Used Stolichnaya vodka, 8 Madagascar beans and 4 Mexican vanilla beans, and as suggested in many reviews, I split them open before adding them to the bottle (Oh yeah, I realized as I was doing this that I had to remove about 1/4 cup of vodka so it wouldn't overflow after all the beans were added! Then I went here and clicked on CPA's review as being helpful!) I must say, the fragrance from the Mexican beans was unbelievably wonderful compared to the not-so-shabby but somewhat more "plain" Madagascar beans. It's only been 4 weeks, but my vanilla was brown within two weeks. Used a little for the first time in a coffee drink because I couldn't resist - great flavor! I'm still going to let this batch sit while I use up the other bottles I already had on hand, but I will use this method forever! Only changes will be to mix types of vanilla beans for a more layered flavor, split them first, and probably throw a couple more in than what was listed in the recipe.
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Used Stolichnaya vodka, 8 Madagascar beans and 4 Mexican vanilla beans, and as suggested in...