[41,3%, sampled in Germany]
This one is called Smirnoff White vodka, and it’s from the UK. I picked it up in a duty free somewhere in an airport (I think it was in Istanbul), and that’s exactly where you are supposed to find it – it’s apparently only available in airport shops.
At first I was a bit sceptical. I had tried Smirnoff Red Label #21 before and thought it was just decent. So why should this stuff be any better? But in the end I figured I might as well give it a try. After all, it was supposed to be freeze filtered (hence the name Smirnoff White). Also, it was on sale.
Smirnoff White is better than the original
Have you noticed the weird alcohol content of 41,3% in this? I don’t know what’s up with that, but the taste was astonishingly smooth. Smirnoff White went down very gently, and it had an almost sweet note to it. The aftertaste was good, too, it just didn’t seem just as aromatic as I would have liked it to be. There seemed to be something cool about it. And by cool I mean cold.
The price was pretty good, especially for something you would get at an airport. I paid around 20€/700ml for this. I also liked the bottle design, maybe because it felt like a bit of a break from all the frosted glass design that you get with upper segment brands like The Goose and Belvedere.
Overall, this one was a surprisingly good vodka.