You’ve got to hand it to the team behind Grey Goose: they refuse to cut corners or compromise on luxury. This premium vodka, hailing from La Vallee de l’Oise in France but created for an American audience, oozes indulgence from the moment its French winter wheat is cut to the point when it passes from the glass to your lips.
The entire production process is all done in France for authenticity — and that includes everything from the water that’s filtered through limestone from the Champagne region to the glassware used to house each bottle of Grey Goose.
The spirit is distilled only once using column stills. It’s known as ultra-high-end for a reason.
And although the whole point of vodka is to reduce it down to a flavorless, textureless spirit, Grey Goose still keeps its character. Its popularity stems from its unparalleled smoothness and exceptional taste, which blends perfectly with cocktails or allows you to look uber-cool when sipping neat.
Grey Goose is so smooth, in fact, that it made people suspicious and led them to question whether the brand added glycerol during the production process. Unsurprisingly, the tests came negative, which we imagine resulted in more than a few cool, calm and collected faces towards anyone who ever doubted the brand.
Grey Goose vodka bottle sizes and prices
|Grey Goose La Vanille
|Grey Goose Cherry Noir
|Grey Goose La Poire
|Grey Goose Le Citron
|Grey Goose L’Orange
|Grey Goose Le Melon
|Grey Goose Ducasse
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Quality over quantity
Grey Goose is made from single-origin soft winter wheat from the Picardie region, Le Grenier à Blé (the breadbasket of France), and pure spring water from Gensac-La-Pallue. The entire process from crop to cork is 100% traceable.
Cellar master Francois Thibault runs the show in France. He earned his stripes making Cognac in the country before ensuring that all operations for Grey Goose were conducted as authentically French as possible.
Another perk of the job comes at the end of the production process: tasting the vodka. Each batch is taste-tested by Cellar master Francois Thibault before it ever leaves the facility.
Working backwards to reach the top
This is a vodka that was actually produced in reverse: the brand name and identity were created long before the first batch had even been distilled. American businessman, Sidney Frank, was the man behind the brand who decided to launch a new bottle of vodka for a premium audience. It might have launched in 1997, but Grey Goose still refuses to be overtaken when it comes to top-of-the-range vodka.
With a premium taste and aroma comes an equally premium production process. Grey Goose is made using wheat for a softer, smoother vodka compared to other fermented grains. All of its flavored vodkas use real fruit rather than artificial flavors and even the fruits are picked in France. The exceptions, of course, are Grey Goose’s L’Orange vodka, which takes oranges from Florida, and Grey Goose’s La Vanille, which uses Madagascan vanilla beans. But we’ll let them off on those two minor exceptions.
The only other exception to the Frenchness of Grey Goose is the brand’s name. “Grey Goose” comes from the name of a German white wine, but Frank found that his customers resonated with the name and so stuck with it.
How to drink Grey Goose
Vodka might not be the first spirit you think of when it comes to sipping spirits neat but it would be a shame to add too many accompaniments when drinking Grey Goose. Vodka aficionados will tell you this is the only way to drink vodka anyway, so you might as well do it properly with a premium brand for best results.
Vodka is best served chilled, so put the bottle in the freezer for a couple of hours before serving. Small tumblers are customary for clear vodkas, so make sure your glass is equally as chilled before pouring in a small measure. Alternatively, you can use a shot glass but we still recommend sipping rather than throwing it back.
Swirl the Grey Goose in your glass and bring the glass up to your nose. Breathe in the aromas (pay attention for notes of citrus, florals, and almonds in Grey Goose) before taking a small sip and letting the vodka rest on your tongue. You should be able to taste delicate hints of pepper and more florals, but the overall effect should be smooth and relatively neutral.
The final thing to pay attention to is the aftertaste. A premium quality vodka like Grey Goose won’t burn your throat — it should feel smooth and warming rather than anything too aggressive.
The best cocktails to make with Grey Goose
- 60ml Grey Goose Original
- 30ml Simple syrup (or 1 tbsp granulated white sugar)
- One Lime cut into quarters for garnish
- Cracked ice
Cocktail recipes: A vodka-based version of Brazil’s famed Caipirinha, a Caipiroska is a simple, clean, and fairly neutral failsafe cocktail. Make it by filling an Old Fashioned glass with cracked ice before muddling the simple syrup (or sugar) and lime quarters in a mixing glass. Then, pour the ice into the mixing glass, add vodka, shake and pour the mixture into the Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with lime and serve.
- 45ml Grey Goose Original Vodka
- 15ml Lime juice
- Ice cubes
- 150ml ginger beer
- 1 Lime wedge for garnishing
Cocktail recipes: A classic Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug but, if you don’t have one to hand, a simple highball glass will do. Make one by pouring the vodka and the lime juice into a glass before adding ginger beer and the ice cubes. Stir gently to combine and then garnish with a lime wedge.
- 45ml Grey Goose Original Vodka
- 120ml Orange juice
- Ice cubes
- Orange slice to garnish
Cocktail recipes: The clean and neutral flavors of Grey Goose are the perfect accompaniment to freshly squeezed orange juice in a Screwdriver cocktail. Effortless to make and endlessly refreshing, mix up a batch by combining orange juice with Grey Goose and ice cubes, before gently stirring. Garnish with a slice of orange for a sweet and juicy cocktail.
Frequently asked questions about Grey Goose
Grey Goose’s price point comes from the premium ingredients and thorough distillation process that goes into every bottle. It’s made entirely in France from harvesting to bottling and uses single-origin Picardie winter wheat and natural spring water from Gensac-la-Pallue. The world’s supply of Grey Goose also only comes through the mill and distillery in La Vallee de l’Oise from a small team operation. It’s a clean enough vodka to enjoy neat.
A 750ml bottle of Grey Goose Original vodka starts at around $32.99. Grey Goose’s flavored vodkas (Le Citron, Cherry Noir, La Vanille, L’Orange) are slightly cheaper at around $30 per bottle. Grey Goose’s most premium offering, Grey Goose Ducasse, is around $99.99 a bottle.
Yes, Grey Goose is a premium vodka that uses soft winter wheat from France and distills its spirits through a unique distillation process. Grey Goose makes one of the smoothest and crispest vodkas in the industry with a delicate nose and sweet and round palate.
Grey Goose is a good vodka, thanks to both the ingredients used in its production and its distillation process. Grey Goose combines French winter wheat with water that’s filtered through limestone from the Champagne region. Grey Goose’s Original vodka is a best seller across the world with an exquisite clear, fresh and elegantly aromatic taste.