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Imperial Collection

Imperial Collection
Golden Snow Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Russia
Alcohol: 40%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$28

Imperial Collection
Golden Snow Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Russia
Alcohol: 40%
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.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: lemon-lime soda, apple, manila envelope, and bitter lemon
Taste Flavor: chalk and nickel
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Moscow Mule, Cosmopolitan, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vodka built for citrusy cocktails; try in mules, cosmos, and lemon drops.

The Producer

Ladoga Group

The Producer
13 Moskovskoe Shosse, Block 6 A,B,D
St. Petersburg, 196158
Russia
7 -8123369669 Ext. 647

Their Portfolio

86 Barrister Old Tom Gin 40% (Russia) $29.00.
93 Barrister Dry Gin 40% (Russia) $19.00.
94 Czar’s Original Vodka 40% (Russia) $19.00.
93 Imperial Collection Golden Snow Vodka 40% (Russia) $28.00.
92 Imperial Collection Gold Vodka 40% (Russia) $25.00.

Unflavored Vodka

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Serve in a Shot Glass
Unflavored vodka is defined in the US as a "neutral" spirit devoid of color, aroma, and taste, however, the finest unflavored vodkas are served neat and do have a subtle taste, sometimes of the base grain or ingredient, citrus or even anise. But most vodkas are used for cocktails, often mixed with fruit juice (cranberry juice for Cosmopolitans or orange juice for Screwdrivers.), tonic, or soda for the ubiquitous bar-hopper favorite Vodka & Soda. To which craft bartenders these days like to say, "vodka pays the bills."

Unflavored vodka is made by fermenting and then distilling the simple sugars from a mash of pale grain or vegetal matter. Vodka is produced from grain, potatoes, molasses, beets, and a variety of other plants. Rye and wheat are the classic grains for Vodka, with most of the best Russian Vodkas being made from wheat while in Poland they are mostly made from a rye mash. Swedish and Baltic distillers are partial to wheat mashes. Potatoes are looked down on by Russian distillers, but are held in high esteem by some of their Polish counterparts. Molasses, a sticky, sweet residue from sugar production, is widely used for inexpensive, mass-produced brands of Vodka. American distillers use the full range of base ingredients, but most are made from the abundant supply of corn from the US heartland.