Grey Goose

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Grey Goose is a 40% ABV vodka from France. The vodka is produced by Bacardi & Company Limited and imported by Sidney Frank Importing Company. The quality is considered to be good. The average price is around $33.09 per 750mL. Rated 3 out of 5 based on 22 reviews.

The bottle states the following:

In the fine epicurean tradition of France comes a vodka of uncommon balance. Grey Goose vodka is distilled from French wheat and is made with spring water from Gensac that is naturally filtered through champagne limestone. The expertise of the Maître de Chai ensures an unparalleled smoothness and exceptional taste.

Grey Goose Vodka Review

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Let me first make it clear that Grey Goose is a sham. It was created by an American guy, Sidney Frank, as cash grab. What I mean is that Grey Goose is the boy band of the vodka world and Sidney Frank is Lou Perlman. There is nothing inherently special about it. It has no historical recipe or special, modern processes to improve quality. It doesn’t even have a heart warming story. Frank planted the distillery in France to take advantage of the perceived elegance of the country. He even jacked the price up so that people would believe it is of higher quality. Let me say it again for those hard of reading: Grey Goose is a sham.

That said, he did an excellent job with his trickery. He created a brand that made him a ton of money and is arguably thought of as the best vodka on the market by the general public. I know a lot of vodkas get made just to score some cash. The reason Grey Goose bugs me is that Frank successfully duped the American public into believing that this vodka is something special when it really isn’t.

The Shot

I won’t protest that Grey Goose is a smooth vodka. It certainly isn’t a good tasting vodka. It’s a little bitter at first. Then it gets more bitter. After it goes down, the aftertaste is even more bitter. It doesn’t burn, but I’ve tasted better vodkas that are a lot cheaper and a lot less pretentious. That said, I’ve tasted worse. A chaser wasn’t necessary, but I wouldn’t mind one.

The Mixed Drink

I gave Grey Goose to the tried-and-true Simply Orange screwdriver. It’s not horrible, but the bitters are definitely there. The sweet flavors of the juice are diluted significantly. Normally, I enjoy the high pulp, but this brew isn’t very satisfying with pulp.

Opinions

Erin said, “It takes a lot of mixer to cover that up.” She mixed with passion fruit juice, which is usually a pretty good mixer.

I don’t expect to pull Grey Goose from its laurels in the eyes of the populous, but I do hope a few people have open eyes. Grey Goose isn’t what it claims to be. It’d be a wonderful vodka in a lower price range with different expectations. Where it stands, it’s simply an overstatement.

Rated 3 out of 5.

Robert Brodrecht

  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By vodkagurl26

    1 *****

    This is just not good to me. I’ve have it several times and it is bitter and overrated. People buy it because they fall for that old “if it cost more it must be better” scam. If you want some great vodka try Sobieski or Svedka.

    vodkagurl26

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By J

      The buzz I get from goose is better than many other vodkas, regardless if you think they taste better…. The buzz from goose is worth the price.. It’s amazing …

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Jason

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    If you have any Costcos in your area, their Kirkland Signature brand is reportedly the equivalent of Grey Goose, distilled in the same place, same country, same water, ingredients, etc.

    Jason

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

      We do have Costco around here, but I feel pretty confident that they won’t be allowed to carry liquor in Alabama. Someone has suggested it to me before. The next time I get to a more liberal place with Costcos, I’ll definitely check it out.

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Ike

    2 *****

    I just don’t like this stuff. I’ve had it several times and its just average and definitely not worth the money.

    Ike

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

      That’s exactly the sentiment that I’d like to convey to people. You summed it up very well.

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Jason

    No Rating

    The review on Grey Goose is spot on, it is by no means a bad vodka, but it’s definitely overrated. It’s smooth but gets fairly bitter. It’s bested by lesser priced vodkas such as Tito’s, Russian Standard, Sobieski, etc. Not worth it!

    Jason

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Jason

      I picked up a bottle of Costco’s Kirland Signature vodka as described in one of my posts above. I’d say it’s BETTER than Grey Goose! Very clean and flavorless, very very mild burn, and less of an aftertaste than Grey Goose. I didn’t see any other bottle sizes as it was right there in the front and I grabbed one, but $26.99 for a 1.75 bottle? Do the math, that’s quite inexpensive. I might have found a new favorite! Too bad it’s still French…

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      • Grey Goose Vodka Review By wojtek

        french is good for cheese and wine…. and escargo……….and frogs…………….. but definetly not for vodka …..or beer…………………

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By phd.is.next

    No Rating

    Not terrible, but overrated, especially for the price.

    phd.is.next

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Kim

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    I would classify myself as a regular drinker, on average 2 times a week, I am not a light weight I can drink shots of tequilla with absolutely no side effects. I recently had 3 shots of grey goose vodka and I can’t remember a thing. I am a 41 year old women and I weigh about 136 pounds. Has this ever happened to anyone else, I am concerned that maybe someone put something in my drink.

