Wodka VodkaNovember 21, 2010
“Vodka, with his peasant roots and slumping shoulders, is often dissed by aesthetes and snobs who generally insist that a martini isn’t a martini unless it’s made with gin. But this is an argument unworthy of pursuit — we’ve no quarrel with Mr. Gin,it’s just that he’s a bit of a fop, a gaudy glinting thing who is best announced fizzily, preferably in a Brahmin accent.
“Gin is silver and of the wind, Vodka is pewter and of the earth. Gin will do fine with the tuxedo and the baccarat but come time for the heavy lifting and the wet work and you’ll want Vodka by your side.”
If you know me, you know I like vodka martinis. It’s fine if you don’t think of them as “real martinis,” I’m not going to argue with you. But I prefer vodka.
And my tastes in vodka have migrated over the years, from the clean neutrality of, say, an icy Stoli Crystal to Tito’s. These days I prefer my vodka to have more character than most of the ghosty super premiums supply. But I don’t often mix vodka — Karen does, but let’s leave that for another time — and my martini recipe calls for only trace amounts of dry vermouth and Scotch. So I can’t really go cheap and whangy.
I’m hopeful for this one. Wodka is a Polish vodka that was recently awarded the (it says right here) “much-coveted 2010 Gold Medal and Best Buy Awards from the Beverage Testing Institute of Chicago.”
Good for them, I say. But get this. Wodka has a suggested retail price of just $8.99 per 750 ml bottle. That’s Popov territory. (Actually Popov sells for about $10 per 1.5 liter bottle. But it’s Popov.) This is exciting to me. If you like vodka and you like your money it should be exciting to you as well.
“Vodka is inscrutable; he might or might not be your friend. His silence might be attributed to a deep Zen stillness or lumpen belligerence. There are those who think him brutish and common, an old Eastern European thug with a shady past. There is no doubt he has busted heads.”
I am going to try Wodka vodka. Soon. Maybe tonight. I will report back. Maybe here. Maybe in a forthcoming Spirits column. You’ll just have to check back and see.