About Vodka from Russia

About Vodka from Russia
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

Vodka

Czar’s Original Vodka
94 points
$19
Best Buy
Clear color. Clean aromas of expressed lemon oil, dried leaves, cucumber seeds, and shredded wheat in milk with a creamy, soft, dry medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-length papaya, vanilla coffee creamer, sugared figs, and ginger and ginseng gum finish. The perfectly creamy flavors in this vodka show what vodka should be.
94 points $19 Best Buy
Imperial Collection Golden Snow Vodka
93 points
$28
Clear color. Citrusy aromas of lemon-lime soda, apple, manila envelope, and bitter lemon with a satiny, dry light body and a warming, relaxed chalk and nickel finish. A vodka built for citrusy cocktails; try in mules, cosmos, and lemon drops.
Green Mark Vodka
93 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2016 Best Buy Bar Winner – Unflavored Vodka
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
TOBARITCH! Premium Vodka
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Grassy aromas of limestone, hay, frosted granola, alfalfa, and honeydew melon with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, easy sweet anise candies, lychee, and birch water finish. A smooth, pleasing vodka with hints of sweetness.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Imperial Collection Gold Vodka
92 points
$25
Clear color. Buttery aromas and flavors of orzo, feta, olive, and lemon with a velvety, bright, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long finish. A great, savory vodka.
ZVA Vodka
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
TOBARITCH! Premium Vodka
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of craft store, linoleum, and cream puff with a creamy, bright, salty light body and a warming, lemon pith, minerals, and vanilla cake finish. A salty, lemony backbone makes this vodka a natural choice for Bloody Mary’s.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Forty Degrees Vodka
91 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Mamont Vodka
89 points
$39.99
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
ALIMOV Vodka
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright brilliant clear color. Faint, grainy aromas and flavors of cereal, flax, hint of roasted nut, and plaster with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, momentary gelatin, raisin scone, pepper, and chalk finish. A sturdy vodka for mixing.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy