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I'm not generally a vodka guy. It's not that I don't like vodka, but more along the lines of I don't (or didn't) find it interesting. That is until I recently made a Cajun Martini.
My wife and I have likely consumed more vodka in the last 30 days (since first batching this cocktail) than we've drunk in the 12 months before that all together! There's no surprise that inspired me to take a closer look at vodka.
First let's define a Cajun Martini. Here's the whole story - https://www.liquor.com/cajun-martini-cocktail-recipe-5218591
The short version to make a 750ml batched cocktail - put 450ml of vodka in a jar with a big, ripe, fresh jalapeno pepper that has been washed and cleanly split in half from stem to end with just one cut. Let the pepper infuse into the vodka for 6 to 8 hours or so. Strain the pepper out and bottle the infused vodka. Add 175ml of Martini & Rossi dry vermouth (this expression has a bit of an oregano note that some folks don't love in a Martini, but it works perfectly in this recipe, imho). Add 100 to 125 ml of distilled water to the batched drink and keep it in the freezer. Serve up in a chilled glass with a spicy pickle as the garnish.
So far I've batched this drink with Smirnoff Blue, Sobieski and Luksusowa. To get a better idea of the nature of each vodka I also sampled them neat and neat/freezer-chilled. Here are my thoughts about the Luksusowa
On the nose this vodka had a slightly sweet, slightly loamy note. This is a potato vodka and maybe its the power of suggestion, but I got less of a refined chemical vibe from this than I did from the Smirnoff Blue that was also included in this side-by-side tasting. There was an alcohol note to the nose but it wasn't nearly as sharp as the Smirnoff, although I wouldn't call this fragrant by any stretch of the imagination. As with the other vodkas evaluated, the icy cold freezer pour offered up almost no aroma.
On the tongue this vodka retained its earthy, slightly sweet character. The mouthfeel was more oily than either the Sobieski or the Smirnoff, particularly in the freezer chilled sample. It had a silky finish and left a slightly sweet note that quickly decayed to a soft bitter finish. I would still consider this neutral but in the same way that alabaster white is still neutral, but not nearly as neutrally sterile as arctic white.
My wife chose the Smirnoff as her favorite of the three with the Luksusowa in second place when tasted neat. I chose the opposite and had the Luksusowa as my first choice and the Smirnoff was my second place.
When it comes to the Cajun Martini there's a monkey wrench in the gears as we both liked the Sobieski best! More about that in the upcoming review of that brand.
I can recommend this vodka and I think this might be the one I'd enjoy most in a "traditional" vodka martini (5:1, dash of orange bitters, garnished with a twist). It is very subtle, but there's a bit of personality there that can make it interesting. Plus its an inexpensive way to compare a potato vodka to a rye vodka, to a multi-grain vodka (and maybe more to come).
I'm not going to become a vodka fanatic and I doubt I'll ever have more than a handle or two hanging about for cocktails. That said, I have a renewed reason to at least pay a bit more attention to those bottles; we'll be drinking a lot more vodka as the sweet, vegetal freshness and slight capsaicin heat of the Cajun Martini keeps us entertained poolside for the foreseeable future.