Stop lying - vodka isn't really tasteless/odorless...uh, right??
September 24, 2012 6:28 AM Subscribe
I've often heard the claim that vodka is required by law to be "tasteless, odorless, and colorless". Even Alton Brown, who I usually trust on these matters, makes the claim.
This claim is often taken to mean that it doesn't matter what brand of vodka you buy - it's all exactly the same (Alton says this as well). How can this possibly be true? Anyone who's ever opened a bottle of vodka knows it has an obvious smell, with words like "paint thinner" describing it. Others will tell you that this just means you're buying cheap vodka, but according to the supposed law, it's all the same! Please help me get set straight. Is there a law or not?
posted by RobotNinja to Food & Drink (35 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
A google search for [vodka laws us
] finds many, many references to the supposed law, but I've never found a true legal source. I've read about various blind taste tests that show that most people can't tell the difference between vodkas, but I've never tried such a test myself and I doubt the rigor of many of these experiments.