ZYR

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ZYR is a 40% ABV vodka from Russia. It is filtered with Charcoal. The vodka is imported by Symphony Importers. The quality is considered to be great. The average price is around $31.66 per 750mL. Rated 4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews.

The bottle states the following:

ZYR Vodka is crafted from a blend of wheat and rye grown in the rich black soil of Russia’s heartland. Nine filtrations, five distillations and a three-stage taste test ensure ZYR’s clean taste and ultra smooth texture. Try ZYR neat.

ZYR Vodka Review

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A reader sent me a suggestion awhile back to try ZYR, calling it delicious and smooth. Unfortunately, it is only sold in a hand full of states. So, I put it in the suggestions queue on the off chance that I ended up finding it.

I happen to be in Las Vegas for a wedding. While looking through one of the liquor stores, ZYR happened to catch my eye. So, I grabbed it up.

The Shot

The shot was initially clean. It stayed that way until after the swallow, when it left a slight bitter aftertaste. There was almost no burn, and I didn’t need a chaser. It’s a great shooter in the Russian tradition.

The Mixed Drink

Being that we were in Vegas, the contents of the bottle ended up disappearing long before I had a chance to mix the vodka. Normally, I’d grab another bottle and review it further later. However, I was only in Vegas for a limited time. So, this review will remain incomplete until later.

Opinions

Daniel did shots with me. He came to the same conclusions I did. It went down smooth with a slightly bad aftertaste. Daniel needed a chaser for the initial shots. Later that night, he was having no problem with the shots.

While I can’t make any claims about how ZYR mixes (though I think it’d be a good mixer), I can say that it is a good shooter. It fits well in the price range it sits.

Rated 4 out of 5.

Robert Brodrecht

  • ZYR Vodka Review By maggie

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    This is the BEST russian vodka on the market. I disagree with your rating. This vodka puts all other to shame, and I have tried them all……….
    Maybe you should try drinking it again!!

    maggie

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    • ZYR Vodka Review By Robert

      I don’t think it got a fair shake. I plan on re-reviewing when I can find another bottle.

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      • ZYR Vodka Review By taffyg2003

        Zyr is the next vodka in my martini quest. Well, actually Double Cross is, but there is no thread to post my very pleased 4 star impression of it, so it will have to wait until VodkaBuzz starts one. Zyr was very nice; making for a very smooth martini. Although it was a bit less tasty than the typical good bittersweet Russian vodka, it had only a mild Russian-style bite after the swallow. The more sips I had of the martini, the smoother, sweeter, and more bite-free it became. It made a terrific martini straight up with olives.

        Since I have already rated over a dozen vodkas on this site, it has become increasingly difficult to continue to rank the new entrants. It is hard to remember the nuances of the different vodkas over time and some initial impressions have changed a bit after additional tastings. Consequently, I will no longer be able to rank my tastings, but I can say that Zyr has earned 5 stars along with Crystal Head and Americana Luxury Vodka. Very impressive stuff!

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        • ZYR Vodka Review By Robert

          @taffyg2003

          “It is hard to remember the nuances of the different vodkas over time”

          I know the feeling. That’s why I swapped to a star-based rating system from a relative-to-other-vodkas rating system.

          I think I’m gonna have to figure out user reviews at some point. I’d like to give everyone the option of commenting / reviewing a vodka that we haven’t reviewed yet. Not a lot of people do the type reviews you do, but the good, thoughtful ones (like you’ve been doing) are pretty valuable.

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          • ZYR Vodka Review By Jason

            I for one think that the review is spot on, and had pretty much the same experience, don’t like the aftertaste. I tried mixing with it too, and stand by what I said, there are better and much cheaper vodkas if you are going to mix, IMO.

          • ZYR Vodka Review By taffyg2003

            @Robert

            Thanks for your compliment. I have been enjoying posting my vodka experiences on this forum for the last several months. Though, I no longer consider myself a vodka novice, I was not long ago when I first joined the site. I have tried numerous highly rated vodkas due mainly to the advice from this site and want to provide my input, in turn, to help others navigate through the vast vodka offerings these days. Enjoying vodka and the many cocktails made with it can be expensive, so the friendly recommendations provided by the forum members help to avoid disappointment, wasting money and is always appreciated.

  • ZYR Vodka Review By taffyg2003

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    I went to my favorite restaurant/martini bar for the first time in at least a year last night, and I had a chance to compare a Tito’s and Zyr martini up with olives. The last time I was there was before I had discovered this forum and didn’t know too much about vodka. I was a die hard Grey Goose fan at the time, and had what had been the tastiest martini ever to that point. Even with some of the better vodkas that I have had since, this bar had made such a great martini that I still recall that Grey Goose martini as being one of the best I had ever had. That said, I really enjoyed last night’s martinis, and had a chance to see just how great a vodka martini could be and how influential the vodka used could be.

    First, I had a Zyr martini. The aroma was stunningly sweet and non-alcoholic, with the first sip providing a similar taste sensation. In fact, the flavor was so intense that I thought that maybe a tiny amount of Gin had been added to enhance the sweetness and crispness. Next, I noticed that the martini was very smooth and had essentially no burn when swallowed. Even after drinking most of the cocktail, the surprising sensations persisted and reinforced my initial impression. This was probably the very best martini I’d ever had! Even the Crystal Head martinis that I’ve had, though a bit smoother, could not match the intensity of the flavor and enjoyment of this drink. Since this bar does not carry Crystal Head, I could only imagine how amazing they could prepare a martini with that outstanding vodka.

