Last week I went searching for a new and exciting vodka to tickle my taste buds and came across a unique luxury vodka liqueur called Cloud No 9. The ultra feminine bottle was filled to the brim with a deep purple liqueur and labeled as if it was an expensive bottle of perfume. I picked it up to read more; it’s actually made entirely from Cabernet Sauvignon, grape spirit and Tasmanian spring water. Despite, the outrageous price tag and the low alcohol content of 18%, I bought the pretty bottle. I absolutely love the taste of the liqueur; it has a wonderfully smooth deep fruit flavor. However, I question if Cloud No 9 is actually a vodka; to me it tastes more like a snobby port wine. As much as I enjoyed the taste, it is not something I would recommend to those who want a proper drink. Tricked again by pretty packaging, by now this vodka doll should have learned her lesson. I give this “vodka” 1 doll hair out of 5. Although the taste was exceptionally yummy, this is not actually a vodka by definition and would caution others on spending $60.00 on a spirit with such a low alcohol content.
Can you make vodka from grapes? If you are Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs you can! Ciroc vodka is made from Mauzac Blanc grapes in France, but drunk internationally by vodka lovers and/or people who think P. Diddy is cool. I went out and bought a bottle of the Ultra Premium grape vodka and this doll was not disappointed. If I was Barbie, this vodka would be my Ken. I absolutely love the look of the bottle; the blue stone on the front is very sheik. After spending a few hours in the freezer the bottle’s “sheikness” turns into sexiness as the condensation slides down the side of the bottle. Ciroc vodka has a distinct fruit, almost grapey flavour to it. It also gave me a lasting warm sensation, which is exactly what a $70 bottle of vodka should do. There is no reason to mix this vodka with anything other than a few cubes of ice and maybe a lemon twist. I rate this vodka 4 doll hairs out of 5. I think this vodka’s advertisements are pretty lame, especially compared to 42 Below.
Crystal Head vodka created quite the stir in my home country Canada. Even though it is distilled in Newfoundland and co-owned by Canadian comedian, Dan Akroyd, the LCBO refused to carry the vodka. Take one guess why? The bottle design of a large glass skull was considered too controversial due to its association with the image of death, but Akroyd succeeded in ending the Crystal Head boycott. I couldn’t wait to get my very own bottle. I poured myself half a shot; I must say the excitement before I tried it made the $50 price tag worth every penny. I was pleasantly surprised with how little it burned going down. I got out my good old Russian Standard vodka to compare, and after a few more sips of each I had all the proof I needed. Crystal Head was less scary than the pretty packaged vodkas and was damn good. Because this vodka has more of a sweet finish to it, I shook it up with some lemon zest and it was dee-lish. Every doll loves a little good fortune, and this vodka tells a tale of an archeological mystery offering spiritual powers of enlightenment to any vodka doll that touches one of the thirteen crystal heads. I rate this vodka 4 doll hairs out of 5; losing a point because I am still waiting for my spiritual powers.
Call me crazy, but who wants to drink vodka named after someone who cut off their own ear? I mean isn’t naming a vodka after a post-impressionist painter kind of gimmicky? The man shot and killed himself after developing quite the drinking problem and this is now an award-winning drink? I didn’t get it and was turned off before even trying the stuff. Until one night while in Vancouver during the winter Olympic games when a friend ordered a round of celebratory banana flavoured shots; I polity declined. As I saw the grim faces staring back at me, I quickly changed my mind and shot Van Gogh. My eyes lit up as I placed my shot glass back on the table. I was wrong; yes a doll can admit when she has misjudged. As I found myself looking for the bartender, I realized it’s not only a book that shouldn’t be judged by its cover. Over time I came to enjoy the link to the artist even more, especially the use of bold colors in their vodka. The beautiful blue in the açai-blueberry is one of my favourites; try adding a few ounces of pink champagne in a large flute glass and you have one yummy masterpiece.
Stolichnaya, more commonly know as Stoli vodka, is reviewed my men all over the world as a “great Russian vodka.” For my delicate taste buds, the vodka did not go down well even after I tried to lighten the vodka up with a splash of cranberry juice. The vodka just brought out such a bitter taste in my berries. I was not drawn to their red and gold vodka labels, why should I be anyway, they are clearly targeted at men. So women beware this vodka is harsh, with a very distinctive vodka bite to it, not a dolls best friend. The only thing sweet about this vodka is its Russian heritage. It comes from the land of great vodkas and great vodka drinkers. The price point is also not bad, but I do think there are better choices for stylish vodka dolls. I rate this vodka 2 doll hairs out of 5?