£14.19 - 1L
£9.99 - 70cl
With summer in full swing, I recently decided to make some citrus infused vodka at home, which provided me with an ideal opportunity to try another supermarket spirit brand. I ventured into Aldi and bought their Tamova Vodka. As with other reviews, it's worth mentioning the target product - which should be fairly obvious from a quick glance at the bottle - the lettering and colour scheme being very reminiscent of Smirnoff.
Before making the citrus vodka, I tried the Tamova both neat and in a couple of cocktails. What immediately hit me was the smoothness and crisp finish there was with this compared to Smirnoff. I was surprised that it was a step above the named brand in both areas, leaving no bitter aftertaste like the named brand. In cocktails, vodka is often used to add alcohol to a cocktail already strong in flavour such as an Espresso Martini. Using Tamova in this cocktail, I could tell no difference at all compared to Smirnoff.
The conclusion then is that this vodka is highly recommended as an alternative to cheaper named brands and personally I much preferred it to Smirnoff and found it to be about on a par with Russian Standard, albeit significantly cheaper. These lower end named brands are rarely found below £14 for 70cl these days, so this Aldi product offers a decent saving.
It's worth noting though that this isn't a premium vodka and can't really hold a candle to Grey Goose, Ciroc or Belvedere. If you're wanting an outstanding sipping vodka or something to make a top notch Caprioska, then you're best sticking to those high end products over this one.
As for my citrus vodka - I think I'll be trying a different recipe next time as it ended up too sweet for my liking. That really shouldn't take anything away from this vodka though which is another fine example of an excellent supermarket alternative.