About Gin and Genever from Russia

About Gin  and  Genever 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

Gin and Genever

Barrister Dry Gin
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Clear color. Fresh aromas of cracked juniper, douglas fir, lemon zest, and cardamom with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long lime oil and white pepper finish. A super solid London Dry with crisp acidity and classic style.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Barrister Old Tom Gin
86 points
$29
Clear color. Piney aromas of douglas fir, citrus leaves, and geranium with a velvety, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, easy lemon tea and white peppercorn finish. A velvety and mild gin for easy-drinking cocktails.