In a place far, far away and in a time long, long ago I was introduced to Skyy Vodka.  In this particular case the place far, far away was a city called San Jose, California and the time long, long ago was 1997 which by my reckoning of time and location is ancient history and from a previous lifetime, and no it did not involve a girl named Leia, her name was Debbie.

Being asked to taste drive Skyy Vodka is like asking someone to re-evaluate a former lover or revisit a beloved restaurant and try to critique it as though it was the first time you had ever visited and tasted their entrees.  Or maybe it’s like being asked to pretend you had never seen the child you raised and you have to objectively evaluate that child.  I doubt these things can actually be accomplished but I’m willing to give it a go.

I have been drinking Skyy Vodka now for a long time and consider it to be one of the top of a handful of super premium vodkas available at a really reasonable price point.  When you can get a 1.75 liter bottle of Skyy in the low $20’s why pay $50 or $60 or more for essentially the same thing?  After all, Vodka is supposed to be, by definition, an odorless, colorless, tasteless, pure distilled spirit and that really is what most of the top tier Vodkas are.  Sure, I’ll buy some of that expensive stuff every now and then for the Holidays or someone’s birthday but then I’m just being shallow and trying to impress through brand recognition and fancy packaging.

Don’t get me wrong, some spirits really are worth their weight in gold, just not Vodka.  The most expensive Vodka in the world, the Russo-Baltique Vodka sells for $1.3 million Dollars per bottle and comes in a 24K solid gold package accompanied by a free SUV.  In my opinion the spirits that are valuable and worthy of higher price tags are the Scotches, Bourbons and Cognacs to name just a few spirits. These are all aged and blended and made with rare ingredients and worth every penny of a price north of $100 or even $1,000 per bottle.

OK, so now that I have warned you that I am coming into this tasting prejudiced and opinionated, I will do my best to be as objective as possible. Yeah right!!


Skyy Vodka is made from American grain and produced through their proprietary four-column distillation and then put through a three step filtration process, all very hush, hush and of course top secret.  The nose is clean with no odor of alcohol or even any odor of anything.  I suppose if I let my imagination run wild I might come up with a nuance of vanilla but I’d be lying through my teeth. There is just no discernible nose, just as it should be.  On the palate there is a bit of warmth and a slight hint of pepper, a very, very slight hint, but again everything lives up to the traditional definition of Vodka.  The finish is very smooth and short leaving a clean mouth feel.  I do believe it just doesn’t get much better than this, it just gets weirder, more expensive, more flavorful and goes right off the tracks as far as honest to goodness Vodka is concerned.

This Vodka is an excellent every day Vodka as well as a wonderful special occasion treat.  If you’re crazy or have a misplaced sense of ego or a fat wallet you can certainly pay a lot more for Vodka that’s basically as good as this or you can just buy Skyy and blow your savings on other vices.



By George Brozowski