Date: 07-Aug-2005 03:32
Author: Mike H Email
Subject: HIstorical reference
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While I was in grad school, I tended bar at a country club. We served a lot of scotch and a lot of vodka marts. The scotch was almost exclusively ordered by brand; the vodka marts were generally not. Consequently, most were made with the house vodka, White Tavern. No one complained. This was in an era before the explosion of vodka brands, but still we had Smirnoff, Borzoi, and Stoli stocked.
At that time (late 70s), White Tavern was less than $5 per quart which was very cheap. The other barkeeps, all very good friends, and I were astounded to figure out that we could make punches for parties less expensively using White Tavern than Everclear, the PGA that is about 190 or more proof.
In summary, I'm not surprised at the results. Vodka is neutral; gin, scotch, Irish, bourbon, etc. are not. Even with that, I usually avoid name brands in gin and tonics....its kind of a waste.