a bottle of Smirnoff in the cupboard.
Smirnoff is a premium brand of vodka and I would say it is thought to be about the best, you can buy it in off licenses and supermarkets and I tend to buy it when it is on offer. Smirnoff comes in a see through glass bottle with red and silver detailing on the labels, it was very easy to tell Smirnoff on the shelves however some supermarket brands have now been packaged very similarily so that you will hopefully give them a try but personally I think cheap vodka is what I would expect Terps to taste like.
Smirnoff is available in 3 different sizes, you can get a 35mls bottle for about £9, a 70cl bottle for about £16 and a litre bottle for around £19 meaning of course the bigger bottle is the best value.
Smirnoff to me doesn't really have a particular taste except it tastes of alcohol and also smells very stringly of alcohol, I think that smirnoff is a nice smooth drink but as it doesn't have much of a flavour I prefer it in a black russian like I said. I do occassionally like to drink Smirnoff with fresh orange juice as then it takes the taste of the orange but I do have it pretty weak so a bottle lasts me ages.
Smirnoff is 37% volume so is a pretty strong drink, I only tend to have a couple and then feel a little tipsy but considering I have 2 different spirits in my drink this may be why. I think Smirnoff is an enjoyable drink with a mixer but I couldn't ever drink it on it's own besides the fact it would get me very drunk very wuickly it is really not a very nice taste by itself.
WHAT IS IT?
Vodka from Smirnoff. It is premium vodka and I think Smirnoff is one of the very best brands of vodka.
Smirnoff vodka has got a smooth taste. It is hard to describe the flavour of vodka because it only tastes of strong alcohol with no flavour all of its own. This vodka from Smirnoff is very nice when it is mixed but I do not think any vodka has got a nice taste when you drink it on its own but some do not even mix very well.
WHAT I MIX MINE WITH
I like to mix my Smirnoff with tonic water, coke or orange juice but you can mix it with anything you want to. My husband mixes his with plain water because he likes how it tastes like that but I think that makes the vodka taste very strong to me. Smirnoff is one of the best vodka drinks to use when you're making cocktails because it has got a nice strong taste but does not spoil the flavours of anything you mix in with it if you are making cocktails.
WHAT I THINK
I do not drink very much vodka but when I do it is always Smirnoff and I keep a bottle of this in my drinks cabinet at home for when I want a glass and to offer to my guests. It has got 37% alcohol in it so is a very strong drink like all vodkas but I have not very often got drunk when I am drinking it because I think once you have had 2 or 3 glasses it starts to get more harsh tasting and then I cannot drink any more.
I like that you keep it at room temperature because I do not like to keep much alcohol in my fridge. I put ice in mine because I like to taste a bit of a chill from my vodka and it does not matter with Smirnoff vodka if the ice melts and waters the flavour down. It keeps for a long time and that is good because I would not like to have to drink it quickly and a bottle has lasted us for more than 3 months.
A regular size bottle of Smirnoff vodka costs about £13 but it is on special promotion prices a lot so it is one of those things that you should research the price before you go out to buy it.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I wouldn't really be a big drinker, but when I do I like to mix cocktails and try out new drinks. When the cocktails I am making contain vodka, I always like to buy Smirnoff, as I have tried a range of different vodkas and including Tesco Own Brand (back in my student days) and Vladivar and Finlandia. I would say that Smirnoff is definitely the easiest drank and best tasting.
Smirnoff vodka is owned by a British company, it is sold worldwide and one of the most popular vodka products in the world.
This vodka is triple distilled for purity and to give it a lovely crisp, clean taste. A bottle of vodka is has about 37.5% alcohol, so it is quite strong which makes means that there is a fine line between a few sociable drinks and one too many when I am drinking this vodka. It is always very important to be careful not to exceed your limits when you are drinking this vodka.
I find that this is one of the nicer tasting vodkas on the markets. I dislike the taste of it neat, but in a cocktail or with a mixer it actually tastes really nice in my opinion. This vodka mixes really well with other drinks to make nice cocktails, anything tastes good, from drinks as simple as vodka and orange juice to more complex drinks like mojitos or cosmopolitans.
The thing I like about this vodka is that it does not have a really harsh taste to it and even though it has a bit of a kick to it, it isn't sour or too strong compared to the other vodkas that I have tried.
Price and Availability
You can buy a 70cl bottle of this vodka in Tesco for around £15. This would be one of the more expensive vodkas on the shelf, but in my opinion it is definitely worth it as it is far more easily drank and tastes much nicer than the cheaper brand vodkas.
