With all of the hell going on in Ukraine, I began searching for vodkas from there. Kozak and Nemiroff were not available anywhere near where I live. Then I got an email from Total Wine showing that they had two other brands in stock. Khor is made from corn and Kruto is made from wheat. I drove over there yesterday afternoon to pick up one of each (and to replenish favorite rums that I was running low on). As soon as one walks in, a great big display is shown for Khor and some of the profits go towards the humanitarian effort to help Ukraine. As if I needed any other excuse to drink!
Many of the TW reviews for Khor raved about the taste and stated that no hang over came from it. Well, between both brands, I drank about six ounces on the rocks last night while listening to music from a gypsy punk band from Ukraine. The taste was almost like water and boring as could be. This morning, I woke up with a mild headache and a few trips to the royal porcelain throne. So much for having no hang over and tasting great. I have had quite a few rums taste much better and with no penalty at all. And as we all know, if one wants to drink a rum that tastes like vodka, then there is always Bacardi Superior.
This foray into vodka has REALLY made me appreciate my rum collection, now with 30 of my easily available favorites.
I was able to find Nemiroff and Khor (made in Ukraine) at the Total Wine near me. I have not tasted either but like you I felt compelled to support Ukraine business. I am not a Vodka drinker but I now have it in my collection for guests... and while entertaining guests any bottle with a story adds to the enjoyment of the drink. I also buy Tito's American Vodka. Cheers.
I saw a brewer switched to molotov cocktails https://fortune.com/2022/03/02/ukrainian-brewery-ditches-beer-to-make-molotov-cocktails - wonder if the volka folks have done the same.
Awesome article Andy! The spirit of the Ukranian people is an inspiration for all of us in the free world!
I bought some t-shirts to support them.
Half of the costs goes directly to Ukraine.
You are always doing the right thing and we all appreciate it!
In a Discussion with Andy, it included a link to an article about how a craft brewer changed their product to Molotov coktails. Now distillers are doing it too!!! Long forgotten cheap weapons that can wipe out tanks!!! SHEER BRILLIANCE!!! And the outcome is now predictable!
And where you live, these cocktail productions should begin ASAP! God bless Sweden and all surrounding possible targets!!!!
Now enjoying a very small snifter of JM Rhum XO from Martinique. Gosh, I wish that I was back there!
I don't know if it was company-wide, probably, but my local TWM ditvhed Russianpmade vodka shortly after the war broke out. Beluga, Russian Standard, and a few of the ones bottled for TWM (Spirits Direct). I don't even know if they were all really made in Russia, or if some of them just sounded too Russian? Hmmm.... but they did highlight at least one from Ukraine. I can't recall which one it was. I do wonder what they did with all of the Russian stuff? Probably just warehoused waiting for the war to be over....
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