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To date, our members have added 2792 reviews of 307 vodkas. Here are the most recent:

Alberta Pure Vodka

Wow! What a pleasant surprise and it had a pretty good price. I like my vodka poured over ice with no mixers to ruin the experience. You can't go wrong with this one and I just bought a full case.
Reviewer: Mark Allen | Review this vodka

Russian Standard

In my 40 years experience of drinking vodka, from many countries, many brands, it is best I ever had.
Reviewer: Yuriy | Review this vodka

Jewel of Russia Classic

I got a bonus at work today, so naturally, this is what happened next. Pours like liquid diamond; light hitting its surface seems to glow and refract. The bottle is a work of art - it is clear that this is not just a drink, but a piece of tangible cultural heritage. Unchanged for 300 years, which is almost unheard of for any beverage worldwide. Woah, this stuff is GOOD. There's a lot going on here - most of the body is vegetal, acidic, and a touch bitter, like grapefruit zest, with a deeply refreshing center carrying notes of black currant and marzipan. It's rare that I take so many sips of something - each one brings something new, with the only unifying factor being a smoldering, vegetal spiciness. Notes as diverse as fresh-cut lawn, lakeside sand, and walnut wood poke their way through here and there - Russia in a shotglass. Altogether, it's the most in-your-face Rye flavor I have ever tasted. There's even an aftertaste, and it's glorious, and I am at a loss for words to compare it to anything else I've ever had on my tongue in my life. It's almost like an edible, candied form of liquid silver, and it's incredibly alluring and pleasant. As a small ice-cold shot, the hype is worth it and more. It goes down with a loaded freight train of crisp steamy flavor, and with the force and sensation of a chameleon-camouflaged curling stone. Something BIG just went by, but barely felt; the ghost of a drink. It's not even "smooth", because that implies that it's even noticeable at all. It is flat-out dangerous how untraceable this vodka is. Jewel of Russia absolutely, definitively deserves its place here as one of the greatest vodkas on the planet, and is aptly named - this is the best Russian vodka I have ever had the pleasure of trying, no contest, and I am under the impression that I just tasted a national treasure.
Reviewer: Sam W. | Review this vodka


Has anyone noticed the new label change on Gordon's Vodka bottles? It no longer calls itself vodka, but a "vodka specialty spirit". It also says it is an "exceptional blend" and "vodka with natural flavors". I don't know what all that means, but it may be a cost-cutting measure by mixing vodka with cheaper spirits, similar to what Kamchatka Vodka did several years ago.
Reviewer: R. Beckley | Review this vodka


This vodka is a staple for underage college students, and that's saying something. Spend a couple dollars extra to get a better vodka if you're wanting to have a drink or a shot that doesn't taste like rubbing alcohol.
Reviewer: Dzuliana | Review this vodka

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January 31, 2015
The Quest for Purity
The Quest for Purity

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The Little Water of Life
The Little Water of Life

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