by Kevin R. Kosar
As a young fellow I knew just a few things about vodka: it is made in Russia, it is made from potatoes, and vodka is vodka, with little difference in taste between brands.
Obviously, I was wrong on all counts. Chalk that up to life in Ohio, where even the Poles of Parma (near Cleveland), who you'd expect to drink vodka, drink Busch beer.
|The fact of the matter is that vodka
is distilled throughout Europe, with Poland, Sweden and Russia squabbling
as to who created it first.
Vodka is made from a range of grains- rye, wheat, barley- it varies from distillery to distillery. And the difference in quality is immense. Vodka, like any other spirit or beverage, can be very, very good or almost un-stomachable.