    Kim

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

      Grey Goose is the same proof as any other vodka. If you’re used to drinking a few shots without problems, it is possible someone drugged your drink, especially if you were at a crowded club where it’s easy to pull that kind of thing off. However, there are several factors other than weight that can contribute to how fast and how much you need to drink to get drunk. The most notable one is food. If you didn’t eat much that day, the alcohol will be absorbed faster than if you had eaten recently because food slows the absorption rate.

      That said, I have been around people who drink a pretty fair amount who inexplicably and randomly get much more intoxicated than they normally would if they had consumed the same amount of alcohol. These happenings occurred in controlled settings where I don’t feel drugging is possible. So, you may have just had a bad night.

      As long as nothing happened to you, I wouldn’t worry about it now. Do keep a close eye on your drink next time if you’re drinking at the same place. And, it’s always a good idea to bring a friend if you drink out in the event that you need some assistance. Hope that helps!

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      • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Kim

        Thanks for the input maybe it was just a bad night but I will tell you that’s the end of me and vodka.:)

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By wattsprodigy

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    My twin brother likes this stuff. I mean…its ok. It has a very strong scent of sterilizing alcohol that you would experience in a hospital. That taste is middle of the road at best. It has a very warm sensation. As I let it rest in my mouth it starts to tingle my tongue similar to experiencing tongue bite from smoking a pipe too fast. Once I swallow it gets even warmer…I mean…my breathe literally feels like if I held my Zippo in front of my mouth I would breath flames. In a mixed drink it’s…ok. There’s a bitter component to it and that sterilizing alcohol note comes through in the flavor as well. I have tasted other Vodkas that have better followings and cost a quarter to a fifth of the price. This is not to say that this Vodka sucks, it’s just not for me, others may like it though.

    wattsprodigy

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

      I think the key is that Grey Goose is a good vodka in a vacuum. It’s when people really try alternatives that Goose’s reputation starts to tarnish. So far, a lot of people never bother to try anything else.

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By john3254zx

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    Over rated!

    john3254zx

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

      Hopefully not by us!

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By skiseiw9

    3 *****

    I agree with your review, its definitely OK when you drink it on the rocks not excellent though since it doesnt “burn” at all, so if you are not used to the taste of vodka and don´t mind spending a couple of bucks try it. I personally hated it with mixed drinks I could hardly taste it and usually I pour enough vodka on my drinks.

    skiseiw9

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

      Eh. I’d barely suggest it. There are far better vodkas for less money. It’s not a bad vodka, but it’s the last thing I suggest to people.

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Frolly

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    I have to say I’m somewhat disappointed with how this vodka was rated. First of all let me say that I am, while new to the vodka degustation scene, an avid vodka fan, and have tasted only a few yet very different vodkas.

    I’m not here to say that Grey Goose is an amazing vodka, it’s not. It’s good, some (me amongst them) would say it’s very good, and while there are more interesting vodkas out there at a more affordable price, Grey Goose is still better than many. However in your review you (correctly) argue that a lot of it’s fame comes from advertising hype, and that it is therefore (in my opinion, highly) overpriced, shouldn’t it therefore get a 1 star for bang for the buck?

    My personal opinion of this vodka is that it is definitely smooth and therefore worth a taste for those who are new to enjoying nice vodka as opposed to simply mixing it with whatever will hide the taste and drinking as many as possible. It has the strong feel of vodka without any of the chemical harshness that you will find in cheap brands and leaves you with an open mind as to what flavour variants are available when moving on to other vodkas. For that reason I would give it a 4/5 rating, 1/5 value for money, and 3/5 overall score. If someone offers you a taster, go for it, but don’t get yourself a bottle unless you’re getting it duty free (as I did).

    Worth a quick side mention, the best bang for the buck good tasting vodka I’ve come across so far has got to be Smirnoff Black Label, it’s got a considerably hint of spices which lingers after you drink it, delightful!

    Frolly

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Rich

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    Since I have read this and it might influence my opinion I am now out but I plan to do an experiment of my own on Grey Goose. For my graduation my parents and a few friends are coming down. I plan to serve them half shots of at least 3 different vodkas (unknown to them what vodka each is) and ask them to rate each one with one of them being grey goose. I am thinking Sobieski would be one good one to put against it being of a much lower price range and I am undecided on the third. I considered Tito’s but I want to use a more well-known vodka to put it up against as I am curious to see how the comparison results. Suggestions on what third vodka to use as well as what to serve between to clean the palette are welcome. :)

    Rich

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

      @Rich, Svedka is more well known, costs about the same as Sobieski, and has a very clean flavor. You could, however, compare it to Stoli or Smirnoff for a much more popular brand. If you want an upper-shelf, Chopin is good. If you want a really good upper-shelf, Jean Marc XO is amazing, but it’s about $50 for a 750 (worth it, though, as you’ll read in a few weeks). Of course, you could get some bottom-shelf vodka to see the reaction of that against the other vodkas.