I think that this is a great vodka, that if drank responsibly and mixed with care, tastes really nice. I find that I can escape the morning after with a little less of a hangover. This is the only vodka on the market that I can drink at the moment and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes mixing cocktails.
This brand of vodka also makes quite a large range of different flavoured vodkas such as cherry, apple, cranberry, vanilla, pear and many more. I quite like the flavoured vodka range and think that they are worth looking out for, especially the apple one.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
I'm not a big drinker and don't get to go out all that often but once a month on a Friday or Saturday night my mum will sit in mine and watch the kids for me for a few hours so i can visit friends so i often go to the same persons house and we'll sit and chat, put the world to rights and have a few drinks, sometimes a few to many, and yes you guessed it, My choice of drink is of course vodka, although im fussy and will only drink smirnoff vodka.
Smirnoff vodka is available in 3 bottle sizes, these are 35cl, 70cl and 1litre, for a 35cl bottle it will cost you approx £7.00, for a 70cl bottle £12.00 and for a 1 litre bottle £17.00 ( These are the prices in my local shop).
The bottle itself is made of good thick heavy glass and has a screw top lid, and the labels on this are red, on the bottle it will also state what size the bottle is and will also tell you that smirnoff red is triple distilled and 10 times filtered for purity.
Vodka is 37.5 % proof and is a clear liquid and you can drink it straight or with a mixer.
As I have already mentioned this is my choice of drink at ll times, and I normally buy a 1litre bottle as what I don't finish I save for next time, it's also in the house if i ever fancy a little drink once the kids are in bed asleep.
I like to drink mine with lemonade but it also nice with orange juice, coke or red bull.
Smirnoff vodka is also great for making skittles vodka, (if you have never tried it or made it then do google it as it's great if your having a party).
I also find with drinking vodka even though the proof is quite high I don't get drunk to quickly and can enjoy a few drinks without feeling hungover and horrible the following day
Smirnoff is a brand, not a vodka- think of smirnoff and you think of the Tv adverts before you think of a drink- when was the last time you saw belvedere or gray goose on Tv?
This means it's clearly marketed at the uninformed consumer, the person who thinks vodka is vodka. I am something of a vodka snob, and admittedly a really good vodka like gray goose is twice the price, and not all of us can afford to spend so much on our tipple- but I think smirnoff is the most overpriced vodka on the market- if you want a good cheap vodka then drink red square, russian standard, or pay the little bit extra for stoli, if you have to buy smirnoff get it at duty free for a tenner.
Smirnoff is a mixing vodka, which means it's designed to make a glass of coca cola exciting, or rather a glass of coca cola is designed to make smirnoff palatable. Unlike russian standard, or zubrowka, Smirnoff has no perceivable taste (just a nasty aftertaste), so it doesn't effect the taste of anything you put it into, this also means that if you drink it neat you are wasting your time and you'll just suffer the full force of the after taste.
it's a ubiquitous vodka, and everyone knows it, so bring it to a party and get no funny looks from the guests- but if you really want to impress your guests then bring something else.
3 stars is a harsh rating, but it's not worth 4 stars- 3.5 is what I would give it if I could
I started buying Smirnoff when I could no longer stand the taste of cheap own brand supermarket vodkas (don't judge, I'm a poor student...) and have never looked back..
This product comes in different sizes - 35cl, 70cl and 1l mainly (though there are probably other variants). All bottles are in the same style, thick clear glass with a red label on the front with it's logo and some basic information about the product. It's quite a clunky bottle compared to some of it's competitors but this may make it less likely to break when dropped which is always a plus!
I mix my vodka with coke or lemonade and with cheaper brands it would takeover the whole drink with an acrid burning taste and/or make the drink go flat, however Smirnoff is smooth and you can barely taste it sometimes with the right mix. This is good for me as I have never really liked the taste of alcohol (though be careful, if you can't taste it you may be more likely to drink more). My friend does enjoy shotting it or taking it straight in sips and says Smirnoff is much nice for this than other brands of vodka. It also has never made my drink go flat (unless I have left the drink for too long, but that's my own fault)
It is relatively affordable (when compared to other brands such as Absolut and above that, Bellvedere) at about £16 a bottle in supermarkets (and is usually on offer in bigger brances) which makes it that much more appealing than trying to afford a "better" vodka when really they taste much the same.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a cheaper quality vodka, it mixes well with soft drinks and is is much nicer tasting than cheaper alternatives.
ON THE BOTTLE
Produced in the USA by the Smirnoff Co. under the formula and processes of Pierre Smirnoff Sons, successors to the world-famed Pierre Smirnoff, Moscow, Russia, Purveyor to the Czars, 1886 - 1917. Triple distilled, exceptionally smooth. Ten times filtered in a unique process for ultimate clarity.
