The 5 Best Vodka Out There

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Few mainstream drinks as are polarizing as the vodka, seeing how some people can even smell it, let alone stomach it. That’s most likely due to the fact that the majority of people just pick up the first vodka they see on the shelf. But for the taste of the actual drink, that is one of the manliest drinks out there and also the main ingredient for classic cocktails like the White Russian and Moscow Mule, you need the best vodka brands out there.

Of course, there are expensive vodkas out there that cost several hundred or even thousands of dollars, but we’ve focused on those medium brand vodkas that you can get in your local liquor store.

5 Best Vodkas Out There

Grey Goose Vodka

Regarded as top shelf vodka, mainly because it is heavily marketed in celebrity events, Grey Goose lives up to its reputation. Not only does it have a great, modern packaging, it is a very smooth vodka that is great for mixing with cocktails and for pure sipping as well. Somewhat surprisingly, it is produced in France, but since the country has a reputation for making great alcoholic drinks, it’s not that wild that it also has one of the best vodkas. Especially since Bacardi is the manufacturer and considering that the wheat distillate is combined with spring water from the famed Cognac region.

Svedka Vodka

It seems that Vodka flourishes in countries with really cold temperatures, as Svedka Vodka comes from Sweden. A newer (1998) vodka brand, which is evident by its packaging, the variety of flavors, and the marketing. The last one can put off all of some people as Svedka is somehow seen as a party or a pre-game vodka brand, but there’s no doubt that it is also one of the best vodkas out there. Pretty affordable too, which is pretty amazing seeing how the country is known as one of the cleanest in the world with ingredients being at the highest standard.


The most basic and well-known of the good vodka brands, and for a reason, as Smirnoff has the taste that will appeal to the majority of people. It’s the first step up people make from drinking some cheap vodkas. It’s Russian by origin, but the company is owned by a British manufacturer Diageo. This best vodka brand is sold in 130 countries, which isn’t surprising seeing how the company was established in 1864 and has been the pioneer of the vodka industry from the start. The company has a lot of different types of vodkas, but its Red Label is the most iconic and probably the bottle most people think of when talking about vodkas.

Beluga Noble

Opposite of the Smirnoff, Beluga Noble is a fairly new vodka brand that maximized the modern technologies and marketing to become one of the industry leaders. The Beluga Noble Russian Vodka, which is the full name of this refreshing and one of the best tasting vodkas, benefits from using water from cold Siberian artesian wells. The Beluga Noble vodka is left to rest for 30 days which diminish the smell of the drink and enhances the taste. Even though it’s regarded as an aristocratic brand of vodka, which the bottle definitely showcases, it is not that expensive, although, of course, prices differ across the United States.

Russian Standard Vodka

We all know that vodka is basically the national drink of Russia, so we always lay our hopes on Russian vodkas to be the best vodkas. It’s basically like saying German engineering, but for alcohol. Русский Стандарт, or Russian Standard when translated to English, started in 1998 and quickly became one of the nation’s most beloved vodkas in a very fast time. The legend behind it stated that the famous Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev was instructed by a royal decree to set the Imperial quality standard for vodkas and that’s how the Russian Standard was born. You’ll believe any fairytale after drinking a sip of this best vodka brand.

Are there any other best vodkas that you would recommend to other appreciators of a finer taste?