      I’m interested to hear how it goes. The reason I haven’t done any blind or double blind tests is because I feel like vodka requires an adjusted palate (just like wine or beer) to really appreciate the subtle differences. I feel like most people can’t tell a big enough difference. If you go through with it, write up an article about it. I’d be happy to post it on the blog, or link to wherever you blog it.

      That said, I’m planning to have a shoot out between three vodkas at some point in the near future, but it’s not like what you’re going for.

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      • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Rich

        I don’t really expect scientifically valid results, I’m more curious about it because I’ve showed the site to a few friends and they all act like you’ve committed blasphemy for not praising goose. I figure by their arguments if I do a blind test against two mid-shelf vodkas I would expect everyone to pick out goose as noticeably better. If they can’t tell or if they like it less or equally that should make them think a bit.

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        • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

          That’s a good premise for a test. My guess is that they won’t be able to tell a difference. Unless, of course, they drink a great deal of straight vodka.

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          • Grey Goose Vodka Review By chuckers

            i seen on the news one time they did a blind taste test of vodka, and like everyone picked different brands. They had people who drank nothing but grey goose and they didnt pick it. I am gonna buy a few more vodkas and have a friend pour shots and see what ones i pick and even see if if after a few rounds i would pick the same vodka over and over again or not.

          • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

            I think that’s part of the problem with “laymen” being taste testers. If the palate isn’t sensitive to vodka, most vodkas will taste pretty much the same. That’s why my prediction with Rich’s experiment was that no one will know the difference. MythBusters, for example, did a double blind taste test on the whole vodka filtration thing that popped up on the ‘Net awhile back. They had Anthony Dias Blue, executive director of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, that was able to put the filtered vodkas in order of filtration, where Kari had the top shelf vodka at the bottom. I couldn’t find a video, but it’s Episode 50, though, where the experiment is done.

          • Grey Goose Vodka Review By chuckers

            Ya me and my friend over the weekend poured each other shots and then we would write down a rating and guess what vodka it was and didnt have much sucess, I served him the same vodka twice and one time he gave it a 6 then the next a 3. I rated the brand nikolia the best and it was the cheapest in the test and comes in plastic bottle. Ya in the pennsylvania state stores there are lots of brands i never seen anyone talk about online, like vladimir it is like 10 bucks for a 1.75 bottle and alchol is expensive in pennsylvania compared to other states. I usually buy whatever vodka I heard good things about that is like on sale for like 3 or 4 bucks off and i try it. The other night we drank the nikolia, pinnacle, svedka, titos and 3 olives. I went a lil crazy at the store, all this taste test stuff caught my interest, I bartend part time for extra income and I think I might have more alcohol at my house then the bar. I just started drinking most these brands so will have to get some more reps in then see if I can detect which is which.All seem to be pretty good, seems like the titos though at first opinion burns more then all the others? I put that down on the taste test and was like has to be the cheap nikolia and turned out being the titos, it tasted good just burned more than the others, then drinking it later same thing. Most the vodkas are pretty close in price so I am just gonna see if I find one that really seperates itself from the others. The smirnoff though I was stunned, I drank it before but never as a shot, I usually drink cocktails with so many parts to them dont really matter what you use just too much going one. I know everyones taste is different, but that was my first shot of it and it was by far the worst vodka I ever drank, people drink it up though. My next purchase once I drink a few bottles of these others will be the sobiski, everyone seems to love it. The vodka industry should send vodkabuzz a check though for boosting their sales haha

          • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

            @chuckers, I’ll take a check any time, if they are listening…

            It took several years and a consorted effort to get my palate to where it is. I probably have a long way to go, but I think the important thing is to try to savor the flavors, even if your first reaction is to vomit, in order to get your taste buds accustom to the nuances. You also pick up a lot of the quality based on the mouth feel and how it goes down that you miss if you knock back a shot and chase it really fast. I’d probably have started this site years ago if I’d done that in college instead of what I actually did.

          • Grey Goose Vodka Review By chuckers

            Ya I try to do it pretty objective, I never chase a shot with anything no matter how bad it is, then I wait a while for the next one. A lot depends on personal taste, but it would be nice to get your taste buds where you could tell that a vodka hasnt been filtered good. And be able to tell what they ran it through to filter it.

          • Grey Goose Vodka Review By ddo

            Yes, but I think the question was ” can you tell the difference”, not which one is better. The guy tastes vodka all day, of course he can pick out brands.

  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By joeho

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    Took a bartending course and read an article rating the iron content of grey goose is high compared to its competition. finlandia ranked highest in purity level of vodkas compared. I’m not a vodka fan by any means but i steer clear of grey goose when making mixed drinks and educate everyone of its poor quality, pretentiousness, and marketing tactics. Advertised to the rich, from france, and overpriced makes you THINK its the best.
    good article. hard to find anything that shows grey goose for what it is online.
    nothing wrong with liking it. Just make sure your taste buds arent tasting the hype or price-

    joeho

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Fred

    3 *****

    I don’t know all of the vodka connoisseur lingo to describe how I feel about the taste of Grey Goose, but I can tell you that I don’t like care much for it. It is a bit overrated and it does not mix well at all. My brother argues that it is smooth like Ciroc. It’s not. Ciroc is one of the few vodkas that I can drink on the rocks.

