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if people couldn't tell a difference, then why are they ordering the better stuff to begin with?

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[quote name='rippleman' timestamp='1369320059' post='595708584']
if people couldn't tell a difference, then why are they ordering the better stuff to begin with?
[/quote]I know some of the bars around here don't even serve cheap stuff. Don't know about this situation, but it would give a bar justification to server 7 dollar shots instead of the usual 2.50 if its all name brand. I won't spend 7 on a shot of Smirnoff vodka but probably would for Sky if that was the only choice.

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same thing happens with sushi....if you don't know you're going to be had.

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a lot of places here in Ohio (at least locally to where I live) got in trouble for the same thing last year.

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I'm not surprised that TGI Fridays is involved. I've found them to be terrible places to eat anyway.
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[quote name='rippleman' timestamp='1369320059' post='595708584']
if people couldn't tell a difference, then why are they ordering the better stuff to begin with?
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Well, you know how people are.

That being said, I imagine at least a few people did notice a difference, which led to this being discovered.

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I've had this at a bar in the UK. Went to the bar, ordered a cranberry and goose (a semi-decent vodka). When barman served it, he then went to the till before collecting money. I took a sip and said "Sorry, I said Grey Goose, not house vodka", "That is Grey Goose" he replied.

Took another sip, making sure to just be a sip - didn't want to "drink" it. "No, sorry, that's not Grey Goose", "It really is". I said no worries and said I'd leave it. Blah blah blah, there's more back and forth here including his manager...

Eventually the bar man said "Try just sipping a shot of Goose, see if it tastes like you think it should". The manager got really irate at him saying how dare he give drinks away. That's when I twigged, they'd been refilling the bottles with cheaper (tasted like own-brand vodka).

When the manager wouldn't allow this - I simply told them my suspicions and was asked to leave. Shoulda reported it to trading standards, but meh!

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You can't even get decently crocked in this country anymore. :wacko:

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[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1369322462' post='595708710']
You can't even get decently crocked in this country anymore. :wacko:
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What is this country coming to? :D

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[quote name='nik louch' timestamp='1369322348' post='595708700']
I've had this at a bar in the UK. Went to the bar, ordered a cranberry and goose (a semi-decent vodka). When barman served it, he then went to the till before collecting money. I took a sip and said "Sorry, I said Grey Goose, not house vodka", "That is Grey Goose" he replied.

Took another sip, making sure to just be a sip - didn't want to "drink" it. "No, sorry, that's not Grey Goose", "It really is". I said no worries and said I'd leave it. Blah blah blah, there's more back and forth here including his manager...

Eventually the bar man said "Try just sipping a shot of Goose, see if it tastes like you think it should". The manager got really irate at him saying how dare he give drinks away. That's when I twigged, they'd been refilling the bottles with cheaper (tasted like own-brand vodka).

When the manager wouldn't allow this - I simply told them my suspicions and was asked to leave. Shoulda reported it to trading standards, but meh!
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Why would they try it on with a premium brand? People who order premium know how it tastes :s They aren't clever with it then. :p

I understand no-name labelled drink for value stuff would be hard to tell, but Goose for value, or something like JD, or Bombay, would just be obvious.

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so what define the 'premium-ness' of booze? certainly not the bottles...

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I understand no-name labelled drink for value stuff would be hard to tell, but Goose for value, or something like JD, or Bombay, would just be obvious.
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I know, right!? It was astoundingly obvious!

[quote]so what define the 'premium-ness' of booze? certainly not the bottles...[/quote]
Flavour, texture, etc. For example a good vodka will be smooth like butter, almost flavourless, A cheap vodka will taste like paint thinner. Also, I tend to not get hangovers with better quality vodka.

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[quote name='Torolol' timestamp='1369323677' post='595708800']
so what define the 'premium-ness' of booze? certainly not the bottles...
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If you want a test, buy a cheapo bottle of Whiskey, and then go and buy a decent 15 year old single malt. There's a reason one's 10 times the price of the other :p.