    Next, I had a martini made with Tito’s. I thought that would be an interesting comparison due to the unusual neutrality and smoothness of that brand vodka. By comparison, the aroma was a bit muted and more alcoholic in nature. The flavor of the sip was also muted, and even a bit bitter in a way that reminded me subtly of burnt rubber. This surprised me, because I recall Tito’s having such a neutral flavor in the vodka martinis I had made at home in the past. Finally, I was extremely impressed with the virtual lack of any burn on the swallow. It was even smoother than the Zyr martini. However, it was not nearly as tasty, and had the somewhat unpleasant bitter flavor comparatively. In the end, I would give the nod to the Zyr martini by a fairly large margin. I would also applaud this bar’s staff for knowing how to prepare the tastiest vodka martinis that I’ve ever had. I give them a huge thumbs up! I only wish that they would add Crystal Head to their bar shelves.

    taffyg2003

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  • ZYR Vodka Review By jawamboldt

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    I also had Zyr for the first time in Vegas while I was living there. I was having dinner one night at Red Square in Mandalay Bay having dinner with some friends and we tried a few of their vodka flights. This was one of twelve vodkas I sampled that night and quickly became my favorite. We sat at the bar for a while before eating for some drinks and caviar. I ordered a flight containing Zyr at the recommendation of the bartender. Everything was good, but this was the one that really stood out. When we went to our table to eat, I ended up ordering a Zyr with 3 ice cubes and a twist of lemon, which is how I always drink my vodka.

    Also, I have to recommend the Roquefort Fillet Mignon as well. I’ve eaten there many times and find myself coming back to that quite often. It’s the best entree on the menu there IMO.

    jawamboldt

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  • ZYR Vodka Review By schmoolz5

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    This vodka is so amooth, i like that its half rye and half wheat gives it good character, right now my favorite vodka and the bottle ia super cool. One of the best i have tasted even at room temperature.

    schmoolz5

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  • ZYR Vodka Review By schmoolz5

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    Forgot to rate see my review

    schmoolz5

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  • ZYR Vodka Review By TC

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    Zyr is one of my all time favorites.
    I wasn’t aware that Zyr was limited to select states/cities, but that might explain my surprise at the price you paid for it.
    I’ve never spent more than $25 for a bottle. It can almost always be found on sale at one of the towns liquor stores for less than $20 per fifth. At that price there is no better vodka. In my opinion it also beats Grey Goose, Belvedere, Level, and Van Gogh. Which all start at $35 per fifth. It has nearly no burn going down and a minimal aftertaste. Plus, you aren’t paying extra for a name or drink sponsored by celebrities.

    TC

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  • ZYR Vodka Review By Tim R.

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    I have yet to try Zyr but have heard only the highest praise from liquor store owners and friends of mine. The only other vodka I’ve heard praised this much is Tito’s. Anyhow, you can easily find Zyr in NYC so the reviewer should just visit the mecca of the American bar scene and purchase a bottle while in the area.

    Tim R.

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  • ZYR Vodka Review By Taffyg2003

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    I had another Zyr martini up with olives at a great restaurant a few nights ago. I have gotten frustrated with the variable amount of vermouth that makes it into bartended martinis, so preferring none to too much I asked for straight vodka in the cocktail. (At home, I add 1/3 of a capful of Martini and Rossi Extra Dry Vermouth for the “perfect” martini.) The result was a nearly perfectly smooth and deliciously refined martini! Bravo to Zyr for producing such a nice vodka. Cheers!

    Taffyg2003

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  • ZYR Vodka Review By Bryan

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    Zyr is by far the best vodka I have ever had. I must say that I really injoy the slightly sweet flavor when it first hits the tongue. I don’t get the bitter after taste that has been talked about on here. I do not recomend mixing this vodka as it stands well on its own. A slight squeeze of lime and some ice on a hot summer day is very nice. I highly recomend that you just drink it on the rocks. If in a martini just stir it don’t shake the subtleties out of it.

    Bryan

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    • ZYR Vodka Review By taffyg2003

      I agree that Zyr is a great vodka. It is particularly nice in an extra dry martini, though I prefer shaken, not stirred. ;-)

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  • ZYR Vodka Review By taffyg2003

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    @ Robert, do you think that you will get a chance to try Zyr again any time soon? Your review was only partially complete, and I am curious to know what your full impression of Zyr would be. I have found it to be one of the very best among a list of 30 or so vodkas that I’ve tasted over the last few years.

    taffyg2003

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    • ZYR Vodka Review By Robert Brodrecht

      I still haven’t seen it. We had a kid back in September, so we haven’t been doing much traveling.

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      • ZYR Vodka Review By taffyg2003

        Robert,

        Amazingly, I missed your response to my question, so I am replying very late, in turn. CONGRATULATIONS! This is very exciting! Is this your first child? Is it a boy or a girl? I apologize if I am asking too many questions, but I am truly happy and excited for you! Again, I am sorry for my delayed comment on your blessing. :)

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  • ZYR Vodka Review By Jason

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    A couple of people I know have said good things about this one, so I tried it. Very clean and smooth going down, very mild burn. However, I did not like the aftertaste. There are other top-shelf vodkas I’d choose over this one, like Chopin.

    Jason

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    • ZYR Vodka Review By Jason

      I’ll have to add that I can still taste the bitterness in a screwdriver or Madras after mixing this. There are better and much cheaper choices for mixers than this vodka IMO.

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