Smirnoff Red Label #21

Overall Rating: 5.8
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[40%, sampled in Germany]

Hailing from the UK, this seems to be one of the most dominating vodka brands in Western Europe and in the US. Most German bars I’ve been to were basically stacked with Smirnoff Red Label #21.

Russian soldiers

I was wondering why it was so popular, so I asked the internet, and I found out that most of the Russian solders who were stationed in East Germany in the 1990s loved to spend their money on three things: Marlboro cigarettes, Levy’s jeans, and this stuff.

Wouldn’t this fact in itself be a knighting of sorts for a non-Russian vodka brand?

how Smirnoff Red Label #21 actually tastes

So I brought home a bottle and opened it.

The taste was average, and the aftertaste was boring. There’s not much I can say about this at all. I thought the bottle design was okay, only the price was very competitive (around 11€/700ml.

mix it

I have no clue why this stuff is so popular, but I think it is one of those vodkas which should be consumed with lots and lots of fruit juice.

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