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

Russian Standard Platinum Vodka
94 points
$26.99
Clear color. Aromas of chalk and grapefruit zest with a silky, crisp, dryish full body and a smooth, medium-length lemon zest, shortbread, and vanilla fondant finish. A smooth and velvety vodka that offers crystalline clarity of flavor and lingering finish.
94 points $26.99
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
TOBARITCH! Premium Vodka
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of corn flakes in milk and vanilla with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a seamless, charming, medium-long finish displaying notes of Japanese milk bread, lemon spritz, and delicate herbs finish. An exceptionally smooth, beautifully textured vodka that floats on the palate; worthy of a martini.
93 points $15 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 finish with accents of 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
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.
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, long 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, long finish that shows nuances of 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
Russian Standard Vodka
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cookie dough, wheatgrass, and woodruff with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, swift finish manifesting impressions of pepper dust, vanilla cream, and cherry pit finish. A solid vodka with lots of cocktail potential.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Russian Standard Gold Vodka
89 points
$22.99
Clear color. Aromas of minerals, pepper, and almond skin with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a peppery, medium-length hint of pineapple, fresh cream, and radish finish. A rock solid Vodka that will find its place in any cocktail.
89 points $22.99