It is a clear liquid, quite often said to dehydrate you quickly, leaving you with a dry mouth after taking the shot.
Although vodka is not the most palatable, Smirnoff makes it easier to swallow with the taste not as bitterly strong as the more cheaper brands.
COCKTAILS AND MIXED DRINKS
Most commonly it is mixed with coca-cola and this is how I drink it, the sweetness of the fizzy and the bitterness of the vodka compliments each other to make a nice palatable drink.
My favourite however is mixing Smirnoff into a cocktail (sex on the beach for example) as it just gives the fruit juice more of a kick.
WHY I CHOOSE IT
Although this brand is more expensive than some it is a vodka that doesn't give me a hangover, if I stick to Smirnoff I never wake up with a headache or sick feeling.
I first drank vodka many years ago mixed with a diet coke. I was quite a late starter when it came to enjoying a drink as there was never anything I liked the taste of - everything seemed to strong for a lightweight like myself and I couldn't stand the smell of most alcohol. The first time I tried vodka and diet coke I liked the way it blended well and most importantly I liked the taste.
I have tried several brands of vodka over the years and Smirnoff is my main choice, my favourite vodka is ciroc vodka however it is about four times the price of Smirnoff so not really affordable to be drinking regularly so this is the one I tend to buy, and it is the only alcohol other than certain wines that I drink.
I had some Smirnoff at the weekend when having a rare night out attending a charity event and I must say it has special powers, after drinking a few vodka and diet cokes I realised I suddenly had the ability to dance better than everyone and sing better than everyone else in the place, I can even remember at one point doing the new dance craze which I never knew I had in me as I am normally the person sitting down minding my own business. I think my powers were due to the fact that I had binge drank before even leaving home - not that I endorse binge drinking as this was something I assumed only younger people did at weekends and last time i saw binge drinking was at a freshers week party so many years ago, but without realising my home measures were more like double shots and therefore my recommended 3-4 units of alcohol had been consumed by my second drink, and so according to recommended guidelines I was a binge drinker!
Smirnoff is very easy to drink when mixed with diet coke I find you don't feel like you are having alcohol until that hazy mist appears and I tend to get a big smile on my face and love everyone I come into contact with, I do tend to turn into one of those super friendly drinkers who just want to dance and enjoy the night, as I said there are not many nights out nowadays being a mum of three but if I do get out I really do make the most of it.
I find when drinking Smirnoff that I do wake up with a bad headache but these only seem worse as I am getting older as I used to be able to drink more without the hangover but now it's awful, although it doesn't seem as bad as when drinking a cheaper vodka.
When checking out the current prices for Smirnoff (I paid £15.00 for a litre on offer in Costco) I came across the following statements:
"A veritable behemoth in the alcohol industry with a case of Smirnoff vodka being sold every 2 seconds worldwide".
Smirnoff red is triple distilled and 10 times filtered for purity.
Smirnoff is a brand of vodka owned and produced by British company Diageo. The Smirnoff brand began with a vodka distillery founded in Moscow by Pyotr Arsenievich - son of illiterate Russian peasants.
Smirnoff can be purchased from most supermarkets and off licenses and is currently selling at Asda for:
35cl - £8.27
50cl - £10.00
70cl - £13.00
1ltr - £17.00
At 37.5% it is a strong drink and most of my friends who drink it do have it with mixers, you can also drink with pure orange, lemonade even cranberry juice although I have only ever drank with a diet coke so it is quite a versatile drink and you will find vodka in many cocktails too.
It comes in a clear glass bottle with red labelling and a red twist lid and is clear and does look like water although the smell will tell you straight away it is far more than this.
Please don't believe that this drink gives you 'magic powers that give you the ability to sing and dance' as it does not state this anywhere and was just the result of me getting slightly too drunk, and to anyone reading this who may have been at the same event I was at the weekend - my sincerest apologies for witnessing my dreadful singing and dancing skills, at least the bruises are beginning to fade ;)
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it helps you make a responsible informed decision on future purchases of alcohol - always choose the Smirnoff!
What sets Smirnoff apart from other vodkas? Double distillation to ensure maximum quality, with a unique, patented, hardwood charcoal filtration process. The hardwood charcoal, selected from choice suppliers is activated at a precise temperature for maximum filtration effectiveness. Every drop of Smirnoff slowly passes through 14 tons of this superb proprietary charcoal-patiently enhancing and refining quality. After 47 separate quality control checks, Smirnoff Vodka is ready for bottling.