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That's The Spirit
Member Name: topsyturvy
Advantages: better quality,
Disadvantages: gives hangovers
Whenever I go out or drink I have to say I am someone who will mainly drink a Vodka & Coke as it is my favourite drink as I am not really a big fan of wine or alcopops. I have tried many different types of vodka I have even tried Asda's own version of vodka which I really don't mind but it is a cheaper alternative for students like me who like the spirit. There is also Red Vodka but out of them all of course I like Smirnoff best as to me it gives no horrible taste and it just tastes overall better. To some this may sounds ridiculous as some may see all vodka as being the same but I feel the quality of Smirnoff is better.
The first vodka distillery was founded in Moscow in the 1860's by Piotr Smirnov. In 1910 after her death Vladimir Smirnov took over and then produced 4 million vodka cases a year. Later he family had to leave the distillery behind and change the name to Smirnoff and by the end of the 1930's the spirit was shipped around Europe.
The packaging of the Vodka is quite simple but yet effective. It is in along shaped bottle but with a more cylindrical shape towards the neck rather than curved. It has the red Smirnoff label on it and the labels are all in red to coordinate with the logo. The bottle is clear glass so it is easy to see the level of vodka left. It also shows all of the information on the product such as nutritional information. The glass bottle has a coat of arms engraved into it also which I am guessing symbolizes Smirnoff.
The full 70cl bottle that I have contains 26.3 units and 37.5% alcohol volume. There are 52 calories per 25ml serving. As soon as the bottle is screwed open the strong smell hits me. It is hard to explain the smell but it smells almost like white spirit but of course less like paint. It is in no way a smell I really like and it is too strong but I have to mix it. The usual measurements are one shot or a double depending on what you want. A big bottle like this 70cl one will last me for a while but for a party is ideal although it probably still won't all be used.
The taste of the vodka is strong depending on what you choose to drink it with. Me, personally Coke is my choice of mixer as it really dims down the taste a lot but I can still lightly taste that sharp hit of alcohol at the end. If I can't taste a bit of vodka when drinking then it is usually too diluted. I know other ways you can drink vodka are with lemonade or some prefer orange juice but my least favourite is cranberry juice as I just hate them both together. With a vodka & coke it has a really strong taste and that is probably as descriptive as I can get as it is very hard to describe. Some do like to have vodka shots but it is in no way a nice taste and will linger in your mouth for a while. Being so strong it does get many drunk quickly but it all depends how you measure it out.
The bottles of Smirnoff vodka can be bought in all good supermarkets. This 70cl bottle can be bought in all supermarkets for £11.19 but if this is too much for you, it is possible to buy a bottle half the size which is handbag sized and this 35cl costing £5.78. Lastly, there is a 1 litre bottle which is also available but this costs £14.98, well currently £12.98 at Tesco until the 3rd of January.
Vodka isn't really something I buy a lot of as I find it more worth my while to buy a drink like this outside. If I do buy vodka I usually buy the 35cl bottle as the 70cl is too much unless it is being bought for a party or something like that. For more information on Smirnoff and the rest of their products you can go to their official website http://www.smirnoff.com which also has some facts and so on and company information.