October 1, 2007

Another Vodka Review.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 9:14 pm

I can hear it now.

“Yo, Jimbo, yet another vodka review? You pick weird, clear booze off the shelf and tell us how great it is. We’re beginning to think you would give gutter water a good review.”

It is true that I have written before about several kinds of vodka such as:

Three Olives Chocolate Vodka;
Three Olives Vanilla Vodka;
Finlandia Mango Infusion Vodka;
Thor’s Hammer Vodka;
Iceberg Vodka; and
Pearl Vodka (I may have missed one or two).

But, a week or so ago, I bought a bottle of Stolichnaya Zinamon (Cinnamon) vodka. I figured, what the hell. Who doesn’t like cinnamon? I brought it home and put it in the freezer for an hour or so. I then poured the ice cold liquor over ice (clear, of course) anticipating a genuine taste treat for an evening cocktail on the deck.

With eager anticipation, I took a long pull on the freezing, crystal clear evening elixir.

ACK! In my mind, there I was, seven years old and sitting in the dentist chair.

The stuff tastes like this.

I cannot recommend this one, unless you wish to combine the exquisite pleasure of an after-work cocktail with a bracing pie hole full of mouthwash.

Of course, over the course of several days, I managed to choke down the contents of the bottle (one doesn’t waste vodka), but I won’t be buying it again. Interestingly, Wikipedia states that Stoli Zinamon is no longer sold in the U.S. Apparently, my liquor store didn’t get the memo.

Bonus information: If you go to the Stolichnaya web site and watch the very very, very Russian ad, you will learn that the booze is not pronounced “Stol-itch-NAY-a,” but rather “Stol-ITCH-naya.” Interestingski.


  1. Yo Jimbo! I pronounce it Sto-li.

    Comment by Denny — October 1, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

  2. 80 proof Stoley, plain and simple. Either on the rocks with a twist of lemon peel, or, better yet, as a Martini, up, with olives, with just the threat of Vermouth.
    Always have a bottle or two in the freezer. Have no interest in flavored vodka, sort of takes the barbaric edge off the stuff.

    Comment by gregor — October 2, 2007 @ 8:13 am

  3. When are you gonna walk away from the sissy stuff and come over to the dark side? 😉

    Comment by dick — October 2, 2007 @ 9:18 am

  4. That’s telling him, Denny. Ladies and gentleman, a round of applause for the younger, and obviously much wiser, of the two Elderly Brothers.

    No self-respecting dooshbag goes into a bar and orders a “Stol-ITCH-naya” on the rocks, and over clear ice no less — they’d think you’re some kind of feigele who lifts his pinky finger as he sips from his glass.

    For Gott’s sake — drink like a man!

    Comment by Erica — October 2, 2007 @ 9:52 am

  5. You’re borderline having a shovel boy moment….your fault,,,by the way.


    Comment by Sam — October 2, 2007 @ 9:58 pm

  6. Okay, okay. So, first of all, thank you Mr. Jimbo for the honest review. Even, Thou, as CVI (Chief Vodka Instructor) is willing to admit erring on his purchase choice-AND-a pronunciation lesson; which I believe the incorrect is due to the prominence of the Spanish language in America. Stolichnaya, is always priced well below my fav’s on the shelf so I’ve not tried it. Is it so great? Clueless on this one….. 😉

    Comment by Joyce — October 2, 2007 @ 10:25 pm

  7. Joyce,
    Stoley has a rather proletarian taste to it, with a nice edge and no annoying afterburn. Perfect for slamming chilled shots around a bonfire whilst protesting outside Party Headquarters or mixing Martini’s in the evening to soothe the day’s tensions and celebrate surviving the typical New Jersey afternoon commute home.
    However, Smirnoff Black Label makes a better Bloody Mary. I save the Grey Goose and the Belvedere for the holidays.
    Hmmm, sound like I like this stuff a bit too much, huh?

    Comment by gregor — October 3, 2007 @ 10:47 am

  8. gregor,
    Thanks for the entertaining infovice! I gave up on Smirnoff a few years ago in favor of gentler varieties. I do understand saving the pricey stuff for holidays, though. The Winter holidays welome Bushmills or Jameson to our home.

    Comment by Joyce — October 3, 2007 @ 11:14 am

  9. Ditto on the feigele comment! Step away from the frou-frou flavored stuff, and stick with the original spirit.

    Let me recommend a good one… Monopolowa (white label with blue lettering) from Austria. Brewed up from ‘taters. Nothing fancy about it, but twice the quality of Stoli, at half the price.

    Comment by El Capitan — October 4, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

  10. I like the Stoli Cinnamon, but can’t find it near me…. which exit/store was it? I will do you a favor, and take it all off of the shelves and leave more room for better flavors or perhaps other manly drinks.

    And yes, I *love* the dentist.

    Comment by Zinamon?? — November 15, 2007 @ 10:23 am

  11. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH You would be my new best friend if you would supply me with the information as to where you purchased Stoli Zinamon Vodka.
    Love ya forever!!!!!

    Comment by Dawn (Made a bet) Hodson — January 6, 2009 @ 5:16 am

  12. just got this on SW side of chicago at town & country liquor for 8.99, plus tax its about 12 bux. Tastes kinda like goldschlager to me. they have 5 or 6 bottles left at discount rack. email me for directions. I am gonna put it in freezer then try it out in a serious manner.

    Comment by Muff — October 10, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

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