    Fred

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Thomas

    5 *****

    Hands-down the best vodka on the planet! This stuff isn’t bitter whatsoever, mixes well with cranberry juice (my favorite) and doesn’t give you that bad of a hangover. How can you people honestly say it’s bitter? And for those of you claiming “it tastes bad,” you’re fucking retarded! The best vodka’s in the world have absolutely NO FLAVOR! This one I will continuously drink regardless of some ignorant reviews on a website.

    Thomas

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Jme

      I have to agree that goose is in the top tier of vodkas…some may argue that others may test better, but grey goose consistently provides the best buzz … A nice buzz is why I drink liquor..NOT TASTE TEST!!!!!! Better buzz quality than any liqour I have ever tried, regardless of flavor.. And I have tried maybe 150 different hard liqours.

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Sting

      Thomas, Grey Goose is not a bad vodka. But for the price, I’ll take Sobieski or Svedka any day, which I think are better anyway. Tito’s is also excellent.

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By taffyg2003

    4 *****

    I generally agree that Grey Goose is over priced and is only a middle of the road vodka. However, I do find that it does make a very good martini. I am stating this with the backdrop of having compared it to about two dozen other vodkas that are highly rated by this site. That said, I will never buy another bottle of Grey Goose, but would happily order a Grey Goose martini at a bar if only Absolut, Smirnoff, or well vodka are the other options.

    taffyg2003

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Nancy

    No Rating

    I came here to research Grey Goose vodka; my quest was successful. I learned two things: Grey Goose is a sham, and its cost is exorbitant. However, my sweet sister knows neither of these things, so when her husband of 52 wedding anniversaries passed yesterday I asked her what very special thing I could get for her to provide solace. She requested a bottle of Grey Goose vodka. I am going to buy it for her. I am not faulting your admirable and commendable critique; rather I hope she never stumbles onto this page. Because if she believes this fake vodka will ease the pain of her loss better than any other vodka, then it will – and that is all that matters.

    Nancy

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By AZWolverine

    3 *****

    Regardless of its origins, I though GG was pretty good, definitely smooth & fairly sweet. Beyond that there isn’t much, and it certainly isn’t worth the price. I’m glad I learned this at a tasting, as opposed to buying a bottle!

    AZWolverine

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By marjorie_monmouth

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    I’d been buying Grey Goose for awhile now but I was a little disappointed. I favored it slightly over Rain, which is probably a better value. But after reading some of the reviews here I went out and tried Titos (way, way better than Goose or Rain for martinis a little dirty with olives). From now on, the Goose is out. It’s just a bad value and it tends to give me a headache.

    marjorie_monmouth

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Bill

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    Just a response to TAFFYG2003’s post

    TAFFYG2003
    I have had about a year and a half to try lots of vodkas to experiment and enjoy. All of this got started when I discovered that Bacardi rum was not too highly regarded in the rum drinker’s world. Out of curiosity, I then decided to research how my much enjoyed Grey Goose (served in a classic martini) stacked up. Much to my surprise, according to this forum and several other sources, it was generally considered an overpriced good quality vodka. Since then, I have tried over two dozen other vodkas, most of which I have rated higher in comparison to Grey Goose.

    The last two times that I ordered a martini while dinning out, I decided to give Grey Goose a try again. Guess what; it was quite good. In fact, it was better than I had remembered. The cocktail was smooth, very tasty, had little burn, and even had a mild and pleasant bittersweet aftertaste! Both of these Grey Goose martinis were very good, and were served at a different restaurant, so it wasn’t just the luck of getting a special bartender. I had previously ranked Grey Goose near the bottom of my list with an middling 3 stars rating, but now I am going to re-rate it somewhere in the middle of my star riddled vodka list with 4 stars. Did Grey Goose’s recipe change in the last year or so? I highly doubt it. Has my judgment of what makes vodka pleasurable changed? Perhaps, yes. In turn, I have come to realize that I do like Grey Goose, at least in a martini cocktail. Are there better vodkas? Absolutely! Are there better vodkas that are less expensive? Sure. But, after all of this time, I have found that I can enjoy a Grey Goose martini, even if some other really good vodkas are on the menu.

    Cheers!

    REPLY Published March 16, 2011 5:17 pm

    BILL
    Hi,
    I started to read these reviews after my girlfriend asked me to pick up a bottle of Grey Goose for her and I chose a different brand recommended by a very knowledgeable manager at a very larger liquor retailer. She broke my chops so I decided to do some checking and found this site. What I do know (from my son’s girlfriend who is a professional bartender) that a LOT of bars refill PREMIUM bottles with lesser quality quaffs. You may have actually not been drinking G.G. at all but a lower priced and possibly better tasting vodka.

