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Ketel One
Holland
Average price:  $20-25/750mL

This wheat-based affair is one of the best vodkas that hover around the $20 range.  While it loses sales to Absolut and Stolichnaya, Ketel One may be the superior vodka.  Grade:  B+

Stolichnaya
Russia
Average price:  $18-22/750mL

A staple...and rightfully so.  Stoli is smooth, tasty, and makes a heckuva drink.  Grade:  B+

Absolut
Sweden
Average price:  $18-22/750mL

The grandaddy of print ads, Absolut is one of the most recognizable brands of liquor out there.  The vodka itself, luckily, deserves the press.  Grade:  B






Skyy
USA
Average price:  $17-19/750mL

In the familiar cobalt blue bottle, Skyy has a nice, smooth taste and is perfect for mixing cocktails.   A worthy entry...and one of the few decent vodkas made in the States. Grade:  B

Finlandia
Finland
Average price:  $18-20/750mL

A wheat-based vodka with "pure, glacial water."  It's nice.  I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it, but it's a good mixer.  Grade:  B-

Monopolowa
Austria
Average price:  $15/1L

Distilled completely from potatoes, Monopolowa is a surprisingly good vodka for the price.  With a price tag more suited for swill, this drink is worthy of a shot on the rocks.  Grade:  B-

Tanqueray Sterling
Estonia
Average price:  $18-22/750mL

Better known for their gin, the folks at Tanqueray also produce a nice vodka suitable for martinis, vodka tonics, or anything else you can think of.  Grade:  B

Cristall
Russia
Average price:  $20/750mL

Formerly an official Stolichnaya products (known as Stolichnaya Cristall), the vodka is now known as its own entity:  Cristall Signature Series.  Its taste is comparable to Stoli and is a fine entry on this list.  Grade:  B+

Danzka
Denmark
Average price:  $18-22/750mL

More noted for its distinctive aluminum bottle, Danzka is a pleasant vodka.  Its wheat-based and yummy.  Grade:  B+






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