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Absolut Vodka : a few notes

There are many times, that people – and especially bartenders – try debasing white spirits by comparing them with vodka. “This rum smells like vodka” or “That white rum is a molassa vodka” or “gin is just a juniper flavored vodka” are common phrases of using vodka as “the underestimated” spirit. But how many things do they really know about vodka? Is finally vodka an indifferent spirit? Are all vodkas the same? Does it really matters which vodka one uses as a base spirit in a cocktail? And should bartenders show their true love in more “premium” vodkas?