    REPLY Published March 16, 2014 10:10 am

    Bill

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By OOOOMalley

    4 *****

    Maybe it’s different for other ppl, but it’s about $30-35 for a fifth, and about 7-10 shots will have me feeling good, plus it leaves me still competent so I don’t make dumb ass decisions, and I can pay $18-20 for a pint and enjoy that to myself. But very smooth, Cherry Noir is good, Lemon smells like Pinesol and probably taste like it, I really want to try Orange and Pear

    OOOOMalley

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Scott

    4 *****

    As usual, I care not at all what anyone else thinks: I like Grey Goose. It is overpriced, and for that reason I prefer Reyka (which isn’t even on this site–why not?).

    Scott

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

      In this case, it’s because I have not yet bought it. Normally, it’s an issue of distribution in Alabama but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it. I’ve been slacking off hard core on reviews for the past 6-12 months. That is why it isn’t here. It’s my fault :P

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Ben Twang

    2 *****

    Two-dimensional shit. Useful for cleaning wounds. One step above well vodka.

    Ben Twang

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Taffyg2003

    No Rating

    In an effort to stick with a vodka that I know that actually makes a decent martini, when out to dinner the last two times I ordered Grey Goose. To my surprise, both restaurants were “out of “Grey Goose”. Is this just an unsual coincidence, or is there a supply or distribution problem? Hurricane Sandy ravaged the region about a month ago, so maybe there is a link to these two incidents.

    Taffyg2003

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By peachykeen

    2 *****

    Utterly vile. The price is just part of the marketing, this is one of the worst vodkas I’ve had (to be fair, I have not bought anything in a plastic bottle or that comes in the gallon, like Philips).

    Bitter and burns on the way down.

    The only successful part of this vodka is the marketing campaign; making anyone think this was drinkable deserves an award (and a solid slap across the face).

    peachykeen

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By taffyg2003

      I rarely shoot vodka, so I can’t comment on your opinion. However, as I have stated several times on this forum, Grey Goose does make a surprisingly tasty martini, which is almost always how I drink vodka. Extra dry, up with olives somehow brings out the best in Grey Goose. Though I had generally selected Ketel One in restaurants for vodka martinis if nothing better was available, I am finding myself choosing Grey Goose again lately. It really does make a very enjoyable martini. There are other vodkas that make even better martinis, but they are not readily found at most restaurants, so Grey Goose or Ketel One are usually my go-to restaurant martini vodkas of late.

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By loudmouthmoose

    2 *****

    Having had this vodka touted to me by others as a great vodka, I have to say the only thing I found to be “premium” about it, was the price. While not a terrible vodka, the taste is more along the lines of a middle-shelfer vodka that, due to the France reference, got placed on the top shelf without any real merit. I found Grey Goose to be extremely bitter for a top-shelf vodka.

    loudmouthmoose

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By robstah

    4 *****

    It always seems that people are bashing Grey Goose because of its label on society. After trying well over 20 different medium to high shelf vodkas, I do find that Grey Goose leaves a great aftertaste (what is probably described as the bitterness). If you could take the “price and pretentiousness” out of the equation, you would enjoy it for what it is. I won’t say that it’s the best out there, but it definitely is in my top 10.

    robstah

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By taffyg2003

      Grey Goose really does make a very nice martini. About a week ago, I had one directly following a Stoli martini, and it was far superior. There truly is something a bit unique about the flavor Grey Goose imparts to a martini that is quite enjoyable. However, there is a little “off” aftertaste, so I can’t state that it is as great a vodka in the comparison to Crystal Head, Zyr, Chopin, and a few others. Also, Grey Goose is over priced. If it were priced similar to mid-shelf vodkas, such as $20 Stoli, it would be a nice bang for the buck. But at about $35 per fifth, it is not worth the money.

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Andrew

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    It doesn’t really matter if Grey Goose was created by an American or where it’s imported from. It’s a great vodka, one of my favorites. It mixes best with cranberry juice but is so smooth there’s no need to use a mixer. I’m also unsure of where everyone else is buying it but it’s available from $21-24 for 750ml around the Chicagoland area, that’s hardly expensive.

    Andrew

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Sting

      It is expensive compared to Sobieski or Svedka, and no one is going to convince me that Goose is better than those two.

