Just ordered black rasberry https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JMZ279J?psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&ref_=chk_typ_imgToDp
Yeah that exact quote has been used before. It's dated now 'cos every Tom, dick and Harry has a merc on tick nowadays. Room temperature but always served with ice... (lmao okay) I wouldnt have any vodka without ice, as I'm sure most wouldn't. What I'm saying is the quality becomes apparent when the bottle is out the freezer or served to you in a bucket of ice. Straight off the shelf from Asda and the gap becomes alot closer but there is a smoothness to French vodkas that sadly Russian and Polish vodkas do not posses at any temperature.
You talking about taste buds and then say drink ice cold? Lmao okay.. I'm not sure you understand what ice cold does to tasting. You can really only tell quality of vodka at room temperature, only then you can pick out crap from the good. If I wanted to drink ice cold then even Smirnoff is washable. Anyway, these French vodkas made economic papers as a great example the power marketing and perceived brand value have. I'll just leave it here for education. It's fine to overpay, got no problem with it. But there's really nothing special about these. Stanley describes Grey Goose as a favorite beverage of Americans he terms "aspirationals" (i.e., "those who wish to act rich", regardless of actual income or wealth, and thus spend large amounts of income on status items). Grey Goose costs up to four or five times more than most competing vodka brands and did not reach the top 10 in a 2005 taste test of vodka brands published in The New York Times, yet has still seen "explosive sales growth" in a few short years due in large part to its being perceived as a drink of the economic elite—even more so than items like Rolex wristwatches or Mercedes Benz automobiles.
I mean Smirnoff is just about the worst vodka there is so that's not really much praise. Also the question of smoothness. Good vodka should have a bite, not cheap alcohol burn like from likes of Smirnoff but if it goes down like water then it ain't necessarily a sign of quality either. But of course for most people not tasting anything is preferred. If i was overpaying for vodka I'd much rather get Chopin, Belverde or Beluga.