Let’s make one thing clear from the start. I am not, by nature, a big vodka drinker. I love a Bloody Mary in the morning from time to time, I’ll drink a Moscow Mule or two on a summer afternoon, and I’ve certainly ordered many a vodka soda (“the official drink of New York City women”) for my female friends. But when it comes to spirits, I am much more predisposed to bourbon and Scotch.
That being said, I couldn’t help but be intrigued when Grey Goose sent over a bottle of their latest spirit, VX (750 ml, $75). This is no silly flavored vodka. No, it is classic Grey Goose finished, as they say, “with a hint of precious cognac.” That cognac is made from grapes exclusively from Grande Champagne, the highest-quality growth region in southwestern France, known for the finest and most delicate cognacs. And the blend itself is 95 percent vodka and 5 percent cognac, filtered to make the final product—delivered in a gorgeous, perfume-like bottle—appear crystal clear.
Like Grey Goose, this spirit was developed by French Maître de Chai François Thibault, and the end result, to my palate, is magnifique. Chilled on the rocks in a fine cognac glass, VX is rich and fresh to the nose, drinks very smooth with a bit of spice and the finish is dry and crisp, not unlike Grey Goose itself. It is also an enticing mixer for high-end cocktails.
Speaking of high end, with a price point more than twice what you’d shell out for a typical bottle of GG, VX is clearly being positioned as something extraordinary. The VX stands for vodka exceptionnelle, after all. In other words, it’s the perfect bottle to pop when you truly want to impress one special vodka-soda-loving lady in your life. Look for it on shelves next month.