I sent Hob Nob in Santa Barbara my story about the bartender who challenged me on my love of Grey Goose.
They got back to me:
Thank you for sharing. I always find it interesting the debate on vodkas myself. Watched a program a few years back on dateline where they took a group of different ages that were pretty set on their “brand” they preferred and taste compared all the brands. Hands down smirnoff won over even the most devoted fans of Grey Goose? I’m with you, the taste may be the same, but the headache is not. Thanks again for visiting HobNob and we will look forward to your visit next time for some Grey Goose .. Kind Regards, HobNob Management.
My top three mainstream vodkas right now (subject to change after happy hour):
1. Grey Goose
3. Kettle One
I say “mainstream” because there are so many out there that I have never tried, mostly due to availability and cost.
I wouldn’t exactly order U’luvka on a Friday night, that’s all I’m saying.