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Not quite Grey Goose, but at $10, you could do a lot worse.
Exclusiv Vodca Review – Initial Impressions:
At the time I am writing this, the winter Olympics are currently underway in Sochi, Russia. As I sit here, rooting for USA people I’ve never heard of to win a shiny gold medal, I mull over which vodka to fill my glass with. It was by shear chance that I came into contact with Exclusiv Vodca and got a chance to try their Eastern European spirit.
Exclusiv Vodca is a product of Moldova, which is actually a fairly young country. Independent from the dissolved Soviet Union since 1991, the country has a rich history in agriculture and industry that Exclusiv Vodca is now looking to harness. While I’m sure the good people of Moldova are proud to be independent, a tip of the hat the their Russian heritage is in order when it comes to their skills in vodka production.
History, heritage, and regions are nice bragging points, but at the end of the day it all comes down to the quality of the product. This brings me to their selling point: High quality vodka at only $10. Yes, only $10 for vodka that they believe is comparable to Grey Goose and Ketel One. I never judge a vodka by it’s price, but at $10 skepticism begins to set in. Well, let’s take a shot and see how it is!
Exclusiv Vodca Review -The Shot:
As I smell the shot, two things come to my mind: rubbing alcohol and Absolut. I’m actually on the record saying I really dislike Absolut. So in this case, that’s not really a good thing. The upper echelon vodkas are able to give the aroma of sweet wheat and rich grain scents while muting the harsh alcohol smells. Unfortunately this was something that Exclusiv Vodca was not able to do.
As I take the shot, it actually doesn’t burn as much as I thought it would. From the strong odor, I thought it would be like pouring liquid fire down my throat. However, it was just soft enough to be passable. Does this mean that I recommend taking shots of this stuff at your next gathering? Definitely not. I’m merely trying to tell you not run away in fear as you twist the cap off.
Exclusiv Vodca Review -The Mixed Drink:
I’m going to be honest here: this is probably one of the better vodkas to get if you just plan on mixing it with juice or other mixers. It mixes on par with the likes of Smirnoff and maybe just a half step away from Stolichnaya or Russian Standard. You’re not going to get any real strong woody notes or flavors with this vodka, but it stays true to being flavorless and shouldn’t cause any unnatural tastes in your drinks.
Exclusiv Vodca Review -Final Thoughts:
So at the end of the day, Exclusiv Vodca is just alright. But, that’s not a slight against the company. They are selling a decent mixing vodka for only $10. I got to believe that at some point, price does come into play on just how well you can produce a spirit. I can’t say they reached the Grey Goose and Ketel One level of quality, but at $10 you could do worse. Definitely respectable at the under $20 range. Also, you get to proudly own a vodka from the region of Moldova. If you’re into that sort of thing…
Exclusiv Vodca Facts
Average Price: $10 per 750 mL
Distilled From: winter wheat grain, 5 times
Percent Alcohol: 40%
Produced By: Serge Import, LLC