Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Leaves a bit too much to imagination

From the article “Which Vodka is the Best?

Grey Goose
$29.99 for 750 milliliters; 80 proof
French; distilled from wheat, rye, and barley

Made in Cognac but owned by the American Bacardi Corp., Grey Goose was introduced in the United States in 1997 and has since won a great many industry awards.

We were underwhelmed: Grey Goose is sweet and smoky, with hints of anise and citrus in the finish, but it all adds up to only a sort of smooth, uninteresting neutrality. And so, while the more generous half of our panel praised Grey Goose's "long, silky aftertaste" and "pleasing burn," detractors found it "bland," "spineless," and "vaguely medicinal."

In the end, seven tasters agreed that the vodka's softness and subtlety made it a solid, if unremarkable, choice. Four found it to be too unremarkable and lacking the bite or character they expected from a self-described "ultra-premium" spirit.

Final Verdict: "Leaves a bit too much to the imagination."
Grade: Three Shot Glasses

I still find it remarkable (not Grey Goose). Absolutely amazing.


Rabbi Lars Shalom said...

interesting mix

sarabonne said...

This reminds me distinctly of my old ballet lessons.

Crawling Axe said...

Sara, Grey Goose reminds you of ballet lessons? Did you have a Russian (or French, I guess) teacher?

sarabonne said...

hmm, I was referring to the music. But then again, Grey Goose reminds of watching Swan Lake ballets. Our teacher was Russian.

Crawling Axe said...

Oh. Real music reminds you of ballet? :)

Swan Lake reminds me of the 1991 putch when Gorbachev was arrested, and they only played Swan Lake on all TV channels, forbidding to show news. Fall of Communism forever destroyed Swan Lake’s image in memories of millions of Soviets.

I posted not for specific piece of music, but for Horowitz. If your ballet teacher played like this, you were lucky.