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Advantages: Good quality vodka
Disadvantages: None really
I look at vodka as a sort of base drink. On its own, it doesn't really have anything special going for it, and doesn't have a particular distinction in flavour or taste. With mixers it's something slightly different and there are many different flavoured brands that have varied success but ultimately add something different.
Smirnoff kind of has the market lead in terms of vodka production and sales, at least outside of the Russian nations. As a commerical enterprise, it has combined quality with availability and affordability in order to cement itself as pretty much the leading brand in pubs, clubs and restaurants worldwide, with the UK being one of its main promoters.
The brand has a very clean taste to it, and while I find a 'nothingness' to it in terms of taste in many ways, there's something of quality when you first start drinking this Smirnoff vodka. Other lesser brands just taste horrible, and when you're working with a rather bland flavour anyway then you have to be careful about what you actually end up buying and drinking. Going into a pub and comparing their house vodka with Smirnoff may leave you with a different balance of cash in your pocket but will leave you spotting which the better quality Smirnoff is.
I've fallen at this hurdle before, thinking that buying a cheaper brand is a good thing, and have ended up throwing the bottle away. Most lower brand vodkas are pretty tough to drink - it's a bland and arresting drink at the best of times, and if you don't go for a top brand then you're likely to regret it. It's certainly worth thinking about the value for money rather than exactly how much money you fork out for a bottle.
Smirnoff comes in a variety of sizes, and most commonly you'll see a 75cl bottle which could cost around the £15 mark depending on where you shop. If I was to buy a bottle of vodka for consumption at home, then this is certainly one of the brands I'd consider. Outside of the Russian nations it's a winner, although if you speak to most Russians then Smirnoff is not necessarily the favoured brand, it's merely the one that has been mass marketed at a quality level more than others.
Smirnoff doesn't tend to give you an unnecessary headache either. Ultimately if you drink too much you're likely to feel the effects the next day anyway, but while some brands give you a headache with a small amount, this seems to be distilled in a much cleaner method which results in a cleaner drink. The taste is one way of recognising this, but the headache in the morning often speaks of chemicals that don't necessarily need to be there, and while Smirnoff does have some chemicals for preservation purposes, there aren't as many as most other drinks and this is a good thing. It reigns in at 37.5% ABV (alcohol by volume) although other different colours of label will have weaker or stronger vodka in it.
Overall, I like Smirnoff. Its reliability is relaxing and the taste of the actual vodka is nice. It's affordable too, which makes it good value for money. Recommended.
Summary: One of the most common vodka brands
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