About Russian Spirits

Spirits are an important part of the Russian lifestyle as per capita consumption is very high; a 2011 report documented that Russia is fourth in this category for spirits in the world.

Of course, it is vodka that is Russia's most famous spirit; dating back to the 14th century, Russian vodka is one of the textbook styles of this spirit. Distilled from wheat and rye, Russian vodka is ultra clean and rather neutral - but super smooth - thanks to filtering through carbon and quartz sand.

In Russia, vodka is served neat for the heads of state as well as the common worker or farmer. In many other countries, it is used in cocktails. Either way, Russian vodka remains a model and is one of the world's best selling spirits.
Top Picks for Russia
207167
Kremlin Award
Grand Premium Vodka
Clear. Mild aromas of white cake, dried fruit, and delicate spices with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, lingering stone fruit, powdered sugar, pepper, and wet stone accented finish. A precise, clean, and delicious vodka.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208867
St Petersburg
Vodka
Clear color. Mild aromas and flavors of nougat, dried berries, pepper, and toasted grain with a glycerous, dryish medium body and a warming, compelling, long finish revealing touches of beeswax, limestone, and peppery spices. An elegant vodka that will shine in cocktails.
94 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206945
ERISTOFF
Premium Vodka
Clear. Pure aromas suggest grain, toast and minerals with a silky, dryish medium body and an oily powdered sugar, cream, citrus, and nutskin nuanced finish. A smooth, flavorful, and beautifully poised vodka for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203847
Bear Force
Vodka
Clear. Aromas suggest grainy porridge with syrup, toasted nuts, and faint dried meat with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a honey cream and chalk accented finish with very little heat. Quite refined and smooth.
94 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215992
Green Mark
Vodka
Bright clear color. Aromas and flavors of bread, fig Newton, and cucumber with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, refreshing, breezy kiwi-papaya custard, rice candy, peppery spices, and minerals finish. A precise, flavorful vodka with nice texture and length.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214374
ZVA
Vodka
Bright brilliant clear color. Mild, grainy aromas of cereal in milk, white toffee, and delicate alpine herbs with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length lime gum, quinoa, whipped cream, and chalk finish. A nicely poised, zesty vodka that will mix very well.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203374
Russian Diamond
Premium Imported Vodka
Clear. Aromas and flavors of sweet cream, pastry dough, and minerals with a slick, dryish medium body and a long powdered sugar and talc accented finish. Excellent balance and structure for sipping neat or cocktails.
92 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216076
Forty Degrees
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of bread crust and dried fruit in a clay pot with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, layered, whole milk, nougat, spicy oatmeal raisin cookie, and rain water on pavement finish. A superb, remarkably clean and elegant vodka.
91 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214289
TOBARITCH!
Russian Vodka
Clear color. Sulfurous aromas and flavors of milled grain and clay flower pot with a velvety, shy, dry medium-full body and a tingling, compelling, buoyant vanilla cream in cereal, nougat, and spring water finish. A smooth and mild vodka with a nice creamy center.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214326
Mamont
Vodka
Clear color. Faint, clean, elegant aromas of cream puff, melon skin, nougat, and minerals with a soft, shy, dryish light body and a tingling, refreshing, brisk marshmallow, cream, and mossy stones finish.
89 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab