What, apart from the price, does luxury vodka differ from cheapPictolic
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For many of us, the concepts of "good" and " bad " vodka are very abstract. In fact — what is the difference between a premium product and the budget product itself? The most common criterion for evaluating vodka is the smell. If alcohol does not smell like hooch, like moonshine,then it's not bad. However, some connoisseurs of strong alcohol distinguish the tastes of vodka and can explain the advantages of one variety over another.
It is known that vodka is an alcohol diluted in a certain proportion with water. At the same time, it is correct to dilute, measuring the components not by volume, but by weight. But these are all the details that affect the strength of the drink. In real life, only a few people can distinguish vodka on spring water from vodka on ordinary, from the tap, according to taste. This is because the taste is mainly set not by water, but by the main ingredient — ethyl alcohol.
It is alcohol that plays the main role in the gradation of vodka by price categories, starting from cheap, and ending with the premium class. There are a lot of recipes for the preparation of alcohol and, depending on the complexity of the technology and the raw materials used, that is, on the cost price, the final price of the product is determined.
To make the highest quality vodka, use alcohol from wheat or rye. In the first case, experts call alcohols "Alpha", and in the second - "Super". The main advantage of alcohol obtained from cereals is the absence of starch and a number of undesirable impurities, among which methanol and aldehydes are the most unpleasant. High-quality alcohol is subjected to a multi-stage purification system to get rid of everything superfluous.
Vodka, which can be determined by the price category in the "average", is also made from grain alcohols, but they also contain starch. Alcohol produced from beetroot may also be in this segment. Such alcohol is classified as "Luxury" and it is also purified in several stages. Alcohol of this class is considered high-quality.
The cheapest alcohol used to make vodka for the most unassuming consumers is made from potato starch. The inscription on the label of vodka created on the basis of this ingredient can be deceptive. It says "Higher purification". Yes, this alcohol is purified, but at the most primitive level.
It should be noted that "Extra" alcohol is also produced from starch, vodka from which belongs to the middle price segment. It is cleaned qualitatively and its cost is higher. Alcohols are also used from other raw materials, for example, from rice and corn, but these are usually products of Asian companies.
Marketing components also raise the price of vodka. Companies invest millions of dollars in the promotion of many vodka brands and, of course, they plan to return these funds with a good profit.
Buying premium vodka, the consumer pays not only for a quality product, but also for a well-known name. As a rule, branded alcoholic beverages are bottled in a spectacular, unusual container, the cost of which is also included in the price. Very often, vodka from the same manufacturer, but bottled in different bottles, is very different in price. Most often, the buyer overpays for a beautiful, unusual bottle with a bright label, which he will still throw away later, as well as cheap containers.
Finally, it is worth saying that a beautiful and original bottle from a well-known brand most often contains a product that the same company produces in a more modest, standard container. With a high degree of probability, you will not feel the difference, unless, of course, the products are fake.
Did you know that vodka can be not only infused with pepper and herbs, but also with the taste of bacon and even popcorn?