Vodka Rachmaninoff

Today we make a long overdue journey back to Lidl to sample their fine Vodka Rachmaninoff.

Vodka Rachmaninoff comes in two varities: 37.5% for £9.99 and 40% for £10.99. I decided to spend the extra £1 and reclaim the missing 2.5% which is rightfully mine. Maybe some time I will compare them both and see if there’s any noticeable difference.

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Vodka Rachmaninoff is presumably named after the Russian composer, which is kind of weird since is it made in Germany. I’m sure Mr Rachmaninoff would be very pleased to know his name lives on through cheap supermarket brand vodka and underage drinking parties. I was hoping the bottle would have more of Lidl’s silly cocktail recipes, but unfortunately the label is quite bare, meaning I don’t get to make shitty jokes about it. I remember the label having a different design at one point, but I don’t think it was very funny either.

Vodka Rachmaninoff is a clear, colourless liquid, which is great. In fact it’s my ideal appearance of vodka. The smell however, is not. This vodka resembles a mix of permanent marker, shoe polish and petrol fumes. It isn’t even the usual ethanol smell of cheap vodka, it smells like it was made in a bathtub somewhere. The taste is really weird. It’s quite a sugary drink, and while I wouldn’t call it “smooth”, it doesn’t have the harsh burn I was expecting. The smell isn’t anything like the taste, which is really confusing. Drinking more Rachmaninoff makes it taste better, but as the taste refines, the burn starts to develop. Soon the vodka begins to taste more normal, however it it still much more sweet than any vodka I have ever tasted. Rachmaninoff definitely isn’t a vodka you want to sip at, but luckily it mixes quite well and in a Screwdriver it tastes like any other cheap vodka.

Rachmaninoff is quite a unique vodka, but that doesn’t mean it’s good. Fortunately it is pretty cheap and I doubt you’re going to find a 40% strength vodka any cheaper. You can easily mix Vodka Rachmaninoff with your mixer of choice and focus on getting drunk without having to worry about the really weird taste, or you can probably huff it and get high off the fumes.

Booze Review rating: 7/10 deliciouses

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16 Responses to Vodka Rachmaninoff

  1. dik man says:

    It’s actually here in america too, not just a lidl brand.

  2. Mex says:

    In my four years as a student, I bought Rachmaninoff once.

    We used to refer to this stuff as ‘areyoumadenough’. Apparently, we’re not the only ones. I kicked an IV heroin habit once and got less ill than my hangover off this stuff. In fact, the shits I got after one night on this drink were worse than the three days I spent on the toilet after a year of heroin induced constipation. And the headache. Oh my god. Reminds me of the time I got run over and shattered the car windscreen with my skull…except that headache wasn’t accompanied by the shits, vomiting and a sudden agonizing depression I’d only ever known previously after smoking crack. Add it all up, and that’s the sort of hangover you can expect if you manage more than a taste of this stuff.

    And the smell. Boy, the smell. We tackled this lovely stuff with long straws just to avoid lifting it to our faces.

    Even the homeless drunks who used to drink outside the local Lidl wouldn’t touch this stuff. And I happen to know at least three of those guys have drank their own piss one time or another.

    In conclusion…If you can’t afford a shit but acceptable low end vodka (yes, even Smirnoff will do, kids), don’t drink vodka. You’re worth more than this shite…even if you’re worth nothing. Trust me.

  3. CW says:

    Anyone know what percent ethanol content the Rachmaninoff 40% bottle contains?

  4. Danny says:

    I drank half a bottle of this stuff, the next day my throat hurt like hell. First I thought I caught a cold or something but a few days later I drank the rest and had the same problem. The taste was not to bad but I like to stay healthy!!

    • Anonymous says:

      AGREE!!! I went through the same and tried again, and again with new bottles a couple of months later.

      There is something wrong with this vodka and their Lidi GIN, Ive been drinking main brands for 30 years, this vodka and their Gin make my head hurt in a different way to a hangover that lingers for a day after, with just a few glasses 50ml each!! Not half a bottle of anything.

      THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THESE, cheap chemicals used for sure.


  5. El Tank says:

    It makes a damn fine white russian.

  6. Lund says:

    Got that nasty strong alcoholic smell which is no good to me being a secret muslim (hey we do drink too) drinker…my wife always catches me out if i drink this stuff!

  7. Jones says:

    Tried this stuff tasted very sweet and oddly like plums ; much like Slovakian plum vodka but much harsher. Personally would never buy it a 2nd time even for mixing.

    Vodka should be completely tasteless with little to no burn, even the cheapest of the cheap polish vodka manages that.

    But then English people think Smirnoff vodka tastes great so its probably amazing to them.

  8. John Doe -IJ says:

    I drank Rachmaninoff a week ago, there was a party at my university so I decided to split the bottle with a friend of mine, since it was the cheapest drink with the highest volume (5.89€ for 37,5%) it was pretty nice.
    We started to drink it before getting in the party which started at around 11pm, a couple of hours earlier we started to drink it, we thought half a bottle for each would make us a little drunk but not wasted! We couldn’t be more wrong, we didn’t even feel the drink kickin’ in but I just know that from 11pm to 4 am I can’t remember a thing, just a few glimpses of the night.
    On the other day my classmates told me I had made out with two chubby girls from our class, danced without my shirt, fell on the ground three or four times, etc.
    All in all, if you have doubts on drinking this Vodka, just do it! Your night will never be forgotten, or probably you won’t remember a thing like me.

  9. Angela Knox says:

    Rachmaninov is the name of the Russian composer; ironically, he drank himself to death.

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  11. Vanessa Vicente says:

    Jai acheter cette vodka e é uma merda caralho. Fodass acordei com dois noirs a penetrarem me violentament . Baguette . Je tenho une emoragia da cona car je n ais pas grávida . Lidl vat faire futre fice de pute cantão do caralho. C est. três chere mas oh menos os noirs tinham grande piroca (plus de 30 centímetres)

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