Battle of Vodkas: Absolut vs. Grey Goose vs. Smirnoff

Vodka is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in the world and for a very good reason. It is a very strong liquor commonly having 40% alcohol by volume. This can get you really drunk fast. Originally from Russia, this drink is composed of water and ethanol and depending on its type it can also have some flavorings.

Vodka is made by distilling fermented wheat and potatoes but modern variants are also fermented with fruits or sugar. Traditionally consumed neat or not mixed with ice or other mixer, this drink is well loved by Europeans and later in its history, Americans too. Today vodka is commonly mixed with other drinks and seen to be the base of many cocktail concoctions such as vodka tonic, white Russian, Bloody Mary, and many more.

The Vodka Wars

To better understand the products being compared in this article it is important to have descriptions for each. This can make sense of the claims of its maker and would be a good foundation on the latter head to head comparisons of these leading brands.

  • Smirnoff is the world’s number one at least that is what its maker claims. The identity of this drink is from its classic taste, an authentic Russian inspired flavor that also inspired the birth of many varieties around the world. Considered to be the first one to popularize the said spirit worldwide, this brand is hard to beat on its claims.
  • The Grey Goose brand on the other hand claims to use only the finest ingredients and the highest standard of craftsmanship of its distillation process. Both of these they claim produces liquor that is smooth and with a very distinct character. This is a result of the passion behind its making. The commitment is to produce a drink that is of the highest quality.
  • Absolut is a Swedish spirit that is made from natural ingredients. Unlike the others it does not have any added sugar in its contents thereby giving drinkers a very clean taste of their favorite alcohol. But even with its clean distillation it still has the rich and full bodied flavor with that complex but smooth character from the fermented grain. Drinkers swear to catch a hint of dried fruit on their every sip of Absolut. This is what the brand calls the true taste of vodka.

Comparisons: Smirnoff, Grey Goose, and Absolut

Between Smirnoff No. 21 and Grey Goose Vodka it is observed that the general preferences leans more toward Smirnoff scoring higher at 84 while the Grey Goose follows at 82. Both of these drinks are rated at 40% ABV and categorized as clear spirits.

Smirnoff however is almost half the price of Grey Goose retailing for $14 while the other brand sells for $30. The reason behind the cost differences is because the Smirnoff has 3 distillations while the other more expensive brand has a total of 5 which in many considerations can also produce a better tasting drink.

While Grey Goose might be obviously superb in some respects it is also worthy to note that Smirnoff at its price point won more distinctions – consistently placing on the top at the San Francisco World Spirits bagging gold four times, once in 2003, in 2008, a double gold in 2009 and another gold in 2013. This says a lot to the possibly superb taste of Smirnoff supported by the fact that it won the preferences of more drinkers.

Between the Smirnoff and Absolut, the former scored lower than the general impression of drinkers with its 84 rating compared to the 94 rating of its counterpart Absolut. Both drinks are clear spirits, which also has the same ABV at 40%. The price differences are quite obvious.

Smirnoff selling lower at $14 and the other retailing for $20. Both of the drinks are distilled three times but although both drinks are almost the same in all aspects, again the Smirnoff pulls out its more winnings in the San Francsico World Spirits with its total of 5 gold rankings in 4 instances from 2001 to 2104. But Absolut did not go home zero as it bagged a double gold on the same event in 2013 and it also bagged a 4.3 rating from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

The comparison between Absolut and Grey Goose sees the former leading in the overall impression scores getting a rating of 94 compared to its competitor’s number of 82. Drinkers’ rating for Absolut is at 4.2 stars in a 5-star scale while the other brand is rated at 3.2 stars. Both have an ABV of 40%. The price point of both has a $10 difference, the Grey Goose selling higher at $30 per bottle. The cost difference however can be traced back to the variation in the distillation process of the two brands. Both of these drinks however got the same rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazine at 4.2 stars.