Van Gogh cried foul, suggesting that I try a fresh bottle of Van Gogh Pineapple so I could put the two head for head legitimately.
And so I did.
I poured an identical amount of each spirt over the same amount of ice in the same style glass and let them chill for the same amount of time. Fair is fair in this test.
And the winner? Still Skyy, but not by as wide a margin as I’d previously thought. Both spirits are easily drinkable, but Skyy’s version has more flavor and a sweeter finish. Van Gogh has a touch of bitterness on the finish; nothing shocking, but noticeable when head to head with Skyy. Both work just fine in cocktails (and seriously, who’s drinking pineapple vodka straight?) — but considering Skyy Pineapple is about 8 bucks cheaper than Van Gogh, it’s hard not to recommend picking up Skyy if you have a choice.
Revised ratings based on further review:
Skyy Pineapple Vodka: A (up from A-)
Van Gogh Pineapple Vodka: A- (down from A, but up from interim B+ estimate)