An ad for Payless Liquors caught my eye in today's paper. I'm always looking for a good buy on Patron Silver or Chivas Regal . Not bad. Patron was $39.95 and Chivas was priced at $54.99 for 1.75 litres. Among the extensive menu of spirits, one item popped right off the page. The big 1.75 litre bottle of Kamchatka Vodka was going for $8.95.
Eight Dollars and ninety-five cents! That has to be the cheapest buzz / blitz in town. You could drink yourself to death for a mere nine bucks. For the sophisticate, Crane Lake Wines are selling for $2.99 for a 750 ml dose. Hardly the punch of the Siberian delight, but if you can't invest wisely and don't have enough money for the vodka, it might do in a pinch.
Ketel One Vodka is listed at $32.99. Perhaps it is overpriced. I'm sure it tastes better and goes down easier than the $8.95 elixir, but I'm confident that a government agency has some standard in place that first, allows Kamchatka to be labeled as vodka and second, has determined it to have an acceptably low percentage of blinded drinkers to be considered safe. So, if you're on a budget or are planning on an extensive bender, go with Kamchatka.
I pass this on as a service to college students, bums, and anyone buying liquor for their son's wedding.
In my youth, Mogen David 20/20 (a.k.a. Mad Dog 20/20) was my broke-and-lonely-on-a-Friday-night drink of choice. It went for about a buck a bottle and it took a day or two to completely wear off.