Ciroc is basically Cognac or Armagnac without theoak treatment.
Traditionally, vodka is consumed in shots inPoland. It’s not a cocktail culture. There, they want it to go down smooth andnot be harsh on the aftertaste. Some vodkas can have harsh aromas, but to behonest, it is meant to be knocked back with inebriation as the sole purpose.
Like with any beverage, you are looking for aromas,subtle flavors (all of which are derived during the fermentation anddistillation as there is no steeping of herbs or spices and no oak treatment)and after tastes as well as smoothness.
I generally mix it with blackcurrant juice. ForMartinis I prefer Hendricks Gin.
We do a Hendricks Gin Martini too, but with Vodkaand Lillet Blanc. Guess I better go back to using Jewel of Russia Vodka for thetime being until I get this sorted out!
The clear stuff, to me, is one of those things thatrequires more skill and luck because you can’t mask flaws with sugar or herbs.So, by that logic, a clear rye (and to a lesser extent, potato or beet sugar)vodka that has interesting nuances and goes down well is a more masterfulproduct.
You can, of course, make sugar liquor, addartificial flavors and colors or make the stuff from fruit and sell it to theclub crowd. But that is not a genuine vodka.
As for Martinis. Drink what you prefer. That’s what I do. Hendricks may not be a purist’s choice as far as Gin goes. I’m okaywith that. I’m sure that I could pick a favorite out of a purist’s list of trueor correct Gins.
If people like Grey Goose, that’s fine by me. Butas with many things, commercial success does not go hand in hand withauthenticity or quality.
http://pictures.polandforall.com/images/zubrowka-bison-grass-vodka.jpgand is distilled by Polmos in Bialystok, Poland – apparently Wally’s carriesit. Not sure if it has the real Bison Grass or somesubstitute.
This is not the real thing: