Full Review

Russian Standard

Russian Standard
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Russia
Alcohol: 40%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$19.99
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Russian Standard
Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Russia
Alcohol: 40%
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.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: cookie dough, wheatgrass, and woodruff
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of pepper dust, vanilla cream, and cherry pit
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Bloody Mary, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A solid vodka with lots of cocktail potential.

The Importer

Roust USA

The Importer
747 3rd Avenue, #30A
New York, NY 10017
USA
1 212-679-1894

Their Portfolio

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85 Russian Standard Moscow Mule Ready-to-Drink Cocktail 8% (Russia) $14.99.

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.