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By taffyg2003

    4 *****

    @Chris and Robert, being a vodka martini drinker, my take on Grey Goose may be a little different form yours. There is something uniquely pleasant about the flavor that Grey Goose imparts to a martini. That said, its other characteristics are good, though not top notch. My overall impression of this vodka is that, other than in a martini, it is only a good vodka that is overpriced as a great one.

    taffyg2003

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By knobudee

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    I totally agree with this. I was out with a friend and fellow vodka lover one night for his birthday and he really wanted a shot of vodka. At the time we were both under the misconception that Goose was the best choice out there (he drinks Vox now and I drink Svedka). We had the shot and we were both pretty disappointed. It was more bitter than I thought it would be and I was immediately looking for a chaser just to get the after taste out of my mouth. I wasn’t worth my money and I could’ve probably been ok with just buying a shot from the wells. I’d agree that I’ve had worse i.e. Smirnoff, Phillips, or Karkov, but its not worth the tag.

    knobudee

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By teduardo

    3 *****

    Not bad, not great either, but definitely not worth the price. A smooth, but bitter shot, and not a very good mixer. I wouldn’t turn down a free shot at a party, but I have better things to spend my money on.

    teduardo

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Chris

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    I think you’re being a little harsh on Goose, but I do agree, it’s exceptionally overpriced and definitely overrated.

    I feel it’s one of the smoothest vodkas I’ve ever had, but it’s nearly tasteless. Too Smooth.

    I am a big vodka drinker but haven’t tried nearly as many as I would like. I will say off the top of my head though I would easily take Van Gogh, Stoli, Zyr, Crystal Head, and Kettle One over Goose.

    I would take Goose over Tito’s or Veil or Ciroc though it’s close. I really enjoy Tito’s but I feel like it’s legend has grown to where it kind of carries a just quite good vodka into some folklore of an elite vodka with middling pricing. It’s a lot rougher then people like to admit. Has a serious burn especially shooting it neat and although I don’t mind it so much, people seem to lie to themselves and say it’s exceptionally smooth. Ciroc I feel is really good in a unique way, not an everyday sipper but solid. I was drinking it years before P Diddy started advertising for it. I will agree though, it’s rough on the way down.

    I would definitely take it over Absolute, Belvedere, Hangar 1, or Skyy in a heartbeat, but I guess that’s not necessarily saying much.

    Bang for the buck, Grey Goose is a ripoff, I would agree, but as a vodka period, not taking price into consideration at all I think it stands up nicely with any of the above mentioned i have had.

    All the vodkas I listed I have sampled extensively over the years, not just one taste, more like a minimum of multiple fifths of each.

    I’ve had other vodkas, but most aren’t really worth mention with Goose and the others, such as Svedka which is solid for the price for sure and then stuff like Smirnoff which is just awful.

    Hopefully the next few months I’ll try some new ones on here, especially Russian Standard, Sobeiski and National.

    Actually on a final note, I had Van Gogh Blue which was very good, but I honestly found the regular Van Gogh better.

    Chris

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

      @Chris, I’m definitely being hard on them, but it’s in response to most people being the exact opposite. It’s still considered by most normal people to be The Best Vodka for no reason other than marketing. Ask a random sample of people on the street in a US city what the best vodka is, and I’d wager the vast majority will say Goose. That’s why we started VodkaBuzz. We wanted people to be informed about what they were paying for. All I wanted to communicate is that Goose isn’t an exceptional vodka. It’s an average vodka with a high price.

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Fat Matt

    5 *****

    I haven’t had every vodka listed here (I am working on it :P) but so far, Grey Goose is by far the best Vodka I have had.

    Fat Matt

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Margo

    2 *****

    It is not a favorite and I don’t buy it anymore unless certain guests that like it are coming over. There is just too much going on flavor-wise. What are those aftertastes anyway??? I’m a little scared.

    Margo

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Austin Smith

    2 *****

    I have to set this situation up.

    I had my first taste of whiskey that I can remember when I was 7. Ever since thats what I have been drawn too. One day I just happen to decide to buy a bottle of vodka, someone in the store told me Grey Goose was decent so I picked it up. Bought a shaker, mixed it up and enjoyed it. I have a hard time believing I fell into some time of marketing technique when I never really cared about vodka, and thought it tasted like rubbing alcohol before Grey Goose. If anything, the taste on the front as soon as it hits your tongue is enjoyable. Thanks to Grey Goose, I started enjoying vodka and venturing out into other tastes.

    Having said that, I respectfully disagree. Some people look for different things in their drinks, I enjoy something with a little more flavor. Not sugary, or super sweet but flavor. Grey Goose does that for me in the vodka. Some people may enjoy a clean and zero favor on the tongue, such as 360 which I also recommend.

    Maybe I will change my review after I finish my 1.75 of 360, who knows…

    Austin Smith

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

      @Austin, I don’t think you personally fell into a marketing scheme, but you may have been indirectly influenced to purchase Goose because of the mythology surrounding Grey Goose. The person you asked about the vodka may be one of at least three things: A died in the wool Grey Goose lover, someone who isn’t a lover of vodka and is repeating the common misconception that Goose is The Best, or a shop keeper that’d rather sale a $35 bottle of Grey Goose over a $13 bottle of Sobieski (or $20 bottle of Tito’s Handmade Vodka). I’ll let you come to your own conclusions about that.

      Having said that, I want to reiterate that Grey Goose is not a bad vodka. I’d take it over Smirnoff any day. I may even take it over Stoli (though it’s been ages since I’ve had Stoli or Goose). So, the fact that you like it isn’t surprising. You’re probably better off for having tried a good vodka first. However, I think you’ll find something you like more if you keep looking.

