OT: Vodka appreciation thread I'll start. I was inspired to start this thread because I received a bottle from a friend yesterday; I'd had this particular brand In January, mighty fine stuff. I'm not sure whether the implication here is whether consumption of said product would actually help while tending to the nets in hockey, but I'm willing to find out, soley for scientific purposes, of course. We had a thread like this a few crashes ago, time to resurrect it, methinks. To get the ball rolling... Zenit's Top 5: 1. Gzhelka (LIVIZ, SPb) 2. Sokrovishche Rusi (I think Kristall, Moscow-easily the best available here in the US, on a regular basis) 3. Ketel One (God bless the Dutch for the first salute to the American Colonies off of St. Eustatius, Total Voetbal, Oranje, their excellent pubs & Ketel One.) 4. Beryozovaya (Belaco-unique taste with the birch added, took some getting used to but very distinctive.) 5. Tito's Handmade Vodka (Texas...yeah, go ahead & laugh it up, but this stuff is made the same manner as Ketel One & is excellent. The best American vodka, IMHO) Honorable Mention: Zubrovka (just because!) Shaker's (from Minnesota; at $30/bottle, it had better be good, and it is) Krystall (the signature brand from Moscow, not the one sold here) Vox (Poland) Velikiy Novgorod (guess from where?) Ston (Estonia, the same distillery that does Tall Blonde Vodka, also good) GoalKeeper (Brest) Finlandia, regular & cranberry Zenit's 5 MOST OVER-RATED: 1. (tie) Absolut (ostensibly from Sweden) & Grey Goose (France.) Absolut is a great example of fabulous advertising & marketing of an inferior product. As a result, witness the dorks that go into a bar & order an Absolut Bloody Mary or an Absolut Screwdriver. What?? Geez, just go with the house pour if you're going to cover it up with spicy tomato juice or OJ!!! As for the Goose-truly awful, with a funny aftertaste & expensive as hell to boot. Yuk. 2. 3 Olives (England)-yeah, it's OK, but nowhere near deserving the #1 spot it earned in an international competition a few years back. 3. Puhre (France)-I think these guys are out of business, and thank goodness for that, because this stuff also had a goofy aftertaste & was pricey. Only had it once, which was one time too many. 4. Kleiner Fegling Vodka (Germany)-vodka infused with figs. Just doesn't work. Trust me. 5. Blavod (I think Poland, but not sure). The black vodka, odd flavor and looks like motor oil in a shot glass. Doesn't do much for me. Dishonorable mention: Starka (numerous distilleries in Russia-guaranteed hangover material) Rain (USA-"organic" vodka (whatever that means) with a big price tag & not much to justify it.) Zhirinovskaya (Yes, there is such a beast, and yes, it is about as distasteful, harsh & overbearing as its namesake) Inferno (I've never been much of a fan of pertsovka, and I certainly don't feel like paying big $$$ for a pepper flavored vodka that costs about 6 times more than an authentic bottle could be had for in Russia).