If you’re looking for an assertive vodka that announces its presence brashly and leaves a burn in whatever it’s mixed with, Buckeye Vodka is NOT for you. Stick with Absolut ($19.25 for a 750 ml bottle), which matches that flavor profile and which came across as the harshest of four vodkas in this taste test.
Buckeye Vodka ($19.25) is a clean, smooth, very neutral vodka, similar in style to Ketel One ($23). Even Grey Goose ($32-$34) enthusiasts might do themselves a favor — and save themselves some money — by trying their favorite side-by-side with Buckeye Vodka. The results may surprise you. The folks at Dayton-based Crystal Spirits have crafted themselves a winner in Buckeye Vodka, and Miami Valley spirits enthusiasts should not hesitate to try a bottle.