      What I want people to know is that Grey Goose is an over priced good vodka. I want to eradicate the myth that Goose is the best vodka out there because it isn’t. The price is inflated to make people think it is, but it certainly covers the cost of advertising to help perpetuate the myth. There are quite a few other vodkas out there that are better than Grey Goose. There are more vodkas out there that are worse. Grey Goose belongs in the upper-middle shelf or the lower-upper shelf, not the top shelf. Again, Grey Goose is a good vodka but it is not the best vodka ever made.

      I agree that different people want different things from their alcohol. I think this is why most Eastern European vodkas have a bite and why other vodkas from the Netherlands, Western Europe and America aim for flavorless.

      If you prefer a bite, you may want to look into Russian vodkas instead of French vodkas. If you want interesting flavors in the vodka, try Blavod or something like Bison Grass Vodka. I haven’t reviewed Bison Grass here yet, but both are good vodkas atypical flavors without being flavored vodka.

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      • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Austin

        Well, while I may have fallen into the marketing campaign, after tasting over dozens and dozens of other vodkas, I can honestly say my opinion of grey goose has fallen. In my first post I grabbed a bottle of 360 shortly after and I have to say, I’m done with the goose. You were right Rob!

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        • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

          Glad I could help! 360 is great. It’s been on “close out” around here for ~$16 for a 750 ml, so I’ve been taking it home a lot recently.

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By NotSerious

      @Austin Smith : SAME story, my family says vodka is a cheaply made drink and i didn’t like the taste of abslute and smirnoff and enjoyes whisky and cognac since i was a little kid but when I tried Grey Goose and Belvedere , I was stunned by the taste ! thank you gray goose

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By workshop777

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    for me, it was a “gateway” vodka. I’m still brand new to the vodka world but I seem to be enjoying it rather then the occasional beer or shot of “insert random alcohol here”. I still drink Goose on occasion while I’m out but that is only due to my inexperience with other vodkas and also partly due to the selection at some places.

    It was smooth and that is what drew me to it originally. I have found better Vodkas at cheaper prices since (one of my Favorites being Esme, that is unfortunately not reviewed here yet).

    So yeah, I’m still a newbie and have yet to try some of the stuff Recommended here. Fav so far is Crystal Head and I love Esme and Ketel One. Still have the occasional Goose while out for dinner though.

    workshop777

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By taffyg2003

      I have had about a year and a half to try lots of vodkas to experiment and enjoy. All of this got started when I discovered that Bacardi rum was not too highly regarded in the rum drinker’s world. Out of curiosity, I then decided to research how my much enjoyed Grey Goose (served in a classic martini) stacked up. Much to my surprise, according to this forum and several other sources, it was generally considered an overpriced good quality vodka. Since then, I have tried over two dozen other vodkas, most of which I have rated higher in comparison to Grey Goose.

      The last two times that I ordered a martini while dinning out, I decided to give Grey Goose a try again. Guess what; it was quite good. In fact, it was better than I had remembered. The cocktail was smooth, very tasty, had little burn, and even had a mild and pleasant bittersweet aftertaste! Both of these Grey Goose martinis were very good, and were served at a different restaurant, so it wasn’t just the luck of getting a special bartender. I had previously ranked Grey Goose near the bottom of my list with an middling 3 stars rating, but now I am going to re-rate it somewhere in the middle of my star riddled vodka list with 4 stars. Did Grey Goose’s recipe change in the last year or so? I highly doubt it. Has my judgment of what makes vodka pleasurable changed? Perhaps, yes. In turn, I have come to realize that I do like Grey Goose, at least in a martini cocktail. Are there better vodkas? Absolutely! Are there better vodkas that are less expensive? Sure. But, after all of this time, I have found that I can enjoy a Grey Goose martini, even if some other really good vodkas are on the menu.

      Cheers!

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      • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Bill

        Hi,
        I started to read these reviews after my girlfriend asked me to pick up a bottle of Grey Goose for her and I chose a different brand recommended by a very knowledgeable manager at a very larger liquor retailer. She broke my chops so I decided to do some checking and found this site. What I do know (from my son’s girlfriend who is a professional bartender) that a LOT of bars refill PREMIUM bottles with lesser quality quaffs. You may have actually not been drinking G.G. at all but a lower priced and possibly better tasting vodka.

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Ben

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    I grabbed some of this since I had Chopin and Belvedere on hand, and it seemed too good of an opportunity to have a battle of expensive vodkas, with some cheaper ones (Svedka and Sobieski) thrown into the mix. I tried it versus Belvedere. Both were good, but I found Belvedere to be a little more refined/mellow with less residual afterburn and bitterness. Svedka seemed about the same quality as Grey Goose to me. (Although I wouldn’t say they taste exactly the same.) Overall, I came away feeling that if I had to spend $30 for 750mL, I’d pick Belvedere over Grey Goose and Chopin. I also came away with the opinion that there are cheaper vodkas that can do just as well. Overall, I feel it is over-rated for the price, but not bad. My friend tried the same stuff I did, and he really couldn’t give an answer on which he liked the most between Svedka, Grey Goose or Belvedere.

