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The BBC site has a rather dull item about vodka, which reminded me of this great item I found on the net a while back on an imaginative use of water filter jugs.

These enterprising characters, having read that the key difference between high end and low end vodka is the number of filtrations, tried filtering some rot gut stuff a few times and then testing it against a control high end (or ultra premium, as they call it in the biz) control vodka. I'm not entirely sure that they employed what one might call lab conditions, but they reckoned a few filtrations down the line they had turned the muck into something they could not tell from the fancy stuff. I'm not big on vodka, bar the occasional morning after Bloody Mary, but would be intrigued to hear any field testing reports....
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Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 12:39 pm

on a trip around Poland a 7 years ago--when it was dirt cheap but still rough--I found a warsaw vodka den where it was 5 pence a shot.£1 and a couple of hours later I was on the floor.

In my experience,rough vodka is best snorted.filtering is for poofs  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 3:18 pm

It should work, most spirits are filtered using charcoal, that is why art classes are so popular in prison (+:
And rigger
Hve you evertried mixing vodka with cocaine?
You need to get a bottle of vicks sinex , empty it , then dissolve the coke in vodka, then place in in the nasal spray.
Hey presto! lots of loely drugs with an added bite and if plod stops you , not only do you have an excuse for the runny nose and funny eyes but chances are he will not spot your changa supply.
I no longer idulge , but that used to stand me in good stead.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:20 pm

As a foolish teenager I once snorted sherbet for a dare. It gave me fizzy snot....  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 3:28 pm

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Anonymous Ross Parker said... 5:42 pm

To play the cynical economist: if a firm could filter it's vodka and sell it for twice the price...

...to play my own opponent: yeah, but the lower-end stuff and the high end stuff are aimed at different markets.

So the view from the economics class is that it might, indeed, be possible.  

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