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true, i guess some people should be able to tell if you love what you are drinking. For example, no one believed that I could tell the difference of Diet Pepsi out of a 2l bottle or out of a can, but i can get it 100% of the time.

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[quote name='rippleman' timestamp='1369349081' post='595709826']
true, i guess some people should be able to tell if you love what you are drinking. For example, no one believed that I could tell the difference of Diet Pepsi out of a 2l bottle or out of a can, but i can get it 100% of the time.
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^ I can detect Diet anything, in a cave at 30,000 feet below, 100% of the time -- ban it ! :woot:

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I'm surprised it took anyone this long to find out. Surly the drunks would have been able to tell after the first drop hit their tongue.

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A good friend of my wife only drinks 'premium' vodka. For the last few years I've been refilling the bottle she left here with cheap vodka. $15 for a 1.75 of my stuff and $45-55 for her 'premium' stuff. The funny thing is, she never catches it and always has more than 1 drink when she comes over. I offer the cheap stuff first (still in cheap bottle) and she shakes her head, I hold up the refilled bottle and I get the nod.

For some people, it's just an image thing. Me.. I don't care. If the vodka is harsh, just add more mixer.
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[quote name='nik louch' timestamp='1369323856' post='595708810']
Also, I tend to not get hangovers with better quality vodka.
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The absolute prevention for hangovers: Drinking water in large quantity before going to sleep after consuming alcohol; eating also does the trick, but it's fattening
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[quote name='zeke009' timestamp='1369350073' post='595709860']
A good friend of my wife only drinks 'premium' vodka. For the last few years I've been refilling the bottle she left here with cheap vodka. $15 for a 1.75 of my stuff and $45-55 for her 'premium' stuff. The funny thing is, she never catches it and always has more than 1 drink when she comes over. I offer the cheap stuff first (still in cheap bottle) and she shakes her head, I hold up the refilled bottle and I get the nod.

For some people, it's just an image thing. Me.. I don't care. If the vodka is harsh, just add more mixer.
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Lol, totally doing this.

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People that are into liquor (whisky man myself) , the difference between a cheap and expensive drink is like night and day.
Having said that, If I'm at a bar doing shots, and most likely already plastered, I may not notice. Sipping on glass though the quality is pretty noticeable.

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[quote]I'm surprised it took anyone this long to find out. Surly the drunks would have been able to tell after the first drop hit their tongue.[/quote]
Just because someone drinks alcohol, it doesn't imply they are a drunk.

[quote]For some people, it's just an image thing. Me.. I don't care. If the vodka is harsh, just add more mixer.[/quote]
As someone who managed a bar and is a trained cocktail waiter - I can spot the "image drinkers" a mile off.

[quote]The absolute prevention for hangovers: Drinking water in large quantity before going to sleep after consuming alcohol; eating also does the trick, but it's fattening[/quote]
Nonsense. "Eating" by definition is not fattening - that depends upon what you eat. Drinking water is not an absolute prevention for hangovers at all - it simply keeps you hydrated.

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[quote name='rippleman' timestamp='1369320059' post='595708584']
if people couldn't tell a difference, then why are they ordering the better stuff to begin with?
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it's a status thing. most people don't want to be seen as cheapskates to whoever they are trying to impress

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[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1369349289' post='595709838']
^ I can detect Diet anything, in a cave at 30,000 feet below, 100% of the time -- ban it ! :woot:
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I can too. It's all I drink these days. :p

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[quote name='rippleman' timestamp='1369349081' post='595709826']
true, i guess some people should be able to tell if you love what you are drinking. For example, no one believed that I could tell the difference of Diet Pepsi out of a 2l bottle or out of a can, but i can get it 100% of the time.
[/quote]I can do the same. There is a clear difference in the amount of fizz.

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