    Ben

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Reyka

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    Grey Goose is definitely the Target of the Vodka world; very expensive but has a decent taste. I’d recommend this Vodka as a last resort without delving into the world of 5 Vodka or other cheap brands sold at Wal-Mart.

    The first experience I had with Grey Goose was at a Casino-on-a-boat and it hit the spot well there; I finally got a chance to really test a bottle when I was in the middle of a poker-tournament and ran out of other brands. With 15 minutes until the tournament was to re-start, I ran to Wal-Mart (I detest Wal-Mart, btw), and was disappointed to find that the best they had to offer was Grey Goose. For lack of a better choice, I picked up a bottle and made it back within 10 seconds of the start of the tournament.

    I was pleased, although, with the taste of this vodka. It didn’t have much of a flavor, but was smooth and acceptable none-the-less. I personally liked it much more that Svedka, but I agree that the price tag leads to purchasing another bottle as unacceptable if there are any other options available.

    Reyka

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By taffyg2003

    4 *****

    I am relatively new to vodka drinking, and usually drink it in vodka martinis straight up with olives. Occasionally, I have a small shot, or a vodka tonic. Regardless, Grey Goose was the first “good” vodka that I was introduced to a few years ago. I had little experience, so that I was very impressed how smooth it was in a martini compared to any other I had previously.

    I discovered this forum when I was curious how Grey Goose really stacked up to other vodkas, and was a little surprised to find out that I apparently had gotten caught up in Grey Goose’s marketing “scam”, and that there were many other vodkas superior to it. That said, I still like Grey Goose, but I have had some others that were recommended on this forum that I now feel are, in fact, superior to the Goose, after all. I have also come to realize that the way a martini is prepared can make a big difference, too. So far, the best vodka martini that I have had has been made with Grey Goose at a restaurant with a heralded “martini bar”.

    I plan to try some of the well reviewed vodkas and post my impressions as I experiment. Cheers!

    taffyg2003

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By vegasvodkalover

    1 *****

    To say that I absolutely HATE this vodka would be an extreme misunderstatement. Obviously the fools who think this is a great vodka really do not know vodka at all. This crap is HARSH to say the least. It has a considerable burn, and a horrid aftertaste. Not to mention leaving one with one of the worst hangovers humanly possible – it rates at the very bottom in quality on the vodka scale. It is also extremely overpriced. Some of these grey goose fanatics should really try some higher quality lower priced vodkas such as svedka, skyy, and ketel one – they are far superior to what this “french” company will ever be capable of producing.

    vegasvodkalover

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By wojtek

      i can not agree more…….. this vodka is an absolutely nightmare………….HARSH…………………….strong aftertaste……………………… induces hangover after one drink………….. there’s no bottom shelf for this crap…………………….. thankfully i didn’t bought it …..it was a gift…………….and now i know my enemy……..:))))))

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By jawamboldt

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    Good to see other people realize what a ripoff this crap is. It’s not that its a bad vodka, but there’s dozens of better brands for the same price and less. Anyone who thinks this is one of, if not the best, isn’t a real vodka drinker.

    jawamboldt

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    • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Robert

      @jawamboldt, friends don’t let friends drink goose!

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      • Grey Goose Vodka Review By wojtek

        i second that motion….

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Chris

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    That is very true, I just felt like you went to an extreme to trash it, as if it was point blank bad vodka. It’s a very good vodka, it’s just way overpriced.

    It’s like buying a Mercedes C Class when you could have went with a fully loaded Nissan Maxima or Infiniti G37 or Caddy CTS and got what amounts to a much better bang for your back and probably better overall car.

    Sure the C Class is a ripoff in general and not something I would personally spend my money on if I could afford one, but it doesn’t make it an actual bad car.

    I guess that does cater into the pretentious nature Goose tends to elicit or the I’m buying the best smokescreen to those like me with champagne tastes and malt liquor pockets, just of the uniformed variety.

    Chris

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  • Grey Goose Vodka Review By Mike

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    I’ve tried Belvedere and I thought that was gross. Svedka is my favorite cheap vodka and Grey Goose is the best. Svedka gives me a hangover though. A $13 bottle of vodka called Sobieski? If you’re going to go cheap just buy Skol in a giant plastic bottle. GROSS! I’ve never had it but no way I’ll waste $13 to just go try it. I’ll just go flush the money down the toilet. Absolut is pretty good and is my 2nd choice after the Goose. Tito’s vodka?? That just sounds gross. I’ve never heard of it and never seen it in a store. Speaking of Grey Goose it’s on sale at Pick N Save, time to go get a few 750’s! DEUCES!

    Mike

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