About Ukrainian Spirits

As you might imagine from a former Soviet republic, vodka is the primary spirit produced in Ukraine. Quality is excellent and most are produced in a traditional Russian style to be flavorless and ultra smooth.

Horilka is another Ukranian specialty spirit; the term can refer to vodka or several other types of spirits. Most examples are flavored with some fruit, be it blueberries, strawberries, gooseberries or several other types. Alcohol levels are around 20%. There are commercial as well as numerous examples of home-made versions of Horilka.
Top Picks for Ukraine
203380
Russian Spirit
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas of cream and cereal with satiny, dryish medium body and crisp, dried citrus, powdered sugar, stone, and pepper accented finish. A lively, silky vodka that will cover a lot of bases and be great in fruit based cocktail.
95 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211092
Staritsky & Levitsky
Reserve Vodka
Clear color. Faint, grainy aromas of toasted grain and nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sweet cream, wet stones, and grass finish. A bright yet neutral vodka that will play nicely in cocktails or neat.
94 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211904
Kruto
Original Vodka
Clear color. Mild, clean, yeasty aromas of porcelain, nutskin, and tapioca with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long sweet cream, limestone, citrus, and moss finish. A vibrant, delicious vodka that will be very versatile.
91 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211905
Kruto
Flawless Vodka
Clear color. Mild, floral, clean aromas of creme fraiche, bread crust, and nutskin with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sweet cream, minerals, and fig pastry finish. A piquant, nicely crafted vodka that will cover a lot of bases.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab